Three retired star gymnasts have told a Senate committee of being sexually abused by USA Gymnastics officials. Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu, bronze medalist Jamie Dantzscher and national champion rhythmic gymnast Jessica Howard were among those to testify Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Michigan Public Service Commission has directed DTE Energy and Consumers Energy to file reports on their responses to power outages from a March 8 windstorm.
     Chair Sally Talberg says the commission wants to understand more of the lessons learned by Michigan utilities and their efforts to restore electric service.
     The storm knocked out power to more than 1.1 million homes and businesses. Some customers didn't get their electricity restored until days later.
     The reports are due May 15.

Grand Rapids officials are trying to breathe new life into an underperforming recycling program by reaching out to minority run businesses for help. Hopes were high for the "mygrcitypoints program” when it began in 2011, and the premise seemed promising--residents of Grand Rapids would earn “points” when the recycled, and could then use those points to receive discounts at local participating businesses. The process would not only promote city sustainability, but also stimulate local economic development. 

However, the program is struggling six years later.

A federal judge has approved a deal to replace water lines at 18,000 homes in Flint, Michigan, marking a long-term fix to overcome the disastrous discovery of high lead levels in the city's water system.
     Under the deal approved Tuesday, Flint will be responsible for replacing lead and galvanized-steel lines that bring water into homes.
     The cost could be as high as $97 million with federal and state governments roughly splitting the bill. Pipes at more than 700 homes have been replaced so far.

Michigan State University’s football coach is defending his program in the wake of sexual assault allegations. Today is the first time coach Mark Dantonio  spoke publicly about the alleged assault.

Three unidentified players were suspended in early February after a sexual assault investigation came to light.

Dantonio would not comment about the investigation itself. He also didn’t want to talk football.

Kent County Prosecutor: shooting justified

Mar 28, 2017

The fatal shooting of a 30-year-old man with mental lillness during a struggle with a sheriff's deputy in Kent County has been ruled justified. Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker says in a report released Tuesday that Deputy Jason Wiersma shot Jonathan Sper to protect Sper's adult brother.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says he told members of the Detroit area's Arab-American and Latino communities that he is committed to keeping the country safe without targeting anyone based on a person's ethnicity or religious affiliation.
     The retired Marine general spoke to reporters after the private meetings that took place Monday in Detroit's suburbs. He also toured a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Detroit just across the river from Canada.

The Grand Rapids housing market is the most competitive it's been in memory--that's according to a number of real estate brokers in the area who cite an influx of people moving to Kent County coupled with a shortage of houses available for first time buyers as the cause. 

“Quite honestly, I’ve been doing this for 26 years now, and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Bob Novosad, managing broker for Keller Williams Realty said.

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Michigan and the city of Flint have agreed to replace thousands of home water lines under a sweeping deal to settle a lawsuit over lead-contaminated water in the troubled city.
     A court filing Monday says Flint will replace at least 18,000 lead or galvanized-steel water lines by 2020, and the state will pick up the bill with state and federal money. The state said it will pay $87 million and keep another $10 million in reserve if necessary.
     The settlement will be presented to a federal judge in Detroit on Tuesday for approval.

A Michigan state Senator is involved in a police investigation.

The FBI and Michigan State Police executed search warrants on the Lansing office and Highland Park home of Democratic Senator Bert Johnson.

Investigators did not give any details about the nature of the investigation. An unidentified man who was with the team of investigators leaving the Senate building said -

“We had investigative activity here in the Senate, but that’s all I’m going to say.”