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Larry Nassar’s former boss may have also used medical procedures for sexual gratification. Nassar is the former Michigan State University doctor who will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for sexual assault.

       Court documents reveal more women have come forward against former MSU dean William Strampel.

Strampel has already been charged with a felony and multiple misdemeanors. Prosecutors say he used his position at MSU to try and get sexual favors from female students.

Four years is too long to go without clean drinking water. That was the message of a busload of Flint residents who marched in downtown Lansing today.

They carried signs that said things like “Declare Flint a disaster area.” Some carried a large coffin made out of cardboard that said R-I-P Lead Kills.

   About 100 people from Flint don’t want the state government to forget that – even years later – Flint is in trouble.

   Lela McGee-Harvey lives in Flint.

 

Lawmakers continue to focus on bills aimed at sexual assault prevention in response to Larry Nassar. Nassar is the former Michigan State University doctor who told patients he was treating them, when he was actually sexually assaulting them.

But new policy proposals have led to heated debate among lawmakers during a committee hearing.

One lawmaker had harsh words for a bill during a committee hearing.

The bill would increase documentation and record retention requirements for doctors for certain medical procedures. Failure to do so would be a crime.

Public school teachers marched through downtown Lansing today. They delivered a petition against guns in schools to the state Capitol.

Today is the anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. Earlier, students walked out of their classrooms. In a show of solidary, hundreds of teachers marched to the Capitol dressed in orange – the color for the anti-gun violence movement.  

   They want stricter gun laws – like tighter background checks. And they don’t want guns in schools – even in teachers’ hands.

Jenni Jones teaches the 4th grade in Grand Rapids.

  

The state Legislature moved forward today on a plan to drastically change Michigan’s Medicaid policy.

The Senate passed a bill that would add work requirements to Medicaid.

If a person is considered able-bodied and doesn’t fit an exception, they would be required to work or go to school for 29 hours a week.

Advocates say the bill encourages and helps people find work.

A state Senate committee debated the merits of making people work for their Medicaid benefits.

       The committee passed that bill today.

Claire Maitre is 62. She watches her two grandsons while their parents are at work. Maitre says she also volunteers. And she’s currently on Medicaid.

       “I may seem poor to you, but my life seems rich.”

       Maitre could be required to find paid work if the bill passes as is. She says she would rather lose her health insurance than not take care of her grandkids.

Some doctors in Michigan are concerned about unintended consequences to their profession if state lawmakers pass some sexual assault bills they’re considering.

   A state House committee heard testimony on a package of bills today.

Lawmakers continue their response to former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar’s ability to sexually assault female patients for years.

Rose Ramirez is a family physician near Grand Rapids. She says she agrees with the intent of the legislation.

Straits of Mackinac
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An electrical cable that leaked hundreds of gallons of mineral oils into the Straits of Mackinac will be inspected – as soon as the weather clears up.

Unified Command is a team of local, state and federal officials that responded to the spill reported earlier this month. The owner of cable line, American Transmission Company is also on the team.

The plan is to send a remotely operated vehicle – or R-O-V under the water to inspect the line.

Pamela Manns is a spokesperson for Unified Command. 

Lawmakers in Lansing continue to roll out legislation in response to Michigan State University and its handling of Larry Nassar. Nassar is the former MSU sports doctor who sexually assaulted patients under the guise of treatment for years.

There are 18 bills in this package. They were introduced after lawmakers investigated MSU’s handling of complaints against Nassar.

Republican Representative Kim LaSata sponsored one bill. It would require sex education for 11th and 12th graders to include instruction on sexual assault and dating violence.  

Michigan students aren’t doing well nationally in areas like reading and math. That’s according to results on a nationwide test. Meanwhile, the state is focused on increasing skilled trades training.

The Deputy State Superintendent says Michigan can both increase scores and focus on skilled trades.

Michigan is near the bottom in areas like 4th grade reading and 8th grade math. The so-called “nation’s report card” also says Michigan hasn’t significantly improved in years.  

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