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Michigan’s special education students need more resources. That’s according to a new report released today.

In a nutshell, the report says that students who need more resources should get more resources. To the tune of about 700 million dollars.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley asked an education committee to do the report.

Calley says he wants the state to completely change the way it funds special education.

“There’s no way it would happen overnight. But it’s something that the sooner that we start, the sooner we’re going to get there.”

 

   A state department is taking a little longer to release medical marijuana licensing rules.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has been working on these rules for a few months now. They’ll be used when the application process opens in December. But the rules could change at some point down the road if they don’t have the effect the department wants.

Michigan is one big step closer to voting on marijuana legalization.

   An initiative turned in its signatures to get on the 20-18 ballot today.

The measure would legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol. So it would be taxed, and could only be used by people 21 years old and older.

Jeff Hank is with M-I Legalize. He says their organization has tried to legalize marijuana for several years.

“And after doing this for years, it’s very clear all across the state in every single district of people of every single background are ready for this proposal.”

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A teen was recently attacked in Muskegon County. Officials say it’s because he’s gay. Now prosecutors and lawmakers are calling on the legislature to expand the state’s hate crimes law.

A 17-year old boy was stripped of his clothes and assaulted. The evidence was clear to Muskegon County prosecutor D.J. Hilson – The teen was attacked because he was gay. But when he looked at the statute, he couldn’t charge the case as hate crime, which comes with increased penalties.

Hilson says it’s time for the Legislature to protect all citizens.

Michigan residents who want to get into the medical marijuana business had their last shot at a training session today.

The last session was held in Lansing.

   This was the sixth session put on by the state this month. A spokesperson from the licensing department says they’ve had over 2-thousand people come to the meetings.

   Betty Baker was at a training in Lansing. She wants to be a caregiver for her husband. Baker says she thinks she’s ready. But she might also want to grow or open a shop someday. So she wants to be prepared.

 

The State’s Board of Education can’t decide what to do about recent gun legislation.

   There are four Democrats and four Republicans on the board.       

That means the board can’t come to an agreement on a public position on bills that loosen restrictions on guns in schools.

The bills passed the state Senate last week. They would require schools to allow people with a special license to carry a concealed weapon on school grounds.

Another governor has found his place on the walls of the Michigan State Capitol.

Governor Charles Croswell held the office for only a few years from 1877 to 1880. But he was a lawmaker for many years before that.

   Now his portrait will finally grace the walls of the state Capitol.

Joshua Risner  painted the portrait and made the frame. Risner says he only had a black and white drawing for reference. So he spoke to relatives of Croswell to figure out things like eye color and skin tone.

“It take a lot of – I feel like it takes years off my life sometimes.”

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Concealed pistol permit holders would be able to carry guns in more places. That’s under legislation that cleared a Senate committee Tuesday. Right now guns are banned in places like schools and hospitals. This legislation would change that.

Opponents say there’s no need to open up the gun laws like this – that it makes those areas less safe. Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof is a bill sponsor. He says a majority of mass shootings take place in gun free zones.

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The saga of a former Olympics doctor accused of sexually assaulting multiple young girls continued today.

Both sides got some things they wanted before trial starts in December.

   The judge decided that the trial date should start on time. And the case will stay in Ingham County. The defense had sought a delay and a venue change.

But the judge also dealt a blow to the prosecution.

   Judge Rosemarie Aquilina says the fact that Nassar pleaded guilty to child porn possession cannot be brought up at trial.

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The state has put resources toward fighting a hepatitis A outbreak.

   The Lieutenant Governor has activated emergency centers.

The outbreak has been mainly in southeast Michigan. But health officials say cases are popping up in other areas like Ingham County.

The centers will work with local health officials to help them prevent and investigate cases of hepatitis A.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley says the problem isn’t limited to Michigan.

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