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Survivors of sexual assault want Michigan State University interim president John Engler gone. More than 100 survivors of disgraced M-S-U sports doctor Larry Nassar called for Engler’s termination today.

This stems from emails between Engler and an aide published by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

In the emails, Engler said survivors are being manipulated by attorneys. Hundreds of survivors are suing the school for failing to prevent Larry Nassar from abusing patients while he was on the faculty there.

Michigan State University Interim President John Engler is under fire for emails he exchanged with an aide about victims of Larry Nassar. Nassar is the former M-S-U sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.

       Members of the university’s governing board want Engler to resign.

In emails obtained by the Chronical of Higher Education, Engler says a Nassar survivor is probably receiving a “kickback” from lawyers. Hundreds of Nassar survivors are suing the university. Engler also says survivors are being manipulated by trial lawyers.

The A-C-L-U of Michigan has filed an emergency motion against federal immigration authorities. They say Iraqi detainees are being threatened and coerced to say they want to go to Iraq.

The Iraqi immigrants face deportation orders for crimes – usually committed years ago. The ACLU says immigration agents have been coercing detainees to sign a document saying they want to return to Iraq.

Environmental groups say legislation headed for Governor Rick Snyder’s desk would hurt the Great Lakes.

   The groups plan to urge the governor to veto the bill.

The bill involves ballast water. That’s water large ships collect to help stabilize their vessel. The ships gather the water in one region, taking plant and animal species with them, and then when the ship doesn’t need the water, it dumps it someplace else. The bill loosens the treatment regulations on that water before it’s dumped into the Great Lakes.

       Lawmakers in the state Senate passed a few changes to the state’s car insurance law. Supporters say it’s a start to tackle the state’s sky-high auto insurance rates.

       But some aren’t on board with a piecemeal approach.

A sweeping car insurance overhaul couldn’t make it out of the state House last year. Some lawmakers in the Senate said that major reform might not be possible because it wouldn’t pass in the House.

But Democratic Senator Morris Hood wasn’t having that argument. He says the two chambers need to try to work together.

 

A former dean at Michigan State University will go to trial for sexual misconduct and other charges.

William Strampel is charged with Misconduct of a Public Official, a felony, for using his office to try to get sexual favors from female students.

A judge decided to send the case to trial Tuesday after a hearing.

A female student in the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine testified against Strampel at the hearing.

The Attorney General’s office asked that the names of alleged victims not be publicized.

State lawmakers can now vote to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Prevailing wage requires the state pay union-scale wages on its contracts.

The Board of State Canvassers certified a ballot initiative today. It gives the Legislature a chance to pass the measure instead of letting the voters decide.

Supporters of prevailing wage say it helps people who work in the skilled trades.

But opponents of the law have been trying to get rid of it for years. They say it inflates the price of government projects. 

Michigan’s top prosecutor is on board with proposed changes to how the state parole board determines if an inmate can be released from prison.

Last year, Attorney General Bill Schuette opposed legislation to let inmates who behave while in prison get out after serving their minimum sentences.

   But a new parole overhaul effort has his backing. It would require the parole board to give an objective reason for denying parole. And the bill gives a list of reasons the board can use.

The state Legislature could vote to repeal the prevailing wage law as early as next week. The Michigan Supreme court ordered the ballot measure to move forward today.

   Prevailing wage requires public construction contracts pay union-level wages.

The Board of State Canvassers deadlocked on whether to approve the petition. After some court battles, the Michigan Supreme Court says it’s time to move the initiative forward. The Board plans to take up the measure – and possibly certify it – Friday.

A coalition of school and police organizations are on board with legislation to keep Michigan schools safe.

State Senators introduced bipartisan bills today.

If the bills pass, how much money would be put toward things like school resource officers and building improvements would be worked out during the budget process if the bills pass. But members of the coalition say, in an ideal world, the state would put 120 (m) million dollars toward school safety.

Blaine Koops is the executive director of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association.

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