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Past and present public policies have a major impact on the disparities in child well-being in Michigan. That’s according to a report released Tuesday by the Michigan League for Public Policy.

According to the report, race, income and community are some of the biggest indicators of the wellbeing of Michigan children.

“We need to be thinking about policy reforms to institutions and systems that have created and continue to allow these inequities to continue,” said Kids Count in Michigan Project Director at the Michigan League for Public Policy, Alicia Guevara Warren.

The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments on whether a religious school is shielded from the Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act.

Bettina Winkler was a student at Notre Dame Marist Academy middle school. After an entrance exam, Winkler was denied acceptance to the affiliated high school. Winkler says it’s because she has a learning disability.

Nicholas Roumel is Winkler’s attorney. He says Winkler was the only middle school student that wasn’t accepted to the high school.

The Michigan Supreme Court is considering whether conversations with an attorney trigger the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act.

A nurse at the MidMichigan Medical Center in Alma found herself in hot water after she told her lawyer about a patient at the hospital.

A judge had granted Tammy McNeill-Marks a personal protection order, against another woman. When that woman showed up as a patient at the hospital, McNeill-Marks told her lawyer. 

Sarah Willey  is the hospital’s attorney. She says the Whistleblower law does not trump patient privacy laws.

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Michigan’s drug monitoring system has been updated with what state officials call state-of-the-art technology.

The online system provides health care professionals information about certain drugs that have been prescribed in the state. Officials say this information helps doctors make informed decisions before prescribing medication and can red flag so-called drug shoppers.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley chaired the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force. It originally recommended updating the old system – which had been plagued with problems.

State Senator Bert Johnson was indicted today by a federal grand jury.

The Highland Park senator is charged with conspiracy and theft. His home and Lansing office were raided by FBI and state police officers several weeks ago.

   Johnson is accused of borrowing thousands of dollars from an unnamed co-conspirator. That co-conspirator was then put on the public payroll as a member of his staff, but the co-conspirator did no actual work for Johnson.

When it comes to donating your money, giving to a fundraiser might not be the best way to go. A new report by the Michigan Attorney General shows that an average of 39 percent of total donations to fundraisers actually reached their designated charity.

Professional fundraisers are people or organizations, paid by the charity, to solicit on behalf of a charity.

   The report gathered data from these types of fundraisers that are registered to solicit within Michigan in 20-16. In some cases, charities lost tens of thousands of dollars to professional fundraisers.

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The Michigan Court of Appeals settled a long-standing debate about court costs.

Court costs, which are determined by a judge for a defendant that goes through the court process, are constitutional.

   Advocates have long argued that they benefit the communities and defendants should be responsible for using the resources of the legal system.

But State Appellate defense attorney Marilen David-Martin says the cost is unconstitutional because the courts are able to set their own fees for each case.

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A former Michigan principal is accusing her school district of violating the Whistleblower Protection Act. After numerous appeals, the case is back in court.

Hartland Schools says Tracy Sahouri  was demoted from principal to teacher because of misconduct in how she handled a state test.

   But Sahouri says it’s because of several things she reported that were protected under the whistleblower act. Including, that the school asked her to improperly administer the MEAP test.

Sahouri’s attorney Tom Pabst says the school is trying to use her as a scapegoat.

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Millions of state dollars are going to three school districts in Michigan.

Marshall, Detroit Public Schools Community District, and Innocademy in Zeeland are all getting a portion of 3 million dollars. The money is to help the schools with consolidations and mergers in their districts.

   For example, Marshall Public Schools will use 2-point-5 million to cover the costs from absorbing the Albion school district last July.

Bill DiSessa is a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Education.

The cost of basic goods continues to rise in Michigan, and low wage jobs that dominate the economy are not keeping up.  

That’s the conclusion of a new report from the Michigan Association of United Ways.

The focus is mainly on five basic necessities - housing, child care, food, healthcare, and transportation. The costs have gone up, but 62 percent of the jobs in Michigan pay less than 20-dollars an hour.