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Former Ingham County prosecutor Stuart Dunnings has pleaded guilty to two prostitution releated charges.

Stuart Dunnings was facing 14 misdemeanors and one 15-year felony. The charges ranged from soliciting prostitutes to encouraging a woman to become a prostitute. Dunnings pleded guilty to felony misconduct in office and one misdemeanor for solicitation. He faces up to five years in prison. All his other charges in all other counties are being dismissed as a part of the deal.

The investigation into Flint’s water is far from over. Attorney General Bill Schutte announced 18 new charges for six state officials Friday during a press conference.

Charges range from misdemeanor Willful Neglect of Duty, to felony Tampering with Evidence. Among those charged is Liane Shekter-Smith, a former high-ranking official with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). Shekter-Smith served as the official in charge of keeping the state’s drinking water safe. Schuette says Shekter-Smith and two men she supervised failed in their duties.

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During his speech at the Republican National Convention, Indiana Governor Mike Pence joked that most people probably don’t know him.

The Firekeepers Human Trafficking Awareness Program is continuing its efforts to raise human trafficking awareness.

Over the past year, the program has been working to combat human trafficking in its casino and hotel.

The program provides training to employees on how to spot and report possible human trafficking.

Two directors of the program met with the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission to discuss their continued efforts.

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A Native American tribe in west Michigan has agreed to share revenue from its casino with the state as part of a dispute over online Lottery games.

The Gun Lake tribe says the state broke a treaty when it started online lottery games. As a result, the tribe stopped half of its revenue sharing payments.

Instead of sending the usual payments to the state, the tribe put them in an escrow account that will now be divided between the two.

A new decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals will affect how juveniles convicted of a life offense will be sentenced.

The court was asked if a jury can decide whether or not a minor gets life without parole. The court said a juvenile life sentence must be decided by a judge. D.J. Hilson (HILL – son) is the Muskegon County Prosecutor representing the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. He says PAAM appreciates the court addressing the issue.

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Students might need to change their Labor Day weekend plans. This fall, 50 school districts will have a new, earlier start date.

Since 2005, the state has banned public schools from starting before Labor Day without a waiver.

But a new mandate means an extra week of school next year. And some districts worry that will mean meeting further into the hot summer months.

Now, 50 school districts have the OK to start before Labor Day.

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Members of the public told a state panel that they have concerns about landfills in their backyards.

The hearing on Wednesday was part of the Department of Environmental Quality’s waste management task force.

The task force was created in April of 2015. Its job is to come up with ways to increase recycling and re-use of trash in the state. 

Steve Sliver is the acting chief of the state Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection.

He says the panel is hoping to create laws to promote sustainability in Michigan.

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A bill that would give immunity to anyone who calls for help when someone overdoses is making its way through the legislature.

The current Good Samaritan law protects people under 21 from criminal charges if they call 911 after someone overdoses.

It also applies only to prescription drugs.

The new bill would give immunity to any person and apply to any illegal drug if 911 is called for a medical emergency.

While the bill is receiving bi-partisan support, Republican Senator Patrick Colbeck says it essentially amounts to legalization of drug use,