state government

6:53 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Audit Finds Felons Were Hired to Work With Disabled in State

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Michigan Department of Community Health says it's developing new policies regarding background checks
A state audit has found nearly 3,800 convicted felons working in the homes of disabled adults, about two years after Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration abolished a union-backed program that included criminal background checks of some workers. A scathing state Auditor General’s report released Tuesday on the Medicaid Home Help Program found 572 home help aides with violent crime convictions ranging from assault to homicide, and 285 workers with sex-related convictions as of January 2013.
7:09 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Detroit City Council Approves Transfer of DIA Assets

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Move is called important to protect works of art and pensions of Detroit city workers
The City Council Monday gave its final approval of a bankruptcy plan to transfer the assets of the Detroit Institute of Arts to an irrevocable trust in exchange for state and foundation funding to aid city pensioners.
6:52 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Open-Carry Laws Debated After Man Brings Gun to Kalamazoo Library Event

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Library Director says they've been instructed to call police when anyone is spotted with a gun in the library
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- An incident involving a man carrying a gun at the Kalamazoo Public Library's Summer Reading Party shows the need to add libraries to the list of gun-free zones in Michigan, said Ann Rohrbaugh, Kalamazoo Public Library director. But a spokesman for Michigan Open Carry Inc.
6:16 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Federal Court Sets August 6th Date to Hear Arguments in Same-Sex Marriage Case

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U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage in March. The ruling is stayed during appeal
According to a court filing entered today, the arguments will take place at 1 p.m. Aug. 6 before a three-judge appeals panel in Cincinnati. According to the notice that was issued today, each side will receive 30 minutes. Names of the judges sitting on the panel will be revealed two weeks prior to the argument.
6:41 am
Mon June 16, 2014

State Lawmakers Propose Contrasting Bills Related to Abortion

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Bill requiring separate health insurance rider for abortion was approved after petition drive lead by Right to Life of Michigan
State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, and state Rep. Sarah Roberts, D-St. Clair Shores, will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Monday to discuss a bill they've introduced which would repeal a bill passed last year that would require women to buy a separate rider on their health insurance coverage if they wanted abortion covered.