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Michigan lawmaker’s forceful speech refutes ‘grooming’ attack

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker, mother, and LGBTQ rights supporter who was accused by a fellow Republican of wanting to “groom” school kids says her impassioned response resonated because people are tired of such attacks . Democratic State Senator Mallory McMorrow’s remarks went viral after Republican Senator Lana Theis attacked her in a fundraising email. McMorrow had criticized Theis for giving an invocation in which she claimed children were attacked by “forces” who want to indoctrinate them with ideas not supported by their parents. The salvos are among the latest to gain attention as Tories push to make education a political corner issue.


Governor Whitmer wants federal help to keep nuclear plant open

Michigan’s Democratic Governor wants a nuclear plant on Lake Michigan to stay open and she’s asking the federal government to pay for it. But the owner of the Palisades power plant says it’s too late and the plant will close in May as planned. The Biden administration on Tuesday launched a $6 billion effort to save nuclear power plants at risk of shutting down, citing the need to maintain nuclear power as a carbon-free energy source that helps fight climate change. Governor Gretchen Whitmer wrote to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Wednesday urging the department to keep the plant open.


Lapeer County home fire that killed 4 by victim: police

DRYDEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police say a 39-year-old woman set fire to a mobile home in mid-Michigan last month that killed her, her grandmother and two teenage boys. The March 21 fire in Dryden Township, Lapeer County, about 90 miles north of Detroit, killed Candice Turton, Zola Rodgers, 87, Kylie Young, 15, and Nathan Young, 17. . Dryden Township Police Chief Shawn Peters said Wednesday the case is now being considered an arson/homicide/suicide. He says Candice Turton is the only suspect in this case given the evidence obtained so far. The fire was reported around 5 a.m. Police said when they arrived the house was completely engulfed in flames.


Network Forms to Help Afghan Refugees Settle in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — A group of Detroit business and community leaders have come together to provide support services to refugees from Afghanistan and other countries as they resettle in the city. The launch of the Detroit Refugee Network was announced Wednesday by Samaritas, a statewide health and human services organization that runs one of Michigan’s largest refugee resettlement programs. The formation of the network comes at a key time, as the country’s refugee resettlement agencies and nonprofits prepare to help Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion. They were already working hard to help tens of thousands of Afghan asylum seekers who fled the Taliban takeover.


DNR: Removing feeders is not urgent but could reduce bird flu

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan wildlife expert says removing outdoor bird feeders could help reduce the spread of bird flu. Bird flu has been confirmed in at least five counties: Kalamazoo, Livingston, Macomb, Menominee and Washtenaw, according to the Department of Natural Resources. It can infect a variety of birds including chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quails, ducks, geese and wild birds. State wildlife veterinarian Megan Moriarty says removing outdoor bird feeders “isn’t yet a critical step” in bird flu prevention, but it might make sense. The risk for humans of contracting avian influenza is considered low. The flu was found in pet parrots in Washtenaw County, the latest detection reported this week by the DNR.


The senator who pleaded to touch the nurse will not seek a 2nd term

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker who pleaded guilty to a charge of improperly touching a nurse practitioner will not seek reelection. State Senator John Bizon says he made the decision not to seek a second term to spend more time with his family. Last month, the 70-year-old Battle Creek Republican was sentenced to a year’s probation after pleading guilty to one count of battery. The charge stems from an incident in August in which a nurse practitioner said Bizon touched her inappropriately at an urgent care facility where Bizon had gone for treatment for symptoms of COVID-19. .


Fan-favorite Red Wings pilot Zamboni sues for being fired

DETROIT (AP) — A popular Zamboni pilot for the Detroit Red Wings says he was fired for urinating in a sewer. Al Sobotka filed a discrimination complaint this week against Olympia Entertainment, two months after he was fired. Sobotka worked for the Red Wings for 51 years. His attorney claims Sobotka, 68, suffers from a medical condition that causes him to urinate frequently. Sobotka couldn’t make it to the bathroom, so he urinated into a drain that drains ice runoff from the Zamboni machines at Little Caesars Arena. Someone saw it and apparently reported it in February. Sobotka said he was “heartbroken” by his dismissal. There was no immediate comment from Olympia Entertainment.


Expert: The cop pressed the gun to Patrick Lyoya’s head then fired

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan police officer who killed Patrick Lyoya after a traffic stop pressed the gun against the black man’s head as he fired the fatal shot. This is the opinion of an expert who performed an independent autopsy on Patrick Lyoya. The results were announced on Tuesday. Dr. Werner Spitz says he confirmed what was seen last week on video: Lyoya was shot in the back of the neck in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 4. Attorney Ben Crump says the white officer failed to calm down after a foot chase and physical struggle following a traffic stop. The results of the official autopsy have not been made public. State police are investigating the shooting.


Judge: Bond stays for parents of Oxford High shooting suspect

A judge has dismissed a motion to reduce the bonds of jailed parents of a Michigan teenager charged with an Oxford high school shooting that left four fellow students dead. Oakland County Circuit Judge Cheryl Matthews said Tuesday that James and Jennifer Crumbley’s actions prior to their Dec. 4 arrest at a commercial building in Detroit were “not consistent with cooperating with law enforcement.” ‘order”. The Crumbleys had disappeared the day before – after being charged with manslaughter. Their attorneys had asked that their bonds be lowered from $500,000 each to $100,000 each. They indicated that they would appeal and request a change of venue. Ethan Crumbley is charged with murder and other crimes in the Nov. 30 shooting.


10 Republicans file petitions to run for Michigan governor

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Ten Republicans have filed petitions to run for governor before the deadline, a record number in recent history, creating a huge field for a primary electorate to decide who challenges Democrat Gretchen Whitmer . Candidates include former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, wealthy self-funded suburban businessmen Perry Johnson and Kevin Rinke, chiropractor Garrett Soldano and former conservative TV host Tudor Dixon. The schedule for the August primary may decrease if election officials find problems with the signatures that have been submitted. They can be reported by rivals who must file challenges by April 26. For now, however, the field eclipses the previous ones.


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