Thursday State News Summary
Thu, 08 Mar 2018 05:25:16 EST

Community members, advocates, and elected leaders will rally in Lansing to call for
lawmakers to focus on issues of importance to the Black community, such as infant and
maternal mortally, entrepreneurship, workplace issues, and civil rights. Organizers of
this event point to the lack of attention paid to issues that affect Black communities.
The group will meet with lawmakers and hold a press conference today ahead of next
week trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Black Women’s Roundtable
from across the country. They plan on meeting with key congressional members
surrounding these issues on a national level.

A suicide attempt at the Grand Traverse County Jail is the third there in the last two
weeks. A man was discovered unresponsive, covered by a blanket with his hands
around his neck. The deputy who was doing her rounds discovered the man and was
able to stop him before sustaining any injuries. This attempted suicide at the jail is the
second within a now the second suicide attempt at the jail within a week.

Longtime northern Michigan radio host Jack O'Malley will be running for the Michigan
House of Representatives. O'Malley, who hosts the morning show at WTCM radio in
Traverse City, will run for the 101st District. That district is currently represented by
Rep. Curt VanderWall, who will be running for the Michigan State Senate. O'Malley will
run for the Republican nomination.

Novi High School officials will host a special presentation about vaping and electronic
cigarettes tonight in the school’s Auditorium. The use of e-cigarettes has become the
most popular form of smoking among teenagers and that has high school
administrators concerned. The Substance Abuse Education and Support team from St.
Joseph Mercy Health System will moderate the presentation entitled, Vaping 101:
What’s Important to Know.

Automotive experts will discuss changing technology and new tooling requirements for
auto suppliers at the 19th West Michigan Automotive Suppliers Symposium, hosted
today by Grand Valley State University's Van Andel Global Trade Center. The theme
for this year's symposium is "Smart Moves: Tech, Tools, Talent." The yearly event
brings together business owners, senior management and decision makers from all
tiers of the industry, providing the most up-to-date automotive forecasts and trends,
and opportunities to network.

The Washington D.C. based law firm Akin Gump has been retained by Michigan State
University to deal with the fallout of the sex allegation scandal of former Dr. Larry
Nassar. The law firm will coordinate efforts from MSU's internal law team and others
already retained by the university. Nassar worked for MSU and USA Gymnastics.

A new monument will be built in Traverse City as a memorial to the special efforts of
the U.S. Coast Guard. Construction will start in April in Mini Park. It will be a helicoptershaped
sculpture within a circular brick paver pad. City commissioners have approved
spending up to $60,000 with other funding from Rotary Charities, the Biederman
Foundation and other groups. PIW Corporation will receive more than $16,000 for the

With a look at what he calls "best practices" from across the country, Governor Rick
Snyder says he will soon have a plan to deal with school shootings. Snyder says he
supports legislation that would allow law enforcement officials or family members to get
guns removed from people who are considered dangerous. He insists that due process
must remain in place.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says that February 2018 was a record
breaking month for tips on potential school violence. The OK2SAY program received
670 tips, topping the old record of 560 set last October. Suicide threats remained the
number one most-reported tip, with 127; but the 119 planned school attack tips
accounted for 18% of all total tips submitted in February.

Oakland County is putting some money into new road repairs. The Board of
Commissioners has authorized putting 1.5 million dollars into road repairs. The money
will come from the Local Road Improvement Program fund. Local cities will have to put
up matching funds meaning three million dollars will be used to fix the roads this year.

A close call for a Michigan State Police trooper policing an accident in northern
Oakland County. A driver lost control of their car near Hickory Ridge and Baker Roads
and hit a State Police cruiser that was stopped at a crash. No injuries reported. It was
the second accident involving a Michigan State Police squad car overnight. The other
crash happened in Berrien County in southwest Michigan

A Vicksburg Middle School Student is in custody for allegedly making a threat. On its
Facebook page, the district says the student has been charged with making a threat of
potential violence against the school. It says it's the second threat against the school
district in the past month and there will be an increased police presence on campus for
the rest of the week.

Coldwater Police are asking the public for information on the person or persons who
vandalized North Grove Cemetery. WOOD TV reports headstones and urns were
knocked over and damaged sometime between Tuesday evening and Wednesday

Many Grand Rapids residents are asking police for more community policing. Police
held a public meeting last night as a task force works for ways police can improve its
relationship with residents. WOOD TV reports many want to see more officers walking
in the neighborhoods and more community policing .

A student group that follows Christianity is suing Wayne State University after it lost its
status as a campus organization.
InterVarsity says it's a victim of discrimination after serving Wayne State students for
decades. The lawsuit in Detroit federal court says the university took action last fall
after learning that the group's leaders are required to embrace Christianity.
In a statement to the Detroit Free Press, Wayne State says it must protect the
"constitutional and religious rights of everyone." The Detroit university says recognition
as a student group is not a right.
InterVarsity says it welcomes all students regardless of beliefs, but its leaders must
meet certain standards.

Legislation advancing in Michigan's Legislature would let "medically frail" inmates be
The main bill approved 94-14 by the Republican-controlled House Wednesday could
initially affect 40 to 60 prisoners. The number could grow as the prison population ages.
Inmates convicted of first-degree murder or first-degree criminal sexual conduct
wouldn't be eligible. The state could save $200-thousand-dollars annually if the 40 to
60 inmates were paroled, housed in nursing homes and had their health care covered
by the joint federal-state Medicaid program. The Senate will consider the bill next.

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