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2020 Legislative Polar Plunge Raises $34,000 for SOMI Lansing lawmakers jumped in icy cold waters today to help raise money for Special Olympics. A dozen legislators and more than 30 staffers took the plunge outside of the capital building, including Rep. Roger Hauck of Isabella and Midland counties. Just today, they raised $34,000 for Michigan Special Olympics.

Michigan Settles Lawsuit with 1,300+ Juveniles Allegedly Sexually Assaulted in Prison The State of Michigan is settling with several juveniles that say they were sexually assaulted while in prison. The case was originally filed in 2013 on behalf of more than 1,300 young prisoners. Under the settlement, the state will pay a total of $80 million in installments over the next three years.

Michigan weekend forecast has melting in store, and a word for Florida trips Here's a look at the weekend mostly for Michigan, but also for driving south.

Former Michigan wrestler identifies himself as whistleblower in sexual assault complaint at university A former University of Michigan wrestler who filed a complaint with the school alleging of sexual misconduct from a former coach identified himself as Tad DeLuca today.

Acid Wonderland This is a story about drugs. It was a relaxing day. The sun was smiling. Clouds salted the crisp blue sky. I sat on my balcony, enjoying my surroundings in my favorite lounging patio chair. As I sat, I casually enjoyed a bowl of marijuana from a pipe I had affectionately named Gunga Din.

Fife Lake Township Holds Townhall About Proposed Brownfield Plan Fife Lake Township opened up the floor to hear people's concerns about the plan at their meeting, on Thursday. Many asking Grand Traverse County to bring back their peace and quiet. "It's unsettling to hear all the time. You can't hear the birds.

Recap, takeaways from Michigan’s home loss to Wisconsin Because of that, Juwan Howard elected to give the starting lineup a bit of a different look by starting Brandon Johns in place of Brooks and Franz Wagner sliding to the two-guard and Isaiah Livers sliding to the three.

Michigan family sues Target after 12-year-old daughter stabbed by needle, lawsuit claims A West Michigan family is suing Target after their then 12-year-old daughter was stabbed and scratched by a hypodermic needle while trying on clothes, according to a federal lawsuit.

Lady Lions Fall To Michigan 80-66 In Thirteenth Straight Loss Penn State women's basketball couldn't take care of Michigan on Thursday night, falling to the Wolverines 80-66 in the Bryce Jordan Center. Three Lady Lions reached double digits - Siyeh Frazier, Makenna Marisa, and Kamaria McDaniel - as Penn State played its last home game of the season.

Michigan high school first to earn Cognia STEM certification Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School recently became the first high school in Michigan to receive accreditation for its STEM-designated curriculum form Cognia, the globally recognized school improvement, assessment and certification organization.

Michigan State adds more football staffers The team has hired Jason Novak as strength and conditioning coach and Scott Aligo as director of player personnel.

Health leaders: Risk of coronavirus in Michigan is low The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said the risk of Michganders getting the coronavirus is low. The only real risk is if someone traveled outside the country. "It is a respiratory disease so they all have very similar symptoms. People should be aware of it," said Lynn Sutfin, MDHHS spokeswoman.

Skepticism greets commitment of $13.5 million for Wurtsmith AF Base PFAS cleanup Air Force says it will prioritize the PFAS cleanup at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Michigan, allocating an additional $13.5.

Michigan deals with questions surrounding legalized marijuana and employment Marijuana dispensaries opening their doors throughout Michigan are leaving employers with pressing questions. What do they do with employee drug testing - now that it's legal? WSBT 22's DJ Manou shows us how a panel helped answer those questions. Starting next week Green Stem will be another medicinal dispensary open in Niles.

Watchdog demands purge of ‘suspiciously’ bloated voter rolls in 3 battleground states A watchdog group threatened to sue three states Thursday if they do not police their voting registration rolls more diligently before the November elections. The rolls in some counties of Colorado, Florida and Michigan are suspiciously high, sometimes exceeding the number of voting-age adults there, said the Honest Election Project.

Michigan Agrees To Pay $80 Million Settle Prison Sex Abuse Lawsuits The state of Michigan has agreed to pay a total of $80 million to former juvenile inmates who say they were victims of sexual abuse in prison. The deal also includes making changes to how the state houses juveniles in prison. The agreement would cover 1,300 former juvenile inmates.

"I will not be ignored again:" Former wrestlers detail abuse by late U of M doctor Three men who accuse a late University of Michigan doctor of sexual abuse say they want accountability from the university—and for others to speak up.

Gov. Whitmer lowers flag for fallen Michigan solider Gretchen Whitmer ordered U.S. and Michigan flags lowered to half-staff throughout the state to honor the service of Army Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Haley and coincide with his funeral. Haley, 38, was from Wyoming, Michigan in Kent County. Haley joined the Army in 2004 and served for 16 years.

Michigan schools scramble to plan for a potential coronavirus outbreak Would schools close for weeks at a time? Would lessons be online? What if a student travels overseas? Michigan districts are creating protocols on the fly to address a possible outbreak.

Mount Pleasant Businesses Discuss Impact of Central, Western Game Heading to Detroit in 2020 Central Michigan University announced plans Wednesday to play the Central-Western rivalry football game to Ford Field in Detroit this year. The game will be considered a home game for CMU in October and cap off a week of events centered around the university in the Detroit area.

CMU Monitors Coronavirus Developments in Countries with Study Abroad Students Schools with study abroad programs are also keeping a close eye on developments with the coronavirus. That includes Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant. They currently have 16 students studying in Italy and Two in Japan.

State Council Moves Forward With PFAs Limits In Drinking Water The state is looking to make huge strides in the fight against PFAs in drinking water. Today, the Environmental Rules Review Council approved the state's first maximum thresholds for PFAs chemicals in the state's drinking water.

Ski for MS at Boyne Mountain You can hit the slopes for a cause this weekend. On Saturday, February 29 Boyne Mountain is hosting "Ski for MS." They partnered with the "Ski for MS" foundation to raise money for families dealing with multiple sclerosis. The event includes a vertical challenge and a visit from Olympic Skier Jonny Moseley.

Pete Buttigieg visiting Michigan on Super Tuesday for Macomb County campaign stop Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg will campaign in Michigan for the first time in 2020 on Super Tuesday, one of the most important nights of the primary election. The former South Bend, Ind. mayor will hold a town hall in Macomb County on Tuesday, March 3, according to the campaign.

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