Rick Pluta

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DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan is being sued over same-sex couple adoptions and foster care placements. The ACLU says faith-based adoption agencies that take public money should not be allowed to turn away same-sex married couples based on a religious objection. 

That’s despite a 2015 law that was supposed to allow faith-based agencies to review to work with same-sex couples following the US Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A state board plans to review problems with Enbridge Energy’s Line Five oil and gas pipeline at a meeting Monday. 

The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board is expected to discuss what should be done after portions of a protective coating were accidentally removed from a stretch of the oil and gas pipe system that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Nick Assendelft is the safety board’s spokesman.

“I think the discussion will be on how to move forward with on that, and how to work with Enbridge to get those coatings repaired,” he says.

Todd McInturf / Detroit News

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Some Iraqi immigrants who are being detained while they fight deportation have gone on a hunger strike.

It’s not clear how many detainees are refusing to eat. Family members and the ACLU say it might be as many as 50. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement says seven detainees have been placed on medical watch after going without eating for 72 hours.

Many of the detainees are from metro Detroit and are being held at a federal facility in Youngstown, Ohio.

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s energy chief says damage to the protective coating on an oil and gas pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac was worse than initially reported. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A new petition drive seeks to raise the state minimum wage to $12 an hour. It would also increase wages for workers who rely on tips. 

The effort to boost the minimum wage is also paired with another petition drive to require employers to provide workers with paid sick and family leave time.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (MPRN)--   Eleven former employees of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans have been charged with felonies for falsifying reports to reflect they made required patient visits when, instead, they were ignoring them.  

The charges allege the former employees filled out logs to show they visited patient rooms and responded to alerts that patients had left their beds and risked injury, even though video evidence showed they had not.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A group marched on Governor Rick Snyder’s office Tuesday to call for faster work fixing Flint’s water system.           

About 50 demonstrators delivered more than 11 hundred empty water bills with messages from Flint residents curled inside each one. 

Nayyirah Shariff with the group Flint Rising led the march. She says the demands include picking up the pace of replacing lead pipes, and a moratorium on city water bills until the work is done. Shariff says the process of replacing the water pipes should not take years. 

Capitol mourning Kivela

May 10, 2017

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   There were tears and hugs on the floor of the state House today as colleagues got word that state Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) took his life – one day after his second arrest on a charge of drunk driving. 

House Speaker Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt) announced that Tuesday and Wednesday sessions would be cancelled to mourn Kivela’s passing. 

“I’m sure today is the toughest day we will experience this term together,” said Leonard. “And I truly have no words about the loss of our dear friend, John Kivela.”

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A bipartisan group of state lawmakers and local officials will try again this year to shut down a tax break that’s allowed big box stores to cut their property taxes. 

The so-called “dark store” loophole allows open and functioning big-box stores to base their property taxes on the value of stores that have been shut down. The value of the empty stores can be further reduced by restrictions on who can buy them.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A group of gun control advocates was at the state Capitol to lobby against a proposal to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit. 

About 75 members of the group Moms Demand Action showed up to urge lawmakers to reject a bill that would relax concealed gun rules. Right now, the state requires a clean criminal record and a safety course. This new bill would allow anyone 21 years or older who’s not barred from owning a firearm to conceal a gun under their clothes or in a vehicle.               

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