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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Legislation aimed at curbing sexual assault in Michigan passed the state House Thursday.

The bills were introduced in the wake of the scandal involving Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.

All lawmakers agreed they want to help victims of sexual assault, but some lawmakers argued a few of the bills didn’t go far enough.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   This week lawmakers in Lansing plan to move legislation aimed at improving the state’s sexual assault laws. 

It comes after weeks of discussion on more than 30 bills.

The bills would do things like require sexual assault and dating violence be taught during sex education in high school and increase penalties for people that are required to report suspected child abuse, but don’t.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Environmental groups want Governor Rick Snyder to say “no” to legislation on his desk.  

They’re concerned about bills that would change some oversight requirements for state mines.

Sean Hammond is with the Michigan Environmental Council. He says they’re especially worried about a bill that would let mines amend their permits without a public hearing. Instead, the mine would just have to give written notification to the Department of Environmental Quality. Hammond says the mines need to be accountable to the public.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Lawmakers in Lansing say a settlement between Michigan State University and survivors of Larry Nassar doesn’t mean their quest for justice is over. 

Nassar is the former university sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients under the guise of treatment. More than 300 survivors are suing the school for not stopping him, and MSU faces a potential 500 million dollar settlement.

In the Legislature, lawmakers have crafted more than 30 bills in response to what Nassar did.

EAST LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   More than 300 victims of sexual assault are one step closer to a multi-million dollar settlement with Michigan State University. 

The lawsuit is over the school’s handling of former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar. He’s the man who sexually assaulted his patients for decades.

The proposed settlement still has to go through some formalities – but members of the university’s Board of Trustees and survivors have voiced support.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Lawmakers in Lansing are focused on giving some crime victims more rights and protections. 

Governor Rick Snyder will have to decide if convicted criminals should be required to listen to their victims in court. The legislation, on its way to his desk, is in response to a defendant who was convicted of killing a woman – but who left the courtroom during the family’s statements.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A coolant spill in the Straits of Mackinac did not harm the Great Lakes.

That’s according to the Coast Guard and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

In April, electric cables leaked about 600 gallons of synthetic coolant into the Straits of Mackinac. The cables are owned by the American Transmission Company.

Experts gave a presentation about the spill cleanup and analysis to the state’s Pipeline Safety Advisory Board Monday. They said the spill was “minor” and caused no significant environmental impact.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Activists from across the state shut down streets in Lansing Monday. The Michigan Poor People’s Campaign launched at the state Capitol. 

The campaign wants a massive overhaul of voting rights laws, new programs to get people out of poverty, and measures to boost the economy in favor of working people.

Jerry Goldberg is with a coalition to stop foreclosures, which is part of the campaign. He said all the struggles they’re fighting against – from racism to worker’s rights – are similar.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   High schools in Michigan might have to add financial literacy to their curriculum. 

Schools would have to offer a class on personal finance management skills like spending, saving, borrowing and investing to 11th and 12th graders. That’s if a bipartisan bill making its way through the state legislature is passed.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A Lansing area police department that says it mishandled a complaint against Larry Nassar has reviewed 17 years of sexual assault complaints. 

Nassar is the former sports doctor who will spend decades in prison for sexually assaulting his patients.

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