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With father facing deportation, family seeks sanctuary in Detroit church

A Southgate family is now living above Detroit’s Central United Methodist Church. They’ve sought sanctuary there in a last-ditch effort to save the father from a deportation order.

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The Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority has named Willie Brooks its new CEO.

This is actually the second time Brooks has been offered the job as head of the state’s largest community mental health services provider.

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The state Legislature went over the governor’s head Wednesday. It approved a veto override – something that hasn’t happened in Michigan since 2002.

The bills speed up the phase-out of the sales tax on the value of a trade-in when buying a new vehicle. Governor Rick Snyder vetoed them last year because of budget concerns. But Speaker of the House Tom Leonard says he’s not worried about the budget. 

 

“Since I’ve been here it seems like, that we’ve continued to put the state’s budget over the individual budgets of each of our hardworking citizens,” he said.

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Low-income people who have a valid legal claim but can't afford a lawyer can now get free advice on how to represent themselves.

A new legal clinic provides assistance specifically for low-income people who want to represent themselves in civil lawsuits in federal court.

Federal courts have jurisdiction over civil rights disputes, employment matters and certain contract issues.

The clinic will be staffed by students from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School. The students will provide free but limited legal research under the guidance of attorney. 

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A report pegs the cost of properly educating a student in Michigan at no less than $9,550. That’s almost $2,000 more than the current minimum.

The report also puts numbers to the costs of transportation, special education, and educating students in small, rural districts. The goal is to create an individualized per-student school funding formula.

City of Ann Arbor

The Michigan Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a company that polluted Ann Arbor's groundwater.

Gelman Sciences hoped its appeal would result in the removal of the city of Ann Arbor and a local environmental group as parties to an ongoing lawsuit over cleaning up the contamination.

Laura Rubin is head of that local environmental group -- the Huron River Watershed Council. She says having the city and HRWC remain in the lawsuit will get a better result. The parties are currently in settlement negotiations to see if a trial can be avoided.

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Some hate the snow, others love it, but there is no arguing that snow has been the mother of invention for many a Michigander. Case in point: Snurfing.

 

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The name “America” was drawn from the first name of the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci, who died in 1512. But the first inhabitants of what we now call “North America” call it "Turtle Island."

A new video game called Thunderbird Strike lets players protect Turtle Island, particularly from the oil industry.

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This is the second of four days of victim impact statements in the sentencing of former MSU gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

Woman after woman is speaking out to condemn Nassar for sexually abusing them.

Virginia Gordan

Scores of so-called DREAMers and their supporters marched in freezing temperatures in downtown Detroit today. 

The protestors chanted, "What do we want? The DREAM Act! When do we want it? Now!"

They called for immediate passage of the DREAM Act as a condition of keeping the government from shutting down.

DREAMers are undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Alexis Rockman

 

 

He’s been widely praised for his paintings about natural history and ecological history.

 

Now, New York artist Alexis Rockman has turned to Michigan’s treasure — the Great Lakes.

 

His new show, "Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle," opens at the Grand Rapids Art Museum on Jan. 27.

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