LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Two conservative ex-lawmakers who had an extramarital affair and attempted to conceal it have been sued by former aides.
The Detroit News and MLive.com report former state Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat were sued Friday by Keith Allard and Ben Graham in Ingham County Circuit Court. The ex-aides seek whistle-blower protection and allege they were fired in retaliation for reporting information to House officials.
Michigan state officials say they have a plan to help Flint deal with rising lead levels in the city's drinking water. City residents want more.
State and local officials Friday unveiled a plan for fixing Flint’s water problems.
But one demand of many city residents is not on the list.
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality director Dan Wyant addressed what he sees as the critical problem in Flint.
“We know many residents are concerned about health and the health of their children. Many have lost confidence in the drinking water," Wyant told a midday news conference in Flint. "We need to build that back. We need to do more."
Researchers found elevated lead levels in Flint's drinking water, and pediatricians found that the water was likely poisoning some kids in the city. Today, the state revealed that it too had tested kids and their findings seem to be consistent.
Dr. Eden Wells, the state's chief medical executive, said that before the city switched to Flint River water, kids' lead levels in two "high risk" zip codes were 2.7 times higher than the rest of Genesee County. Now they're 3.2 times higher - a statistically significant difference.
One of the things I most dislike about most politicians is their unwillingness to admit when they’ve screwed up.
Take Dennis Williams, the leader of the United Auto Workers union. He and his lieutenants were so out of touch with the membership that they negotiated a contract that the angry workers rejected by almost two to one.
Yesterday, when the results were in, Williams said. “We don’t consider this a setback,” we consider this “part of the process.”
The American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan have filed a federal lawsuit against a national Catholic health system for failure to provide women suffering pregnancy complications, including miscarriages, with appropriate emergency abortions.
The ACLU claims that the Trinity Health Corporation, which is headquartered in Michigan, violates federal law by requiring its doctors to follow the Ethical and Religious Directives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – instead of accepted medical practice.