newsmaker http://michiganradio.org en Flint's Amir Hekmati retried and sentenced to 10 years in Iranian prison http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-amir-hekmati-retried-and-sentenced-10-years-iranian-prison <p>Amir Hekmati is a former Marine from Flint, Michigan.</p><p>More than two and a half years ago, while visiting family in Iran, Hekmati was arrested and charged with espionage. His initial death sentence was overturned, but now reports have surfaced that Hekmati&nbsp;was secretly retried in December 2013.</p><p>He was convicted of "partial collaboration with the American government," and sentenced to 10 years in prison.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:20:08 +0000 Jennifer White & Michigan Radio Newsroom 17243 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's Amir Hekmati retried and sentenced to 10 years in Iranian prison Senate hesitates to vote on expanding Michigan Medicaid http://michiganradio.org/post/senate-hesitates-vote-expanding-michigan-medicaid <p></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder has called on the Legislature to pass a Medicaid expansion in Michigan in accordance with the Affordable Care Act. Although the House passed the expansion, the Michigan Senate went on summer recess without voting on the bill. However, now a Senate Work Group will begin meeting over the summer months to consider the legislation.</p><p>Medicaid expansion has had the support of both the medical and business communities. Now former GOP House Speaker Rick Johnson is lending his voice in support of the call for Medicaid expansion. He discusses his reasons for supporting the proposed expansion, and the Senate’s hesitation on coming to a vote.</p><p>Former Speaker Johnson says that despite resistance to the Affordable Care Act from the Republican Caucus, the bill has been discussed for far too long to not be considered for a vote in the Senate.</p><p>“It’s been out here now six months, it’s been reviewed, it’s been kicked back and forth. We’re at a point where it’s time to make a choice. Let’s at least take the vote. Up or down, let’s take the vote,” Johnson explained.</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 00:04:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & Jennifer White 13439 at http://michiganradio.org