Law http://michiganradio.org en Gay couple trying to force state to recognize their marriage, “for our 13 kids” http://michiganradio.org/post/gay-couple-trying-force-state-recognize-their-marriage-our-13-kids <p>The ACLU of Michigan is suing the state to force it to recognize the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples who got married last month.</p><p></p><p>Clint McCormack and Bryan Reamer are one of eight couples named as plaintiffs in the <a href="http://www.aclumich.org/sites/default/files/2014_LGBT_CasparVSnyder_complaint.pdf">lawsuit</a>, which was filed Monday.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:15:21 +0000 Jake Neher 17226 at http://michiganradio.org Gay couple trying to force state to recognize their marriage, “for our 13 kids” Detroit bankruptcy judge ok's swaps settlement; says "now is the time to negotiate" http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-bankruptcy-judge-oks-swaps-settlement-says-now-time-negotiate <p>Judge Steven Rhodes approved a key settlement in Detroit’s historic bankruptcy case Friday.</p><p>The deal will <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140411/METRO01/304110047/Judge-OKs-85M-Detroit-debt-deal-2-banks?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">settle a costly interest-rate swaps agreemen</a>t with two banks, UBS and Bank of America, for $85 million.</p><p>Emergency manager Kevyn Orr has pushed hard for such a deal. Detroit had guaranteed the swaps with casino revenue, and paid out about $200 million since 2009.</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 01:11:17 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17213 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit bankruptcy judge ok's swaps settlement; says "now is the time to negotiate" Saginaw County Sheriff to outfit some inmates with stun vest http://michiganradio.org/post/saginaw-county-sheriff-outfit-some-inmates-stun-vest <p>The Saginaw County Sheriff Department plans to outfit inmates they believe could become violent in court with a "stun vest."&nbsp;</p><p>Inmates will wear the vest underneath their clothes.&nbsp;</p><p>Officers can use a remote control to deliver an electric shock if an inmate tries to attack someone and does not listen to a verbal command to stop. The shock is similar to that of a Taser device.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:58:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17208 at http://michiganradio.org Bill to fight scrap metal theft signed into law http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-fight-scrap-metal-theft-signed-law <p>Michigan now has tougher laws on the books meant to crack down on scrap metal theft.</p><p></p><p>Under a bill signed by Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday, people can no longer get instant cash when they sell commonly stolen items for $25 or more.</p><p></p><p>Supporters say mailing payments for those items will help law enforcement by creating a paper trail. They say communities all over the state have been literally ripped apart by illegal scrapping.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:39:48 +0000 Jake Neher 17196 at http://michiganradio.org Bill to fight scrap metal theft signed into law Breakthrough settlement announced in Detroit bankruptcy case http://michiganradio.org/post/breakthrough-settlement-announced-detroit-bankruptcy-case <p>Mediators in Detroit’s bankruptcy case have made a potentially huge breakthrough with some of the city’s bondholders.</p><p>Bondholders are one of the city’s biggest groups of unsecured creditors.</p><p>That means they’re also one of the most important groups for emergency manager Kevyn Orr to get on board with his plan of adjustment, and avoid a protracted legal battle that could bog the city down in bankruptcy court for months or years.</p><p>Now, negotiators for the city and three major bond insurers have announced a settlement deal.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:43:24 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17160 at http://michiganradio.org Breakthrough settlement announced in Detroit bankruptcy case Key ruling expected this week in Detroit bankruptcy http://michiganradio.org/post/key-ruling-expected-week-detroit-bankruptcy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">J</span>udge Steven Rhodes will make a major ruling in Detroit’s ongoing bankruptcy case this week.</p><p>Rhodes will decide whether the city can settle an interest-rate swaps deal with two major banks for $85 million.</p><p>Detroit had hoped to hedge against interest rates rising when it entered into the swaps deal on some city pension debt in 2006.</p><p>But interest rates fell to nearly 0, and Detroit has been forced to shell out about $200 million to UBS and Bank of America since 2009.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17124 at http://michiganradio.org Key ruling expected this week in Detroit bankruptcy Body found in Indiana lake, Officials believe it may be missing Kalamazoo doctor http://michiganradio.org/post/body-found-indiana-lake-officials-believe-it-may-be-missing-kalamazoo-doctor <p>PORTER, Ind. (AP) - Authorities say the body of a woman has been found in a northwestern Indiana lake near where they conducted a January search for a missing Michigan doctor.</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 22:53:32 +0000 The Associated Press 17120 at http://michiganradio.org Body found in Indiana lake, Officials believe it may be missing Kalamazoo doctor Michigan's medical schools need more cadavers; law would make donation easier http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-medical-schools-need-more-cadavers-law-would-make-donation-easier <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">LANSING –&nbsp;Any accredited Michigan medical school could receive dead body donations under legislation being considered in the state House.</p><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Residents now can donate their bodies to one of three older medical schools, which allocate some donations to other schools and hospitals. But Michigan's new medical schools want to receive bodies independently to promote donations in their areas and streamline the process.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 12:26:08 +0000 The Associated Press 17112 at http://michiganradio.org Schuette asks for fast action on gay marriage case http://michiganradio.org/post/schuette-asks-fast-action-gay-marriage-case <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked a federal appeals court to put the legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage on a fast track. Schuette is defending Michigan’s ban.</p><p></p><p>Schuette’s filed a motion with the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to skip a hearing before a three judge panel and go directly to the entire 15-judge court. That could shave months, maybe as much as a year, off the appeals process. Schuette says the question needs to settled regardless of who wins in the end.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 01:09:48 +0000 Rick Pluta 17109 at http://michiganradio.org Schuette asks for fast action on gay marriage case Man accused of using fake religious organization to run foreclosure rescue scam http://michiganradio.org/post/man-accused-using-fake-religious-organization-run-foreclosure-rescue-scam <p>Michigan’s Attorney General says a Detroit man defrauded more than 100 people in southeast Michigan with a fake mortgage rescue scam.</p><p>Bill Schuette says Anthony&nbsp;Carta ran the scam through a phony religious organization called Freedom by Faith Ministries.</p><p>Carta promised homeowners facing foreclosure he’d settle up with their mortgage lenders, for a fee. But he would pocket that money instead.</p><p>Carta is accused of stealing more than $300,000 this way. He’s being charged with conducting a criminal enterprise and two other felonies.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17099 at http://michiganradio.org Man accused of using fake religious organization to run foreclosure rescue scam New state law lowers taxes for companies trying to get more oil out of existing wells http://michiganradio.org/post/new-state-law-lowers-taxes-companies-trying-get-more-oil-out-existing-wells <p>A new state law encourages oil companies to go back to oil wells that are considered tapped out and extract more oil.</p><p>So-called “enhanced recovery projects” are relatively new in Michigan. In fact, there’s only one company that’s using the technique.</p><p>The process recycles carbon dioxide that would otherwise be vented into the atmosphere and pumps it down into existing oil wells. The pressure forces more oil to the surface. Proponents say the process makes better use of existing oil wells because the oil couldn’t be recovered without the technique.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:58:09 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17085 at http://michiganradio.org New state law lowers taxes for companies trying to get more oil out of existing wells Michigan Supreme Court to hear dispute over court costs http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-hear-dispute-over-court-costs <p> DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court soon will hear arguments in a dispute over whether convicts can be ordered to pay the operating costs of local courts.<br /><br />Fred Cunningham is asking the Supreme Court to throw out a $1,000 bill that was part of his sentence for a drug crime in Allegan County, southwest of Grand Rapids.<br /><br />Judges statewide have used their discretion to order local court costs, citing Michigan law. The attorney general's office is defending the practice, saying the Legislature could have restricted the meaning of the law but didn't.<br /> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:21:00 +0000 The Associated Press 17024 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court to hear dispute over court costs Proposal in state House calls for closing boys juvenile detention center http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-state-house-calls-closing-boys-juvenile-detention-center <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: normal;">A state-run juvenile detention center is slated to be closed under a plan before the Michigan House Appropriations Committee.</p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: normal;">Closing the Maxey Boys Training School in Livingston County would save about $8 million.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:17:27 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17011 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal in state House calls for closing boys juvenile detention center State Senate says minors shouldn't be charged as prostitutes http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senate-says-minors-shouldnt-be-charged-prostitutes <p>The Michigan Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would make it illegal to charge minors with prostitution.&nbsp;</p><p>"Right now, when children who are victims of sex trafficking in Michigan are found, they’re frequently criminalized," says Bridgette Carr of the University of Michigan Human Trafficking Clinic.&nbsp;"We don’t have a path for them to be treated as victims of sexual abuse, rather than criminals."</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:26:18 +0000 Kate Wells 16990 at http://michiganradio.org State Senate says minors shouldn't be charged as prostitutes Mich. Supreme Court suspends Wayne Co. Judge McCree http://michiganradio.org/post/mich-supreme-court-suspends-wayne-co-judge-mccree <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan-new/media/docs/McCree.pdf">Michigan Supreme Court says</a>&nbsp;a Wayne County judge should be removed from office. It says Wade&nbsp;McCree&nbsp;faces a six-year suspension if voters reelect him in November, and ordered him to pay $11,645.17 in costs.</p><p></p><p>You might remember Wade&nbsp;McCree's name from a now-infamous quote he gave to a TV reporter about texting a shirtless picture of himself to a sheriff’s office worker.</p><p></p><p>http://youtu.be/d96pLyMf9UU</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:31:47 +0000 Sarah Hulett 16991 at http://michiganradio.org Business equipment tax repeal bills sail through state House http://michiganradio.org/post/business-equipment-tax-repeal-bills-sail-through-state-house <p>A widely unpopular tax on business equipment in Michigan is one step closer to being permanently repealed.</p><p></p><p>Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say the industrial portion of Michigan’s Personal Property Tax (PPT) is a job killer and keeps companies from investing in new equipment.</p><p></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 23:23:36 +0000 Jake Neher 16974 at http://michiganradio.org Business equipment tax repeal bills sail through state House Appeals court keeps stay on Michigan same-sex marriages in place http://michiganradio.org/post/appeals-court-keeps-stay-michigan-same-sex-marriages-place <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has extended the freeze on same-sex marriages in Michigan. The court granted the state’s request to put a hold on last week’s decision that struck down Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>The panel’s 2-1 ruling continues the legal limbo of more than 300 gay and lesbian couples who were married during the weekend window before the door was closed.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:44:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 16972 at http://michiganradio.org Appeals court keeps stay on Michigan same-sex marriages in place Improving cybersecurity in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/improving-cybersecurity-michigan <p>Improving cyber security across Michigan is the goal of a new training center that opened today in Battle Creek.</p><p></p><p>The&nbsp;<em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.merit.edu/cyberrange/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan Cyber Range</a>&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will mainly train National Guardsmen to identify </span>cyberattacks<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p></p><p>But it will also provide training for civilians.</p><p></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:34:58 +0000 Steve Carmody 16971 at http://michiganradio.org Improving cybersecurity in Michigan What's next for married gay couples in legal limbo? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-next-married-gay-couples-legal-limbo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Friday, March 21, U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman struck down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.</span></p><p>The next day, clerks in Ingham, Washtenaw, Oakland and Muskegon counties opened their doors to issue marriage licenses. More than 300 people were pronounced man and husband, or woman and wife, before 5 p.m. Then a stay was issued by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which forced clerks to cease marrying gay couples.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:28:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16948 at http://michiganradio.org What's next for married gay couples in legal limbo? Irritated but not shocked, same-sex couples hope their marriages will be recognized http://michiganradio.org/post/irritated-not-shocked-same-sex-couples-hope-their-marriages-will-be-recognized <p>For many newly married couples, it’s not unusual to apply to the state and federal government to get their new last names.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But for Art Bristol and Corey </span>Ledin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, whose newly minted marriage license declares their last names as </span>Ledin-Brisol<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the process was far from usual.</span></p><p>TV cameras were watching and photographers snapped pictures. The secretary of state's office wouldn't even accept the same-sex couple's paperwork for a new driver’s license.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:08:24 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16951 at http://michiganradio.org Irritated but not shocked, same-sex couples hope their marriages will be recognized