sister cities http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's news: Juvenile lifers, new autism research, Lansing splits from sister city http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-juvenile-lifers-new-autism-research-lansing-splits-sister-city <p><strong>Schuette will challenge re-sentencing for juvenile lifers</strong></p><p>A federal judge says the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down automatic life sentences without parole applies to 363 inmates in Michigan. The judge says the ruling applies to every inmate sentenced as a child and entitles them to re-sentencing hearings. Attorney General Bill Schuette wants the ruling applied to only five Michigan inmates who challenged their cases in federal court, and to future cases. The American Civil Liberties Union disagrees and says the ruling applies to everyone affected. Rick Pluta has<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/federal-judge-says-hundreds-juvenile-lifers-should-have-new-sentencing-hearings"> more.</a></p><p><strong>U of M research shows association between autism and induced labor</strong></p><p>“New University of Michigan research has found an association between autism and inducing or augmenting labor during childbirth. Researchers looked at the birth records of more than 600 thousand children and compared them to the children’s school records. They found a 35 percent increased chance of autism in boys whose mothers’ had their labor induced or augmented. Marie Lynn Miranda, a Pediatrics professor at U of M, says the data is worth further study, but it does not draw a direct link between inducing labor and autism,” Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/u-m-study-association-found-between-risk-autism-and-induced-labor">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Lansing wants to cut ties with Russian sister city </strong></p><p>“Officials in Lansing want to end their community's 'sister cities' relationship with the Russian city of St. Petersburg due to that country's anti-gay policies. The <a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20130722/NEWS01/307220061/Lansing-City-Council-talks-severing-ties-sister-city-Russia-over-anti-gay-policies">Lansing State Journal </a>and <a href="http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2013/08/lansing_council_votes_to_end_st_petersburg_russia_sister_city_ties_over_gay_rights_violations.html#incart_river">MLive.com</a> report Lansing City Council voted unanimously Monday calling for end to the relationship. A new Russian law is aimed at 'propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.' It imposes fines for organizations, plus stiffer penalties for propaganda online or in the media,” according to the Associated Press.</p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:52:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13951 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Juvenile lifers, new autism research, Lansing splits from sister city The clock may soon be ticking on Lansing's sister city relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia http://michiganradio.org/post/clock-may-soon-be-ticking-lansings-sister-city-relationship-st-petersburg-russia <p>The Sister Cities relationship between Lansing and St. Petersburg, Russia might have a limited future.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Lansing has had a sister cities relationship with St. Petersburg since the early 1990’s, though the exchange program has been dormant for many years.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The push to formally sever the relationship came after St. Petersburg enacted an anti-gay ordinance and arrested LGBT activists in recent weeks.</p><p></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 02:21:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 13638 at http://michiganradio.org The clock may soon be ticking on Lansing's sister city relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia Lansing leaders will discuss their Sister-City relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-leaders-will-discuss-their-sister-city-relationship-st-petersburg-russia <p>Possibly ending the city of Lansing’s sister city relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia will be the topic of a meeting tomorrow evening.</p><p></p><p>St. Petersburg recently passed an anti-gay ordinance and police there arrested people at an LGBT rally.</p><p></p><p>Some Lansing city council members say they want to send a message to St. Petersburg officials by canceling Lansing’s 2 decade old sister cities relationship with the Russian city.</p><p></p> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 19:09:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13614 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing leaders will discuss their Sister-City relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia Anti-gay laws in Russia may end sister-city relationship in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/anti-gay-laws-russia-may-end-sister-city-relationship-michigan <p>The city of Lansing may end its sister-city relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia.</p><p>The Russian city recently passed an anti-homosexual ordinance and arrested people during a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rally.</p><p>Jody Washington is a Lansing City Council member. She says Michigan’s capital city shouldn’t have any kind of friendly agreement with a city that violates human rights.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:51:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 13549 at http://michiganradio.org Anti-gay laws in Russia may end sister-city relationship in Michigan