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Michigan adoption agency reverses LGBT policy

Apr. 22, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A major faith-based foster care and adoption contractor for the state of Michigan said Monday it will place children in LGBT homes, reversing course following a recent legal settlement. Grand Rapids-based Bethany Christian Services is responsible for about 8% of Michigan's more than...

Former Michigan trooper convicted in teen's Taser death

Apr. 17, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A former Michigan state trooper was convicted of involuntary manslaughter Wednesday in his second trial in the death of a Detroit teenager who crashed an all-terrain vehicle and died when he was shot with a Taser. Mark Bessner, who had a history of misconduct allegations involving Taser use,...

Jury convicts former Michigan state trooper of involuntary manslaughter in Taser-related death of Detroit teen

Apr. 17, 2019 2:36 PM EDT
DETROIT (AP) — Jury convicts former Michigan state trooper of involuntary manslaughter in Taser-related death of Detroit teen.

Michigan governor open to allowing Great Lakes oil tunnel

Apr. 17, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that she's open to allowing construction of an oil transport tunnel beneath the channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, despite previously halting work on a tunnel plan developed by her predecessor. Whitmer told reporters she wanted...

Michigan AG: No abortion prosecutions if Roe is reversed

Apr. 16, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general said Tuesday that she will not enforce a state abortion ban if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. Democrat Dana Nessel, speaking at a Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan conference, told the crowd of abortion rights...

Michigan AG to review 2015 fatal shooting by ICE agent

Apr. 16, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's attorney general will look into the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man by a U.S. customs agent during a 2015 police raid in Detroit. Laura Moody, chief of staff for Attorney General Dana Nessel, says in a letter to Terrance Kellom's family that the case "will be reviewed by an...

Prosecutor: 'No common sense' in Michigan cop's use of Taser

Apr. 16, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A prosecutor urged jurors on Tuesday to convict a former Michigan State Police trooper of second-degree murder in the death of a Detroit teen, saying there wasn't a "lick of common sense" in firing a Taser at a boy riding an all-terrain vehicle. Damon Grimes, 15, crashed the ATV and died on...

The Latest: No verdict yet in cop's fatal use of Taser

Apr. 16, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the second-degree murder trial of a former Michigan trooper in the death of a Detroit teenager (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Jurors have gone home after a brief period of deliberations in the trial of a former Michigan State Police trooper who is charged with second-degree...

Faith-based adoption agency sues after Michigan settlement

Apr. 15, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Faith-based adoption agencies sued the state of Michigan on Monday, challenging a settlement that prevents them from refusing to put children in LGBT homes for religious reasons. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed the lawsuit in western Michigan's U.S. District Court on...

People wrongly accused of jobless fraud win major ruling

Apr. 5, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Residents who were wrongly accused of defrauding Michigan's unemployment program won a major ruling Friday as the state Supreme Court set a favorable deadline for people to sue over decisions spit out from a disastrous computer system and enforced by staff. The court said victims qualify if...