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State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert withdrew herself from consideration on Saturday for the nomination of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

"I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo for the trust they placed in me for considering me for the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations," she said, according to a statement released by the State Department. "However, the past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw my name from consideration."

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is cutting its payouts in half for some and by as much as 70 percent for others, as the fund faces a surge in claims ahead of its expiration date in December 2020.

The fund, which was opened in 2011, compensates for deaths and illnesses due to exposure to toxins at the sites of the Sept. 11 attacks. The $7.3 billion fund has already paid out about $5 billion to 21,000 claimants. But it still has about 19,000 additional unpaid claims to address.


And, finally, today, even as we've learned of yet another deadly mass shooting in our country, this time in Illinois, we are still remembering the tragedy in Parkland, Fla. Seventeen students and staff members were killed and another 17 were wounded one year ago. Annabel Claprood was a sophomore at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School then. She survived the events of last February 14 but struggles to overcome the trauma. Jessica Bakeman of member station WLRN spent time with Annabel over the last year and brings us her journey through the seasons.

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Midland Center for the Arts presents The King’s Singers in concert Sunday February 17th at Bay City’s First Presbyterian Church.  Patrick Dunachie of the King’s Singers spoke with Mosaic’s David Nicholas about the collaborative concert with MCFTA’s Camerata Singers…

Central Michigan University’s School of Music hosts “Viola Day” Sunday February 17. Dr. Alicia Valoti, Assistant Professor of Viola at CMU, joined David Nicholas on Mosaic for a preview…

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The Michigan Supreme Court has launched a new program aimed at helping judges better assess whether or not to set bail for a defendant.

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Attorney General Dana Nessel is reviewing whether it was legal for the Michigan legislature to adopt and amend two ballot proposals that change Michigan’s minimum wage and paid sick time laws.

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The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday released its action plan for addressing perfluoroalkyl substance contamination, or PFAs.

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A new bill in Congress will give public service workers a federal right to unionize.

Unions for Michigan public service workers support the move, saying it’s an added protection.

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Sharing similar personalities is not a predictor for long term relationship happiness, according to a new study out of Michigan State University.

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A new study says when people feel they have a say in local wind turbine projects, they are more likely to have positive opinions about wind energy.

Civil asset forfeiture bill passes State Senate

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The State Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would make major changes to civil asset forfeiture.


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