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Hundreds Protest After Minnesota Officer Found Not Guilty In Philando Castile Death

Updated 2:15 a.m. ET Saturday Hundreds of people gathered in St. Paul, Minn., Friday evening to protest a verdict that found a Minnesota police officer not guilty on all counts in his deadly shooting of a black man during a traffic stop in 2016. Demonstrators gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol holding signs that included the phrases "black lives matter," and "no justice, no peace," and hundreds marched toward the nearby Cathedral of Saint Paul. Some of the protesters that the Minnesota...

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President Trump did it again on Twitter late last week.

"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt," he tweeted Friday morning.

Once again, a Trump tweet set off a media frenzy, this time making everyone wonder whether he was indeed confirming that he was under investigation for obstruction of justice. (The White House later said the tweet was not confirmation that Trump has been informed that he is under investigation.)

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Great Lakes mayors break with Trump on climate change

Jun 15, 2017
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Mayors across the region, in both Canada and the U.S., are banding together against climate change.

Members of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative are gathering this week in Montreal for an annual meeting.

They announced their plan to move forward with their support of the Paris Climate Agreement. Their move comes in response to President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the agreement.

The mayors also say they’ll push for U.S. funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which was eliminated from Trump’s budget plan.

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Michigan’s unemployment in May hit its lowest rate since 2000.

It was the state’s lowest unemployment rate in 17 years, largely driven by 21-thousand people who left the workforce in May.

Anna Heaton is the press secretary for the Governor’s office. She said since 2010 there has been a slow but steady upswing in Michigan’s labor market.

“The job gains since December 2010 were primarily in manufacturing with 128 hundred thousand jobs and then we had job gains also in scientific and technical services and healthcare.”

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On Thursday the state approved expediting the expansion of a wind farm in the thumb.

 

The Cross Winds Energy Park in Tuscola County is currently in the process of constructing 19 wind turbines, which are expected to be in use next year.

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Three paddle boarders plan to embark on a 90 mile journey across northern Lake Huron Sunday.

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Thousands of dams have been built across the Great Lakes region -- but many are old and in danger of collapsing. In Michigan, conservation groups and state agencies are pooling resources to remove or repair dams before it’s too late.

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According to a new survey a majority of Americans think states should pursue renewable energy policies in the absence of federal mandates.

The survey, from the Gerald R. Ford School for Public Policy, found that 66 percent of Americans think states should take the lead to combat global warming.

Barry Rabe helped conduct the survey. He says they polled people before President Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Five current and former government officials now face in-voluntary manslaughter charges in the Flint water crisis.

Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the manslaughter charges today,  against State Health Department Director Nick Lyon, former emergency manager Darnell Earley, and 3 others.

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The latest version of changes to the state’s teacher retirement plan passed through committees Wednesday. The changes were announced late Tuesday and received committee hearings early Wednesday morning.

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A group marched on Governor Rick Snyder’s office Tuesday to call for faster work fixing Flint’s water system.

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Congressman Dan Kildee from Flint is asking President Trump to keep funding intact for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and Environmental Protection Agency.

 

Kildee said without financial support, the environment, economy and health of Great Lakes states would suffer.

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