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Students and others rally for gun control at state Capitol

In the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Florida – students and others gathered at the state Capitol.

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Citing two cases of Russian athletes who were disqualified over doping at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee says it won't yet lift its suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee.

Going into the Winter Games, the IOC had said there was a chance Russia's athletes could march under their country's flag at the closing ceremony — depending on how the athletes behaved.

In a triumph over South Korea's much-loved "Garlic Girls," the Swedish women's curling team won a gold medal.

The game was one of Swedish vengeance. Nearly every time South Korea put a stone in a promising position, Sweden deftly took it out. By the fifth round, Sweden was up 4-1. Their tactics kept up, and by the eighth round, the team was up 7-3.

A Canadian athlete, his wife and his trainer were detained by South Korean police after drunkenly driving off in an unoccupied, idling car in Pyeongchang on Saturday, according to Reuters. Local press reported that the car was a pink Hummer.

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Michigan’s attempts to privatize prison food services is still running into problems. The legislature approved outsourcing prison food service in 2012 to cut costs. But it canceled its first contract with Aramark in 2015, after numerous problems.

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The state has released tips and statistics on shock and electrocution as a reminder that May is National Electrical Safety Month.

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  Farmers’ market season has started, and one community market is using technology to bring fresh produce to more people.

The Midland Chamber of Commerce has launched a new service that allows people to place an order from the farmers market online and have the goods delivered to their home.

Rachel Gray is the owner of Run-A-Round Errand Service. She said the service was launched to help bring fresh produce to more people.

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A case against the state of Michigan will determine whether tax dollars can be used to support private schools.

At stake is a two-and-a-half million dollar allocation in the state budget.

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There was a big rally at the state Capitol Wednesday to support improved mental health services and to oppose Governor Rick Snyder’s plan to overhaul how those services are paid for.

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A bill that would increase pay for jury members in Michigan is on its way to the Senate floor.

State officials said people often lose money on jury duty, through loss of wages and the cost of food and parking.

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A civil rights groups filed suit filed against the Michigan Secretary of State last week.

The suit argues it is unconstitutional to suspend the licenses of drivers who can’t afford to pay their fines.

Phil Telfeyan is the Executive Director of  Washington DC based, Equal Justice Under Law, which filed the suit.

He said the state routinely adds on late fees and fines and eventually suspends the license of someone who can’t pay.

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There were tears and hugs on the floor of the state House today as colleagues got word that state Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) took his life – one day after his second arrest on a charge of drunk driving.

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Big business investors are waiting on Governor Rick Snyder to give them a break. A tax break that is – to build on blighted land.

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