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Michiganders told to be on the lookout for Brown Recluse spiders

People are being urged to keep an eye out for brown recluse spiders, which have been showing up in Michigan more frequently over the last few years.

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A bitterly divided Supreme Court on Monday upheld the redrawing of congressional and state legislative maps in Texas. The decision reversed earlier court findings that intentional racial discrimination had infected the way that some statehouse and congressional districts were drawn — and came five years to the day after the high court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.

"Our legislative maps are legal"

When 35-year-old Nicole Arteaga walked into a Walgreens in Peoria, Ariz., last Wednesday, she was nine weeks pregnant. But, she says, her doctor had told her that her baby's development had stopped. She wrote in a detailed Facebook post that her doctor said she "ultimately [would] have a miscarriage."

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Baltimore’s police department was already notorious. But this year, eight former police officers were convicted on federal racketeering charges stemming from an FBI investigation. They belonged to an elite task force charged with getting guns off the city’s streets. Instead, the plainclothes cops roamed Baltimore neighborhoods at will, robbing people on the street, breaking into homes to steal money, drugs or guns and planting evidence on their victims. The targets of the Gun Trace Task Force included drug dealers and ordinary citizens.

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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.

This week on 'The Beat,' we're featuring some great new music from Diana Krall, Pete Siers, and Sarah Partidge. We're also hearing a new three-disc set from David Friessen, and hear from the Great Chick Corea.

Michigan House Democrats

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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Two million Medicare users in Michigan could be affected by cuts perhaps sooner than expected.

A little known Independent Payment Advisory Board - or IPAB - was created under the federal Affordable Care Act. It’s formed when Medicare spending hits a level, which is determined by a complicated formula. The group is charged with bringing costs  back down.

 

Nonviolent Peaceforce

Next week, the executive director of an organization dedicated to creating peace will be speaking in Midland.

Tiffany Easthom has been extensively involved in efforts to create peace in places like South Sudan and Syria. She’ll be speaking to members of Midland’s chapter of the Nonviolent Peaceforce on Monday, May 15.

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Governor Rick Snyder has chosen the newest member of the Michigan Supreme Court.

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Nestle’s efforts to increase water withdrawals in Osceola county are headed back to the courts. This time the company has appealed a building permit that was denied by local officials.

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