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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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Michigan ranked 32nd among states for overall well being of kids in the state.

That’s according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation which was released Tuesday.

The Kids Count report looked at a variety of factors from education and health to economic well being.

Alicia Guevara-Warren is the Michigan Kids Count Project Director. She said 1 in 3 children live in homes that are not financially secure.

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The Michigan Board of Education is working on overturning the decades-old zero tolerance policy. It’s drafting changes to the Model Code of Student Conduct.

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Teacher retirement changes are moving through the legislature again. This time with the governor on board and a committee hearing scheduled for early Wednesday.

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Thousands are without power this morning in northern Michigan, following another round of severe weather overnight.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the central Lower Peninsula, and parts of the northern Lower Peninsula, until 4:00am Tuesday.



Over 200 people came to a Pipeline Advisory Board Meeting on Monday (6-12-17) to voice opposition to the continued operation of the Line 5 Pipeline Beneath the straits of Mackinac.


The three hour public comment period was utilized by local residents, environmental groups, and tribal members.


Outside of the meeting a giant puppet of Attorney General Bill Shuette - who environmental groups say hasn’t taken fast enough action on pipeline shutdown - was joined by protesters covered in sticky, oil-like goo.


Great Lakes water levels to remain high through fall

Jun 12, 2017
Alex Crichton, WXXI News

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicts that water across the Great Lakes will remain high for the duration of summer, and even into the fall.

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Enbridge Energy says it’s pressure testing the structural integrity of Line Five beneath the Straits of Mackinac. The company says the results appear to show the oil and gas pipeline does not pose a serious threat to the Great Lakes.

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Republicans in Lansing are trying to roll back the state’s Medicaid expansion – but their legislation may be dead on arrival.

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State spending plans are moving swiftly through the legislature. A number were voted on last week, many of them with deep cuts from what the governor asked for.