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State lawmakers starting to plan ways to help furloughed federal employees

Lawmakers in Lansing are contemplating ways to help furloughed federal employees get by until the government reopens. There are thousands of federal employees in Michigan that haven’t been paid since December.

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Police in Phoenix say they have arrested a man suspected of assaulting and impregnating an incapacitated woman who gave birth at a long-term care facility.

Nathan Sutherland, 36, a licensed practical nurse has been charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse, according to officials who made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday.

"[Police] have spent endless hours investigating this hideous crime," Mayor Thelda Williams told reporters. "This is a facility that you should be safe in, and someone wasn't."

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James Muncy can trace his breathing problems back to the 1990s, when he was still mining coal. "I couldn't cut grass hardly," he says. "When it's hot, [I] couldn't breathe."

For 26 years, Handicap International has not only been providing crutches, prosthetics and wheelchairs to people with disabilities in Burundi. It has also been a leading advocate for people with disabilities in the country. Much of its work has focused on helping people get physical therapy, accessible housing and jobs.

But all of that is over now.

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Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary hosts the 7th Annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival January 23-27 in Alpena.  Stephanie Gandulla spoke with David Nicholas about the 50 plus films to be featured at the event focused on lakes and oceans…


Faculty from Central Michigan University’s School of Music joined David Nicholas in studio during Mosaic to talk about their collaboration with musicians from the Lansing Symphony Orchestra…


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Flint warming centers are at capacity but are still willing to let people in for shelter against the cold.

 


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“Old friends in a new home” is the way University of Michigan Museum of Natural History officials like to describe the new facility opening to the public this Spring.

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Lawmakers in Lansing are contemplating ways to help furloughed federal employees get by until the government reopens.

There are thousands of federal employees in Michigan that haven’t been paid since December.

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Monday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer pledged to keep bottled water donations flowing to Flint.

Trust in what’s coming out of the tap remains a big issue in Flint.

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Michigan’s Supreme Court is back in session Wednesday with a new member and a new leader.  Justice Bridget McCormack is a Democrat. But she was elected by her mostly Republican fellow justices to be the new chief of the court.

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The Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners approved a policy Wednesday to allow people to say a prayer at the start of their general meetings.

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John Engler is out, and engineer Satish Udpa is in as Michigan State University’s new interim president. Starting immediately. Engler wanted his resignation to be effective starting January 23rd, but the university’s board of trustees had other plans.


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The National Weather Service reports state-wide frigid temperatures and scattered snow over the weekend. Michigan State Police offers advice on staying warm and safe during the bitter cold.

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