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Lawmaker calls for clearing low-level marijuana convictions

A state lawmaker has proposed clearing the criminal records of people convicted of possessing or using marijuana. It would apply to misdemeanor convictions prior to voter approval of a ballot question legalizing recreational marijuana in Michigan.

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Toys R Us is rising from the ashes. Now Americans may not have to go another Christmas without its once beloved toy store.

The retailer is making a comeback in time for the 2019 holiday season with a new approach. Instead of providing mile-long aisles filled with a plethora of toys, the company is switching its focus to smaller stores that will feature interactive toy demonstrations, spaces for special events like birthday parties, new activities every day and open play areas.

The lineup is now set for the second series of Democratic presidential primary debates, at the end of the month.

On the first night, progressive favorites Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be on stage together for the first time, while upstart South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg will be trying to continue his improbable rise.

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President Trump will nominate Eugene Scalia, son of late Justice Antonin Scalia, to be the next labor secretary, the president announced via Twitter Thursday evening.

A source close to Scalia earlier Thursday confirmed to NPR that the president had offered Scalia the job and that he accepted.

Scalia, 55, is a partner at the law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C., where he handles cases related to labor and employment.

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The Federal Communications Commission has approved $33 million to improve access to broadband internet in 21 Michigan counties.

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New research out of Michigan State University finds that while explicit bias against people with disabilities has been declining - implicit bias is on the rise.

The inaugural Michigan Authors’ Workshop Series will be held in Midland July 22-26.  The guests and events will feature readings and writing and workshops by Michigan writers.  Helen Raica-Klotz from Saginaw Valley State University is the coordinator of the event – she joined David Nicholas in studio during Mosaic to share a preview.

Petoskey “hole” to be filled with new development

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City officials said what is simply known as “the hole” in downtown Petoskey will finally be filled. Residents can learn what the plan entails at a meeting Monday July 22.

A bill has been introduced in the state house to waive the state park recreation passport sticker fee for public transit buses.

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Another state lawmaker has introduced legislation to limit the use of facial recognition technology.


New legislation in the state house would amend the Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act to include protections for hair.

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Researchers from Central Michigan University are working on Beaver Island to find ways to protect the Great Lakes from an oil spill by improving the appetites of microbes

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A company release said the Quad printing facility in Midland will be closed, “on or around September 10” of this year.

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New research from the University of Michigan finds environmental organizations lack transparency.


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