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GOP leader nixes bill to process surge of absentee ballots

February 20, 2020
LANSING — A top Republican lawmaker on Wednesday came out in opposition to legislation that would ease Michigan election clerks' ability to process an expected surge of absentee ballots and avoid a delay in releasing results, saying it would set a "dangerous precedent." Read More

University of Michigan says sex misconduct alleged against late doctor

February 19, 2020
ANN ARBOR — Several former patients have alleged that a late University of Michigan physician sexually abused them during exams, with one accuser saying Dr. Robert E. Anderson's actions over several decades made him a "sexual predator." Read More

Law firm elects first woman president

February 19, 2020
A local law firm selected the chair of its executive committee. Read More

Michigan man serving up to 60 years for pot seeks release

February 18, 2020
| By AP
MUSKEGON — A Michigan man sentenced to up to 60 years in prison in 1996 for a marijuana-dealing conviction is hoping to cut his remaining time behind bars. Read More

Judge rules on Michigan's sex offender registry challenge

February 17, 2020
DETROIT — A federal judge told state officials Friday that the Michigan Legislature needs to bring portions of its sex offender registry law into compliance with constitutional requirements. Read More

Woman gets probation for striking black man, hurling slurs

February 14, 2020
| By AP
A white woman who used racial slurs as she attacked a black car salesman at a western Michigan dealership has avoided jail, despite a tearful appeal from the victim for her to be given time behind bars. Read More

State cites problems with police database under construction

February 13, 2020
| By AP
LANSING — Michigan officials ordered a private contractor to halt work on a multimillion-dollar state police database because it isn't working, a newspaper reported. Read More

Michigan Legislature OKs more tax breaks for data center

February 12, 2020
The Republican-led Michigan Senate on Tuesday approved additional tax breaks for a major Grand Rapids-area data center, sending the bill to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her expected signature. Read More

Law firm expands southeast presence

February 12, 2020
A local law firm has added new partners with an emphasis on beefing up its presence on the east side of the state. Read More

Bills advance to ensure exonerees can sue for compensation

February 11, 2020
LANSING — Michigan lawmakers advanced bills Tuesday to ensure that wrongfully convicted prisoners can sue for compensation after some exonerees' cases were dismissed due to a conflict over how long they had to file a claim. Read More