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With the Detroit Police Department working to bring additional support for officers encountering mentally ill people, leaders of other law enforcement agencies are backing training efforts to improve interactions with mentally ill people.  more
Advocates for prison reform hope to increase the number of inmates serving cannabis-related sentences who receive clemency or have their sentences commuted after the recent release of Michael Thompson, the longest-serving nonviolent offender in Michigan history.  more
Educators across the state say they support Black History Month lessons and that they provide valuable information about Black accomplishments, despite some political efforts to end the tradition. more
In the spring of 2020, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the Futures for Frontliners program to thank essential workers, but the program may also prove to be an economic asset to communities involved. more
Minority groups in Michigan, including Native Americans, are struggling for access and trust in the COVID-19 vaccine. more
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) had a message for constituents hesitant to get the coronavirus vaccine. more
An Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office report shows racial disparities in Greater Lansing. more
A local Black Lives Matter activist and firefighter has been accused of misconduct for sharing the city-issued cell phone number of Lansing Police Chief Daryl Green on Facebook. more
Lansing resident Kenneth Dagner is stuck with $490 in fines after code enforcement hauled a couch off his front porch and the City Council denied a claim to have the fees waived. more
On a subzero night 70 years ago, tears were streaming down the face of Geneva Kebler Wiskemann. She stood in front of the Estes Leadley Funeral Home and gazed across Walnut Street as smoke and flames engulfed the State Office Building, more
During any other year, East Lansing would’ve been alive over the weekend with parties and drunk sports fans wandering the streets. more
“The president liked what I was doing. President Trump asked me questions about how I made it this far. He was also impressed with all of the people that I’ve met."DeGroat said. more
Six barbers cited for disorderly conduct during a May protest at the state Capitol have had their criminal charges dismissed.  more
With renewed discussion of raising the national minimum wage to $15 per hour, some researchers and economists say a raise will likely benefit workers in Michigan, while opponents argue that small businesses may suffer and it would result in fewer jobs.  more
School nurses have long played a major role in the health and safety of students and staff, but in the midst of the pandemic they’ve been tasked with the crucial role of mitigating coronavirus cases in their communities. more
The state Marijuana Regulatory Agency posted social equity plans of Michigan’s recreational cannabis companies this month, revealing licensure application details that have until this week been kept hidden from public view and otherwise shielded from the Freedom of Information Act. more
First Ward Councilman Brandon Betz' employer said today that they have "parted ways" following his angry text-message exchange with the co-leader of the local Black Lives Matter chapter. more
The Lansing chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement has called for Lansing City Councilman Brandon Betz to immediately resign after he goaded a local Black activist into an argument, calling him a “weak ass bitch” and a “dickbag troll.”  more
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor’s fourth annual State of the City address appeared far from business as usual last night. more
As the novel coronavirus began to hit Michigan last spring, the disparity of whom it was killing quickly came into stark relief. Black Michiganians represented less than 14% of the state’s overall population, but in that first month they represented at least 41% of the deaths. more
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