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MI Supreme Court order guarantees interpreters in legal proceedings


September 11, 2013 | MPRN   People who struggle to speak and understand English are guaranteed an interpreter under a rule that was adopted today by the Michigan Supreme Court. The rule will apply to all courts in the state.            

Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young says language should not be a barrier to justice. And, he says, the wave of immigration from other countries has made the need to address that more urgent.   

Young says advances in technology have also made interpreter services more available.             

The rule says criminal defendants and witnesses will never have to pay for an interpreter. In some cases, courts could try to recover interpreter costs from parties to a lawsuit.
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Today
Michigan man to be sentenced in 1987 double-murder
Grand Haven MI  April 21, 2014  |  AP   A 51-year-old western Michigan man is expected to be sentenced to life in prison for the slayings of his sister and her husband in 1987 at their Holland-area home.    
Cheney to visit Grand Rapids, talk heart problems
Grand Rapids MI  April 21, 2014  |  AP   Former Vice President Dick Cheney plans to visit Grand Rapids with his cardiologist to discuss Cheney's history of heart problems.    
Beer honoring slain officer to benefit foundation
Kalamazoo MI  April 21, 2014  |  AP   A beer made in honor of a slain Kalamazoo police officer will benefit the foundation that bears his name.   
Hearing to decide if 4 face trial in mob attack
Detroit MI  April 21, 2014  |  AP   Four males ages 17 to 30 are returning to court for a hearing on whether they should stand trial for the severe beating of a suburban man who accidentally struck a 10-year-old with his pickup truck on Detroit's east side.   

Friday
Billboard boosts effort to catch serial soiler
Ypsilanti MI  April 18, 2014  |  WGVU  A billboard along Interstate 94 is part of an effort to help catch a person who has been defecating on lides at an Ypsilanti playground over the last six months.    
Local team promotes national sexual assault awareness campaign
  April 18, 2014  |  WGVU  Someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes in the United States, often by someone they know. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and as part of national campaign, a local effort is underway to fight this often silent epidemic. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.    
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Parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula get fresh snow
Ironwood MI  April 18, 2014  |  AP   Parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula got more than a foot of snow during spring storms this week, breaking at least one daily snowfall record.    
Lawmaker who mistakenly took tax break makes it up
Detroit MI  April 18, 2014  |  AP  A Michigan lawmaker who says she and her husband mistakenly took a property tax break on a rental property they own in suburban Detroit has paid $4,550 to Wayne County and a nonprofit to make up for the error.    
Battle Creek police review use-of-force policies
Battle Creek MI  April 18, 2014  |  AP   Battle Creek police plan to review their use-of-force policies following an arrest that led to a $31,000 settlement.    
Grant money increases for Michigan specialty crops
Washington DC  April 18, 2014  |  AP   Michigan could receive nearly $2 million in federal block grants for specialty crops as a result of the U.S. farm bill.    
University of Michigan moves on construction work
Ann Arbor MI  April 18, 2014  |  AP  The University of Michigan is moving forward with plans for a $135 million addition to its business school and other construction projects.   
Judge agrees to prevent removal of charity bins
Ypsilanti Twp MI  April 18, 2014  |  AP   A judge has agreed for now to prevent a Michigan township from forcing the removal of a Maryland-based nonprofit's outdoor clothing donation bins from the area.   
Judge sentences man whose daughter died in raid
Detroit MI  April 18, 2014  |  AP   A Detroit man whose daughter was accidentally killed by police during a raid has been sentenced to 40 to 60 years in prison for second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a teenager.   
Walk to Lansing protests exclusion of students
  April 18, 2014  |  AP  A dozen student "gladiators" are planning to lead a march from Detroit to Lansing to protest what they say is the harmful and unnecessary suspension or expulsion of school children for often-minor offenses.   
WGVU-TV's West Michigan Week: Grand Rapids Juvenile Offense Index
  April 18, 2014  |  WGVU  Juvenile crime in Grand Rapids over the past seven years has declined 44-percent. WGVU-TV’s “West Michigan Week” takes a closer look at who’s committing the crimes and how the report aids in forming public policy.   
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Bolger: Unions will have to put up cash to help settle Detroit bankruptcy
  April 18, 2014  |  MPRN  The state House Republican leader says he expects unions to put up cash from their bank accounts as part of Detroit’s bankruptcy settlement. House Speaker Jase Bolger says that’s one of his conditions before he’ll agree to a legislative vote on putting 350 million dollars of state money toward the bailout.    
Schauer files 27,000 signatures to get name on ballot
  April 18, 2014  |  MPRN   Democrat Mark Schauer filed 27 thousand petition signatures today to put his name on the August primary ballot.    

Thursday
Biz Journal: Downtown GR to get new apartment, hotel space
Grand Rapids MI  April 17, 2014  |  WGVU  Downtown Grand Rapids is getting more hotel and housing space. But as WGVU’s David Moore reports, this project will make use of an existing building, rather than any new construction.    
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Illegal marijuana operation investigation covers West Michigan
  April 17, 2014  |  WGVU  A huge government led police investigation has uncovered an illegal marijuana growing operation in West Michigan. WGVUs’ Caroline MacGregor has more.   
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Muskegon Community College plans downtown location
  April 17, 2014  |  WGVU  Muskegon Community College (MCC) is working toward completing a renovation and expansion project that includes a downtown Muskegon location. WGVU's Caroline MacGregor has more   
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Legislature begins debate over $500 million road funding plan
  April 17, 2014  |  WGVU  State House Speaker Jase Bolger says it’s time for lawmakers to do something about Michigan’s crumbling roads – even if it’s not a full solution. As Jake Neher reports, Bolger outlined his plan today in front of a state House panel.    
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Michigan: $600,000 mishandled by funeral director
Standish MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP   State Attorney General Bill Schuette says he's brought embezzlement charges against a northern Michigan funeral home operator in connection with mishandled payments for future funerals.   
Teen faces hearing in mob attack on motorist
Detroit MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP   A 16-year-old Detroit boy is due back in juvenile court on assault and ethnic intimidation charges in the brutal beating of a suburban motorist.   
Man's body found on Lake Michigan beach identified
Ludington MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP  The frozen body of a man found on a remote Lake Michigan beach has been identified as a missing Wisconsin resident.    
Board seeks return of some duties to Pontiac mayor
Pontiac MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP  A board appointed to help guide Pontiac from state oversight to local control wants to transfer budget and some other responsibilities from a city administrator to the mayor.   
Fermi 2 nuclear plant shuts for fix to transformer
Frenchtown Twp MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP   DTE Energy Co. says it's shut down the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant to replace one of the two main transformers.    
Lawsuit: Wayne State bilked research money from US
Detroit MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP   A lawsuit filed by a fired medical school professor says Wayne State University bilked more than $169 million in research grant money from the U.S. government.   
Police: Man fatally shot at Kalamazoo sports bar
Kalamazoo MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP  Police say a 23-year-old man shot to death at a Kalamazoo night spot   
Dark Sky Park in Michigan getting $7M upgrade
Wawatam Twp MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP  Plans call for a $7 million upgrade starting this year at a park on the Straits of Mackinac that's designated as a prime spot for stargazing.   
Flint plans to start using river water on Monday
Flint MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP  Flint's plans to get drinking water from the Flint River instead of the Detroit water department are expected to become reality on Monday.   
Detroit sees more deals ahead in bankruptcy case
Detroit MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP  The city of Detroit is optimistic it will make more deals in the next several days to help emerge from bankruptcy.   
Snyder: Marquette County getting help after cold
Lansing MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP   Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a state of emergency for Marquette County following widespread, severe damage to water and sewer lines caused by this winter's extreme cold.   
Nonprofit's Detroit demolition work consolidated
Detroit MI  April 17, 2014  |  AP   Officials say demolition work of the nonprofit Detroit Blight Authority is being consolidated under city-run efforts to tear down dangerous buildings.   
Snyder turns in signatures for re-election bid
  April 17, 2014  |  AP  Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has made his re-election bid official by turning in more than 26,000 signatures from all 83 counties to election officials.   
Dry weather helps Michigan floodwaters recede
  April 17, 2014  |  AP  Floodwaters are receding along rivers in Michigan's central and western Lower Peninsula, a trend that should continue with mostly dry weather in the forecast for the next several days.   
Snyder files for reelection
  April 17, 2014  |  MPRN  Governor Rick Snyder has filed 26 thousand petition signatures to put his name on the Republican primary ballot in August, and – if all goes as planned – make him a candidate for reelection in November.    

Wednesday
Former Governor John Engler: raising Michigan's GDP key to growth
  April 16, 2014  |  WGVU  Former Michigan Governor, John Engler, spoke to the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday about his perspective on moving Michigan’s economy forward faster. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.    
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Authorities: 2 dead in crash with wrong-way driver
Plainwell MI  April 16, 2014  |  WGVU   Authorities say two people are dead following a fiery crash involving a wrong-way driver on an Allegan County roadway after state police tried to stop the motorist.   
Grand Rapids NBA D-League ownership group talks long-term success
  April 16, 2014  |  WGVU  Details of a Detroit Pistons’ minor league team calling Grand Rapids home have been announced.    
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Governor names Kent County Public Works Director to recycling council
Grand Rapids MI  April 16, 2014  |  WGVU  Kent County has been named a member of Governor Snyder’s Council on Recycling.   
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Spike in West Michigan market for new home sales
  April 16, 2014  |  WGVU  There’s a spike in the demand for new construction home sales in West Michigan, following on a national trend in the housing market for single family homes. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.    
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State investigating death at Jenison assisted living home
  April 16, 2014  |  WGVU  The death of a West Michigan adult care home resident is being investigated by the state.   
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Flooding persists along rivers in western Michigan
Evart MI  April 16, 2014  |  AP  The National Weather Service says the Muskegon River reached a record 15.8 feet late Tuesday at Evart in Osceola County after earlier exceeding a previous high of 15 feet set in March 1989.   
Authorities: Body found on Lake Michigan beach
Ludington MI  April 16, 2014  |  AP   Authorities say the body of a man has been found on a Lake Michigan beach.   
AG, lawyers disagree over gay marriage appeal path
Detroit MI  April 16, 2014  |  AP   Attorneys who persuaded a judge to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage are opposing the state's request to have an entire appeals court take the case.    
Police: Charges possible after beating on video
Warren MI  April 16, 2014  |  AP  Police say two cousins of a 14-year-old suburban Detroit boy could face charges after a video posted online showed them beating him with belts to discipline him for stealing candy at school.    
Michigan civil rights group develops mobile app
Dearborn MI  April 16, 2014  |  AP   A Michigan civil rights organization has developed what it's calling the first mobile app to report discrimination, ethnic harassment and other forms of bigotry.   
Ford to offer 50th anniversary Mustang
New York NY  April 16, 2014  |  AP   Ford is building a limited-edition Mustang GT to honor the pony car's 50th anniversary.   
Michigan unveils steps to boost black enrollment
Ann Arbor MI  April 16, 2014  |  AP   The University of Michigan says it's working to boost black enrollment, which has dropped to 4.7 percent since state residents voted to ban consideration of race in admissions.    
Detroit still needs $350M from state lawmakers
Detroit MI  April 16, 2014  |  AP   Pressure is building for Michigan lawmakers to commit $350 million to Detroit pensions after the bankrupt city reached tentative agreements with pension funds and a retiree group.   
Official: Killer of trooper remains hospitalized
Jackson MI  April 16, 2014  |  AP   An official says a man sentenced to life in prison last week for the slaying of a Michigan state trooper remains hospitalized after trying to kill himself.   
Study examines deaths of trout that eat alewife
  April 16, 2014  |  AP  Researchers are making progress toward understanding why some Great Lakes trout die after eating an invasive prey fish called alewife.   
Michigan adjusted jobless rate down to 7.5 percent
  April 16, 2014  |  AP  The state says Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has hit its lowest level in six years, falling two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.5 percent.   
Schauer calls education his “top priority” in schools plan
  April 16, 2014  |  MPRN  The Democrat likely to challenge Governor Rick Snyder in November says improving public schools would be his top priority in office. As Jake Neher reports, former Congressman Mark Schauer unveiled his education plan today.    
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Tuesday
Final push for funding for new Spring Lake Catholic school
Spring Lake MI  April 15, 2014  |  WGVU  St. Mary’s Parish in Spring Lake is in the final stages of fundraising for a new $1.5 million dollar school and education center. WGVU’s David Moore has the story   
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Grand Haven/Holland metro area most satisfied in state
  April 15, 2014  |  WGVU  A new Gallup poll shows residents of Grand Haven and Kalamazoo are among the most satisfied when it comes to their community. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor has more.    
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Utility crews work to restore power after storms
Pontiac MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP   Michigan's largest utilities say crews are working to finish restoring power to about 35,000 homes and business without service following three days of storms packing high winds.    
Michigan girl mauled by raccoon getting new ear
Royal Oak MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP   A surgeon at a Detroit-area hospital plans to perform a procedure that will begin the process of creating a new ear for a western Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby.   
Judge holding hearing on ban on same-sex benefits
Detroit MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP   A judge is being asked to call a time-out in a lawsuit that challenges a Michigan law banning same-sex benefits in public schools and local governments.    
Official: Man who killed trooper tried suicide
Jackson MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP   Authorities say a man who was sentenced to life in prison last week for the slaying of a Michigan state trooper tried to kill himself.   
Ex-principal sentenced in student sex abuse case
Vicksburg MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP  An ex-principal in southwestern Michigan has pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with a relationship he had with a former middle school student.   
Michigan's North Campus to get $6.9M face-lift
Ann Arbor MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP  The University of Michigan's North Campus is in line for a $6.9 million outdoor face-lift.   
Police probe bogus Twitter account
Royal Oak MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP  Royal Oak police investigators are trying to determine who set up a fake account in the department's name on Twitter.    
Cheney to visit Grand Rapids, talk heart problems
Grand Rapids MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP  Former Vice President Dick Cheney plans to visit Grand Rapids next week with his cardiologist to discuss Cheney's history of heart problems.    
Flooding threatens homes along Michigan rivers
Evart MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP   Flood warnings are in effect along rivers in a wide swath of Michigan's Lower Peninsula as rising water from heavy rain and snow melt-off threatens some homes.    
Changes approved for Detroit property taxes
Detroit MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP   State regulators have approved a plan to overhaul the Detroit department that sets property taxes following complaints of over-assessments.   
Storm breaks Detroit, Flint snowfall records
Romulus MI  April 15, 2014  |  AP   A spring storm that's left roads slippery across Michigan has shattered seasonal snowfall records in Detroit and Flint.   
Local governments: Tax Day study shows state not paying fair share
  April 15, 2014  |  MPRN  Local officials want the state to share more of the revenue it takes in. As Jake Neher reports, a study released today shows local revenue has dropped by more than a billion dollars in recent years.    
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