The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is asking state Attorney General Bill Schuette for a formal ruling on whether it has the authority to extend housing and employment protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender people. That’s after an attorney from his office torpedoed a proposal the commission was on the cusp of adopting.
There are reports from family members and the ACLU that as many as 50 Iraqi immigrants who are being detained while they fight deportation are engaged in a hunger strike. Many of the detainees are from metro Detroit and are being held at a federal facility in Youngstown-Ohio.
Republican Congressman Dave Trott says he will not seek reelection next year and will retire after four years in Congress. Rick Pluta tells us Trott says he always intended for his congressional career to be brief.
The state is ordering Enbridge Energy to take swift action to fix portions of the Line Five energy pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac. As we hear from Rick Pluta, corrosion protections were eroded during maintenance work on the line.
A former state lawmaker is asking the Michigan Supreme Court to let him run for another political office despite his promise not to. As we hear from Rick Pluta, former state Senator Virgil Smith says his plea bargain was unconstitutional.