Michigan’s top health official is stepping down after suffering a mild stroke.
We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher.
Jim Haveman says he’s resigning as director of the Michigan Department of Community Health to focus on his personal health. He said he had hoped to stay in the position through next year – but he says that changed after he suffered a minor stroke in May.
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) was one of the original Freedom Riders, directed the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and led the march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on 'Bloody Sunday' in 1965. Lewis was in East Lansing to talk to MSU students and community members. His book, "'March: Book One,' is this year's 'One Book, One Community' selection.
It’s back to school week for thousands of students at Michigan State University. In between moving into their dorm rooms and finding their way around campus, freshmen have been reading this year’s “One Book, One Community” selection. Congressman John Lewis of Georgia has written a graphic novel called “March: Book One.”
Lewis was in East Lansing Monday to speak to MSU freshmen and to meet members of the community. Current State's Kevin Lavery spent a few minutes with the civil rights icon.
Michael Brown is being laid to rest today in Ferguson, Missouri, 16 days after the young African-American was killed by a white police officer. Unrest that was the rule in the days following the shooting has abated in the St. Louis suburb, but a host of critical questions remain unanswered.
Rep. Gary Peters speaks with Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta on the statewide call-in program Michigan Calling. Peters’ opponent in his bid for U.S. Senate, Republican Terri Lynn Land, is scheduled to appear on the program on October 3rd.
Lead plaintiffs Glenna DeJong (l) and Marsha Caspar (center) join Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum (r) outside the federal court building in Detroit on Thursday. DeJong and Caspar were the first same-sex couple to get married in Michigan. Byrum officiated their wedding.
Last week, President Obama ordered precision air strikes against members of Islamic State, the militant group that’s fighting U.S.-backed ethnic minorities in northern Iraq. The president has thus far not committed ground forces to the region. Meanwhile, the United States continues air and ground attacks in Afghanistan.
Uncertainty continues to surround tens of thousands of Central American children seeking asylum in the United States.
Federal officials including the President and Congress, along with the states, are grappling with how to respond to the 57,000 people --many of them children -- who have arrived at the U.S. border since last October.
The refugees are mainly fleeing drug and gang violence.
A’Lynne Boles is currently serving as president of the Lansing City Council. It’s her third tenure as president, and she's in her seventh year on the council.
Boles represents the city’s third ward, which covers the southwest part of Lansing.
Lately, the city council has been more frequently involved in changes at the city-owned Board of Water and Light.
On Friday, A'Lynne Boles joined us to talk about those changes and other city issues. Voters will decide whether to expand the board by three non-voting members. That proposal could be approved in November.
Yesterday, a federal appeals court in Cincinnati began hearing arguments involving state bans against same sex marriage. Michigan, whose voters approved such a ban a decade ago, is one of those states.
Marriage equality supporters in Michigan are closely watching events unfold today in Cincinnati. That's where the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The court may decide the fate of Michigan's ban as well as those in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.