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MI Newspapers Continue Struggling

Media companies continue being squeezed by declining readership and ad revenues. Michigan News Network Business Editor Murray Feldman says newspapers have lost a third of their readers in the past three years, as more adults are getting their news off the web.. ...Read Full Story

Jesse Jackson Urges More Accessible Voting During MI Visit

The Rev. Jesse Jackson says voting needs to be more accessible for Americans in future elections. His comments came Wednesday in Ann Arbor, where he’s being honored at the University of Michigan for his decades of fighting for civil rights. Jackson, who campaigned in Michigan several times for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, says making it easier to vote is important in promoting bottom-up change. The Detroit News reports Jackson says: “It’s the tug of war for the soul of America.” Jackson also noted the polarization of the presidential campaign that led to Republican Donald Trump being elected president, calling it “straight-out racist, xenophobic, misogynist.” Jackson is delivering the keynote address Wednesday afternoon at Rackham Auditorium during a series of events at the university in his honor.. ...Read Full Story

Class Action Flint Lawsuit To Be Decided Locally

A class-action lawsuit potentially affecting tens of thousands of people in the Flint water disaster will go to a local court, not miles away to federal court. A federal appeals court made the decision Wednesday, affirming a ruling by a federal judge in Ann Arbor. An engineering company, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, is being sued over its work at the Flint water treatment plant. Residents accuse the company of failing to
ensure that the plant would be equipped to treat Flint River water for corrosion. The corrosive water caused lead to leach from old plumbing and fixtures, contaminating Flint’s water supply. Lockwood, Andrews denies that it’s responsible for the problem. In a 2-1 decision, the appeals court says it’s a “local controversy” that belongs in Genesee County.. ...Read Full Story

Lt. Governor Signs Mental Health Legislation

Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has signed legislation he says provides people facing mental health issues with access to intervention and treatment earlier. The bill enacted Wednesday updates “Kevin’s Law,” a series of underutilized laws passed in 2004 that authorized courts and community mental health agencies to use assistant outpatient treatment programs instead of hospitalization for people who don’t comply with prescribed treatment. The legislation, which takes effect in February, will let a family member petition for involuntary treatment earlier. It makes people’s impaired judgment a factor in determining if they should receive involuntary treatment, and not just their behavior. Calley says expanded treatment options “will help address the root cause of the problem while also reducing many avoidable law enforcement situations.”. ...Read Full Story

Crews Raise 3 Ton Anchor From Detroit River After 60 Years

The anchor of a once-mighty Great Lakes steamship is back above water for the first time in six decades. Crews raised the Greater Detroit’s anchor, all 6,000 pounds of it, on Tuesday. Three divers from the Great Lakes Maritime Institute braved the 47-degree water temperature, descending 20 feet to the bottom of the Detroit River and attaching cables to the massive hunk of metal. A barge fitted with a crane then hauled it
up. Once cleaned and restored, the anchor will be displayed at the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority downtown. After commercial airline travel and modern freeways ended the usefulness of luxury steamships, the 536-foot Greater Detroit was scrapped and its anchor cut.
The sidewheel steamer was towed to Lake St. Clair where it was burned in 1956 prior to being scrapped.. ...Read Full Story