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The Kent County Sheriff’s Department is changing its policy on cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

That’s after ICE detained a Kent County resident and Marine combat veteran for possible deportation last month. The man, Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, is a U.S. citizen. He was handed over to ICE by the Kent County jail, after ICE sent a request to the jail to hold him.

Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young says she’s outraged by the incident.

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A Republican congressman from Texas wants Democrats to block an official trip to Palestine being planned by U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib for herself and some congressional colleagues.

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Today on Stateside, Michigan regulators allow unlicensed dispensaries and growers to reopen in midst of a medical marijuana shortage. Plus, a software engineer who traded building software for building kitchen cabinets.

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For nearly 20 years, Larry Nassar was able to sexually abuse hundreds of women and girls thanks to his reputation as a respected sports doctor at Michigan State University.

Now that those same survivors have put Nassar behind bars for the rest of his life, their attention is focused entirely on holding MSU accountable – those who knew of Nassar’s abuse, those who should have known, and a culture that allowed a predator to flourish for so long.

Live From Here has announced that the musical guest for their live show in Detroit will be Lord Huron. Currently on tour promoting their third album Vide Noir, the band will pause to join Live From Here host, Chris Thile on stage at the Detroit Opera House on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at

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Attorney General Dana Nessel wants to talk with John Engler, the former interim president of Michigan State University.

Engler resigned Wednesday night. He made heavily criticized remarks about survivors “enjoying” the “spotlight” last week.

Kelly Rossman-McKinney is a spokeswoman for Nessel. She says the attorney general made the decision on Monday after being briefed by the team investigating how MSU internally handled the Larry Nassar scandal. 

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Hundreds of hearings in Michigan’s only immigration court have been canceled due to the partial government shutdown.

397 hearings had been canceled in Detroit’s immigration court as of last week, data from Syracuse University’s Transaction Records Access Clearinghouse shows. That number would jump to 948 if the shutdown continues into next month.

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Benson for Secretary of State

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson plans to challenge a new law that could make it tougher to collect signatures to initiate legislation or ballot proposals.

Previously, organizers collected signatures by county with no limit on how many could be gathered.

The new law limits the number of signatures that organizers can collect from voters in any given congressional district.

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The partial government shutdown has closed programs that monitor conditions in the Great Lakes. 

Eric Anderson is with the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Anderson, who has been furloughed without pay, says normally, the laboratory runs a computer modeling program 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which monitors ice conditions and the movement of the swift currents in the Straits of Mackinac.

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