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Former Michigan Gov. John Engler speaks at Hillsdale College on on January 25, 2009.
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John Engler resigns as interim MSU president

John Engler has resigned as Michigan State University's interim president, nearly one year after taking the job. Engler sent his letter of resignation to Board of Trustees chair Dianne Byrum Thursday evening.

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Jilmar Ramos-Gomez is a U-S citizen. Born in Grand Rapids. He served in the Marines and saw combat in Afghanistan.

And last month federal immigration authorities took him into custody to face possible deportation.

Attorneys and immigration advocates in West Michigan are now demanding to know why, and how this happened.

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A new bill in the state Senate would set a limit of 5 parts per trillion for two common PFAS chemicals in drinking water.

PFOA and PFOS are part of a family of chemicals linked to serious health issues – including cancer.

Senator Winnie Brinks introduced the bill. She says research shows the current Environmental Protection Agency advisory level of 70 parts per trillion is too high.

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They say timing is everything.

Just last week, Michigan State University Trustee Dianne Byrum seemed resigned to Interim President John Engler sticking around until a new, permanent president is hired this summer.

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Today on Stateside, the pressure is mounting for John Engler to step down as interim president of Michigan State University after he made comments about survivors of Larry Nassar "enjoying the spotlight" of media attention. Plus, the 2019 Michigan Notable Books list is out to help you get started on all your literary-themed New Year's resolutions. 

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Cheyna Roth

A member of Michigan State University's Board of Trustees says the school's interim President John Engler will resign.

Engler is under pressure over his comments about the sexual assault victims of convicted sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Trustee Joel Ferguson says board members expect to receive a letter sometime tonight providing details of Engler's resignation, including its effective date.

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The University of Michigan will pay $15,000 to women’s gymnastics consultant Rhonda Faehn. Faehn was fired by the University three days after being hired.

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“John Engler’s reign of terror is over.”

That was the message from Michigan State University trustee Brian Mosallam via Twitter Wednesday, as the board gathered enough votes to fire Engler following his latest insensitive comments about Nassar survivors.

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The city of Ferndale is giving federal employees a break on their bills during the partial government shut down.

Furloughed or unpaid workers can defer their city payments, including water and utility bills, taxes, and parking costs.

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The latest testing shows the level of lead in Flint’s tap water has declined again.

Flint’s drinking water has been closely tested since the height of the city’s water crisis.   

In early 2016, the highest risk homes, with lead service lines, were testing at 20 parts per billion.  The federal action level for lead is 15 parts per billion. The latest testing found four parts per billion in the 90th percentile of the highest risk homes

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Leaders of the state Legislature and Governor Gretchen Whitmer will hold their first “quadrant meeting” Wednesday.

Whitmer announced when she won the November election that she would like to hold regular meetings with the Speaker of the House, House Democratic Leader, Senate Majority Leader and Senate Democratic Leader. All members agreed.

The idea is to talk about issues and find ways to come to an agreement before bills hit Whitmer’s desk.

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