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Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

The fifth day of the federal criminal trial against State Rep. Larry Inman ended with no verdict Monday as the jury deliberates the case into Tuesday.

New bills in the state House would put Michigan’s water — including groundwater — in a public trust. That means that the waters would have to be reserved for the public’s use, and the state would have to protect the water for that purpose. 

ANNETTE ELIZABETH ALLEN / NPR

Democrats are pressing ahead with their impeachment program by reviewing the findings of their earlier investigations — likely with Republicans battling every step of the way.

This week the sky is beautifully set up for a tale from Rudyard Kipling “How the Whale Got His Throat”, because the star Mira, which marks the throat of the whale constellation Cetus, comes to its highest place in the sky now.

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

Five witnesses testified during the fourth day of the trial of state Rep. Larry Inman, who was in federal court this week on charges of extortion, soliciting a bribe and lying to the F.B.I. He has plead not guilty to all charges.

Inman, (R-Williamsburg) himself took the stand Friday, a gametime decision by his attorney that seemed to suprise most of the people in attendance. 

Inman takes the stand

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

State Rep. Larry Inman is in federal court this week facing charges of extortion, soliciting a bribe and lying to the F.B.I. He is accused of trying to sell a "no" vote on Michigan's prevailing wage law to a trade union last year.

The third day of testimony featured 7 witnesses, including current and former legislators, a federal agent and the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives.

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Some democratic state lawmakers want universal background checks for all people looking to own a firearm. They plan to introduce bills in the House and Senate.

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

The second day of state Rep. Larry Inman's trial started early Wednesday morning, and Inman appeared calmer than the first day, taking time to chat with reporters, security gaurds and court staff.

Five people took the stand, giving the prosecution and defense plenty of opportunities to ask questions throught the day.

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Bottled water from Nestle Waters does not meet the definition of an “essential service,” according to a decision Tuesday from the Michigan Court of Appeals. 

Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

 

Michigan cherry farmers were in Washington, D.C. Tuesday to make their final case for U.S. imposed tariffs on Turkish cherry products.

ANNETTE ELIZABETH ALLEN / NPR

Wednesday could bring the beginning of the end to House Democrats' efforts to impeach President Trump.

The House Intelligence Committee completed what it called the fact-finding portion of the impeachment inquiry on Tuesday with the release of a report about the Ukraine affair and the subsequent vote to adopt it.

Now the curtain opens on a new act, one in which House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and his members must decide on how to proceed based on what their colleagues have uncovered.

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Northwest Michigan needs to build roughly 10,000 new affordable rental units and 4,600 new ownership houses, according to a new study commissioned by Networks Northwest and Housing North. 

A woman in a red top sits at a round table and fills out a piece of paper.
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A new independent commission will re-draw Michigan’s political districts in 2020, and the state wants as many people as possible to apply to be on it.

The commission will consist of 13 randomly chosen voters — four democrats, four republicans and five independents.

It was created by a ballot initiative in 2018 to take redistricting out of the hands of legislators. The U.S. District Court ruled earlier this year that Michigan's political districts are unconstitutionally gerrymandered.

Rick Pluta / MPRN

Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) appeared in court Tuesday for the first day of his criminal trial. He’s in federal court facing charges of extortion, soliciting a bribe and lying to the FBI.


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Michigan’s recreational marijuana businesses started selling cannabis Sunday and sold more than $200,000 worth of product. There are now four marijuana stores open for business. 

Munson settles with nurse union in labor dispute

Dec 2, 2019
Munson Medical Center

Nurses announced today that they reached a labor settlement with Munson Medical Center.

 

Rick Pluta / MPRN

State Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) will go to federal trial Tuesday on charges of allegedly soliciting a bribe, extortion and lying to the F.B.I.

On Friday, December 6, the red planet Mars will sweep into the scales of Libra, as though he were a right jolly old elf, slipping into position to weigh and balance the naughty and nice on his Christmas list. 

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The state Bureau of Elections has tossed out petitions and thousands of signatures seeking a recall election against state Representative Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg). The decision is based on two typos on the petition form.

Benzie County

Papa J's in the Honor Plaza on US 31
Noon - 3 PM on Thanksgiving
Donations accepted for Toys for Tots

Petals & Perks
429 Main Street, Frankfort
12-2 PM on Thanksgiving
7th annual community Thanksgiving dinner with turkeys roasted over a wood fire.
Donations and volunteers are greatly appreciated

Charlevoix County

13th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 1003 Bridge St.
Noon - 3 PM on Thanksgiving

Dave Black / Mackinac Straits Photography

High waves and vicious winds caused the local airport and the ferry service near Mackinac island to halt business Wednesday. 

 

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The speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) will testify at Rep. Larry Inman’s (R-Williamsburg) criminal trial next week, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Chatfield and Inman exchanged text messages throughout the time period last year that Inman allegedly tried to sell his vote on Michigan's prevailing wage law.

Taylor Wizner / Interlochen Public Radio

Language to recall three members of the Traverse City Area Public Schools Board was approved Tuesday.

The recall efforts aim to remove Sue Kelly, Matt Anderson and Pam Forton from the board. They have 10 days to appeal.

This week the sky sets the perfect stage for one of America’s best-loved stories, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, written by Washington Irving in 1820, and it’s the perfect time for sharing it aloud around a cozy fire, as the horse constellation mounts to the zenith and the crescent Moon races past Venus and Jupiter in the deep rift of the Milky Way. What’s more, this week marks the anniversary of Washington Irving’s death, on November 28 in 1859.

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A second elk has been poached in northern Michigan.

The state’s Department of Natural Resources says a bull elk was shot earlier this week in Montmorency County, north of Atlanta.

Another elk was shot last weekend in the Pigeon River State Forest in Otsego County.

DNR Lieutenant Jim Gorno says he believes a hunter may have mistook the most recent elk for a deer.

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