DETROIT – Here's our summary of top stories from across Michigan:
Will Anyone Be Held at Fault Over Flint? [City Lab]
The highest-ranking official to face criminal charges for the Flint water crisis is still on active duty as the director of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services. And in the state’s aggressive but slow-moving investigation of itself, the public is paying the courtroom costs—all of them.
Prosecutors argue that Nick Lyon, the DHHS director, is responsible for involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office in connection to Flint’s ill-fated water switch. In addition to the infamous lead contamination, the mismanagement of the water may also have caused an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a virulent type of pneumonia that killed 12 people and sickened 90 in 2014 and 2015. (There’s a good chance that there were more cases.) It wasn’t made public until January 2016. Last week, after a lengthy preliminary examination, Lyon was bound over for trial, with the judge ruling that there is probable cause that the delay contributed to deaths.
The Medical Marihuana Licensing Board deadline for unlicensed provisioning centers to shut down is Sept. 15. The original deadline was June 15, but the state licensing office moved it back because of a backlog in processing applications.
Since then, only 16 licenses out of a reported 637 applications have been granted.
James, Stabenow Accept 2 Debates in Michigan's Senate Race [U.S. News & World Report]
Odds on Stevens to win Trott's seat in Congress [Detroit News]
Rashida Tlaib lays out her radical green vision for Michigan [Think Progress]
Matt Morgan Wins Ballot Spot in Congressional Race [U.S. News & World Report]
Stopping harassment at the capital [Traverse City Record-Eagle]
But a bill that would make illegal settling sexual misconduct claims against elected officials with public funds hasn't gone anywhere since a representative introduced it in January.
That bill could die in committee by year's end, but two representatives for northwest Michigan districts think it still has a chance.