WVa governor: Voters shouldn't decide abortion access issue
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice scoffed Monday at a suggestion by Democratic lawmakers to let voters decide whether abortion should continue to be allowed in the state. The Republican governor said the state's abortion law falls under the scrutiny of the Legislature and the attorney general. During a legislative special session initiated by Justice last month, majority Republicans failed to pass legislation criminalizing abortion.news.yahoo.com
Battle Creek man jumps for joy after winning $25,000 a year for life
LANSING, MI -- A Battle Creek man has plans for some new wheels after he won a Lucky for Life jackpot worth $25,000 a year recently. “I really like the Lucky For Life game and I play it often,” Justice said. When I remembered my Lucky for Life ticket, I stopped what I was doing to check the winning numbers. With his winnings, Justice plans on buying a new car, sharing some with family and paying bills. For the latest on Michigan Lottery, check out the official Michigan Lottery site, which also offers more information on instant tickets, raffles and other lottery games.mlive.com
Peru health system strains under new COVID surge
Peru's hospitals are near collapse as the South American nation is experiencing a third wave of infections. The new COVID-19 omicron variant and the predominant delta infections are filling hospital beds and Intensive Care Units to capacity.news.yahoo.com
W.Va. governor 'extremely unwell' after positive COVID-19 test
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) announced on Tuesday he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was feeling "extremely unwell."According to press release, Justice, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, got tested after experiencing a "sudden onset of symptoms." West Virginia First Lady Cathy Justice tested negative on Tuesday evening."While I was surprised that my test results came back positive, I'm thankful to the Lord above that I've been...news.yahoo.com
Calhoun County detectives seek public’s help after reopening 1988 cold case
CALHOUN COUNTY, MI — The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office is reopening a 1988 homicide cold case and seeking information from the public. Students at Olivet College’s Justice program reviewed the cold case of James William Burton as part of their class curriculum under Professor Phil Reed. With the help from the students identifying new leads, detectives were prompted to reopen the homicide case. In 1981, officials know he was in Chicago, Illinois, and eventually found his deceased body in 1988 in Calhoun County. Detectives are now asking for the public’s help with any information related to Burton’s cold case.mlive.com
Lawyer files intent to sue again over governor's residency
A lawyer and former lawmaker in West Virginia has filed notice that he again intends to sue Gov. Jim Justice over his residency. Isaac Sponaugle sent Justice a 30-day intent to sue notice Thursday for the governor's alleged failure to comply with a March 1 settlement agreement to reside at the seat of government in Charleston, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. “Jim Justice needs to decide what he wants to do with his time,” Sponaugle said.news.yahoo.com
Environmental injustice and racism in Michigan: A new MLive documentary
The Fight for Environmental Justice in Michigan is the most recent documentary release by MLive.com. “I think the environmental justice movement is probably more closely rooted to the civil rights movement than the environmental movement,” Onwenu says. Marathon's Detroit Refinery, the only oil refinery in MichiganNeil BlakeIn Michigan, environmental justice is not only a concern in Southwest Detroit. Paul Mohai’s students at the University of Michigan worked with the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition in 2019 to develop the first ever statewide assessment of environmental injustice. Gretchen Whitmer has created the state’s first Office of the Environmental Justice Public Advocate, and the Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice.mlive.com
West Virginia gov: Bank deceived family for loan guarantee
In a new court filing, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice blamed a bankrupt U.K. bank for fraudulently inducing him into personally guaranteeing $700 million in loans that were taken out by his companies. In the amended complaint filed Friday, Justice's family and coal companies claim that Greensill Capital U.K. “perpetrated a continuous and highly profitable fraud." Justice told reporters Tuesday that the loans are "a burden on our family beyond belief.”news.yahoo.com
West Virginia governor sues bank in latest twist for his biz
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his companies are suing another bank lender, the latest trouble for his business empire after he revealed he is personally liable for $700 million in loans to a separate lender. The Republican governor’s coal and hospitality businesses filed a lawsuit on Monday against Virginia-based Carter Bank & Trust over claims of deception. News of the lawsuit comes after Justice confirmed on Tuesday that he personally guaranteed $700 million in loans taken by his coal companies from a lender in the United Kingdom that went bankrupt.news.yahoo.com
Malcolm Jenkins on racial justice and disparities in venture capital
Just 4% of venture capital partners identify as Black or Latino. NFL star Malcolm Jenkins hopes to change that with his new firm, Broad Street Ventures. He spoke with CBSN's Tanya Rivero about his new endeavor, as well as racial justice and police reform efforts.cbsnews.com
U.S. Border Patrol expecting over 1 million migrants to arrive at southern border in 2021
U.S. Border Patrol expecting over 1 million migrants to arrive at southern border in 2021 U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials estimate over 1 million migrants will arrive at the U.S-Mexico border this year. CBS News homeland security and justice reporter Nicole Sganga tells CBSN's "Red & Blue" anchor Elaine Quijano about the overcrowding she witnessed during a visit to one of the nation's busiest migrant processing facilities in Donna, Texas.cbsnews.com
Detroit man freed from prison after life sentence is overturned
A Detroit man who had been convicted in 2005 for double-homicide and arson walked away a free man after a judge overturned his conviction. The Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Innocence Project now claims 28 convictions overturned. RELATED: Man freed after 26 years of wrongful imprisonment for Detroit murderThanks to the Innocence Project, Kenneth Nixon is now a free man. The Innocence Project found the original identification that came from a 13-year-old boy and a jailhouse informant weren’t reliable and overturned the conviction. The mother of two children who were killed, Naomi Vaughn, did not agree with the conviction being overturned.
Appeals court throws out sentence in 1995 killings of 2 girls, ending an unusual, winding legal battle
“You think of justice as treating everybody equally,” he said. “Well, there couldn’t have been a bigger divide between what Judge Joyce did in Sopron’s case, which is vacate the conviction, and what he did in Antusas’ case … they couldn’t have been more similarly situated, yet he treated them polar opposite from each other.”chicagotribune.com
Detroit to dismiss some tickets issued during Floyd protests
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)Detroit will dismiss most misdemeanor citations issued last spring during several days of protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a city official said Tuesday. Most of the tickets written from May 31 through June 2 were for curfew violations as hundreds of people demonstrated in downtown Detroit. The city expects to dismiss 238 of the 245 tickets issued on those three days, Detroit Corporation Counsel Lawrence Garcia said. Dozens of demonstrators received appearance citations for violating the city’s 8 p.m. curfew, Garcia said in a statement. Prosecutors in Los Angeles also decided not to charge thousands of protesters arrested for violating curfew and other police orders.
Governor explains how West Virginia became a top state for Covid vaccine administration
West Virginia Gov. According to the Bloomberg Covid-19 Vaccine Tracker, West Virginia has administered 71.8% of the vaccine doses it's received. West Virginia leaned heavily on its National Guard and a network of local pharmacies to administer the shots, Justice explained. "This is all about age and age and age," Justice said, alluding to the disproportionate impact the coronavirus has had on older Americans. "And we reacted to the fact that age, age, age was driving this and these were the people that are dying, and we really aggressively got after it."cnbc.com
GOP West Virginia governor calls pro-Trump Capitol riot 'despicable,' urges country over party
Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice told CNBC on Monday the pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol last week made the country "look terrible" and he urged Americans to put aside their political affiliations. "What happened with the attack on our Capitol, with people who were just out of control, is despicable," Justice said on "Squawk on the Street." First elected as a Democrat, Justice switched to the GOP in 2017 at a rally alongside President Donald Trump. Justice sharply criticized Evans, who was charged with a two misdemeanors for disorderly conduct and entering a restricted area.cnbc.com
2-year-old abducted by father in Gibraltar found safe
GIBRALTAR, Mich. – Police have located 2-year-old Justice Kelly who was taken by his father from a Gibraltar home Wednesday night, violating a personal protection order against him for domestic violence. A ring doorbell camera captured the screaming of the boy’s older sister as her stepfather, Maurice Kelly, took him from the mother’s home. Michigan State Police put out an Endangered Missing Advisory with the vehicle description Wednesday. The Endangered Missing Advisory has been canceled. The Endangered Missing Advisory issued for: JUSTICE LANCE KELLY has been cancelled.
WV Gov. Jim Justice acknowledges Biden presidency, but says U.S. is not ready to move away from coal and gas
West Virginia Republican Gov. Jim Justice said Tuesday he does not believe the U.S. is ready to move away from coal and gas even though President-elect Joe Biden has made tackling climate change a core part of his agenda. His administration rolled back many regulatory rules impacting oil, coal and gas companies throughout his presidency. The billionaire governor is the wealthiest person in West Virginia, according to Forbes. A coal company owned by the governor, Bluestone Coal, pledged to stop violating water pollution rules in West Virginia in a settlement filed Dec. 3 in federal court, ProPublica reported.cnbc.com
Michigan groups unite to urge passage of criminal justice reforms before year’s end
LANSING, Mich. – “We are, so excited about this coalition, and we’re excited about these reforms. They prove that when people work together, they make genuine real process in Lansing,” said Kimberly Buddin. Thursday, several organizations -- like Americans for Prosperity, the ACLU of Michigan, Safe and Just Michigan and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy -- presented the Justice Reform Package to the State House and Senate. They addressed key and important issues like driver’s license suspensions, mandatory minimum sentencing, case initiation, sentencing, probation, racial justice and fairness. The State House approved the package, now they move on to the Senate.
Live stream: GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee advances Barrett despite Dems' boycott
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate as Republicans powered past Democrats' boycott of the session. Read update: GOP-led Senate panel advances Barrett despite Dems' boycottWatch live coverage:Despite a Democratic boycott, Republicans are powering ahead to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court by Election Day with the Senate Judiciary Committee set to recommend President Donald Trump’s nominee to the full Senate. Never before has the Senate confirmed a Supreme Court pick so close to a presidential election. Thursday’s Judiciary Committee vote is expected to launch a rare weekend Senate session to push Barrett’s nomination forward, as millions of Americans are casting early ballots. “Judge Barrett deserves a vote and she will receive a vote,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the committee chairman, in a statement.
Column: FBG Duck brought a street fight between the ‘have-nots’ into the turf controlled by the ‘haves’
There will be justice for FBG Duck, but not because he mimicked the life of the “haves.” It will be because he was still a “have-not” who was killed by other “have-nots” on a street that belonged to the “haves.”chicagotribune.com
Meet the Michigan couple who has been working to pave the way for civil rights, social justice for decades
Local 4′s Paula Tutman shared a story of a couple who was there that day and has continued to risk their lives to pave the way for civil rights and social justice. When King debuted his original “I Have A Dream” speech in Detroit in 1963, somewhere in the crowd was a 22-year-old warrior for civil rights named Dorothy Dewberry Aldridge. “It was a very exciting day to be a part of the march,” Dorothy Dewberry Aldridge said. Dorothy Dewberry Aldridge and her husband Dan Aldridge have spent more than six decades fighting for civil rights, equality and social justice. Now, the fight for civil rights seems different.
Michigan governor endorses Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy
DETROIT – Saying she has been a creative leader for justice, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer endorsed Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy in her re-election bid. “I am excited to endorse Kym Worthy for her re-election as Wayne County Prosecutor. Kym Worthy has been a bold and progressive leader for Wayne County for years. Others who have endorsed Worthy include the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO, UAW Region 1-A, The Black Slate, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, AFSCME Local 25, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, the 12th, 13th and 14th Democratic Congressional Districts and the Fannie Lou Hamer PAC.
Live stream: JusticeCon: A Path Towards Freedom social justice conference
JusticeCon, a virtual social justice conference on Juneteenth, aims to connect activists, faith leaders and politicians with more than 2,000 attendees to explore social change through community, conversation, and courageous action. Speakers include former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kamala Harris. Watch live here beginning at 9 a.m. Friday:
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit closed due to planned protest
DETROIT The Frank Murphy Hall of Justice will close at 2 p.m. Friday due to a scheduled demonstration at the courthouse. Any afternoon hearings that are scheduled after 2 p.m. will be rescheduled. The other divisions of the Third Circuit Court will be open for normal operations. READ MORE: AP-NORC poll: Majority of Americans support police protests
How city of Detroit is celebrating Juneteenth this week
From right in the middle of Woodward Avenue, Dean explained how the city is celebrating Juneteenth all week long. READ: Detroit is holding weeklong Juneteenth celebrationJuneteenth is a celebration of when the last enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, found out that they were actually free," Dean said. Once they heard the news, it started a Juneteenth jubilee.A stretch of Woodward Avenue is where that jubilee will be held this week, leading up to Juneteenth on June 19. Then were going to end the week with a celebration here in Spirit Plaza -- a Juneteenth rally, Dean said. We had some folks that reached out really wanting to paint a message of strength and resilience on Woodward Avenue, Dean said.
Civil rights groups sue Oakland County Jail for immediate release of people during pandemic
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – On Friday, several civil rights and racial justice groups filed a federal lawsuit calling for the release of medically vulnerable people inside the Oakland County Jail, arguing that county officials are risking the lives of everyone inside and the community at large. Naming Oakland County, its Sheriff, Michael Bouchard, and Commander of Corrective Services Curtis D. Childs, the lawsuit filed by Advancement Project National Office, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU), Civil Rights Corps (CRC), LaRene & Kriger P.L.C. and the Law Firm of Pitt, McGhee, Palmer and Rivers in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, argues that Oakland County officials are violating the constitutional rights of people in the jail by exposing them to an unnecessary risk of infection, illness or death during the coronavirus pandemic.
West Virginia governor fires all cadets shown giving apparent Nazi salute in photo
West Virginia's governor fired a class of recently graduated corrections officers Monday, after they made a gesture resembling a Nazi salute in their class photo. Some cadets started using the gesture as a "sign of respect" for an instructor at the academy with the last name Byrd, according to Jividen's letter. were added to the top of the class photo that shows the graduating cadets raising their arms high. An unnamed instructor brought concerns about the photo to a captain at the academy, according to the summary. "Well that is going to bite us in the ass," the captain said, according to the instructor.cbsnews.com
Chandra Bozelko: Steyer needs a criminal justice platform
Steyer needs a criminal justice platform, stat. The philanthropist is the only one of the Dec. 19 debates six qualifying candidates who doesnt have a justice reform plan. Thats why Steyers perfect for criminal justice. Besides, its not just people with records who see criminal justice reform as a voting issue. I predict that a bold and wise criminal justice reform plan will catapult Steyer into the top five candidates.monroenews.com
Dundee barn burns in morning fire
DUNDEE Firefighters from five area agencies battled flames amid smoldering late-June temperatures after a Dundee barn unexpectedly went up in smoke. The fire ignited by an unknown cause late Thursday morning behind a home in the 16200 block of Brewer Rd. No one was injured in the blaze, but the barn, primarily used by the homeowners for storage, was deemed unsalvageable by firefighters. So I just stood there and watched it burn.When Dundee firefighters arrived, Justice said the home already was about 50 percent engulfed in flames. Some firefighters used chainsaws or axes to cut ventilation in the roof, while others used hoses to extinguish flames within the structure.monroenews.com