Do I need to be screened for breast cancer before 40?
For most women, annual breast cancer screenings should begin at age 40 and continue annually. Anything that significantly increases a women’s odds of getting cancer signals the need for earlier testing, Law said. When a breast cancer is small and limited to the breast, the cure rate is 98 to 100%. “Even with all the advances we’ve had in reconstruction, nothing is as good as the original.”What increases risk of breast cancer? If someone has a gene coding for breast cancer, particularly the BRCA genes, they should begin screening at age 25.mlive.com
Michigan AG Nessel attacks Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law in court brief
Nessel and 15 other Democratic state attorneys general have submitted an amicus brief in support of a federal lawsuit challenging Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act, which critics have called the “Don’t Say Gay” law. Ron DeSantis in March, prohibits teaching sexual orientation or gender identity in K-3 classrooms and requires “age appropriate” instruction on those topics in any grade. The Michigan Supreme Court ruled last month that sexual orientation is protected by state civil rights law. Related: Michigan Supreme Court rules sexual orientation protected by civil rights lawThe 42-page brief Nessel filed with other liberal AGs mentions Michigan a handful of times, including a state education department teacher workshop on LGBTQ issues. “To take just one of the most troubling examples, 23% of Michigan’s high school students (13,500 students) attempted suicide in a recent 12-month period,” the brief reads.mlive.com
North Korea: Medication offered as Covid fight continues
A North Korean army medic hands out medication to counter 'fever' -- a term Pyongyang often uses to refer to Covid -- and related sickness. The medic, Jong Jun Ho says the number of people receiving treatment for 'fever' has gone down in recent times. North Korea says its Covid-19 outbreak has been brought under control, but experts question the official numbers given the isolated country has one of the world's worst healthcare systems and likely no Covid-19 drugs or mass testing ability.news.yahoo.com
Leaked SCOTUS opinion: A look at the future of abortion in Michigan if Roe is overturned
The right to abortions has been widely debated among Americans and lawmakers alike in recent years -- a debate that has nearly reached a boiling point today, given that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide this summer whether to overturn a landmark 1973 abortion ruling.
Deep dive: What future of abortion in Michigan looks like if Roe is overturned
The right to abortions has been widely debated among Americans and lawmakers alike in recent years -- a debate that has nearly reached a boiling point today, given a new Texas law that could potentially impact national abortion regulations.
Judge blocks Montana's transgender birth certificate law
A Montana judge on Thursday temporarily blocked enforcement of a law that required transgender people to have undergone a “surgical procedure” before being allowed to change their sex on their birth certificates. District Judge Michael Moses of Billings ruled the law is unconstitutionally vague because it does not specify what surgical procedure must be performed. The law also required transgender people to obtain a court order indicating they'd had a surgical procedure.news.yahoo.com
Supreme Court agrees to review California law on pork sales
The Supreme Court said Monday it would review a challenge to a California law that set certain conditions for pork sold in the state. The case stems from a 2018 ballot measure where California voters approved the nation’s toughest living space standards for breeding pigs. Two agricultural associations challenging the law say almost no farms satisfy those conditions.news.yahoo.com
Supreme Court signals quick resolution on Biden challenge to landmark Texas abortion law
The U.S. Supreme Court signaled a quick resolution to the latest challenge to Texas' landmark abortion law Monday, hours after the Department of Justice under President Biden asked the court to block the law, which bans abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity.news.yahoo.com
Bill to stop drunk driving reintroduced 2 years after crash that killed Northville family
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, members of Congress reintroduced legislation to reduce drunk driving deaths across the country. The legislation, Honoring Abbas Family Legacy to Terminate (HALT) Drunk Driving Act, will require the commercialization and standards for advanced drunk driving prevention technology systems in all new cars. Two years ago, Dingell honored their lives on the house floor and pledged action to reduce drunk driving crashes. The HALT Drunk Driving Act will make our roads safer, and will help us bring an end to the trauma of drunk driving deaths and injuries in this country.”MADD National President Alex Otte has spoken out in support if the bill. Read more on the HALT Drunk Driving Act
Mexico to require appeals on social media account blocking
(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)MEXICO CITY – The party of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador presented for public comment a proposed set of regulations on Twitter, Facebook and other social media companies, a move that drew criticism Tuesday. López Obrador was close to Trump and was outraged by the blocking of his accounts. Like Trump, López Obrador thinks traditional media outlets are biased against him, and like Trump, the Mexican president has used the term “fake news,” or Spanish variants of it. López Obrador said in January that his administration is reaching out to other government to form a common front on the issue. “I can tell you that at the first G20 meeting we have, I am going to make a proposal on this issue,” López Obrador said.
New laws look to overhaul Michigan’s parole, probation system
Gretchen Whitmer has signed new legislation into law that will overhaul the state’s parole and probation system. “The package of legislation included three very important reforms to supervision, to probation and to parole,” Haney said. Those laws aim to reshape the state’s probation and parole system and help thousands of people. What these reforms do is that they seek to make probation and parole more just and more effective,” Haney said. The new set of laws will reduce adult felony probation sentences in Michigan from five years to three years and prevent endless extensions on misdemeanor and felony probation terms.
What is the 25th Amendment and how does it work?
The 25th Amendment has never been used to remove a president -- but it’s there for a reason. The 25th Amendment, proposed by Congress and ratified by the states in the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, provides the procedures for replacing the president or vice president in the event of death, removal, resignation, or incapacitation. In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President. Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session.
Michigan governor signs bills to limit incarcerations
LANSING, Mich. – Legislation that allows for alternatives to jail and aims to limit recidivism in Michigan were among the dozens of new laws Gov. Among the measures were 20 based on the recommendations of the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration formed in 2019. The task force heard testimony from hundreds of people and reviewed 10 years of statewide arrest and court data after the state’s incarcerated population nearly tripled over four decades. “Despite the challenges 2020 presented, I am proud of the incredible work we have done as a state to reform our criminal justice system,” said Whitmer. “After establishing the bipartisan Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration we were able to make real and meaningful change that will impact the lives of thousands of Michiganders.
Whitmer signs bills aiming to shift away from jail as punishment for traffic offenses in Michigan
Gretchen Whitmer has signed a 20-bill package that aims to shift away from using jail and arrests as punishment for traffic offenses unless someone is a danger to the public. The bipartisan package of criminal justice reform bills resulted from recommendations by the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration, according to the state. “I’m extraordinarily proud of our collective work over the last two years to understand and improve the criminal justice system,” Lt. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs a 20-bill package aiming to reshape penalties for traffic offenses on Jan. 4, 2020. The bill package aims to shift people away from jail unless they are a danger to the public.
Michigan’s top court rejects appeal by Trump campaign
LANSING, Mich. – President Donald Trump's campaign was handed a unanimous defeat Friday at the Michigan Supreme Court, which declined to hear an appeal about how absentee ballots were handled in Detroit as well as other issues. The court steered it aside with a three-sentence order, the latest in a string of unsuccessful cases challenging how the Nov. 3 election was handled. Joe Biden’s 154,000-vote victory in Michigan was certified by the Board of State Canvassers on Nov. 23. The president's campaign claimed the Republican Party wasn't allowed to get an appropriate number of observers inside a Detroit convention center where absentee ballots were counted. A judge and the Michigan appeals court ruled against Trump.
Feb. 2021 Michigan bar exam to be taken online due to pandemic
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Bar Examination scheduled for February of 2021 will be administered remotely and online due to the coronavirus pandemic and related restrictions. The Michigan Supreme Court announced Dec. 4 that the next Michigan Bar Exam will be administered virtually on Feb. 23 and 24 of 2021 by the Board of Law Examiners (BLE). The BLE administered its first-ever remote, online bar exam in July 2020 due to the pandemic. This exam will allow the test taker’s score to be transferred between nearly 40 different jurisdictions throughout the U.S. Click here to read the order issued by the Michigan Supreme Court on Dec. 4, or read it in the document below.
Michigan governor, state Legislature far apart on COVID-19 response
Gretchen Whitmer blasted the Legislature for spending more time dealing with members who contract COVID and shutting down sessions than anything else. “I asked them to consider the mask mandate as the best tool that we have, the best weapon against our common enemy. And yet, the Republicans were unwilling to even codify what we know, to be the best tool,” added Whitmer. Our COVID-19 Data section tracks many of the key data points health officials are watching closely every single day. Track key COVID-19 data points in Michigan:
Supreme Court declines to hear Equal Pay Act case
WASHINGTON The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that employers can't use past salary history to justify a pay disparity between male and female employees. The court on Thursday declined to take up a case from the California-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judges there said the federal Equal Pay Act, which generally requires men and women to be paid equally for the same work, doesn't allow past salary history to be used as justification for a pay disparity. California law has since changed so that employers can't use a person's salary history in determining their starting salary. The case had been to the Supreme Court once before.