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Whitmer to keynote 5th annual sexual assault summit

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is slated to be the keynote speaker at Michigan’s fifth annual Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault summit in December.  The annual event...

Effort to appoint interim Michigan civil rights director fails

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) deadlocked twice on Monday evening in its attempt to appoint an interim department leader after firing Director Augustin...

Grand Rapids-area leaders condemn synagogue vandalism

The vandalism of a Jewish temple in Grand Rapids over the weekend has drawn widespread condemnation from West Michigan political leaders.  As the Advance first...

Whitmer proclaims Monday Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a proclamation declaring Monday Indigenous Peoples' Day in Michigan. "... We should honor the historic, cultural, and contemporary significance of...

Column: Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of...

Increasingly, Columbus Day is giving people pause. More and more towns and cities across the country are electing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day as an...

Grand Rapids Jewish temple hit with anti-Semitic graffiti

A Jewish synagogue in Grand Rapids was the target of anti-Semitic graffiti over the weekend. The graffiti at Temple Emanuel on East Fulton Street was...

Some Detroiters still aren’t sold on the ‘Green Rush’ of legal...

As Michigan prepares for the emerging recreational cannabis industry and attempts to level the field for minority business owners, Detroit’s budding “cannapreneurs” are eager...

Federal judge blocks Trump admin ‘public charge’ rule for immigrants

A federal judge in New York on Friday granted an injunction blocking the President Trump administration from implementing its "public charge" rule that would...

Nessel files for emergency motion in anti-LGBTQ adoption case

Two weeks after a federal judge said the state can’t refuse to work with anti-LGBTQ adoption agencies, Attorney General Dana Nessel seeks to appeal...

Michigan sees efforts to establish Indigenous Peoples’ Day

State Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) on Thursday introduced bills that would replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Michigan, echoing similar measures...

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