Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Water Crisis, Healthcare and More at Town Hall

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer The Democratic hopefuls vying to fill the role as the state’s next governor participated in a town hall meeting hosted by the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus on Saturday, June 23 at New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church.  Candidates Abdul El-Sayed, Shri Thanedar, Bill Cobbs, and Gretchen Whitmer delivered opening and closing statements during the 50-minute session that was televised live.  They each responded to questions covering multiple categories, including Flint’s water crisis, healthcare, the environment, education, and criminal justice reform. On the issue of…

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Voters’ Rights on Shaky Ground, Advocates Say

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer  The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Ohio’s method of removing names from its voter rolls does not violate federal law.  The decision announced Monday, June 11 was 5-4. Voting rights advocates criticized the high court’s ruling and said that Ohio’s tactics amount to aggressive purging of voting rolls. Where Ohio was a battleground state in the 2016 presidential election, six other states have similar laws. Ohio law allows the state to send address confirmation notices to voters who have not engaged in voter…

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Mayor Karen Weaver Bids Farewell to Communication Director, Kristin Moore, and Welcomes Candice Mushatt

Mayor Karen Weaver has announced the appointment of Candice Mushatt as the new Communications/Public Information Officer for the City of Flint.  In a statement, Mayor Weaver said she wishes Kristin Moore well as she leaves the job and advances her career. “I would like to thank Kristin Moore for her service to the City and residents of Flint and I wish her well in her new endeavors.  We are so grateful to have Candice Mushatt, formerly the Public Health Coordinator, who is well capable and prepared to step in and…

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Genesee County Court Announces Amnesty Program

      Pay Late Court Fees Without Penalty in June The 67th District Court in Genesee County has announced an amnesty program for individuals delinquent on payments to the Court. The amnesty program is a one-time program designed to enhance collections and assist the Court in clearing a backlog of old files. The program offers waivers of late fees to individuals upon payments of fines and costs in full. All misdemeanor cases and civil infraction cases in which a late fee has been assessed are eligible for amnesty. Payment can…

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Marvin Jennings, Jr. Announces Candidacy for 7th Circuit Court

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer Marvin Jennings Jr. has announced his candidacy for one of two open seats on Genesee County’s 7th Circuit Court.  He will join seven other candidates on the ballot in the Aug. 7 primary election.  The top four candidates will move on to the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Jennings said it was a chance encounter in the late 90s that sparked his interest in the field of law.  Once headed to medical school, he changed plans and opted to study law instead. Today,…

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Michigan Voters to Decide on Pot Legalization

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer Michigan could soon join the growing list of states that have passed marijuana legalization measures. Now that the state Board of Canvassers has confirmed supporters of the ballot measure turned in enough valid signatures to qualify for the fall ballot, it will be up for voters to decide in November. If the measure passes, it would allow adults over the age of 21 to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. Marijuana retailers would be imposed a 10 percent excise tax…

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Museum Memorializing Black Lynching Victims Opens in Montgomery, Alabama

By Frederick H. Lowe Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from NorthStarNewsToday.com  (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum has opened to teach American history never published in textbooks. The museum is a memorial to the documented 4,400 African-Americans murdered in terrorist lynchings, which included beatings, drownings and being burned at the stake by Whites between 1877 and 1950 in 12 Southern States including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Their names are engraved…

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City Officials to Explore Legal Options Following PODS Shutdown  

 Governor’s Office Responds to Mayor’s Remarks   FLINT, Mich. — Mayor Karen Weaver said city officials feel they have no other choice but to exercise legal options to get the support still needed in Flint since Gov. Rick Snyder is no longer interested in discussing the water situation.  Mayor Weaver made the remarks following a meeting with the governor in Lansing on Monday, April 16.  Earlier this month, Gov. Synder announced Flint’s drinking water is safe to drink again and that the state-funded bottled water supply would end when current supplies…

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Local Activists to Take Water Fight to Lansing

Bus Caravan and Demonstration Planned for April 25th By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – A group of local activists said they plan to commemorate the four years since the start of Flint’s water crisis by taking their demands to Lansing.  Organizers with the group FlintH20Justice said they believe the city’s infrastructure was ruined by the decision to place money over the protection of human life when an emergency manager was appointed to oversee the affairs of the city.  In response, the group is coordinating a chartered bus…

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Faith Leaders, Flint Supporters Step In As State Pulls Out

  State-Funded Bottled Water Supply Has Ended By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer  Flint, Mich. – The state-funded bottled water supply has ended leaving some Flint residents to rely on water donations from outside sources. Gov. Rick Snyder announced last week that the state-funded bottled water supply would end when current supplies ran out because Flint’s drinking water is safe to drink again. In a statement issued Friday, April 6, Gov. Snyder said Flint’s water quality has tested below action levels of the federal Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) for…

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