An inmate who won a major case at the Michigan Supreme Court over a governor's power to change prison sentences is asking the court for additional help because the state's interpretation of the groundbreaking decision could block his release.
Michigan paid more than $85 million last fiscal year to people and companies that sued the state, ranging from $42 to mediate a case involving a lakeside road to a $41 million tax refund to General Motors.
The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins Thursday to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman."
Environmentalists in Illinois expected a battle royal over their call for a statewide ban on "microbeads" — tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste that are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways. Discovered only recently, they're showing up inside fish that are caught for human consumption, scientists say.
Workers hired by disabled Medicaid recipients will have to undergo criminal background checks, Michigan's top public health official said Wednesday, a day after a scathing audit flagged nearly 3,800 independent-living aides with felony convictions.
About 4.5 million of the 8 million Americans who signed up for health insurance under the new federal health care law did not previously have insurance, according to a national survey that provides the most detailed look to date at who enrolled for coverage under the Affordable Care Act this year.