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By The Associated Press • Aug 9, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Larry Nassar appeals his other sentence for sexual assaults

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Attorneys for imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar have appealed his other sentence for sexually assaulting women and girls who sought treatment for injuries.

The Lansing State Journal reported that the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor's attorneys have filed a motion in Eaton County Circuit Court seeking a new judge and sentencing hearing for Nassar on three sexual assault charges he pleaded guilty to in November 2017.

Nassar’s attorneys recently made a similar request in a separate case in Ingham County, where dozens of his accusers spoke during a televised sentencing earlier this year of the harm he caused them.

The judges in both cases sentenced Nassar to a minimum of 40 years behind bars.

Nassar also has a pending appeal of his 60-year federal prison sentence for possessing child pornography.

Michigan attorney set to be first Muslim woman in Congress

DETROIT (AP) — Rashida Tlaib's opposition to President Donald Trump began while he was still candidate Trump and before she decided to run for Congress.

The 42-year-old attorney, who is set to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, was booted from a 2016 Trump campaign speech in Detroit for heckling the polarizing Republican.

After winning Tuesday's Democratic primary to run unopposed for the House seat that Rep. John Conyers held for more than five decades before retiring amid sexual harassment allegations, Tlaib, the eldest of 14 children born to Palestinian immigrants, vowed to take the fight to Trump once she's in Washington.

Tlaib, who served in the Michigan House from 2009 until 2014, defeated five other candidates to win the nomination to run for a full term representing the heavily Democratic district, which covers much of Detroit and some of its suburbs. Since no Republicans or third-party candidates are running, Tlaib is running unopposed in November's general election.

In a twist, Tlaib narrowly lost a special primary election Tuesday to serve the final two months of Conyers' term. Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones won that primary and will be unopposed in November's special election.

Detroit-area senator defeated by stealth candidate

DEARBORN HEIGHTS (AP) — A candidate who didn't spend a penny has defeated a state senator in suburban Detroit.

Betty Jean Alexander defeated Sen. David Knezek of Dearborn Heights in the Democratic primary election Tuesday. She'll face Republican DeShawn Wilkins in the fall.

The 5th District includes parts of Detroit, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Inkster and Redford Township.

The Detroit News said Knezek was one of three incumbent lawmakers who lost.

Lamar Lemmons said he recruited Alexander to run for the Legislature. He said she only used the phone to promote herself.

Michigan twins from different parties advance in election

KENTWOOD (AP) — Twin sisters from different political parties are a step closer to public office in West Michigan.

Monica Sparks, a Democrat, and her Republican sister, Jessica Ann Tyson, won their party's nominations Tuesday during the state primary election. They'll now advance to the November election for seats on the Kent County Board of Commissioners.

It's possible that Sparks and Tyson could serve together because they're running in different districts in the Grand Rapids area.

Sparks said she decided to run for office when her sister declared her candidacy. They said they were adopted into a family that taught them to pay attention to government and public affairs.

Jackson County to see animal control officers return after vote

JACKSON (AP) — Voters in a southern Michigan county have supported funding for the return of animal control officers.

About 62 percent of Tuesday's votes in Jackson County were in favor of a 10-year proposal that would add three animal control officers beginning next year. The county cut the last of its animal control officers in 2014, leaving police responsible for responding to animal situations.

The proposal called for residents owning a property valued at $100,000 pay an extra $12.50 in taxes a year. The millage is expected to generate about $1.1 million in the first year.

The measure also will provide money toward improvements at the county animal shelter. Officials say work is needed on the roof, parking lot and air conditioning system.

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