On March 25, 1965, Viola Liuzzo, a Detroit housewife and Civil Rights adovocate, was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama. She was killed on the final night of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March. She is honored at the Montgomery Civil Rights Memorial.
On this day, the various Finnish American congregations in the U.P formed the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church (Suomi Synod). In 1896, the Finnish Americans in the Houghton area of Michigan started Suomi College (named after their synod), which eventually would become Finlandia University, to ensure seminary training and preserve Finnish culture.
Source : Michigan Every Day
Lawsuit: $500M+ Owed To Wrongly Accused Of Unemployment Fraud
The state owes at least $500 million in refunds to those it wrongly accused of unemployment fraud and improperly garnished their wages and seized their income tax refunds, a lawsuit filed Friday argues in calling for a court order overturning the state's transfer of some of those monies into the General Fund for budget purposes.
Iden Puts State Employee Salary Database Bill 'On Hold'
Compounding the ongoing snafu in the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA), another class-action suit has been brought against the state in the Court of Claims, claiming the agency has not stopped seizing wages from Michiganders who had their cases improperly adjudicated by the UIA's faulty fraud-detection software.
And, in this one, the plaintiffs are going after the $10 million transfer lawmakers made last year from the UIA's Contingency Fund to balance the state's General Fund.
It's not supposed to be like this.
Though advisories about toxic mercury in fish have continued in Michigan and the surrounding Great Lakes, with recommendations to limit consumption of certain species to a few times per month, the amount of mercury found in fish tissues has dropped steadily over decades since the 1970s. That corresponded with the reduction of pollution coming from Midwestern smokestacks as regulations tightened, pollution prevention technology improved, and coal-fired factories and power plants went offline.
Victoria Marx has good reason to object when state officials talk about Flint's drinking water now measuring safe for lead.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's own recent testing shows that doesn't apply to water at her home in Flint's College and Cultural Neighborhood, east of downtown.
A lawsuit filed in the Michigan Court of Claims Friday seeks to block state government from using surplus unemployment insurance funds to help balance the state budget until tens of thousands of claimants the state falsely accused of fraud have been compensated.
The proposed class-action lawsuit filed by a Royal Oak law firm also alleges that the state continues to garnish wages of state residents falsely accused of fraud, in violation of a federal court order.