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Macomb Twp. Politician Gets 20 Months in Prison For Corruption « Detroit News Watch

DETROIT (AP) — A former public official in suburban Detroit has been sentenced to 20 months in prison on federal charges of demanding and taking bribes in exchange for using his position to get a company a trash-hauling contract. The sentence handed down Tuesday to 44-year-old former Macomb Township Trustee Clifford Freitas also includes two years of supervised release following ...

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Judge Halts Subpoenas in Suit Against Schuette « Detroit News Watch

LANSING (AP) — The Latest on emails in which Attorney General Bill Schuette discusses presidential politics: 5:45 p.m. A Michigan judge has granted Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request to halt the production of documents in a lawsuit that a Democrat filed against him until the judge rules on Schuette’s motion to dismiss the case. Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray ...

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3D Guns: Untraceable, Undetectable, and Unstoppable?

(CNN) — Not long ago it was the stuff of science fiction, but now US officials and lawmakers are grappling with a new reality — the ability for citizens to print firearms at home. As of Wednesday, it will be legal to download instructions on how to make a plastic handgun with a 3D printer. The instructions for the Liberator ...

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Missouri Attorney General Opens Criminal Investigation in Deadly Duck Boat Accident « Detroit News Watch

(CNN) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has opened a criminal investigation in the duck boat accident that killed 17 people on a lake near Branson. The investigation into the July 19 capsizing and sinking of a duck boat at Table Rock Lake is being conducted under the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, according to Mary Compton, a spokeswoman for Hawley. ...

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Schuette Talked Politics With Staff During Work Hours, Offered Financial Incentives « Detroit News Watch

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette scheduled a meeting with state employees to discuss presidential politics during work hours and later sent follow-up emails dangling financial incentives to those who secured endorsements for Jeb Bush. The emails were first uncovered by the Detroit Free Press Tuesday and later obtained by The Associated Press. Schuette is seeking the Republican ...

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