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Margaret O'Brien

Rape Kit
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Michigan is on its way to tracking sexual assault kits.  The legislation is in response to major backlogs of sexual assault kit processing.


Bicycle
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Survivors of last year’s deadly bike crash near Kalamazoo testified Wednesday before a state Senate committee in support of safety legislation.


Dog
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If you want to take your favorite dog out to eat with you, you might soon be in luck. 


Michigan State Senate
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State lawmakers are quickly pushing through female genital mutilation legislation.  About two weeks ago, a Senate committee passed legislation that would make performing female genital mutilation a fifteen year felony.


Michigan State Senate
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A state Senate committee holds a hearing today on bills to outlaw female genital mutilation in Michigan.  It’s already a federal crime with a penalty of up to five years in prison.  The bill’s sponsors say that’s not tough enough.  A lot of experts say a tougher law may not be enough to deter an entrenched cultural and religious practice.