Author: Ryan Cole

Kids’ Climate Lawsuit Rejected by Appeals Court

A federal appeals court threw out a lawsuit brought forward by a group of kids and teens trying to force the federal government to take climate change action. The ruling, a 2-to-1 decision, says they’ll have to ask Congress and the executive branch to take action instead of the courts. Still, the opinion did state “the plaintiffs have made a…

States Sue USDA: 688,000 at Risk if Cuts to SNAP Go Into Effect

More than a dozen states and Washington, D.C. are suing the USDA over new work requirements for food stamp recipients. Under the new rule, more recipients will have to work to get benefits. Employment is already required for working-age adults without dependents or disabilities. But states can waive that in areas with high unemployment. The new regulation puts a limit…

MSP Continues Investigation with Breath Alcohol Testing Devices

Michigan State Police are investigating issues with the state’s DataMaster DMT devices which test the alcohol on people’s breath. The state started a three year, $1.26 million contract with the device supplier back in 2018. Part of that contract requires three technicians handling all the service calls, certification and maintenance. The state started to have issues with some of these…

NASA’s First Spacewalk of 2020 Completed by 2 Women; 1 Native to Michigan

NASA’s first spacewalk of 2020 is complete and it was a special one. The astronauts who completed the spacewalk Wednesday morning were both women. Jessica Meir and Michigan native Christina Koch ventured out of the space station to replace batteries on solar panels outside of the International Space Station. They’re the same astronauts who made history after successfully completing the…

Build a Baby Yoda at Build-A-Bear Workshop

Love for Baby Yoda is sweeping the nation. And while you still can’t buy a toy one yet—build your own, you can. Build-A-Bear Workshop says its stores will soon stock the adorable creature officially dubbed “The Child,” but fondly called Baby Yoda by fans. Fans will have to stuff it themselves, but Baby Yoda it will be. The Star Wars…

Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Three White-tailed Deer in Newaygo Co.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says chronic wasting disease was found in three white-tailed deer from a Newaygo County deer farm. They say all three deer were four and a half years old. CWD has been found in four other privately owned facilities in Kent, Mecosta and Montcalm counties since 2008. They say infected animals may show…

MSP: Woman Charged with Arson After Fire at Senior Center in Otsego Co.

State police say they arrested a woman they believe set fire to a senior center in Otsego County. It happened at the Horsell Manor Elkland Senior Center in Vanderbilt on November 22. State police say the fire started in a hall attached to the visitor’s area. No one was hurt, but the fire caused about $70,000 in damage. State police…

NSA Alerts Microsoft of Security Flaw, Software Fix Released

Microsoft is fixing a major flaw in its Windows Operating System that could be exploited by hackers. The National Security Agency says it recently alerted Microsoft about the security flaw. The problem centers around a feature that verifies programs installing software on computers for government agencies, businesses, and consumers around the world. Microsoft issued a software update Tuesday that fixes…

Clare Co. Man Pleads No Contest to Third Degree Sex Crimes

A Clare County man will spend 10 to 15 years behind bars for sex crimes. The Clare County Prosecutor’s Office says Gregorio Rulapaugh pleaded no contest to third degree sex crimes back in November. That means he does not admit guilt but accepts the punishment. They say their investigation included interviews with victims who were minors. Rulapaugh is being credited…

Northern Michigan Man Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

jordan-wheeler2 Show Caption Hide Caption jordan-wheeler1 Show Caption Hide Caption   The man accused of recording himself on video sexually assaulting a family member pleaded guilty to child porn charges on Monday. Court documents say Jordan Wheeler sent those videos to someone over an app using an alias. The FBI says they confirmed the videos were taken in his home…