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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Michigan Newsletter for Sunday August 25, 2019 ( 25 items )  

ACLU of Michigan Applauds Grand Rapids Police Foreign Nationals Policy to Better Protect People Seeking Police Services
DETROIT, Michigan, Aug. 23 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan issued the following news release: The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU) applauds the Grand Rapids Police Department's (GRPD) foreign nationals policy announced today. The policy comes after the ACLU and community partners have long been advocating for a policy to limit entanglement between the GRPD and U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). "This new policy recognizes that the police are here to   more

Adrian Dominican Sisters: Sister Janet Schaeffler, OP, Offers Guide to Prayer for Catechists
ADRIAN, Michigan, Aug. 21 -- Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following news: Just in time for the new school year for parish religious education programs, Sister Janet Schaeffler, OP, has written a new book to help catechists - religion teachers - better understand traditional Catholic prayers. Her latest book, The Catechist's Guide to Beloved Catholic Prayers: Understanding and Sharing the Tradition, has been released by Twenty-Third Publications. In this book, Sister Janet offers a refle  more

Adrian Dominican Sisters: Weber Center Program Connects Science, Religion, and Faith
ADRIAN, Michigan, Aug. 22 -- Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following news: As fall brings the busy-ness of a new school year and increased activities, Weber Retreat Center offers a special program to enrich your faith and knowledge. In a nine-part series, "Painting the Stars: Science, Religion, and Evolving Faith," Adrian Dominican Sister Esther Kennedy, OP, introduces participants to the ways in which our recent scientific knowledge informs and enriches our faith. Through the study of   more

Alliance Defending Freedom: Catholic Nonprofit to Court - We Can't Abandon Beliefs, Won't Stop Serving Children
DETROIT, Michigan, Aug. 20 -- The Alliance Defending Freedom issued the following news release: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing an adoption and foster care provider will be available for media interviews after a federal court hearing Wednesday in their lawsuit against Michigan officials. Catholic Charities West Michigan asked the court to stop those officials from illegally targeting it and forcing it to close because of its religious beliefs. The hearing concerns Catholic Ch  more

American Academy of Family Physicians: HL7 FHIR Accelerator Project Aims to Improve Interoperability of Social Determinants of Health Data
ANN ARBOR, Michigan, Aug. 20 -- The American Academy of Family Physicians issued the following news release: ANN ARBOR, Mich. and LEAWOOD, Kan. - Health Level Seven(R) International (HL7(R)), the global authority for interoperability in health information technology, and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the only medical society devoted solely to primary care, are pleased to announce that the Gravity Project is now part of the HL7(R) FHIR(R) Accelerator Program. The Gravity Pro  more

American Human Rights Council Recognizes World Humanitarian Day
DEARBORN, Michigan, Aug. 19 -- The American Human Rights Council issued the following news release: The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joins the United Nations and the world community today August 19, 2016 to honor humanitarians who have sacrificed their lives, and those who are currently working around the world to bring vital services and resources to the world's most vulnerable populations. August 19 was designated World Humanitarian Day by the United Nations in 2009 to honor the   more

Beaumont Hospital: More People Turning to Primary Care Doctors or Emergency Centers for Depression and Suicidal Thoughts
ROYAL OAK, Michigan, Aug. 22 -- Beaumont Hospital, a part of Beaumont Health, issued the following news release: Beaumont primary care and emergency medicine doctors say many patients see them for care that might surprise you: depression and suicidal thoughts. In fact, national data consistently shows spring and summer to be the most common seasons for suicide, not the gloomy winter months. Primary care doctors, your frontline access to mental health care Beaumont family medicine physician Dr  more

Capacity-Building Program for Detroit Nonprofits Expands With Three-Year Commitment From Knight Foundation
DETROIT, Florida, Aug. 19 -- The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation issued the following news release: Today, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan announced it will expand its capacity-building program for Detroit nonprofits -- with a focus on organizations promoting community information and democratic engagement -- through a three-year, $714,000 investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The program, now called the Organizational Talent Initiative, provides lo  more

Clean Water Action's Sean McBrearty Promoted to Legislative and Policy Director
LANSING, Michigan, Aug. 19 -- Clean Water Action issued the following news release: Clean Water Action announced today that Sean McBrearty has been promoted to Legislative and Policy Director for the grassroots conservation group. "I hired Sean in 2011 to join our field canvass. Little did I know then what an integral part of the organization he would become over the next eight years," said Mary Brady-Enerson, Michigan Director of Clean Water Action. "Every time I've asked for more from Sean h  more

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Welcomes Three New Institutions
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities issued the following news: The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) is pleased to welcome three new institutions: * Baekseok University (Cheonan, South Korea) * The Baekseok University is designed to contribute to the development of the country and human society through nurturing talented students who can pursue truth, study with eagerness, and lead the information-centered society and globalization in th  more

Environmental Law and Policy Center: Community and Environmental Organizations Push Michigan Public Service Commission to Reject DTE's Long-Term Energy Plan
LANSING, Michigan, Aug. 22 -- The Environmental Law and Policy Center issued the following news release: Environmental and community organizations today are calling for Michigan's Public Service Commission to reject the proposed long-term energy plan from DTE following testimony from experts revealing how DTE's plan will hold back a transition to cleaner, more affordable energy. Experts ranging from energy economists, renewable experts, and health professionals submitted testimony detailing sig  more

Jim Hallan: Michigan Retailers Association President and CEO Reflects on His 34-Year Career
LANSING, Michigan, Aug. 19 -- The Michigan Retailers Association issued the following news release: "What an honor to represent the retail industry," Hallan said. "Not many people get to be a spokesperson for thousands of members. It's your voice that hopefully carries the right message." Hallan has witnessed a massive transformation in retail since he joined MRA in 1985. Back then, the hot retailers were Main Street brick-and-mortar stores like Jacobson's, Montgomery Ward, Steketee's and Pe  more

Journal of Clinical Investigation-Insight Issues 24 Research Articles in Aug. 22, 2019 Edition
ANN ARBOR, Michigan, Aug. 23 -- The Journal of Clinical Investigation-Insight, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features preclinical and clinical research studies from the American Society for Clinical Investigation, published 24 research articles, including the following topics, in its Aug. 22, 2019 edition: * A distinct glycerophospholipid metabolism signature of acute graft versus host disease with predictive value * A panel of 4 biomarkers for the early diagnosis and therapeutic effica  more

Mackinac Center for Public Policy Sues the State Bar of Michigan for First Amendment Violation
MIDLAND, Michigan, Aug. 22 -- The Mackinac Center for Public Policy issued the following news release: * * * - Requiring attorneys to be members of State Bar is forced political speech * * * The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit today against the State Bar of Michigan for violating the First Amendment right to freely associate and be free from compelled political speech. The state of Michigan mandates that practicing attorneys pay an annual bar association fee of $315 and mai  more

Mackinac Center for Public Policy: Largest Local Governments in Michigan Carry $5.5B in Pension Debt
MIDLAND, Michigan, Aug. 19 -- The Mackinac Center for Public Policy issued the following news release: * * * - New Mackinac Center update looks at pension liabilities of the 100 largest municipalities * * * The Mackinac Center for Public Policy updated its map showing the fiscal health of pension systems in Michigan's largest 100 municipalities. The map displays the total costs and unfunded liability within each, allowing for easy comparisons across Michigan. This update illustrates how cit  more

National Fish & Wildlife Foundation: Sustain Our Great Lakes Partnership Announces $6.9 Million for Great Lakes Restoration
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 -- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation issued the following news release: * * * - Funding supports 25 projects to improve aquatic connectivity for brook trout, restore wetland habitats for shorebirds and waterfowl, and increase stormwater storage in shoreline cities * * * Sustain Our Great Lakes partners today announced $6.9 million in grant funding for 25 ecological restoration projects in the Great Lakes basin. These grants leverage approximately $8.1 million in a  more

National Partnership for New Americans Announces 12th Annual 'New American Dreams' National Immigrant Conference in Detroit Oct. 20-22, 2019
DETROIT, Michigan, Aug. 21 -- The National Partnership for New Americans issued the following news: * * * - Largest Yearly National Gathering of Immigration and Refugee Rights Leaders Challenges U.S. to Live up to Promise of Statue of Liberty; Present Vision for Moving a United Country Forward; Promote Immigrant Civic Engagement * * * As the 2020 presidential primary campaign picks up steam, theNational Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) today announced its 12th Annual "New American Dreams  more

Natural Resources Defense Council: Community and Environmental Organizations Push Michigan Public Service Commission to Reject DTE's Long-Term Energy Plan
LANSING, Michigan, Aug. 22 -- The Natural Resources Defense Council issued the following news release: Environmental and community organizations today are calling for Michigan's Public Service Commission to reject the proposed long-term energy plan from DTE following testimony from experts revealing how DTE's plan will hold back a transition to cleaner, more affordable energy. Experts ranging from energy economists, renewable experts, and health professionals submitted testimony detailing signi  more

Parenteral Drug Association Announces Keynote Speakers for 2019 PDA/FDA Joint Regulatory Conference
BETHESDA, Maryland, Aug. 20 -- The Parenteral Drug Association issued the following news release: PDA is excited to announce the keynote speakers for the upcoming PDA/FDA Joint Regulatory Conference September 16-18 in Washington, D.C. These and other expert speakers will share their insight on how to improve the continued supply of high-quality drugs, biologics, and novel combination products to patients. Marschall S. Runge, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of   more

PETA: 'Get the Lead Out!' Proclaims Anti-Fishing Billboard
MENOMINEE, Michigan, Aug. 23 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - As Dozens of Local Bald Eagles Have Fallen Victim to Lead Poisoning This Year, PETA Says Fishing Is to Blame * * * After a bald eagle sickened by lead poisoning was found hanging upside down in a tree this month, PETA plans to run a billboard calling out the culprit: people who fish and lose or discard lead weights. The ad shows the face of a bald eagle and the words "Get t  more

PETA: School's 'Read to Cows' Event Prompts Anti-Dairy Educational Offer
CARLETON, Michigan, Aug. 23 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - PETA's Interactive Mechanical Cow Presentation the Perfect Antidote to Harmful Dairy Farm Visit, Says Group * * * After learning that a teacher at Sterling Elementary organized a "Read to Cows" event at Calder Dairy and Farm, TeachKind--PETA's humane education division--sent a letter asking the superintendent of Airport Community Schools to encourage kindness to animals and   more

Six Adrian Dominicans Attend Grand Opening for Family Housing
ADRIAN, Michigan, Aug. 23 -- Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following news: Six Adrian Dominican Sisters were among more than 200 attendees at the Mercy Magnuson Place Grand Opening on August 10. The spirit was upbeat as organizers gave recognition to the many people who made this 148-unit facility for low- and middle-income families possible. Attending Adrian Dominican Sisters were Mary Sullivan, OP, Janice Holkup, OP, Cele Gorman, OP, Claudia Morgan, OP, Sharon Park, OP, and Judy Byron  more

Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Division Announces Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
DETROIT, Michigan, Aug. 20 -- The Society of Plastics Engineers issued the following news: Michael J. Whitens, retired former Global Director for Ford's Vehicle and Enterprise Sciences at Ford's Research and Innovation Center, has been named the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE(R)). In his most recent role at Ford (2014 - 2018) he led the development of technology strategy and implementation in support of emerging areas   more

Society of Thoracic Surgeons: Heart and Lung Surgery Patients May Be at High Risk for Opioid Dependence
CHICAGO, Illinois, Aug. 22 -- The Society of Thoracic Surgeons issued the following news release: The amount of opioids prescribed for patients after heart and lung surgery has a direct relationship with the risk for opioid dependency and "persistent opioid use" several months after the operation, according to research published online today in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. "Our data show that patients undergoing heart and lung surgery are at a relatively high risk of developing persistent o  more

The Bipartisan Policy Center Issues Statement on on Reports of Wastewater Infrastructure Problems
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 -- The Bipartisan Policy Center, Michele Nellenbach, director of strategic initiatives at the Bipartisan Policy Center, issued the following statement on reports of wastewater infrastructure problems in Flint, Michigan: The following is a statement from Michele Nellenbach, director of strategic initiatives at the Bipartisan Policy Center, on reports of wastewater infrastructure problems in Flint, MI, this week: "Once again, a very real tragedy for the people of Flint demons  more