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Supreme Court leaves in place ruling reviving two Flint lawsuits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a ruling that revived two federal lawsuits stemming from the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

The Supreme Court declined Monday to get involved in the cases, leaving in place a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The appeals court ruled in July 2017 that a federal trial court had improperly dismissed federal civil rights claims in the lawsuits, which were brought by Flint residents. The trial court ruled that a federal law called the Safe Drinking Water Act precluded those claims, but the appeals court disagreed.

The Supreme Court's decision not to get involved means the cases will return to the trial court to move forward. Other similar lawsuits are also at the trial court level.


Priest suspended amid sexual abuse allegations

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A 72-year-old Roman Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse has been suspended in the Saginaw area.

The suspension, announced Saturday, is described by the diocese as a "precautionary measure." No charges have been filed.

Church officials say they were contacted by a man last Thursday. He told officials that he was a boy at the time of the alleged conduct.

Another priest in the Saginaw diocese has been charged with sexual misconduct. The Rev. Robert DeLand is awaiting a court hearing that will determine whether there's enough evidence to send his case to trial.

DeLand was pastor at St. Agnes Church in Freeland.


U of M funds efforts to curb Detroit poverty

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan and the city of Detroit are working on a joint effort to boost economic mobility and break the cycle of poverty in the city.

The school says Monday that under a four-year agreement it will provide up to $500,000 in resources a year to support partnerships that pair university experts with city leaders. Part of the funding will create a new position of assistant director of economic mobility.

It is part of Poverty Solutions , the Ann Arbor school's initiative dedicated to the prevention and alleviation of poverty.

Those involved say top priorities include removing barriers to employment for city residents, including transportation; leveraging university resources to enhance Detroit initiatives; and providing research and analysis to build on existing programs and pilot new ones.


FBA Annual ‘Michael K. Lee Celebrating Our Diverse Bar’ March 22

All are invited to this 9th annual event bringing the Federal Bar Association together with Southeastern Michigan’s affinity bar associations for a casual mix and mingle in Detroit. The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at Cost Plus Eastern Market Wine Warehouse, 2448 Market Street in Detroit. More details and online registration coming soon at https://fbamich.org/.


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