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Whitmer names Saad to lead Michigan’s immigration

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has appointed a former U.S. homeland security official to oversee the state’s efforts related to immigration.

Fayrouz Saad worked at the Department of Homeland Security during Barack Obama’s presidency and later served as the city of Detroit’s first immigrant affairs director.

Whitmer this past week named her as executive director of the Office of Global Michigan, which advises the governor on matters related to new Americans, immigration policy and immigration enforcement. Saad says she looks forward to “building a home of opportunity for everyone.”

Saad unsuccessfully ran in the Democratic primary for Michigan’s 11th Congressional District in 2018. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s in public administration from Harvard University.


State creates rules for testing industrial hemp

LANSING (AP) — The state of Michigan has created rules so there are testing standards for the first crop of industrial hemp.

The state launched a pilot program this year allowing for the growing and processing of hemp. The state’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development last Thursday announced emergency rules that establish sampling and analytical testing methods for measuring the concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol in the emerging crop.

Hemp contains ultra-low levels of the THC that creates a high in marijuana.

The rules will be in place for six months and can be extended for an additional six months.

Gary McDowell, director of the agriculture department, says the rules will give time for growers to proceed while awaiting federal standards.


Man arrested for  making online threats

REED CITY, Mich. (AP) — A 33-year-old Michigan man has been arrested after he allegedly posted videos in which he expressed “potential threatening feelings” toward Ferris State University, area hospitals and others.

In a news release, the Michigan State Police announced that the Reed City man was arrested at his home Sunday night on felony counts of posting terroristic threats and other charges. The man whose name is not being released until he’s arraigned is being he’s being held in the Osceola County Jail on $1 million bond.

The release says that because of the quick response by the state police, Ferris State University’s Department of Public Safety and the Reed City Police Department, none of the organizations and individuals allegedly threatened were ever in danger.


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