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Whitmer to seek changes in Michigan’s Medicaid work rules

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer plans to seek changes to Michigan's Medicaid work requirements before they take effect, saying the “onerous” rules could lead to recipients losing coverage.

The Democrat wrote a letter to the federal government Friday. She accepted the terms and conditions of a waiver the state received in December to implement the work requirements, saying it ensures the continuation of an expansion of Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of adults.

But she said she will work with the Republican-led Legislature to make changes.

Whitmer says an independent study shows up to 183,000 residents could lose Medicaid once work or education requirements begin.

Years later, court orders a look at 2010 jury deliberations

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court says deliberations in a 2010 Detroit homicide trial should be re-examined to determine if jurors’ use of the internet spoiled the verdict.

A judge had ordered a new trial for Darrell Ewing, who is serving a life sentence for a gang-related shooting on a Detroit street. But the appeals court this week says a hearing first should be held to determine what effect, if any, the online information influenced jurors.

A juror says two other jurors looked up gang codes and gang history on the internet and shared the information during deliberations.

Court: Lawsuit challenging voting machines can proceed

ATLANTA (AP) — A decision by a federal appeals court clears the way for two lawsuits challenging Georgia’s use of paperless electronic voting machines to go forward.

The lawsuits, filed by Georgia voters and an election integrity group, seek to bar Georgia from using the machines in future elections. In motions last year, they sought to force the state to use paper ballots in the November midterm elections.

A federal judge denied those requests, saying the time period was too short for a switch. But she found that the machines pose a “threat of real harms” to voters’ constitutional rights.

The state appealed, saying state officials had immunity from the suits.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected those arguments.

Cabbie credited with saving 87-year-old from scammer

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — A cab driver is being praised by police for helping an 87-year-old woman from being taken by a classic scam.

Richard Spencer, who drives for Yellow Cab of Quincy, tells The Patriot Ledger he sensed something was wrong when the woman he was driving told him she was going to Walmart to purchase thousands of dollars in gift cards.

Instead of taking her to the store, he drove her to the police station. The woman told police she had received a phone call saying her grandson was in trouble and needed the money to stay out of jail.

Unfortunately, the woman had already been scammed out of $4,000, but police say “it could have been much, much worse.”

Spencer says what he did was not a big deal.


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