Southwest Michigan Today: Friday September 28, 2018

Sep 28, 2018

Former Michigan State University Gymnastics Coach Kathy Klages
Credit Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

Questions continue about Michigan’s Child Protective Services. A deal is reached in a labor dispute so road work can start again. WMU volleyball loses on the road.

(WCMU) At a House Oversight Committee hearing in Lansing Thursday the Office of the Auditor General was questioned about its audit of the state’s Child Protective Services. That report was released earlier this month. It found CPS failed to meet state requirements in 159 of the 160 investigations. The committee is expected to question CPS at a hearing next week. The State Health Department says it takes the audit’s findings seriously. 

(Michigan Radio) Workers will return to stalled road construction projects across the state immediately. Governor Snyder’s office announced yesterday that it’s brokered a deal between the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, and Operating Engineers 324. The Association had locked out union workers over a contract dispute. The deal calls for them to work the rest of 20-18 without a contract. Some of the roughly 150 ongoing road projects will wrap up this year. But others will be prepped for winter travel until construction resumes next year.

(MPRN) A former Michigan State University coach was back in court Thursday on criminal charges. Prosecutors say Kathie Klages lied to law enforcement during their investigation into what MSU knew about Larry Nassar and when. Nassar is the former MSU sports doctor serving a de-facto life sentence. Hundreds of women say he sexually assaulted them under the guise of treatment. Prosecutors say Klages lied when she told law enforcement that no one reported Nassar’s behavior to her. An Ingham County District Court judge determined there was enough evidence to send Klages to trial. She’s charged with a misdemeanor and a felony.

In volleyball, Western Michigan lost at Northern Illinois Thursday night in four sets. The Broncos are 10-7 overall so far this season, and have lost all three of their Mid-American Conference matches. Western will play at Bowling Green on Saturday.