Southwest Michigan Today: Wednesday June 12, 2019

Jun 12, 2019

Benton Harbor officials come to Lansing to try and keep the city’s high school open. A Kalamazoo attorney asks to withdraw his nomination for a federal judgeship. Michigan’s Attorney General joins opposition to a large telecom merger. 

Former patients of a Kalamazoo doctor accused of misusing medical equipment can get free HIV and hepatitis testing from the county.

(WVPE) The Benton Harbor mayor lead a delegation to Lansing Tuesday. The goal is to save the city’s high school. The state has plans to shut it down over growing debt and low test scores. The Benton Harbor School Board and community members say they have alternatives to the state’s plan. They have not been forthcoming with details. Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the state is open to other solutions. The mayor met with the governor Tuesday. The school board is scheduled to meet with state officials Wednesday. A deadline for a plan is set for Friday.

(Detroit News) A Kalamazoo-based attorney has asked to have his name withdrawn from consideration for the federal judiciary. The Detroit News says Michael Bogren confirmed that he has requested that the White House pull his nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Bogren, who is managing partner of the Kalamazoo office of Plunkett Cooney, did not comment further. Bogren had come under fire from Republican Senators who said he had compared the teachings of the Catholic Church to the Ku Klux Klan. In the case in question, Bogren represented the city of East Lansing when it barred a Charlotte farm from participating in the city’s farmer’s market. The owner of the farm said he opposed same-sex marriage. Bogren said critics mischaracterized what he wrote in a legal brief, and said it was his job to represent clients not causes.

(MPRN) Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined her counterparts in at least 10 states to oppose the proposed merger of two of the nation’s largest wireless companies. Nessel joined a lawsuit that says T-Mobile and Sprint should be denied permission to become one company. The argument says the loss of competition will drive up costs for consumers. Three Michigan Democrats in Congress are also asking federal regulators to reject the merger.

(Michigan Radio) The Michigan Board of Education approved controversial new social studies curriculum standards Tuesday. It’s the first update since 2007. Educators favor the changes. Conservative groups complain the changes are biased in favor of the left and Socialism.

(MPRN) A jury is deliberating whether the former dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University committed multiple crimes – including two felonies. William Strampel is accused of using his position as dean to try and get sexual favors from female students. The jury will return to continue discussions Wednesday.

In baseball, Kalamazoo took the lead with four runs in the 7th inning and the Growlers went to a 6-2 win at Battle Creek Tuesday night. The loss snapped the Bombers three game winning streak. The two teams will play a double header Wednesday in Battle Creek. The first game is during the afternoon, while the second will be played Wednesday evening at C.O. Brown Stadium.