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Should African hair braiders need permission to work?

Across the country, however, more people need the government’s permission in the form of a license before they can work. A new national report released, July 16, by the Institute for Justice looks specifically at natural, or African-style hair braiding laws and finds that 34 states have severely restrictive braiding laws. ...

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Bankruptcy judge wants solutions to Detroit water crisis

After spending the morning listening to 17 citizens object to Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan of adjustment, with some of the complaints and statements telling of the harm being done by the harsh Detroit Water and Sewerage Department cut offs, Rhodes ordered the DWSD to appear that afternoon and provide an explanation for the massive water shutoffs underway in the city since March. ...

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Bankruptcy judge to Detroit EM: What are you doing to help with water shutoffs?

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Rhodes, in court Tuesday, instructed Jones Day law firm, the lead restructuring attorneys in the city’s bankruptcy case, to return to the afternoon session with a report on what their former partner Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is doing to aid people who are having their water shut off. ...

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Detroit pastors demand stop to water shutoffs

“We have three demands,” Pastor Maurice Rudds told the Michigan Citizen. “One, create an effective affordability plan (for low-income residents), two, place a moratorium on the water shut offs and three, restore service to those residents whose water has already been turned off.” Rudds is pastor of Greater Mount Tabor Church. ...

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Duggan endorses Warren Evans for county’s top seat

Mayor Mike Duggan will endorse former Wayne County Sheriff and Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans’ candidacy for Wayne County Executive, he announced July 1. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy was among business, labor and religious leaders who also endorsed Evans. In an interview with the Michigan Citizen, June 5, Evans said he’s running for office because he’s “upset about the way the county has been runni ...

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Supreme Court: Public union can’t make nonmembers pay fees

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions June30, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union’s costs of collective bargaining.  In a 5-4 split along ideological lines, the justices said the practice violates the First Amendment rights of nonmembers who disagree with the positions that unions take. The ruling ...

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