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Victims falsely accused of jobless fraud get key decision from high court

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is taking a fresh look at a lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of people who were wrongly accused of defrauding the unemployment program.

The state appeals court said the plaintiffs waited too long to sue. But the Supreme Court says it will hear arguments at a later date after reading briefs about what should have triggered the six-month deadline.

An automated computer system run by Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration was a disaster. Thousands of people were accused of cheating to get unemployment aid. They were forced to repay the money, along with substantial penalties.

Separately, there’s a lawsuit in federal court against state officials and contractors who designed or managed the computer system.


Lawsuit deal aimed  at helping Flint kids exposed to lead

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — An agreement has been reached to get more services to Flint children who were exposed to lead in drinking water.

Under the deal, the state of Michigan will provide $4.1 million, if the Legislature approves the money. Parents will be encouraged to get kids signed up on a registry, which will lead to tests and other screenings to help determine any special education needs.

The agreement announced Monday would partly settle a lawsuit against the state and Flint-area school groups, including the city’s school district.

Kristin Totten of the American Civil Liberties Union says the deal is a “critical first step.” She says there’s still more litigation over Flint kids with disabilities.

Lead-tainted water flowed in Flint for 18 months before a disaster was declared in 2015.


Prosecutor in Chicago named head of SEC’s  9-state regional office

CHICAGO (AP) — A high-profile federal prosecutor who helped convict a former Illinois governor of corruption has been named the new director for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s nine-state region based out of Chicago.

The agency that regulates the securities sector and enforces securities laws announced Joel R. Levin’s appointment in a statement last week. He’ll start with the SEC next month and oversee hundreds of employees in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Levin has most recently worked as the first assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. attorney’s office for northern Illinois in Chicago. He served for more than six months last year as acting U.S. attorney for that office.

Levin was among the prosecutors who in 2006 secured guilty verdicts at the trial of ex-Illinois Gov. George Ryan.