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Michigan House approves bills permitting adoption agencies to discriminate based on religion

The Republican-led state House has approved bills that would allow adoption agencies to discriminate based on religion.

The package was approved mostly along party lines Wednesday. It would let adoption agencies refuse services based on religious beliefs.

The package would also prevent state or local governments from acting against adoption agencies for such a choice, including refusing to issue a license or provide funding.

The legislation passed the House last session but didn’t receive Senate approval … click here for more details.

Mom, 7-year-old son safe after abduction in Detroit

One man is in custody after a hostage situation on Detroit’s east side Wednesday afternoon.

Police say the victim, a woman, was involved in the standoff situation in the 16 thousand block of Bringard Drive, which is near the intersection of Kelly Road and 8 Mile Road.

The standoff ended with a peaceful surrender on Bringard Drive. According to police, the 27-year-old woman is safe, as is her 7-year-old child that she shares with her ex-boyfriend, 26-year-old Nathaniel Nix Jr. He was led away in cuffs in Wednesday

Police believe the standoff situation was related to a kidnapping that took place earlier Wednesday morning. Craig said Nix spotted his ex driving and rammed her with his car on Cadiex Road. After hitting her, Detroit Police Lt. Mark Thornton said he put both the woman and their 7-year-old son in his car and left … click here for more details.

3 Macomb County teens sentenced to probation for sending sex pic

Three Chesterfield Township teens have been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to charges in connection to a Twitter picture of a 15-year-old girl involved in a sex act.

Ryan Modaffare, Gregory Kwapik and Nicholas Kelly, all 17 years old, were charged as adults.

Modaffare pleaded guilty to distributing and/or promoting child sexual abusive activity.

Kwapik pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Kelly pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct and distributing and/or promoting child sexual abusive activity.

They were each sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which allows youth who plead guilty to a crime to be placed in prison or on probation without a conviction to avoid a criminal record. They were also ordered to not have a cellphone for three years. They can ask permission to use one after the first year.

They also cannot have any contact with each other or the victim and will undergo drug and alcohol testing … click here for more details.

Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Digital Producer of The Morning Heat and Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit

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