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“The Michigan Constitution protects the right of all pregnant people to make autonomous health decisions.”

Michigan Court of Claims Judge Elizabeth Gleicher, ruling that the state’s constitution protects reproductive rights, thereby banning enforcement of the 1931 law that blocked abortion access. While there are still a number of lawsuits pending across the state regarding reproductive rights, many are relieved that their access to abortion is protected for the time being. (NPR — Sept. 7, 2022)

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  • Milpitas, Calif., Unified School District Superintendent Cheryl Jordan, regarding the district’s request that parents who have a room to spare inside their homes rent it out to teachers. The school district is having trouble keeping educators because they cannot find affordable places to live nearby. The median home price in Milpitas is $1.3 million. (NBC Bay Area, NPR — Aug. 29, 2022)
  • The California Independent Systems Operator CEO Elliot Mainzer, regarding the extremely high electricity demand across California and other western states as a brutal heat wave covers the area. The ISO may order utilities to impose rotating blackouts if the energy demand does not decrease. The last time shutdowns were implemented was August 2020, when outages, which lasted anywhere from 15 minutes to two and a half hours, affected about 800,000 homes and businesses. (Reuters — Sept. 6, 2022)
  • Isabelle Boemeke of the group Save Clean Energy, commenting on legislation approved by California lawmakers to extend the life of the state's last-operating nuclear power plant. (NPR — Sept 2, 2022)
  • Beatrice Gilmore, who lives in Jackson, Miss., when asked what she would do when she and her sister received a case of water on Wednesday. Historic rain and flooding led to a drop in pressure at Jackson's main water-treatment plant Monday. That has left people with just a trickle of water — Gilmore says hers is "brownish" — or none at all. (NPR — Sept. 1, 2022)
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