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Hoping to reduce recidivism rates and help convicted felons find work, Michigan State Rep. Brandt Iden pushed his proposed legislation to scale back occupational licensing restrictions Tuesday before a House committee.

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The family of the baby cut from his mother's womb after she was strangled is asking the suburban Chicago hospital why authorities weren't immediately notified when staffers realized another woman claiming to be the mother was lying.

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INDEPENDENCE -- Sentencing of reality-TV celebrity Christopher Soules was again delayed after a district court judge struck from the process three victim impact statements and ordered the drafting of a new pre-sentence investigation report. Soules's defense team argued that the statements from family members of  66-year-old Kenny Mosher, who died in a 2017 crash involving Soules, were inappropriate for the charge before the court and prejudicial because they placed blame on Soules for the accident, a fact that was not adjudicated by a jury.Soules, who in November pleaded guilty to an aggravated misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident rather then the original felony charge as part of a negotiated deal with prosecution, was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in Buchanan County District Court. Prior to sentencing, however, Judge Andrea J. Dryer agreed with a defense motion to strike three statements from consideration in the sentencing process.Dryer cited the state code section defining a victim for the purpose of contributing a victim impact statement.In delivering her ruling to strike the statements, Dryer said the court is required to abide by the statutory definition of a victim when allowing statements to be considered by the writer of a pre-sentencing investigation report, which is drafted to assist a judge in deciding sentence. Dryer also noted that she is not required to ask for a pre-sentencing investigation report in an aggravated misdemeanor case, but agreed to order on because both the defense and prosecution were asking that a new report be drafted. Prosecution had agreed in the plea deal to adopt and recommend the sentence contained in the report.Assistant State Attorney General Scott Brown unsuccessfully argued on behalf of the prosecution for retaining the victim impact statements."Mr. Soules leaving the scene did directly cause emotional harm to Mr. Mosher's family," he said. "They've sought explanations of what happened from the moment they arrived at the scene of the accident. By leaving the scene and not returning, Mr. Soules deprived them of timely answers about Mr. Mosher's death both by making himself unavailable and by depriving law enforcement of a chance to determine whether intoxication or exhaustion or other impairment was the cause or a contributing factor to the collision and to the source of Kenny Mosher's family's loss."

WASHINGTON - House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler is preparing a committee vote to hold former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress, the second Trump official to get such treatment for defying one of Nadler's subpoenas to testify about the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. "Let me be clear: This committee will hear Mr. McGahn's ...