Churches, libraries could offer overdose treatment under proposed legislation

OPIOID OVERDOSES: Churches, libraries, homeless shelters and other community gathering places could offer life-saving drugs to prevent overdose deaths under a Senate bill. We spoke to Sen. Winnie Brinks of Grand Rapids, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. By Danielle James. FOR GRAND RAPIDS, LANSING and ALL POINTS.

Michigan prisons ordered to be less restrictive to religious beliefs

KOSHER PRISONS: A recent U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on kosher meals provided to Jewish inmates could help expand religious freedom in Michigan prisons across the board, prisoner advocates say. We spoke to the lead attorney based at Michigan State University, the Michigan ACLU and the Anti-Defamation League. By Nicholas Simon. FOR BLISSFIELD, IONIA, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, GREENVILLE, OCEANA and ALL POINTS.

Living by the Moon in Lansing

Since Keys to Manifestation opened on July 11, Lansing residents have had the one-stop shop to manifest their destiny. If you have never heard of manifestation or the law of attraction, this small business is the perfect place to start. The store sells crystals, art, books, jewelry, self-care items, and more. They also offer services and host events such as tarot card readings, reiki and classes. 

As religious attendance in Michigan decreases, churches close

CLOSINGS: Places of worship are closing as the proportion of Americans who formally belong drops. Factors include rising costs of maintenance and increased mobility that makes it easier for worshippers to pick and choose congregations. We talk to a St. Joseph pastor from the Southwestern Baptist Association and the Michigan Conference United Church of Christ. For faith and news sections. By Sheldon Krause, FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS.

Faith leaders react to new ‘Unholy’ movie

UNHOLY: The content and timing of a new film released on Good Friday is upsetting some people of faith in Michigan. The trailer for “Unholy” shows at statue of the Virgin Mary bleeding from her eyes, the main character of the movie performing a miracle by healing a parapalegic and a crucifix burning on the altar of a Roman Catholic church. The director says the film is respectful of religion. Two Catholic priests from East Lansing and the director of MSU’s Muslim Studies Program comment. For news and religion/faith sections. By Elaine Mallon. FOR ALL POINTS.

Observing Ramadan in prisons challenging, former inmates say

PRISON RAMADAN: Some Muslim prisoners find it difficult to observe the daytime fasting requirement of the holy month of Ramadan, which starts April 13. Two ex-inmates describe their experience. We also hear from the Corrections Department, the directors of MSU’s Muslim Studies Program and Civil Rights Clinic. By Brandon Chew. FOR COLDWATER, BLISSFIELD, MARQUETTE, IONIA, GREENVILLE, SAUL STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, DETROIT, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.