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Saturday, February 10, 2018 1:00 am

Michigan State to fire dean who oversaw Nassar

Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State University said Friday it plans to fire the former dean of its osteopathic medicine college and has suspended its radiology chairman in the wake of former sports doctor Larry Nassar's sentencing for molesting young female athletes.

Interim President John Engler said the first step has been taken to revoke the tenure of Dr. William Strampel, who until December led the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

A Title IX probe conducted by the university cleared Nassar of sexual assault allegations in 2014. He was advised by the school to avoid being alone with patients while treating their “sensitive areas,” but the school did not enforce its request.

Ex-judge pleads in trafficking case

A former Kentucky judge has entered into a plea agreement in a human-trafficking case.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear's office said in a news release Friday that 71-year-old Timothy Nolan will be sentenced March 29. Prosecutors are recommending 20 years for the 21 counts. The release said the agreement also calls for Nolan to pay $110,000.

Nolan is a former Campbell County District Court judge. The news release says the felony charges he pleaded to include human trafficking of adults, promoting human trafficking of minors and unlawful transaction with minors.

Alleged harasser resigns in Oregon

An Oregon state senator resigned after an investigation determined he had harassed women in the Capitol building with prolonged hugging, groping and other unwelcome physical contact.

Sen. Jeff Kruse, in a statement Thursday, remained defiant, indicating he was deprived of his rights and proclaiming his innocence.

An investigative report released Tuesday said the longtime Republican senator, 66, from the former timber town of Roseburg had groped or gave lingering hugs to two female senators, two law students who used to work for him, Republican and nonpartisan staffers, a former legislative aide and a lobbyist. The report said the behavior had continued for years, despite warnings that he stop.

Wyoming official quits over claims

Wyoming's secretary of state, a potential 2018 candidate for governor, resigned Friday following accusations of sexual misconduct by two women dating from decades ago, marking a sudden fall for one of the state's rising Republican political stars.

Over the last two months, one woman accused Ed Murray of sexually attacking her more than 35 years ago and another accused him of forcibly kissing her in front of his house after he and his wife came home on New Year's Eve in 1988.

In a statement, Murray, 59, denied the first alleged event and said he did not recall the second one. He also said no one had asked him to resign but that he was stepping aside “in order that I may fully focus on what is most important in my life: my marriage, my family and my health.”

Report: Taxpayers paid for trysts

A former Utah lawmaker purchased at least two hotel rooms with taxpayer money that he is accused of using to meet up with a prostitute, according to copies of his receipts provided to The Associated Press.

The reported allegations Thursday that former Republican Rep. Jon Stanard twice hired a prostitute last year, leading elections officials to review whether public funds or campaign money were used for hotel stays that the report alleges Stanard used for the trysts.

Meanwhile, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser warned lawmakers Friday to be on alert, citing a state senator who told reporters that an unidentified woman came to his hotel room Thursday night and insisted she was his “date.”

Niederhauser said police would investigate and told lawmakers to avoid traveling alone because someone may try to embarrass or “entrap” them to extort them or sell their story.

Female lawmaker in probe on leave

California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia – a #MeToo advocate – took a voluntary unpaid leave of absence Friday, a day after sexual misconduct allegations against her became public.

Garcia, a Democrat, chairs the Legislative Women's Caucus and has been an outspoken ally of the anti-sexual harassment movement sweeping the California Capitol and the nation. She is accused of groping former legislative staff member Daniel Fierro in 2014, an allegation she denies.

His claim is under a formal investigation, and Garcia said she is taking a leave to minimize distractions and avoid appearances of exerting influence.

Politico reported a similar accusation from an anonymous male lobbyist. Both the lobbyist and Fierro said Garcia, 40, appeared to be drunk at the time of the incidents.