What You Should Know: Oct. 7

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Let’s be honest, keeping up with the news has not been your first priority. Luckily for you, we have made a quick and dirty guide to what’s happening on our campus, state and nation.

A Planet Fitness is expected to open on Mission Street in December.

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Planet Fitness Mount Pleasant will feature amenities such as various workout machines, free weights and other cardio exercise equipment, part-owner and developer with Planet Fitness Hoyt Frericks said.
Hydromassage, tanning equipment and full-service locker rooms will also be available. Frericks said the company will not build a running track at the Mission Street location.
The new business will not offer a student discount in Mount Pleasant Frericks said.
“We’re really counting on the student population, but obviously they’re going to count,” he said. “We have a location in Kalamazoo that has a few student memberships, so I’m sure we’ll have a few.”
Construction on the interior of the building began in August. Construction crews will continue that work until November. Only a few updates were made to the exterior Frericks said. One obvious change is a portion painted deep purple — the company’s trademark color.
Mount Pleasant’s Planning Commission approved the business for a special use permit in May. The building did not need site approval because it will take up space in an existing property City Planner Jacob Kain said.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced Tuesday Michigan employers could save money following another downward revision of the Workers’ Compensation pure premium.
More from MLive:

The pure premium reflects statewide loss adjustment expenses and is ultimately used by insurers to set their rates. It’s the portion of an employer’s insurance premium that pays for claims costs for work-related injuries. It will drop 6.9 percent in 2016.
In 2015, the pure premium dropped by 6.5 percent. Since 2011, when the state made changes to workers’ compensation, premiums have dropped by 32.7 percent and saved employers $327 million. Over the 2011-2015 period Michigan’s premiums have dropped the second most nationally, while the national average has climbed by 11.3 percent.
“By continuing to reduce unnecessary costs, the system has become an important economic asset,” said Gov. Rick Snyder in a statement. “These considerable business savings can free up capital and allow companies to hire more workers, increase salaries and expand operations.”
Workers’ Compensation Agency Director Mark Long said the agency had taken steps to implement efficient practices and make sure all required forms and processes were related to actual statute. In other words, the statutory and regulatory controls are perfectly aligned.
“It really is an overall approach to the workers’ compensation system,” Long said.

The right to die is becoming one of the next big social issues in the country.

On Monday, California joined just four other states–Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana–with such legislation in place.
More from the Washington Post:

Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old terminally ill woman suffering from brain cancer, ended her life Sunday in Oregon. Maynard was diagnosed in January with a brain tumor and said she planned to take prescribed medication to die when her pain became unbearable…

Calling it a “gut-wrenching” decision, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Monday signed into law so-called “right-to-die” legislation, handing the death-with-dignity movement one of its most politically significant victories ever.
Supporters of the law were no doubt helped by one of their highest-profile champions, the late Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old Californian who in her dying days graced magazine covers and the Internet in late 2014 advocating for right-to-die laws.
Maynard certainly helped swing the tide of public opinion to her side, and it’s very possible her victory won’t be contained just to California.

Editor’s Note: This post has been altered after its time of publication to better clarify sources of information and ensure proper attribution.

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