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Local governments and police and firefighter unions are keeping a close eye on hearings to begin this week at the state Capitol.  GOP leaders are proposing more aggressive state oversight of local retirement funds. 


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Hundreds of police officers and firefighters converged Wednesday on the state Capitol.  They rallied to protect retirement benefits.


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Lawmakers in Lansing are trying to increase penalties for attacks on first responders. 


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Some Democrats in the Legislature say a state health care fund for firefighters and other first responders should cover breast cancer treatments. 


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Families of first responders in Michigan can expect to get expanded benefits soon.  Governor Rick Snyder signed the Survivors Benefit Bill Tuesday.