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Same Sex Couple
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Michigan is facing a new lawsuit over same-sex couple adoptions.  The ACLU says the state can’t let adoption agencies that take public money turn away same-sex couples.


Union Powers Limited After State Board Vote

Sep 21, 2017
Lansing
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A state board voted yesterday to restrict state employee’s collective bargaining power.  Ahead of the meeting, hundreds of union workers gathered to protest.  


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Voters might have the chance to decide a pair of workers’ rights questions next year.


Michigan State Senate
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Republicans in Lansing worked at a breakneck speed Tuesday to pass legislation that would allow politicians in Michigan to solicit campaign contributions on behalf of political action committees. 


LGBT
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The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is asking state Attorney General Bill Schuette for a formal ruling on whether it has the authority to extend housing and employment protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender people.  That’s after an attorney from his office torpedoed a proposal the commission was on the cusp of adopting. 


Straits of Mackinac
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The state pipeline safety board met for the first time Monday since it was revealed that Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline had lost some of its coating. 


Car Insurance
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Lawmakers in Lansing are gearing up for a showdown over Michigan’s auto no-fault law.  A group of Republicans and Democrats in the state House announced changes they plan to introduce. 


Mackinac Pipeline Line 5
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Michigan’s energy chief says damage to the protective coating on an oil and gas pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac was worse than initially reported.

Campaign Finance Bills Pass The Michigan Senate

Sep 15, 2017
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Michigan won’t limit how much money corporations and unions can spend to influence elections in the state – under legislation that’s cleared the state Senate. 

Cannabis
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Medical marijuana dispensaries need to close their doors or risk being denied a license – once the state starts issuing them. 


Schuette Announces Run For Michigan Governor

Sep 13, 2017
Bill Schuette
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette wants a promotion. 

Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether prosecutors can force elected lawmakers to give up their seats as part of a plea deal.  That decision won’t come in time to determine whether a former state senator should be removed from the November ballot. 


Marijuana
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A state licensing board could decide today whether marijuana dispensaries in Michigan should get to stay open. 


Dave Trott
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Republican Congressman Dave Trott says he will not seek reelection next year and will retire after four years in Congress.  Trott says he always intended for his congressional career to be brief. 


Bill Schuette
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and state lawmakers are calling for an overhaul of how the property of recently deceased people is dealt with.


Michigan Capitol
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The state Legislature has returned to work and upon arrival discovered they would not be alone.


Joan Larsen
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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen faced members of the US Senate Wednesday as she seeks a promotion to the federal bench.  Larsen said she’s beholden to the rule of law and not the president who nominated her.


Immigration
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Governor Rick Snyder is asking Congress to act to protect people from deportation who were brought to the country illegally as children.  The governor was responding to President Trump’s announcement that the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will end in six months. 


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder is off on a trade mission that will bring him to Asia and Europe before he returns to Michigan next week.  


Recycling
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Governor Rick Snyder plans to roll out a recycling initiative later this fall. And legislation aimed at changing how Michigan recycles is already in the works. 


Rick Snyder
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The Legislature ends its summer recess this week and returns to Lansing.  Governor Rick Snyder will have a to-do list waiting.


Unemployment
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Michigan’s unemployment rate is down, but a new report says those numbers don’t paint the whole picture. 


Mackinac Bridge
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The Mackinac Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic this morning.  The bridge authority is ready to deal with long traffic backups and other inconveniences to holiday travelers.


Gavel
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Lawyers for Iraqi immigrants facing deportation say the detainees are being subjected to abuse and intimidation.  The case played out Thursday in a Detroit courtroom. 


Mackinac Bridge
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The state is ordering Enbridge Energy to take swift action to fix portions of the Line 5 energy pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.  Corrosion protections were eroded during maintenance work on the line. 


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