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Straits of Mackinac
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State officials say they’re growing increasingly frustrated as Enbridge Energy reports new spots where Line Five has exposed metal.  Line Five runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac between lakes Huron and Michigan.


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A new face will grace the walls of the State Capitol


Lawmakers Step In On School Mascot Issue

Nov 13, 2017
Michigan Capitol
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Democrats in Lansing want to make schools get rid of mascots that may be considered racially insensitive. 


Rick Snyder
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Experts in mental health and criminal justice were in Lansing Tuesday as part of Governor Rick Snyder’s efforts to overhaul both systems – and help people struggling with addiction, unemployment, and, sometimes, criminal behavior.   

Pro-Gun Bills Pass Michigan Senate Committee

Nov 8, 2017
Guns
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In the wake of another mass shooting, the state Legislature took up bills to expand the state’s concealed carry laws. 


Parking Tickets
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The state House voted Thursday night to get rid of Michigan’s Driver Responsibility Fee, but the bills could hit a roadblock in the state Senate. 


Car Insurance Overhaul Dies In State House

Nov 3, 2017
Car Accident
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A plan to overhaul the state’s auto insurance system failed late Thursday night. 

Marijuana
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The state department that regulates medical marijuana will allow dispensaries to stay open while details get worked out about how licenses will be issued.


Vaccine
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The state is taking a synchronized approach to fighting the hepatitis A outbreak.  It’s activated two emergency centers. 


Detroit News Wins Free Speech Lawsuit

Nov 2, 2017
The Detroit News
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A conservative radio host lost his fight against the Detroit News today.  The Michigan Court of Appeals said associating The Political Cesspool host, James Edwards, with the Ku Klux Klan is protected opinion speech.


Police Car
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A state lawmaker wants to require driver education in Michigan to include training on how to behave during police stops.  He hopes it will reduce misunderstandings and conflicts.


Technical Education
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Michigan schools aren’t quite on board with legislation to teach more skilled trades and technical education in schools.  But with a few changes, they might get there soon.


Nurse
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Michigan may do a one-time study looking at what kind of care seniors will need – and whether they can afford it. 


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A bill before the Legislature would close loopholes that led to a judge accidentally ordering a woman to share child custody with the man who raped her.  It was the result of a new law that was supposed to get more fathers to pay child support. 


Car Accident
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The state is inching closer toward a controversial overhaul of its car insurance law.  The House Insurance Committee passed a bill Thursday with several changes. 


Donald Trump
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President Trump’s declaration that opioid abuse is a national emergency comes without a lot of new resources for states to deal with the health threat.  


Michigan Youth Challenge Academy
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Kids in Michigan might get a new way to keep their criminal records clean. 


Drunk Driving
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Michigan’s 0.08 percent blood-alcohol level is set to expire next year.  But a bill is on its way to the governor’s desk to prevent that.


Elijah Cummings
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The ranking Democrat on the US House Oversight Committee wants to subpoena Governor Rick Snyder.  Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) says the governor has not been forthcoming about when he first knew about a fatal outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County.


Classroom
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Michigan needs to create more opportunities for kids of color.  That’s according to advocates after a new report was released Tuesday.  The report shows that African-American kids in Michigan fare worse in areas like education than in any other state.


Michigan Supreme Court
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A state appeals court says a former tribal police chief who pleaded guilty to fraud charges can’t run for state or local political offices.  The case will now go to the state Supreme Court.


Rape Kit
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Michigan is on its way to tracking sexual assault kits.  The legislation is in response to major backlogs of sexual assault kit processing.


Promise-Zone Bills Headed To the Governor’s Desk

Oct 19, 2017
Graduation
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The Michigan Legislature may create five new “Promise Zones.”  Those are special cities and communities that provide free college tuition for high school graduates. 


Parking Tickets
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Bills to forgive Michigan’s controversial driver responsibility fees have cleared a state House committee.  But, they’ve hit a roadblock.  They’re opposed by Governor Rick Snyder’s Treasury department.


Cannabis
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Getting into the medical marijuana game may require hundreds of thousands of dollars in liquid assets. 


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