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ICE
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A federal judge in Detroit will hear arguments today about alleged strong-arm tactics against Iraqi detainees. 


John Engler
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Members of Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees want interim president John Engler to step down.  Trustees Brian Mosallam and Dianne Byrum released statements Friday.


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A new state rule requires local water systems to get rid of all their lead service lines over the next 20 years.  These are the types of pipes that contributed to the Flint water crisis.


ICE
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The ACLU of Michigan wants a Detroit judge to order immigration authorities to stop coercive tactics against Iraqi immigrants in its custody.  The immigrants face deportation orders for crimes – usually committed years ago.


Great Lakes
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Environmental groups say legislation headed for Governor Rick Snyder’s desk would hurt the Great Lakes.  The groups plan to urge the governor to veto the bill.


Michigan Supreme Court
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The decision on whether voters will decide to overhaul how Michigan draws congressional and legislative districts is now before the state Supreme Court.


Planned Parenthood
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The Legislature has sent Governor Rick Snyder the new state budget, including a provision that attempts to cut funding to Planned Parenthood.


Rachael Denhollander
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A new law extends the statute of limitations for victims of sexual assaults to file lawsuits and for suspects to face prosecution.  It was signed Tuesday by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley while Governor Rick Snyder is out of the country.


Marijuana
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November is months away.  But the group that put recreational marijuana use on the general election ballot is already planning how to convince voters to mark ‘yes.’  And the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is getting some outside help.


Lou Anna Simon
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Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon delivered her first public comments since resigning in January under the hot lights of a US Senate hearing room. 


John Boehner
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Former US House Speaker John Boehner says the Republican Party is no more.  He said so at a conference on Mackinac Island.


Podium
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The economy, roads, education, and insurance were the issues last night at a political debate on Mackinac Island between six Republicans and Democrats running for governor.


Prison
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Michigan’s top prosecutor is on board with proposed changes to how the state parole board determines if an inmate can be released from prison.  


Mackinac Bridge
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Environmental groups are using a large gathering of Michigan’s political and business leaders on Mackinac Island to pressure the state to shut down Enbridge Energy’s Line 5


Soo Locks
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Michigan has earmarked $50 million as a down payment towards the billion dollar cost of upgrading the Soo Locks.  Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders announced it will be part of the new state budget


Money
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The state Legislature could vote to repeal the prevailing wage law as early as next week.  The Michigan Supreme Court yesterday ordered the ballot measure to move forward.  Prevailing wage requires public construction contracts pay union-level wages.


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A coalition of school and police organizations are on board with legislation to keep Michigan schools safe.  State Senators introduced bipartisan bills yesterday.


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State lawmakers want to tackle animal safety.  Legislation aimed at preventing animals from dying in vehicles has passed a state Senate committee.


Medical
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Medical experts from around the state say people with HIV need to be treated like patients, not criminals.  They support legislation that would reduce the criminalization of the disease.


Lawmakers Plan Ways To Make Michigan Roads Safer

May 29, 2018
Bikes
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Lawmakers in Lansing want to make Michigan roads safer.  Bills to require a 3-foot gap when passing bicyclists are moving through the Legislature.  And some lawmakers want to tackle distracted driving next.


Straits of Mackinac
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Governor Rick Snyder has approved a six-month ban on ships dropping anchor in the Straits of Mackinac.  It’s a response to a mishap in April that caused a mineral oil spill and damage to Enbridge Line 5.


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A petition drive aimed at ending gerrymandering in Michigan has turned in it's signatures but, for now, it remains in flux.  We now know how the legislature wants to spend a $315-million dollar windfall in the new state budget.  Those are just a few of the topics covered in 89.1 WEMU's 'The State of Politics' this week. 


Michigan Capitol
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Bills in response to the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal crossed a major hurdle yesterday.  After weeks of testimony, most of the bills were passed out of committee.  Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.  


Arrest
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Miranda warnings to suspects who are arrested and questioned are not complete unless officers include the detail that attorneys can be in the room before and during interrogations.  That decision came yesterday from the state Court of Appeals.


Michigan State Senate Moves School Safety Bills

May 23, 2018
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State lawmakers want schools and law enforcement to partner up when it comes to school safety.  State Senate committees passed several bills Tuesday aimed at encouraging that relationship.


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