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7:36 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Rand Paul Fires Up Michigan Republicans

Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, speaks in front of GOP supporters and volunteers on Wednesday in Livonia.
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MI GOP looks to energize conservatives ahead of election with Rand Paul visit

The Michigan Republican Party is trying to energize its conservative base ahead of next week's election. On Wednesday, Republicans brought in U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to speak with GOP supporters and volunteers in and around Detroit.
    
During a rally in Livonia, Paul reiterated his belief that conservative principles would turn the city around.

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7:47 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Pot Legalization On Ballot In 11 Michigan Cities

Safer Michigan Coalition Executive Director Chuck Ream is leading the effort to legalize small amounts of cannabis in eleven Michigan communities. Voters in Oak Park and Hazel Park already approved ballot measures in August. Questions will not appear on ballots in East Lansing, Utica, Portage, or Benzie County - despite what the shirt says.
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Eleven more Michigan cities could legalize small amounts of pot on Nov. 4

On Election Day, eleven Michigan cities will consider legalizing small amounts of marijuana. That’s the largest number of municipalities to consider the question in a single election in Michigan.

Chuck Ream is the guy working to bring a pro-marijuana law to a city near you. He directs the Safer Michigan Coalition, which is organizing all of these local ballot campaigns. He expects this to be a banner year for the proposals despite not being able to actively promote them.

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8:16 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Examining Detroit Free Press Political Endorsements

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Newspaper endorsement a ritual of the political season with the occasional surprise

One of the rituals of the political campaign season is the newspaper endorsement. This past weekend, the liberal-leaning editorial page of The Detroit Free Press - also the state's largest newspaper -- caused some head-scratching and tongue-wagging with its endorsement in the governor's race.

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8:14 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Governor Snyder To State Departments: Hire More People With Disabilities

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Gov. Snyder directs state agencies to eliminate hurdles for disabled employees

Gov. Rick Snyder is asking state departments to hire more people who have disabilities.

It’s part of an ongoing effort to promote employment in Michigan for the disabled. That effort has been led by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, whose daughter has a disability. Calley says stigmas about hiring disabled people and obstructive work environments keep too many talented people out of the workforce.

  

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7:39 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

The Senior Vote: How Big Will It Be In Michigan?

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Seniors could play an especially big role in upcoming election

Michiganders age 50 and over are expected to represent well over half of the voters that show up to the polls on November 4th.

That is pretty typical of a non-presidential election. But seniors and retirees are already playing an especially important role in this year's election.

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7:44 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Former President Clinton Stumps In Flint

Former President Bill Clinton was met with loud applause from a crowd of Democrats in Flint on Wednesday. He was joined on stage by Democratic nominee for governor Mark Schauer (left), Congressman Dan Kildee (Center), candidate for 95th state House district Vanessa Guerra (right), and nominee for U.S. Senate Gary Peters (not pictured).
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Bill Clinton stumps for Michigan Democratic ticket in Flint

Another Clinton was in Michigan on Wednesday urging Democrats to show up to the polls on November 4th. Last week it was former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This time it was her husband rallying Democrats to try to get out the vote.

"We don't win these races and we get this gridlock because too many people don't vote at midterm," said former President Bill Clinton in front of a crowd of hundreds of Democrats.

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7:18 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

New Law Bans 'Direct To Consumer' Car Sales In Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill on Tuesday critics are blasting as ‘anti-Tesla’.
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Snyder signs bill cementing ban on Tesla sales in Michigan

Tesla Motors, Inc. and other auto manufacturers will not be allowed to sell their vehicles directly to customers in Michigan. That's under a new law signed by Governor Rick Snyder on Tuesday.

Snyder says that part of the new law doesn't "fundamentally" change anything. He says it simply strengthens an existing law that already bans auto manufacturers from selling directly to consumers.

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7:14 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Michigan Short On Autism Specialists, Long Delays Common

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Report: Lack of autism specialists creating long wait times for children

A new report says Michigan lacks enough autism specialists to handle the number of children being diagnosed and treated with the disorder.

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11:07 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Policies Focus On Infants In Foster Care

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State launches effort to reduce trauma for infants in foster care

State officials say too many infants experience psychological trauma when they are removed from their homes and put into foster care. The Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) hopes to change that with a new set of policies.

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7:16 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

State Schools Superintendent Mum On School Funding Pre-Election

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan speaks with reporters during Tuesday’s State Board of Education meeting in Lansing.
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State's top education official will not weigh in on education funding issue

The state superintendent of schools is refusing to weigh in on the debate over school funding ahead of the November election. That issue has been a central talking point in the governor's race.

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10:58 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Schauer Courts Senior Vote

Democratic nominee for governor Mark Schauer speaks in front of a group of retirees Monday at a local UAW center in Warren.
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Schauer rallies seniors on heels of gubernatorial town hall

Democratic nominee for governor Mark Schauer rallied retirees a day after his first, and probably only, public joint appearance with Gov. Rick Snyder. He blasted Snyder's decision to end income tax exemptions for pension income.

Schauer spoke in front of a friendly crowd at a UAW center in Warren.

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10:54 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Ex-Florida Governor Campaigns In Michigan

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks with attendees after a Michigan GOP rally in Troy on Monday.
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Jeb Bush makes campaign stops across Michigan for Snyder, Land

Former Florida governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush campaigned for GOP candidates across Michigan on Monday.

Bush spoke in front of hundreds of Republicans in Troy to cap off his visit to Michigan. He urged GOP faithful to show up to the polls in November for U.S. Senate nominee Terri Lynn Land and Governor Rick Snyder.

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5:43 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Michigan's ACLU On LGBT Legislation

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ACLU of Michigan director denies major roadblocks for LGBT rights in Legislature

Groups that support adding LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law say they’re confident state lawmakers will act this year. That’s despite some recent setbacks.

State House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, says he wants to make sure the measure doesn’t infringe on religious liberties. And people working closely on the issue say some Republican lawmakers don’t want to include transgender people in the legislation.

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6:59 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Environmentalists: Don't Repeal Michigan Renewable Energy Standard

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Environmentalists blast bill to repeal Michigan's renewable energy standard

New legislation that would repeal Michigan's renewable energy standard has been met with heavy opposition from environmentalists, and even some utilities.

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7:17 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Questions Surround Michigan's New Wildlife Council

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Anti-wolf hunt groups question need for new Michigan Wildlife Council

Groups trying to end wolf hunting in Michigan are criticizing an upcoming pro-hunting and fishing campaign by the state. They worry it could be used to oppose two anti-wolf hunting referenda on the November ballot.

The Michigan Wildlife Council, which will oversee the media campaign, met for the first time on Wednesday.

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2:00 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Asian Carp DNA Found In Michigan River

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Environmental officials taking steps after carp DNA found in river.

For the first time, Asian carp DNA has been detected in an inland Michigan river. Wildlife officials say they’ve turned up a single water sample from the Kalamazoo River that’s tested positive for carp DNA.

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7:35 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

FEMA Approves Michigan Disaster Assistance

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FEMA approves more than $33 million for flood assistance in less than two weeks

Federal and state officials say their efforts to get Michigan flood victims to apply for assistance are working. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says more than 40,000 people have applied in less than two weeks.

FEMA has already approved close to $34 million dollars for 18,000 of those applicants.

"We do feel that we're getting the word out," said Erika Lopez, a spokesperson with FEMA's team in Metro Detroit.

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7:44 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Still On Hold

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Status of same-sex marriage in MI still awaiting 6th Circuit decision

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear seven same-sex marriage cases. And that leaves the fate of Michigan's same-sex marriage ban with the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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7:40 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Governor Calls For Expansion Of Dental Care Program

Gov. Snyder and local officials celebrate the launch of Healthy Kids Dental in Macomb County at an event in Warren on Monday.
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Gov. Snyder wants dental care program for low-income kids expanded statewide

Gov. Rick Snyder says one of his budget priorities in his second term would be to expand a program that helps low-income kids get dental care.

Right now, the Healthy Kids Dental program is available to more than 500,000 children in 80 of Michigan's 83 counties. But the program is not available in three of the state's largest counties - Wayne, Oakland, and Kent.

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6:24 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Ebola Travel Ban Supported By Land, Peters

Land appeared on the Michigan Public Radio program “Michigan Calling” Friday morning with host Rick Pluta.
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Land and Peters agree: U.S. should consider travel ban to prevent Ebola outbreak

The Republican and Democratic candidates for Michigan’s open U.S. Senate seat both say they would consider banning travel to and from countries experiencing Ebola outbreaks.

The first case of Ebola in the U.S. was recently confirmed by health officials in Texas. The man had come into contact with the virus in Liberia before traveling to the U.S.

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7:10 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Michigan Lawmakers Eye Rules For Post-Mortem Access To Online Accounts

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Who can access your online accounts when you die? State lawmakers could set rules

State lawmakers are considering legislation that would decide who can access a person's online accounts after they die or become incapacitated. A state House panel approved the bills on Thursday.

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7:07 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Michigan's Prevailaing Wage Law Not Going Away

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State Senate leader all but rules out repealing prevailing wage

The Republican leader of the state Senate says he's not interested in repealing Michigan's prevailing wage law.

"Some other Legislature can do it, but not this one," Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, told reporters Thursday.

Some Republicans see a prevailing wage repeal as the logical next step to the state's right-to-work law.

But Richardville says he doesn't see how repealing the law would benefit workers.

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9:28 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Aramark Agrees To Changes Plaguing Michigan Prison Food Service

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Aramark will boost pay, staffing & training to help fix prison food problems

The private company that manages food services in state prisons has agreed to hire more people and improve wages and training.

It's part of an effort to fix the state's problem-plagued agreement with Aramark. Those troubles include food shortages, high staff turnover, intimate contact between Aramark employees and inmates, and drug smuggling. A food services worker is suspected now of trying to hire an inmate to arrange a murder.

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9:25 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Michigan Legislature To Consider Human Trafficking Bills Soon

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Human trafficking bills expected to clear state Legislature this week

Bills meant to fight human trafficking in Michigan are on track to clear the state Legislature before the end of this week.

The bipartisan legislation would make it easier to prosecute human trafficking cases, increase penalties, and provide more services for victims. The state House passed several bills in the package on Wednesday.

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7:36 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Attorney General's Office To Look Into Alleged Murder-For-Hire Plot

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AG's office to investigate Aramark employee accused in 'murder-for-hire' plot

State Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office will investigate a possible murder-for-hire plot involving a prison food service worker.

Michigan State Police suspects an Aramark employee of approaching an inmate of an Upper Peninsula prison about having another inmate killed.

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