Michigan News

Money
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More local government leaders are feeling insecure about their fiscal health than in years past.  A new study shows the first decline in feelings about fiscal health since the end of the Great Recession in 2010. 


Hillary Clinton
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Small businesses are a priority.  That’s the message Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is sending to Michigan voters.  Clinton released a plan for small businesses Tuesday. 


Melissa Gilbert
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Michigan Republicans have not given up on efforts to keep Democrat Melissa Gilbert on the November ballot despite her wishes and those of her party.


Trump/Pence
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is boosting his presence in Michigan.  Michigan's campaign for Trump is expanding from one to seven senior staffers.  


Opioids
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Opioid tracking in Michigan is getting an overhaul in the future.  A state task force has been working on using millions of dollars to put a dent in Michigan’s opioid drug problem.  A big portion of the money and resources will go toward a new opioid tracking system. 


Straight ticket voting
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Michigan voters will still be able to vote for a political party’s entire slate of candidates with a single mark on the ballot, under a ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court.


Cannabis
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If it has roots and leaves in Michigan, it’s a plant.  That’s the legal definition now that the Michigan Court of Appeals has made a ruling in a medical marijuana case. 


Jennifer Granholm
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Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm will have a key role in Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s potential move into the White House.  The Clinton campaign announced Tuesday that Granholm is a co-chair on Clinton’s transition team.


Heidi Grether
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Governor Rick Snyder has taken hits for naming an oil company lobbyist to run the state’s environmental protection department

Bill Schuette
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The battle surrounding straight ticket voting has taken a new turn, as Attorney General Bill Scheutte filed an emergency motion Wednesday night.


Classroom
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Michigan schools need to spend more money helping students with special needs.  That’s the finding of a study commissioned by the state Legislature in 2015.  


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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump blasted incompetent politicians, unfair international trade deals, and high taxes in a speech Monday in Detroit.  The address before the Detroit Economic Club was billed as a major policy speech.


Melissa Gilbert
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Actor Melissa Gilbert has won the Democratic nomination to run in Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District – but no longer wants it.  


Vine
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Michigan crime victims will soon have an easier time keeping track of offenders. 


Gavel
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Rules and tradition matter.  That’s the gist of what the state Court of Appeals said when it reversed assault and firearms convictions against a northern Michigan man.   


Pence Stumps For Trump In Grand Rapids

Jul 29, 2016
Mike Pence
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Donald Trump running mate Governor Mike Pence was in Grand Rapids Thursday.


Child Reading
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A state panel will be named soon to look into improving Michigan’s dismal literacy rate.  Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive order Wednesday creating the new PreK-12 Literacy Commission. 


Michigan Casinos Working To End Human Trafficking

Jul 28, 2016
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A southwest Michigan casino is trying to help fight human trafficking. 


Gun Lake Tribe
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An agreement about casino profits has been struck between a West Michigan tribe and the state government. 


Straight ticket voting
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has taken the first step to appeal a court decision that lifted the state’s ban on voters using the straight-ticket option to vote for an entire party’s slate of candidates on the November ballot. 


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Three Michigan politicians will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention this week.  


School Districts Receive Waivers To Start Early

Jul 22, 2016
Classroom
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Students might need to change their Labor Day weekend plans.  This fall, 50 school districts will have a new, earlier start date.  


Voting Booths
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Voters in Michigan will be allowed to use the straight-ticket voting option on the November ballot. 


David Leyton
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The Genesee County prosecutor is asking judges to make sure two dozen felons sentenced as juveniles to life without parole don’t have a chance at freedom.  That’s despite two US Supreme Court decisions that struck down juvenile lifer laws like Michigan’s.

Waste Management Task Force Holds A Public Meeting

Jul 21, 2016
Dump Truck
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People voiced concerns about possible alternatives to garbage dumps at a public hearing today. 


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