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Amazon
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The retail giant Amazon is looking for a second home.  And that could mean thousands of jobs, and a new economic anchor for a city.  But cities like Denver and Atlanta are competing, but as we hear from Rick Pluta, leaders in some smaller cities think they have a shot – if only they can get Amazon’s attention.


Kristy Etue
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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s close to a final decision on what disciplinary action – if any – will be taken against the leader of the Michigan State Police over a controversial Facebook post. 

New Partnership To Work Toward A Cleaner Lake Erie

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Lake Erie
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A new partnership has a plan to keep Lake Erie clean.  The MI CLEAR group is made up of farmers, conservationists, environmental leaders, and more.  Those groups are teaming up with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.


Health Care
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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s concerned that President Trump’s decision to end subsidies that help low-income families pay for health insurance could make rates unaffordable.


For Rent
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A fight is brewing at the state Capitol over whether the Legislature should preempt local rules on expensive rental properties.  


Cyberbullying
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Lawmakers in Michigan say more needs to be done to fight cyberbullying.  A new bill is aimed at doing just that.


Tim Kelly
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A state Representative could be headed to the White House. 


Pat Miles
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Another Democrat entered the ring for Michigan’s Attorney General Thursday. 


I-75
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A plan to grant amnesty to people who owe sometimes thousands of dollars in unpaid driver responsibility fees is in the works.  A bipartisan group of state lawmakers rolled out the proposal Thursday. 


US Flag
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Ten state House Democrats yesterday linked arms during the Pledge of Allegiance in lieu of putting their hands over their hearts.  They say it was to show solidarity with NFL players and to protest a controversial Facebook post by the leader of the Michigan State Police. 


Cannabis
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Lawmakers in Lansing say they want a seamless transition as marijuana dispensaries start to get licensed. 


Kristy Etue
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder says there is no reason to fire State Police Colonel Kristy Etue over a controversial Facebook post. 

Bicycle
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Survivors of last year’s deadly bike crash near Kalamazoo testified Wednesday before a state Senate committee in support of safety legislation.


Another Auto Insurance Rollout In Lansing

Sep 27, 2017
Car Insurance
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A bipartisan group in Michigan rolled out a new auto no-fault insurance overhaul plan Tuesday.


Gavel
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A federal judge in Detroit has ordered the government to provide immigration files to Iraqis being detained while they fight deportation.  The detainees have been held for months in facilities all across the country while they wait on records needed to go to immigration court. 


Car Insurance
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A new plan by state lawmakers to bring down Michigan’s expensive auto insurance rates is in the works.  A rollout of the plan is expected as soon as tomorrow.  


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.  


Clipboard
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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. 


Campaign Finance Bills Pass The Michigan Senate

Sep 15, 2017
Campaign Finance
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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. 


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