Michigan News

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Two bills to help Flint recover from the water crisis are making their way through the legislature.  Both bills passed through the Senate Thursday with a near-unanimous vote.  

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Lawmakers have come up with what they are calling an action plan for Flint. 

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Michigan’s monthly jobless rate has edged upward -- not because more people have lost jobs, but because more people are looking for work.  

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The Legislature is going to work on toughening standards for lead in drinking water, although finishing the job may have to wait until next year.

Senator Tim Kaine Talks Poverty And Jobs In Detroit

Oct 19, 2016
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Senator Tim Kaine was in Detroit Tuesday.  The running mate of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke at the non-profit Focus: HOPE.

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The campaign to outlaw fracking in Michigan is asking the state Court of Appeals to strike down a 180-day time limit on collecting petition signatures to put a question on the ballot. 

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The Michigan State Police is getting money for a few initiatives – including help with rape kit testing. 

Lawsuits Surrounding The Flint Water Crisis Pile Up

Oct 13, 2016
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A new case accuses Governor Rick Snyder of wrongfully using tax dollars to fund his criminal defense related to the Flint water crisis.  

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A complaint filed in Ingham County calls for a grand jury investigation into Governor Rick Snyder’s spending on a legal defense team.  It accuses him of misconduct and abusing taxpayer dollars. 

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The State Board of Education is working on a plan to update school testing in Michigan.  

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Looking to have what they call an “honest discussion” about racial inequality in Michigan, the Michigan League for Public Policy held its annual forum Monday. 

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One day before the voter registration deadline in Michigan, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says she’s going to spend the last month of the campaign delivering "a positive message."

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will visit Michigan today for the first time since August. 

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Some Republicans are calling for Donald Trump to step aside as the Republican presidential nominee.  But that would not remove his name from the ballot in Michigan.  

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Some Democrats in the Legislature say a state health care fund for firefighters and other first responders should cover breast cancer treatments. 

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While most of the rallies these days are focused on presidential candidates, a different kind of rally took place Wednesday on the State Capitol lawn.  Parents, lawmakers, and advocates gathered to raise awareness for the needs of special education students.

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A plan will go ahead to let private and religious schools get taxpayer money for health and safety programs mandated by the state.  That’s after the Michigan Supreme Court declined to weigh in on the issue.

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A federal appeals court says it’s too late to go back and rehash the “Grand Bargain” that allowed Detroit to emerge from bankruptcy two years ago. 

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The presidential candidates’ attention to Michigan continued on Monday.  Former president Bill Clinton made campaign stops in Flint and Saginaw on behalf of his wife and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.  

Trump Once Again Finds His Way To Michigan

Sep 30, 2016
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Donald Trump is back in Michigan today.  The Republican presidential nominee is holding a rally at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.  

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Some voters like to take “selfies” with their ballots on Election Day.  But, in Michigan, that’s against the law.

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Poor performing Detroit schools could be closing soon.  Attorney General Bill Schuette issued an opinion clarifying a section of the school code Wednesday.

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It’s been a year since Governor Rick Snyder acknowledged Flint faces a drinking water crisis due to lead contamination.  Snyder updated reporters Wednesday on what’s gotten better and what hasn’t.

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Governor Rick Snyder’s administration and Republicans in the Legislature are at odds over how to pay for the Medicaid program.

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Families of first responders in Michigan can expect to get expanded benefits soon.  Governor Rick Snyder signed the Survivors Benefit Bill Tuesday.