Michigan News

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A state Senator is involved in a joint investigation with the FBI and Michigan State Police


Opioids
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Governor Rick Snyder says current efforts to curb opioid abuse and addiction in Michigan aren’t working as nearly 2,000 people a year in the state die from overdoses. 


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Legislation meant to improve law enforcement hiring practices made it through the state Senate Thursday.


Flint Water
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Federal money to upgrade water systems is on a fast track toward Flint.  The state House has agreed to spend $100 million dollars from the EPA and kick in another $20 million from the state. 


Nurses Rally On Capitol For Safe Patient Care Act

Mar 23, 2017
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Hundreds of nurses marched from the Lansing Center to the state Capitol Wednesday.  They want to urge the legislature to introduce a Safe Patient Care Act


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Doctors, parents and public health experts gathered in Lansing with one simple message – vaccinate your children. 


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Pressure’s growing on Michigan’s congressional Republicans who have to make a decision whether to support a healthcare overhaul that could be voted on next week. 


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Transparency in state government was up for a vote Thursday in Lansing.  The state House approved a package of bills that would open up the governor’s office and the legislature to freedom of information requests.


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It’s Sunshine Week – a time of year when issues of transparency and open government are put front and center.


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Some state lawmakers got an early peek at Governor Rick Snyder’s new lead rules that are supposed to be rolled out this week.  A top state environmental official shared some details in testimony before a state House budget subcommittee.

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People flooded a state board meeting Monday to express their concern about an oil and gas pipeline in Lake Michigan. 


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Governor Rick Snyder met Monday with the premier of Ontario to talk about regional cooperation.  They say the Michigan-Ontario relationship should serve as an example as federal lawmakers consider big changes to trade and travel rules. 


Smart Meters Scheduled For Vote This Week

Mar 13, 2017
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Utilities shouldn’t be able to penalize customers for keeping old versions of their meters.  That’s the intent of legislation in Lansing up for committee vote this week.


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A storm that hammered the entire state with hurricane-force winds has left behind an unprecedented number of downed poles and power lines.  And that poses a new danger for people still without power with the onset of freezing temperatures. 

FOIA
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A battle is brewing in the state legislature over government transparency for the governor and legislature.


Criminal Justice Bills Headed For Snyder’s Desk

Mar 10, 2017
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Michigan is on its way toward sweeping changes in its criminal justice system.  The State House passed a large package of legislation Wednesday. 


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder will create a commission this week that has the mission of tackling the problem of lead exposure.  A top administration official says the governor will also ask the Legislature to pass a law to make the commission permanent until the problem is solved.


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A group of gun control advocates was at the state Capitol to lobby against a proposal to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit. 


Michigan Department of Education
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There are fewer school districts in severe financial peril, according to a quarterly report compiled by the Michigan Department of Education.


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The state is close to running out of money to clean thousands of abandoned, polluted properties all across Michigan.


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Lawmakers in Lansing are trying to put new restrictions on who can run in special elections.  


Classroom
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Students need more options outside of traditional, college-track education.  That’s the thought behind new legislation scheduled to be introduced this week. 


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Some Democrats in the state House want to make literacy a constitutional right.  But not everyone is on board.   


Lansing Democrats Introduce Paid Sick Leave Bills

Mar 2, 2017
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Democrats in Lansing and President Donald Trump may have finally found an issue they can agree on – paid sick leave. 


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A federal lawsuit claims state prison guards joked and made a bet on whether an inmate would try to kill herself before she took her own life.  

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