Michigan News

Unemployment
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A state agency has asked courts in three counties to dismiss 186 bench warrants against people accused of unemployment fraud.  The state could next ask for the charges to be dismissed altogether.


Job
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Michigan’s monthly jobless rate has dropped to its lowest rate in 17 years.  But, that has more to do with fewer people looking for work than new hiring.


M-22
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The state Department of Transportation is experimenting with an alternative to the well-known M-22 highway sign in northern Michigan. 


Brian Whiston
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Michigan’s education chief forecasts some contentious negotiations with federal officials on the state’s plans for identifying and helping struggling schools. 


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The 2018 election is still a ways away.  But that hasn’t stopped plenty of hopeful candidates from throwing their hats in the ring.


Health Care
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Health care providers and patient advocates in Michigan are watching to see what’s in a re-vamped Republican health care overhaul.  The rollout is expected later this week in Washington.


Vetoed Criminal Justice Bill Getting Revived

Jul 10, 2017
Gavel
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State lawmakers are taking another run at establishing a database for criminal justice information.  The governor vetoed an earlier effort.


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New public meetings began Thursday about the controversial Enbridge Line 5 pipeline


Bill Schuette
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The use of Native American logos and images for school mascots is once again in the spotlight. 


Apple
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A controversial portion of the state’s budget will be in court today.


Battle Of Public Schools Vs. The State Continues

Jul 6, 2017
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Public schools and the state were in court over concerns with a portion of the state budget


Voting Booth
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The Michigan Secretary of State is willing to turn over some voter information to a federal commission.


License Plate
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Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill to create a “choose life” license plate.  The plate would have raised money for an anti-abortion group.


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder has a pile of bills waiting for him after the holiday. 


Great Lakes
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A report released Thursday outlines alternatives to running an energy pipeline beneath the Great Lakes.  But it also says Enbridge’s Line 5 is safe to operate for the foreseeable future. 


Flint Water
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The state of Michigan is in federal court trying to force the city of Flint to accept a deal to get safe drinking water.  


Fill the Boot
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A ruling that outraged charities in Michigan could be overturned.  The state Senate has passed a bill to bring back roadside donation collections. 


Amazon
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The online giant Amazon is getting millions of dollars from Michigan to build a new performance center. 


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court says religious schools cannot claim a blanket exemption from being sued for violating anti-discrimination laws.


Marijuana
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The new state medical marijuana licensing board met for the first time Monday. 


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A doctor from Saginaw Township is the first candidate for governor to file petition signatures to appear on the ballot next year. 


Cannabis
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The board overseeing the state’s new medical marijuana program meets for the first time today. 


Brian Calley
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The ballot campaign to adopt a part-time Legislature amendment in Michigan decided to skip getting its petition approved by a state elections board.  The leader of the campaign, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, says he’s comfortable fighting any challenges in court.


Straits of Mackinac
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The state of Michigan has scrapped a risk study on Enbridge’s Line 5 and fired the contractor just a week before a first draft of the report was to be released.


Classroom
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New teachers will get different retirement options than current school employees under a bill sent to Governor Rick Snyder.


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