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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.

Governor Rick Snyder is boosting the position of Michigan chief medical executive to his official inner circle.  The governor says he wants to streamline how critical public health information reaches him.  That was one of the problems identified by a task force that looked into how the Flint water crisis occurred.

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Legislation on child restraint in classrooms passed through a House committee Thursday.  The legislation would prevent teachers from restraining or isolating a student, except as a last resort in an emergency situation. 

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Third graders who fail the state’s reading test might not be able to graduate to fourth grade.  That’s if Governor Rick Snyder signs a bill that is headed his way.  

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Lawmakers need to be more transparent.  That was the message sent by the House today when it approved bills to expand Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  

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Flint could name its own experts to oversee the response to the city’s drinking water crisis under a bill just sent to the state Senate floor. 

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There will be new rules soon in Michigan governing how medical marijuana is grown, shared, and sold. 

Governor Rick Snyder Defends Flint Advisory Board

Sep 21, 2016
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Governor Rick Snyder is defending a move by a board he appointed to oversee Flint.  The Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB) has come under fire for revoking Flint’s ability to sue the state. 

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The Freedom of Information Act could be changing in Michigan. 

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The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to adopt voluntary guidelines to help schools with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students.  The guidance is intended to help schools create a safe and supportive learning environment for LGBTQ students.

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Big changes may be on the horizon for medical marijuana in Michigan. 

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kept a promise Wednesday to visit Flint.  But he was not greeted warmly in a city that’s struggling with a water crisis caused by government dysfunction. 

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State lawmakers want to make sure your city won’t tax or ban plastic grocery and retail bags.

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There are now two desks on the floor of the state House draped with black ribbon and bedecked with flowers. 

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Medical marijuana clinics in Michigan would have to be licensed and pay sales taxes under bills adopted by the state Senate

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A lawsuit says Michigan is short-changing local governments $4 billion dollars a year.  If it succeeds, it would blow a giant hole in the state budget and send legislators and state budget officials scrambling to find a fix. 

Former President Bill Clinton was a crowd-stopper as he marched in Detroit’s Labor Day Parade on behalf of his wife’s presidential campaign.  The parade was often delayed as Clinton was stopped for selfies. 

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A legal drama over Michigan’s November election ballot could land next on the steps of the United States Supreme Court.  A federal appeals court has denied Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request for a review of the straight-ticket voting controversy.  

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Seven schools have been released from the state’s list of lowest-performing schools.  But 184 schools are still on the list. 

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State Republican leaders were hoping to hear yesterday whether a federal appeals court would review Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting

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Test scores are improving for Michigan students.  That’s the Michigan Department of Education’s message on the results of a statewide test.  

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A group that wants to legalize marijuana in Michigan is going back to court. 

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State lawmakers are trying to increase the availability of healthy foods in Michigan.   

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Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has emerged as one of the top campaign surrogates for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.  Granholm has been a Clinton supporter since her first presidential run in 2008.  Now, she’s been named a co-chair of the Clinton transition team.  Granholm spoke with Michigan Public Radio’s state Capitol bureau chief, Rick Pluta, about her responsibilities and the presidential campaign.