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2:03 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Flooding Reported in Monroe

River Raisen passing through Monroe
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MONROE, Mich. (AP) - Rain, melting snow and ice jams are causing flooding along the River Raisin in Monroe. Some street flooding was reported in Monroe Thursday morning, surrounding homes and vehicles. The Monroe News reports that the Coast Guard cutter Neah Bay helped help break up the ice to let the river flow on into Lake Erie. 

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10:42 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Michigan Preparing for Rollout of Medicaid Expansion

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder says April 1 is when hundreds of thousands of low-income adults can begin enrolling for health insurance under Michigan's expansion of Medicaid.  The Republican governor says he's comfortable with the launch date after his administration tested computer systems and developed a plan to get the word out to the public. Coverage will be retroactive to the first day of the month in which people apply.

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7:30 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Governor Snyder Supports Treating E-Cigarettes Like Tobacco

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Snyder: Treat e-cigarettes like tobacco

Governor Rick Snyder says he wants electronic cigarettes to be regulated in Michigan as tobacco products. E-cigarettes deliver a dose of nicotine to users in a mist. There is a bill in the Legislature to ban e-cigarette sales to minors, but would not tax them like cigarettes or subject them to other tobacco-related regulations.

The governor says it makes more sense to simply treat them as a tobacco product.

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7:41 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Medical Marijuana Approved for PTSD in Michigan

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PTSD patients now able to get medical marijuana card in Michigan
By Jake Neher

Michiganders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can now get a card to use medical marijuana.

The state's Director of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Steve Arwood, gave final approval to add PTSD to the state's medical marijuana program about a week after it was recommended by a state review panel.

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2:33 am
Tue March 18, 2014

New Jersey Governor To Make Controversial Visit To Michigan

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to make campaign stop in Michigan.
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's planned fundraising swing through Michigan is drawing criticism from Democrats.  Christie is raising money as chairman of the Republican Governors Association and is scheduled to attend association fundraisers in Michigan Wednesday.

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7:35 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Michigan Lawmakers Discuss Scrap Metal Theft

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Lawmakers revive talks over scrap metal theft
By Jake Neher

There's a new push in Lansing to pass legislation meant to fight scrap metal theft in Michigan. Votes in the House and Senate could come as soon as this week.

Supporters of House Bills 4593 and 4595 say the state must require there to be a paper trail whenever someone sells commonly-stolen items to a scrap yard.
    
State Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, says there has been disagreement over how best to do that. But she says she is confident lawmakers will reach a deal soon.

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12:02 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

GM recalls 1.18 million SUVs for air bag problem

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 DETROIT (AP) - General Motors is recalling nearly 1.2 million SUVs for defective side air bags. 

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4:18 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Hearings to Open on Electricity Deregulation

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Rick Pluta reports on plans for legislative hearings on electricity deregulation.
Hearings open this week at the state Capitol on a proposal to lift Michigan's cap on electricity companies competing for customers. A 2008 law says no more than 10 percent of the state's electricity can be directly provided to consumers by an alternative to a region's major utility.  

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1:37 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Drunken Driving Crackdown for St. Patrick's Day and March Madness

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Law enforcement boosting drunken driving patrols  Local, county and state law enforcement officials say they're stepping up patrols to catch drunken drivers during a period that includes St. Patrick's Day, the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments and spring break.

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1:15 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Security To Increase At State Capitol

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Policing will increase this spring at the Michigan Capitol, but officials say they have no plans to add metal detectors.  

 State police will bring more personnel to the Capitol area and will enhance its technology as well.     That includes making better use of video camera monitoring and introducing thermal imaging to spot intruders in parking lots and outside the Capitol after dark.

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8:51 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Chrysler recalling more than 18,000 Fiats

Fiat 500ls are the latest car to face a recall in the United States
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  Chrysler Group is recalling 18,092 Fiat 500L cars in the U.S. because the transmission shifter can be delayed or stop working.

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8:47 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Michigan metal theft bill caught up in legislative fight

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  Five years after Michigan targeted copper thefts plaguing cities like Detroit and disrupting railroads and utilities, plans to better restrict sales of stolen scrap metal are caught in a legislative fight.

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6:32 am
Sat March 15, 2014

University of Michigan students, staff celebrate Coleman

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  University of Michigan students and staff gathered in the school's Union ballroom to celebrate retiring president Mary Sue Coleman.

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6:18 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Michigan Law Enforcement stepping up drunk driving patrols

Drunk driving checkpoints may be in effect
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  Local, county and state law enforcement officials say they're stepping up patrols to catch drunken drivers during a period that includes St. Patrick's Day, the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments and spring break.

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6:09 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Wayne County Parks offers maple sugaring program

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  Wayne County Parks is promising a sweet time for those who sign up for its hands-on maple sugaring program.

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6:04 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Michigan DEQ awards scrap tire cleanup grants

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  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is awarding $357,450 in grants for scrap tire cleanup projects.

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7:43 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Abortion Coverage Not an Option for those Buying their Own Insurance

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Michiganders buying insurance on their own cannot get abortion coverage

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8:18 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Wolve Protection Ballot Signatures Submitted

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Wolf hunt referendum petitions filed
By Rick Pluta

The campaign to repeal Michigan's new wolf hunting law filed petitions Thursday to put their challenge on the November ballot.

The Keep Michigan Wolves Protected Campaign says it has 225,000 signatures. That's well over the 161,305 needed to qualify for the November ballot.

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8:14 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Bill to Lift Cap on Microbreweries on Governor's Desk

State could soon pop the cap off microbreweries - or at least lift it By Jake Neher  Michigan craft breweries are cheering the state Legislature for passing bills to ease some state regulations.  The state House sent the bill package to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk Thursday. One bill would double the amount of beer Michigan microbreweries can produce every year. "We know that immediately this is going to result in some businesses being expanded and some additional employees being hired," said state Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mt.

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8:05 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

End May Be Near for Traditional Landline Phone Service in Michigan

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Bill making it easier for companies to end landline service headed to Gov. Snyder It could soon be easier for phone companies to end traditional landline service in Michigan. The state Senate gave final legislative approval to the measure Thursday. Senate Bill 636, which was championed by AT&T, now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk. AARP and other critics say it could leave people in some areas of the state without reliable and affordable service.

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7:48 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Wolf Hunt Issue getting Closer to Ballot

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Campaign to stop wolf hunt to turn in petitions

The campaign to stop wolf hunts in Michigan says it has more than enough petition signatures to get a referendum on the November ballot. This would be the second ballot challenge to a wolf hunt because the state's first wolf hunting law was blocked by a petition challenge that will also go before voters in November.

The Legislature got around that by passing a new law that's the target of this ballot drive.

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4:08 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Snow makes for a Busy Morning for Motorists, AAA Michigan

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Our snowy morning commute made for a slow drive for motorists, and a busy time for AAA Michigan.

AAA Michigan spokesperson Nancy Cain said the auto club had assisted close to 2,300 motorists as of 4pm Wednesday, and was still pretty busy.

Cain said she expected that as the weather cleared up things would slow down a bit.

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2:38 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Deal Reached On Emergency Road Money, But No Solution For Medicaid Shortfall

Michigan lawmakers to double money spent on roads
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Jake Neher reports on legislation to deal with Michigan's ailing roads

State lawmakers will probably double the amount of money they had planned to spend on fixing roads torn apart by nasty weather this winter.

A legislative conference committee hopes to approve a mid-year budget bill Tuesday that will probably include about $200 million to fix potholes and help local governments pay for things like salt and snow plowing.

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2:11 am
Wed March 12, 2014

More Michigan Residents Sign Up For Health Plans

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About 145,000 Michigan residents have selected private insurance plans under the federal health care law. Updated figures released Tuesday by the Health and Human Services Department show about 314,000 people in the state have completed an application and are eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan.

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2:04 am
Wed March 12, 2014

State Senate Approves Larger Loan Repayments for Doctors

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Michigan lawmakers are working to draw more medical providers to low-resource areas by raising caps for a loan repayment program for health professionals in those areas.  

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