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Debbie Stabenow
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With President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration just days away, some Michigan Congress members are speaking out about his latest Twitter feud. 


Flint Water
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Governor Rick Snyder has increased his legal defense budget for one of his private attorneys to $3.5 million.


US Supreme Court
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The so-called “logic games” section of the Law School Admission Test puts blind students at a disadvantage.  That is the argument of a Michigan man who filed a petition with the United States Supreme Court.


Michigan Electors Cast Votes For Trump

Dec 20, 2016
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Protests and a national campaign to convince presidential electors to vote for anyone but President-elect Donald Trump did nothing to change the result in Michigan. 


No Guns
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The state Court of Appeals says the state’s preemption of local firearms ordinances does not apply to schools.  The court upheld the Ann Arbor public schools ban on guns on school property. The ban was challenged by a gun rights group and a parent with a concealed pistol permit. 

Coal
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A major rewrite of Michigan’s energy policy is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder


Wolf
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Another attempt to allow wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder.  


Michigan Capitol
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Schools might get more freedom in how they discipline students in the future.  Legislation that would alter Michigan’s zero-tolerance policy in schools is headed to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.


Speed Limit
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Some rural freeways and highways in Michigan might see a speed limit increase.  That’s if Governor Rick Snyder signs a package of bills headed for his desk.


Ballot Box
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The state will look into problems with ballots cast in 20 Detroit precincts in last month’s elections.  The recount last week showed big discrepancies in the number of votes counted and the number of ballots stored in containers.  That left more than half the city’s precincts unrecountable.


Plastic Bags
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Legislation that would prevent cities from passing plastic bag and container taxes is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.


Michigan Supreme Court
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Supporters of continuing the statewide presidential ballot recount maintain the slimmest of hopes that it might resume once the Michigan Supreme Court weighs in.     


Wolf
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Wolf hunting is back on the agenda for Michigan’s legislature.  The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would legalize wolf hunting in Michigan, if the animal is taken off the federal endangered species list


Vote Here
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A state elections panel meets this morning to deal with a court order to end the recount of ballots cast in Michigan’s presidential election.  


Voter Identification Bills Pass Through House

Dec 8, 2016
Voter ID
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Bills creating stricter voter identification laws are quickly making their way through the Legislature.  


Prisons
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A bill on its way to Governor Rick Snyder would compensate people who were wrongly convicted of a crime and imprisoned. 


Michigan House of Representatives
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Legislators worked late into the evening Wednesday as the end of this session draws closer.


Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

More courtroom drama today as Michigan Republicans and the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump continue try to shut down the statewide ballot recount.  


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Teachers, firefighters and police are celebrating today.  That’s after lawmakers dropped legislation that would make drastic changes to their retirement benefits.  


Police Car
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Municipal employees are planning to head to the Capitol today.  Lawmakers will hold a hearing on controversial legislation affecting municipal retirement health benefits.


   At least three lawsuits have now been filed related to Green Party nominee Jill Stein’s effort to force a recount of the ballots cast in Michigan’s presidential election.

Classroom
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Teacher retirement changes are charging through the legislature.  A Senate committee held a meeting on the legislation today Wednesday.


Michigan Republicans
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This afternoon marks the deadline for Green Party nominee Jill Stein’s campaign to ask for a recount of the ballots cast in Michigan’s presidential election. 


Michigan State Senate
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Lawmakers could be making changes to Governor Rick Snyder’s mission to scale back the use of tax incentives to attract jobs and investment.  Two packages of bills offering incentives to businesses passed in the Senate Tuesday.


USA Gymnastics
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A former USA Gymnastics doctor and Michigan State University professor has been charged with criminal sexual assault.  Dr. Larry Nassar was arraigned Tuesday on three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the first degree for allegedly abusing a girl under 13 years old. 


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