Michigan News

Classroom
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Three school districts in the state are getting some extra help. 


Money
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Having a job in Michigan doesn’t mean you can make ends meet.  That’s the message of a new report released by the Michigan Association of United Ways.

Breathalyzer
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Police officials say taking away the penalty for refusing a roadside breath test could increase instances of operating while intoxicated.  But a bill in a state House committee would do just that. 


School Bus
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The Volkswagen emissions settlement from earlier this year could lead to new school busses for some Michigan students.


Money
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A campaign committee controlled by Republican leaders is facing fines and questions over how it lost track of many thousands of dollars during the last election. 


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The state House and Senate are playing volleyball with money to fix a sinkhole in Macomb County.


More Business Breaks Headed For State House

Mar 30, 2017
Michigan House of Representatives
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Another tax incentive for Michigan businesses passed the state Senate Wednesday and is on its way to the House.


Robert Young
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State Supreme Court Justice Robert Young plans to retire at the end of next month, if not sooner.  His plan is to return to his former law firm.


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Michigan State University football coach Mark Dantonio is breaking his silence over controversy plaguing his team.  Dantonio held a press conference Tuesday.  It was his first time speaking publicly, aside from an earlier, written press release, since early February. 


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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
Nursing
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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


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


Health Care
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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. 


Freedom of Information Act
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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.


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


Water
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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. 


Rick Snyder
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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
Smart Meter
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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.


Power Lines
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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
Michigan House of Representatives
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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. 


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