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It appears the question of legalizing marijuana in Michigan is headed to the November ballot.  A state elections board has certified the campaign has enough petition signatures to take the next step.


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Hearings have begun in the Legislature on plans to improve school security.  It’s part of the state’s response to shooting incidents around the country. 


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A former Michigan State University dean is accused of using practice medical exams for his own sexual pleasure.  William Strampel has already been charged with multiple crimes related to sexually assaulting and harassing former MSU students.


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Four years is too long to go without clean drinking water.  That was the message of a busload of Flint residents yesterday who marched in downtown Lansing. 


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The state is trying to find ways to help medical marijuana businesses that are having trouble finding a bank or a credit union. 


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State lawmakers continued to push work requirements for Medicaid recipients through the Legislature.  The bill was voted out of committee Wednesday, and it passed a full Senate vote the next day.


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A state licensing board has given a preliminary go-ahead to nine companies that want to go into the medical marijuana business.  It’s a slow start with hundreds of applications pending.


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A state Senate committee debated the merits of making people work for their Medicaid benefits.  The committee passed that bill Wednesday.


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The state says now is not the time to rule on whether a candidate for governor is eligible to run.  That could mean the question will wait until after Democratic voters make their choice in the primary.

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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is the fourth Republican running for governor to file petition signatures to appear on the primary ballot.  He wants to succeed Governor Rick Snyder.


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Some doctors in Michigan are concerned about unintended consequences to their profession if state lawmakers pass some sexual assault bills they’re considering.  A state House committee heard testimony on a package of bills Tuesday.


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A mid-Michigan prison is on lockdown after several days of fighting among dozens of inmates.  The incident is gang related.


Straits of Mackinac
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An electrical cable that leaked hundreds of gallons of mineral oils into the Straits of Mackinac will be inspected – as soon as the weather clears up.


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Governor Rick Snyder rolled out a plan Monday to improve school safety following the Parkland-Florida shootings.  The plan is silent on issues related to guns.


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Democrats want Dana Nessel as their candidate for state Attorney General in 2018.  The party held its endorsement convention Sunday.  Thousands gathered to vote on who should be on the ballot.


Gretchen Whitmer
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Former state Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer filed petition signatures yesterday to get her name on the primary ballot as a candidate for governor.  


Michigan Capitol
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State lawmakers want to hit universities in their pocketbooks if they don’t follow certain sexual assault policies.


Michigan Supreme Court
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The debate over firearms and school safety found its way Wednesday to the Michigan Supreme Court


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People from Flint interrupted a state legislative session Wednesday to demand clean drinking water.


Michigan State Senate
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Michigan universities might have to report all campus sexual assaults to their governing boards.


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The state says it can improve low student test scores and get more kids into skilled trades.


Yes Means Yes
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Bills in the state Legislature would require schools to teach what’s called affirmative consent – or “yes means yes” -- as part of sex education.


Michigan State University
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Lawmakers says there’s no doubt that Michigan State University failed to protect its students from Larry Nassar.  He’s the former MSU sports doctor who sexually assaulted patients for years under the guise of treatment.


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A major firearms case will be debated in front of the Michigan Supreme Court next week.  But advocates on both sides say it’s about more than whether someone can carry a firearm on school grounds.


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A state Attorney General candidate has filed a complaint against his opponent.  Democrat Pat Miles says fellow Democrat Dana Nessel violated the Michigan Campaign Finance Act.


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