Michigan News

Flint Water
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Governor Rick Snyder is asking for $1.2 million to pay for outside legal counsel to help with the administration’s response to the Flint water crisis.  


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder is holding firm to his vow to stay in office amid growing calls for his resignation.


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Four Republican presidential candidates spent seven and a half minutes talking about Detroit, Flint, and manufacturing at a debate held in Detroit Thursday night.  

Bernie Sanders
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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is taking aim at free trade deals like NAFTA and the recent Trans Pacific Partnership. He says they’ve cost the country millions of jobs. And he says it’s a critical difference between him and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    

Breathalyzer Test
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Bills to ease penalties for minors who are caught with alcohol have cleared the state Senate. 

Rick Snyder
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The federal government has approved expanding Medicaid for kids and pregnant women affected by Flint’s water crisis.  


Tim Greimel
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The top Democrat in the state House is calling on Governor Rick Snyder to resign.


Brian Calley
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There’s a bipartisan effort at the state Capitol to ban special education teachers from secluding and restraining students. 


Vote Here
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Now that the votes have been counted in the Super Tuesday states, presidential candidates are turning their attention to the next round of primaries – including Michigan’s in a week.  


Prisons
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A new audit says Michigan corrections workers failed to document the time they spent transporting prisoners. 


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Two former state lawmakers face felony charges that they lied and abused their offices.  Ex-representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat could go to prison if they’re convicted.  


Grand Rapids Home for Veterans
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A joint state House committee could begin hearings as soon as this week on a scathing audit of a state-run veterans’ home.


Bernie Sanders
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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders brought his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president to Flint Thursday. 


Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
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Democrats in the state Legislature say it’s time to restore citizen oversight panels to supervise air and water programs in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  


Nick Khouri
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Michigan’s top treasury official is warning lawmakers to not let the state’s largest school district go bankrupt. 


Flint Water
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State lawmakers have created a joint House and Senate committee to look into the Flint water crisis.  


Voting Booths
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The state House has approved a bill meant to clarify a controversial new law limiting what local officials can say publicly about ballot questions. 

Rick Snyder
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A state elections board has approved language for another petition seeking to recall Governor Rick Snyder. 


Flint Water
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Governor Rick Snyder says his office will release all Flint-related emails dating back to the beginning of his administration in 2011.  


Jason Brian Dalton
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Accused Kalamazoo shooter Jason Dalton has been formally charged with murder, assault with intent to commit murder, and weapons charges.  That’s in connection with a weekend shooting spree that left six people dead and two critically injured. 


Candles
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There was a prayer vigil last night organized by Kalamazoo area churches to remember the six people killed over the weekend in a shooting spree.  


David Bullock
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Organizers behind six efforts to recall Governor Rick Snyder hope to get a green light from a state elections board today. 


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State House Speaker Kevin Cotter says bankruptcy is still an option to help resolve Detroit Public Schools’ financial crisis. 


Jeff Irwin
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The state House is expected to vote today to spend $30 million to help Flint residents with their water bills. 


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Bills to allow speeds of up to 80 miles an hour on rural highways in Michigan has stalled in the state House. 

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