Michigan News

Vetoed Criminal Justice Bill Getting Revived

Jul 10, 2017
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State lawmakers are taking another run at establishing a database for criminal justice information.  The governor vetoed an earlier effort.


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New public meetings began Thursday about the controversial Enbridge Line 5 pipeline


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The use of Native American logos and images for school mascots is once again in the spotlight. 


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A controversial portion of the state’s budget will be in court today.


Battle Of Public Schools Vs. The State Continues

Jul 6, 2017
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Public schools and the state were in court over concerns with a portion of the state budget


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The Michigan Secretary of State is willing to turn over some voter information to a federal commission.


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Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill to create a “choose life” license plate.  The plate would have raised money for an anti-abortion group.


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Governor Rick Snyder has a pile of bills waiting for him after the holiday. 


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A report released Thursday outlines alternatives to running an energy pipeline beneath the Great Lakes.  But it also says Enbridge’s Line 5 is safe to operate for the foreseeable future. 


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The state of Michigan is in federal court trying to force the city of Flint to accept a deal to get safe drinking water.  


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A ruling that outraged charities in Michigan could be overturned.  The state Senate has passed a bill to bring back roadside donation collections. 


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The online giant Amazon is getting millions of dollars from Michigan to build a new performance center. 


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The Michigan Supreme Court says religious schools cannot claim a blanket exemption from being sued for violating anti-discrimination laws.


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The new state medical marijuana licensing board met for the first time Monday. 


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A doctor from Saginaw Township is the first candidate for governor to file petition signatures to appear on the ballot next year. 


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The board overseeing the state’s new medical marijuana program meets for the first time today. 


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The ballot campaign to adopt a part-time Legislature amendment in Michigan decided to skip getting its petition approved by a state elections board.  The leader of the campaign, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, says he’s comfortable fighting any challenges in court.


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The state of Michigan has scrapped a risk study on Enbridge’s Line 5 and fired the contractor just a week before a first draft of the report was to be released.


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New teachers will get different retirement options than current school employees under a bill sent to Governor Rick Snyder.


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Political intrigue is being blamed for the collapse of a deal for the state to offer big tax breaks to employers who bring a lot of jobs to Michigan.


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Enbridge Energy says pressure tests on two sections of Line 5 that runs under the Straits of Mackinac show the pipeline is well-maintained and does not pose a threat to the Great Lakes.

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State spending plans are moving swiftly through the legislature.  A number were voted on last week, many of them with deep cuts from what the governor asked for.  


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Top lawmakers in the state Legislature have reached a tentative agreement with Governor Rick Snyder about changes to the state’s teacher retirement system.


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An advocacy group for kids says a court-ordered report shows Michigan has a long way to go before it can guarantee the safety and welfare of children in foster care. 


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A federal prosecutor recently revealed as many as 100 girls in Michigan may have been victims of female genital mutilation.  Now the state legislature is working quickly to pass bills to make it a 15-year felony in Michigan.


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