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A controversial GOP plan to overhaul Detroit’s schools has landed in the state Senate and is getting a skeptical reception. 


President Obama in Flint
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President Obama flew from Washington to Flint Wednesday to meet with families affected by the city’s drinking water crisis, to check in on relief efforts, and to reassure residents that their problems are fixable, even if it’s not right away.


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Republican leaders in Lansing had some harsh words for teachers who virtually shut down the Detroit school district Monday with a “sickout.”  That’s after they were told they could soon be facing payless paydays.


Jeff Irwin
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A Democrat on the legislative committee looking into the Flint water crisis says Governor Rick Snyder and former state-appointed emergency managers should be called in to testify.  


Michigan Court of Appeals
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The University of Michigan Board of Regents, and other public university boards, are allowed to meet behind closed doors as long as they’re not taking formal votes, according to a decision just handed down by the Michigan Court of Appeals.


Karen Weaver
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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver will return to Lansing for a second day today to meet with legislative leaders.


Driveway
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The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled drinking too much and operating a car in a driveway doesn’t amount to illegal drunk driving.


Flint Water
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Two state water quality experts and a Flint utility official face criminal charges related to the Flint water crisis.


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There was a spirited debate between lawmakers on a state House budget panel over a Republican effort to punish the state Board of Education.  


Sam Singh
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Democrats at the state Capitol say they plan to put up a fight over spending on criminal defense attorneys for Governor Rick Snyder.  Those lawyers are defending him against legal troubles arising from the Flint water crisis


Enbridge
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Today is the deadline for companies to bid on the chance to conduct a study on the safety of an oil-and-gas pipeline that that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac


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Two prisons would close under a plan adopted by a state Senate budget subcommittee


Capitol Hill
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Michigan health and environmental department chiefs went before Congress yesterday to explain the state’s response to the Flint water crisis to members of Congress.  


Flint Water
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Leaders of a task force that looked into the causes of the Flint water crisis told a panel of state lawmakers they should consider changes to Michigan’s emergency manager law.  


Shawn Reilly
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The mayor of Waukesha, Wisconsin made a stop in Lansing yesterday to meet with state environmental officials.  It’s part of an effort to win support for his city’s request for a large water diversion from Lake Michigan. 


Michigan State Capitol
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The Legislature returns to Lansing this week following a two-week spring break.  Big issues facing lawmakers include the Flint water crisis and a Detroit Public Schools bailout. 


Republican National Convention
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Michigan Republicans met in Lansing this weekend to select delegates to the party’s presidential-nominating convention this summer.  Controversies over who will go to Cleveland to choose the nominee were averted. 


Bill Schuette
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a lawsuit to shut down an abortion clinic in Detroit.


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court has heard arguments in a case that could set some parameters on state-appointed emergency managers’ authority to change public employee contracts. 


Straits of Mackinac
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The state has extended the deadline for companies to bid on work studying of Enbridge Line 5.  That’s the oil and gas pipeline that runs under the Mackinac straits. 

  

Abandoned Building
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The state plans to use most of a big federal grant to tear down abandoned buildings in Detroit and Flint.  

  

Lake Michigan
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State Attorney General Bill Schuette has sent a letter to Great Lakes governors challenging a proposal to allow the Wisconsin city of Waukesha to withdraw water from Lake Michigan. 


Virgil Smith
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State Senator Virgil Smith has submitted his resignation from the Legislature as he begins a 10-month jail sentence


Sugar Law Center
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A group challenging Michigan’s emergency manager law is asking a federal appeals court in Cincinnati to order a trial in the case.  


Flint Water
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A legislative committee went to Flint yesterday to hear from local officials and residents about the city’s water crisis


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