Michigan News

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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


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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.  


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


Flint Water
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A legislative committee heads to Flint today to hear from local officials and residents about the city’s water crisis.


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Former state House Speaker Curtis Hertel is being remembered today as a leader whose willingness to compromise helped lead to a historic overhaul of how Michigan pays for public schools.  He died over the weekend at the age of 63.


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The state Senate has adopted legislation that would allow schools to hold back some third graders who are not proficient at reading.  


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The state Senate has approved a more-than $700 million plan for a financial bailout of the Detroit school system. 


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A joint legislative committee looking into the Flint water crisis has been told state environmental watchdogs failed to follow federal clean water rules. 


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The next phase of Governor Rick Snyder’s plans for Flint include enforcing drinking water standards that are stricter than federal requirements. 


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State lawmakers will spend the early part of this week digging into the Flint water crisis.

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The state House has approved $50 million in emergency spending to keep Detroit Public Schools open through the school year.   


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Someone should resign.  That was the message delivered Thursday by members of a congressional oversight panel looking into the drinking water crisis in Flint. 


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There’s major bipartisan support for new bills that would open the governor and the Legislature to public information requests. 

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The charge has been leveled that state and federal officials put salvaging their careers ahead of making sure kids in Flint had safe drinking water. 


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Governor Rick Snyder’s state-funded legal contracts related to his involvement in the Flint water crisis go before a state board today.  


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A congressional panel will continue its look into the Flint water crisis with another round of hearings this week.


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The state Senate could expel Senator Virgil Smith if he does not resign. 

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New bipartisan legislation in the state House would create a statewide active shooter alert system. 


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The state Legislature will kick off hearings on the Flint water crisis next week.


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A bill making it harder to put issues on the statewide ballot has cleared the state Senate on a party-line vote.


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The new emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools says time is running out for lawmakers to approve a bailout.  


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Local clerks reported high turnout and long lines in some places as voters handed Donald Trump a victory in Michigan’s Republican presidential primary, while the Democratic race went to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. 

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The Michigan Legislature has three new members after special elections Tuesday.


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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.  


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