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Grand Rapids
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A report says troubles at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans are largely resolved.


Crib
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Infant death rates in Michigan are down overall.  But race and income still seem to make a difference in whether children live past their first birthday.


Asbestos
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Michigan needs more asbestos inspectors but doesn’t have the funding to pay for them, according to the Legislature’s Auditor General.


Classroom
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The Michigan State Board of Education deadlocked along party lines Tuesday on a model student code of conduct.  The major issue was protecting students from discrimination based on their gender identity.


Straits of Mackinac
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State agencies have weighed in on the controversial Enbridge Line 5 pipeline.


Ontario
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Michigan environmental groups are frustrated with Ontario’s support for keeping an oil-and-gas pipeline running beneath the Straits of Mackinac


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If you want to win $700,000, you might be in luck--if you know how to keep invasive carp out of the Great Lakes


Flint Water
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The state needs to improve its oversight when it comes to the Flint water crisis.  That is a finding by the Michigan Auditor General released in a report Monday.


The Governor Heads To China For Seventh Time

Jul 31, 2017
Rick Snyder
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The governor is in China today.  He left the country Sunday and is expected to return a week from Tuesday. 


Classroom
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A judge says the state cannot reimburse private and parochial schools for any expenses, even if they’re the result of state mandates.  The judge was responding to a legal challenge to the state budget


Veterans
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Democratic lawmakers in Lansing say the state Attorney General is doing too little, too late.


Pure Michigan
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The multi-million dollar Pure Michigan campaign is getting an evaluation.  The state Auditor General started a review this week.


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder has signed bills to create new business incentives in hopes of luring some very large employers to Michigan.


LGBT
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LGBT activists say the state’s civil rights law is too vague when it comes to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 


Straits of Mackinac
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Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline continues to face public scrutiny. 


Grand Rapids
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Eleven former employees of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans have been charged with felonies for falsifying reports to reflect they made required patient visits when, instead, they were ignoring them. 


Unemployment
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A state agency has asked courts in three counties to dismiss 186 bench warrants against people accused of unemployment fraud.  The state could next ask for the charges to be dismissed altogether.


Job
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Michigan’s monthly jobless rate has dropped to its lowest rate in 17 years.  But, that has more to do with fewer people looking for work than new hiring.


M-22
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The state Department of Transportation is experimenting with an alternative to the well-known M-22 highway sign in northern Michigan. 


Brian Whiston
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Michigan’s education chief forecasts some contentious negotiations with federal officials on the state’s plans for identifying and helping struggling schools. 


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The 2018 election is still a ways away.  But that hasn’t stopped plenty of hopeful candidates from throwing their hats in the ring.


Health Care
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Health care providers and patient advocates in Michigan are watching to see what’s in a re-vamped Republican health care overhaul.  The rollout is expected later this week in Washington.


Vetoed Criminal Justice Bill Getting Revived

Jul 10, 2017
Gavel
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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


Bill Schuette
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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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