Michigan News

Medical Marijuana Support
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Big changes may be on the horizon for medical marijuana in Michigan. 


Donald Trump
Associated Press

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kept a promise Wednesday to visit Flint.  But he was not greeted warmly in a city that’s struggling with a water crisis caused by government dysfunction. 


Plastic Bags
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State lawmakers want to make sure your city won’t tax or ban plastic grocery and retail bags.


Rick Pluta / MPRN

There are now two desks on the floor of the state House draped with black ribbon and bedecked with flowers. 

Cannabis
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Medical marijuana clinics in Michigan would have to be licensed and pay sales taxes under bills adopted by the state Senate


Cash
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A lawsuit says Michigan is short-changing local governments $4 billion dollars a year.  If it succeeds, it would blow a giant hole in the state budget and send legislators and state budget officials scrambling to find a fix. 


Former President Bill Clinton was a crowd-stopper as he marched in Detroit’s Labor Day Parade on behalf of his wife’s presidential campaign.  The parade was often delayed as Clinton was stopped for selfies. 

Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

A legal drama over Michigan’s November election ballot could land next on the steps of the United States Supreme Court.  A federal appeals court has denied Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request for a review of the straight-ticket voting controversy.  


Michigan School Reform Office
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Seven schools have been released from the state’s list of lowest-performing schools.  But 184 schools are still on the list. 


Straight ticket voting
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State Republican leaders were hoping to hear yesterday whether a federal appeals court would review Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting


M-STEP
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Test scores are improving for Michigan students.  That’s the Michigan Department of Education’s message on the results of a statewide test.  


MI Legalize
Courtesy Photo / MI Legalize

A group that wants to legalize marijuana in Michigan is going back to court. 


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

State lawmakers are trying to increase the availability of healthy foods in Michigan.   


Jennifer Granholm
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Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has emerged as one of the top campaign surrogates for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.  Granholm has been a Clinton supporter since her first presidential run in 2008.  Now, she’s been named a co-chair of the Clinton transition team.  Granholm spoke with Michigan Public Radio’s state Capitol bureau chief, Rick Pluta, about her responsibilities and the presidential campaign.


6th Circuit Court of Appeals
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A federal appeals court took aim Thursday at Michigan’s sex offender registry law.  The court ruled on a narrow legal issue but suggested the law may be unconstitutional.


Money
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More local government leaders are feeling insecure about their fiscal health than in years past.  A new study shows the first decline in feelings about fiscal health since the end of the Great Recession in 2010. 


Hillary Clinton
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Small businesses are a priority.  That’s the message Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is sending to Michigan voters.  Clinton released a plan for small businesses Tuesday. 


Melissa Gilbert
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Michigan Republicans have not given up on efforts to keep Democrat Melissa Gilbert on the November ballot despite her wishes and those of her party.


Trump/Pence
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is boosting his presence in Michigan.  Michigan's campaign for Trump is expanding from one to seven senior staffers.  


Opioids
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Opioid tracking in Michigan is getting an overhaul in the future.  A state task force has been working on using millions of dollars to put a dent in Michigan’s opioid drug problem.  A big portion of the money and resources will go toward a new opioid tracking system. 


Straight ticket voting
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Michigan voters will still be able to vote for a political party’s entire slate of candidates with a single mark on the ballot, under a ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court.


Cannabis
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If it has roots and leaves in Michigan, it’s a plant.  That’s the legal definition now that the Michigan Court of Appeals has made a ruling in a medical marijuana case. 


Jennifer Granholm
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Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm will have a key role in Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s potential move into the White House.  The Clinton campaign announced Tuesday that Granholm is a co-chair on Clinton’s transition team.


Heidi Grether
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder has taken hits for naming an oil company lobbyist to run the state’s environmental protection department

Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

The battle surrounding straight ticket voting has taken a new turn, as Attorney General Bill Scheutte filed an emergency motion Wednesday night.


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