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Michigan's top health official resigns after suffering mild stroke

The state's top health official is stepping down to focus on his personal health. Michigan Department of Community Health Director Jim Haveman says he suffered a mild stroke in May.

Haveman served as director of the Michigan Department of Community Health twice - once during Gov. John Engler's second term, and then Gov. Rick Snyder named him the head of MDCH again in 2012.

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State Senate Dem leader launches women's health nonprofit

The top Democrat in the state Senate is launching a new nonprofit group to help women gain access to health care.

Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, says the new organization, called Right to Health, will hold forums, conferences, and fundraisers to promote the cause.

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Lawmakers vote to allow wolf hunts in Upper Peninsula

Wolf hunts in the Upper Peninsula will be able to continue under a law approved on Wednesday by the state House. The petition-initiated proposal cleared the state Senate earlier this month.

The new law does not need Gov. Rick Snyder’s approval to take effect. It’s designed to circumvent two anti-wolf hunting proposals on the November ballot.

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Education groups join calls for LGBT rights in Michigan

The list of groups calling on state lawmakers to pass protections for LGBT people is growing. Organizations representing Michigan college, university, and school officials now say they support the measure.

They join more than 50 business and non-profit groups urging lawmakers to pass the legislation, which the coalition expects to be introduced next month.

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Judge hears arguments over recognizing 300 same-sex marriages in Michigan

Some 300 same-sex couples in Michigan are waiting to hear whether a federal judge will force the state to recognize their marriages. Judge Mark Goldsmith heard arguments on Thursday from attorneys for the state and for the same-sex couples.

Detroit Public Schools Granted Emergency Loan

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State approves loan for Detroit Public Schools requested by emergency manager


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Audit finds problems with prisoner education programs in Michigan

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Michigan congressional delegation to push FEMA for flood help


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Talks over ways to fix Michigan's roads "back at square one"
 

State lawmakers are hitting the reset button on talks over how to fix Michigan's crumbling roads.

A state Senate workgroup met for the first time Thursday to hammer out a solution. Senators and staff involved in the meeting say it consisted of members offering wide ranging ideas for how to address the issue.

Most estimates say the state needs to boost road funding by between $1 billion and $2 billion a year just to keep the roads from getting worse.

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Three schools in the Ypsilanti Community Schools district are classified as "priority" schools:

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Ann Arbor's mayor and council members were held in a side room while police confronted the group.  

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Democrats blast Scott Woosley for unnecessary expenditures in the tens of thousands of dollars. 


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More voters cast ballots in primary than expected, but turnout still low

More than 82 percent of all registered voters sat out Michigan's primary election this week.

That's not the all-time low some observers predicted before the election, but they say the number is still dismal. And many of them expect low voter turnout again for Michigan's general election in November.

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In Cincinnati today, the U-S Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on same-sex marriage bans in Michigan and three other states.  


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The wife of Congressman John Dingell wins by wide margin over Ypsilanti Attorney Raymond Mullins    

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U.S. Representative Tim Walberg beat Douglas Radcliffe North in the 7th District GOP primary in southeastern Michigan. 

Business and local government groups are applauding Michigan voters' decision to get rid of a tax on business equipment.  

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Tax renewal for Manchester Community Schools passes by wide margin 

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Mainstream GOP fights for House seats in Michigan  Backed by outside groups and their own fortunes, two insurgent Republicans are trying to knock off a pair of incumbent House members in Michigan's primary.     But it's not what you think.

Michigan voters deciding fate of business tax cut  Michigan voters will decide the fate of a years-long effort to end a state tax on manufacturing and small business equipment. 

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Candidates for the Michigan Legislature are being chosen by voters in Tuesday's primary election.  Winners will face off in the November general election when control of the state House of Representatives will be at stake.  Republicans have controlled the House since 2010. A five-seat swing would be needed for Democrats to gain a majority there. The GOP holds a 59-50 edge. 

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Historic low voter turnout possible in Tuesday's primary

Voters head to the polls Tuesday for Michigan's primary election. Some observers say there could be a historically low number of people casting ballots.

"I think what we're seeing is we could have an election where we have about 13% to 15.1% of the people that are going to make a decision about what happens in the state on election day," said Matt Marsden with RevSix Data Systems, which is tracking absentee ballots.

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Today is the last full day of campaigning before primary elections Tuesday. Voters will choose Republican and Democratic nominees for the November ballot. And, as we hear from Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta, there is one statewide ballot question.   

Proposal One asks voters to ratify a plan by the Legislature to eliminate a tax on business equipment - the personal property tax -- and replace the lost revenue to local governments. 

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The Mayor of Toledo, Ohio, has lifted a water ban that left 400,000 Ohio and Michigan residents scrambling for water for drinking, cooking and bathing. Mayor D. Michael Collins says Monday that the Lake Erie drinking water is safe and that the warning has been lifted.

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