Michigan News

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Teachers don’t have to wait if they want to drop out of their union.  That ruling was handed down Wednesday by the Michigan Court of Appeals.  The court said the Michigan Education Association can’t force teachers who want to leave to wait until an August “opt-out period.”


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Michigan State University is asking a court to decide whether it has to release police and arrest records related to a highly publicized investigation.  The records are related to the criminal investigation into an alleged sexual assault that may involve members of the Spartan football team.


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Lawmakers are moving fast to ramp up prison time for female genital mutilation. 


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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s against an effort in the Legislature to reverse the requirement that parents who don’t want to vaccinate their kids meet with a public health expert.


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A state Senate committee holds a hearing today on bills to outlaw female genital mutilation in Michigan.  It’s already a federal crime with a penalty of up to five years in prison.  The bill’s sponsors say that’s not tough enough.  A lot of experts say a tougher law may not be enough to deter an entrenched cultural and religious practice.     


Flint Water
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After stops and starts, the state Legislature has adopted a bill to send $100 million to Flint to replace lead pipes.  The money is from the federal government, but had to be approved by state lawmakers.

Car Accident
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The state legislature is resurrecting legislation to end mandatory, unlimited medical benefits for car crash victims.  


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Wednesday was the annual Second Amendment March in Lansing.  Gun enthusiasts took to the Capitol for speeches and mass open-carrying of firearms. 


Speed Limit 75
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Travel between northern and southern lower Michigan is going to go a little faster on some stretches.  Next week, three rural freeways will have new speed limits of 75 miles an hour. 

Beware of Dog
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A dog in Michigan is not considered legally dangerous until it bites or attacks someone.  That’s the word from the state Court of Appeals.  


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The Michigan Legislature is considering more changes to the state criminal justice and corrections system.


Deal Made Over Macomb County Sinkhole Funding

Apr 26, 2017
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Macomb County will get money to work on a giant sinkhole. 


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Music, speeches, prayers and a candle-lighting ceremony that included 39 Jewish survivors were part of Michigan’s official commemoration of the Holocaust and the Armenian genocide.  The ceremony took place in the rotunda of the state Capitol. 


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A federal judge has thrown out the state’s challenge to a Traverse City business that trademarked a highway sign.  The company brands t-shirts, water bottles, wine, and other merchandise with the M22 logo.


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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is moving closer to a formal announcement that he will run next year for the Republican nomination to succeed Governor Rick Snyder.


   

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Governor Rick Snyder says disagreements over tax cuts and spending priorities won’t get in the way of wrapping up the state budget in a little over a month.

Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder plans to take executive action on tougher standards for lead in drinking water in the face of foot-dragging by the Legislature.


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Past and present public policies have a major impact on the disparities in child well-being in Michigan.  That’s according to a report released Tuesday by the Michigan League for Public Policy.


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State lawmakers are back at the Capitol following their spring break.  One job facing them is ending a standoff over money to help Macomb County deal with a giant sinkhole. 


Many schools in Michigan have grappled with whether they should dump Native American mascots and nicknames.  Plenty of things can stand in the way: history, tradition, emotion.  But one Michigan tribe wants to make sure money isn’t the barrier to change.


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court today will consider whether conversations with an attorney trigger the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act.


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Michigan is updating what state officials call a useful tool for fighting the opioid epidemic.  The problematic state drug monitoring program has gotten a significant facelift.  The system is used primarily by law enforcement and doctors to flag potential prescription drug abuse and better treat patients.  


Bert Johnson
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A raid on State Senator Bert Johnson’s home and Lansing office has culminated in a federal indictment.  A grand jury returned charges of theft and conspiracy against the Detroit-area senator. 


Bill Schuette
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A left-leaning group has filed a lawsuit to find out how often Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and his aides used private e-mail accounts to discuss public business. 


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The charities you donate to may not be getting all of the money you send to them.

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