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WiFi
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Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow says getting high speed internet to rural communities in Michigan is a priority for her.


Michigan House of Representatives
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The state Legislature returns this week.  One committee is set to see a lot of action.


Tax Form
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Governor Rick Snyder’s administration is looking at making changes to state tax laws early in 2018.  That’s after it discovered the new federal tax law could have an impact on Michigan resident’s wallets. 


Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

The state Attorney General is under fire for his hiring practices. The liberal group Progress Michigan filed a complaint with the Secretary of State Tuesday.  It wants the office to investigate multiple hires made by Attorney General Bill Schuette.


Gavel
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A federal judge in Detroit has ordered hearings for hundreds of Iraqi detainees.  They are being held by the Department of Homeland Security while they fight deportation.  The judge says holding them indefinitely is unconstitutional.


Michigan Capitol
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Lansing’s lawmakers won’t return to the Capitol until next week.  But they’ve already got big plans for 2018.


Gavel
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Families of detained Iraqis facing deportation are waiting on word from a federal judge in Detroit.  They’re hoping the detainees will be released while they wait for their immigration cases to be re-opened.


Classroom
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A fight between school employees and the state ended today – in favor of the employees.


Opioid
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Nine cities and counties from across Michigan are taking drug companies to court.  From the Upper Peninsula to Detroit, they are trying to recover many millions of dollars in costs related to the opioid crisis


Ballot Box
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A couple hundred volunteers showed up at the state Bureau of Elections Monday.  They dropped off petitions to get a redistricting overhaul on the November ballot.  


Marijuana
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The state starts accepting applications today for medical marijuana licenses. 


Legislature Backtracks On Detroit Veterans’ Home

Dec 15, 2017
Michigan Capitol
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A new veterans’ home may not go in Detroit as originally planned. 


William Strampel
Michigan State University / msu.edu

A medical school dean who supervised a Michigan State University sports doctor convicted of sexually abusing patients is stepping down. 


Opioid Bills Head To Governor Snyder's Desk

Dec 14, 2017
Opioid
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Legislation aimed at curbing the state’s opioid crisis is on its way to the governor.


Water
Environmental Protection Agency / epa.gov

Money might be on the way to help fight perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in Michigan. 


Michigan State Senate
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Democratic lawmakers are trying once again to repeal the state’s “Right to Work” law.  Five years ago, a Republican-led Legislature made Right to Work the law of the state.  It prohibits contracts that make union membership a condition of employment. 


Retirement
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The Legislature has sent Governor Rick Snyder a set of local retirement bills that passed by wide margins once they were stripped of controversial provisions. 


Clipboard
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A union-led petition drive is launching today to protect the state’s prevailing wage law from a different petition drive.  This could lead to dueling ballot questions next November.


Straits of Mackinac
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Members of a pipeline advisory board are criticizing a deal Governor Snyder struck with the energy company, Enbridge.  They are calling for the line to be temporarily shut down.


Tom Leonard
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State House Speaker Tom Leonard says it’s time for Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon to step down.  It’s part of the growing chorus of criticism of how MSU has handled a sex assault scandal.


Mackinac Bridge
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Enbridge Energy will be on the hot seat when the Michigan pipeline safety board meets today in Lansing.  The Canadian company will be asked to explain how it’s ensuring the oil pipeline Line Five is safe.


Prisons
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Michigan has a growing number of inmates who are elderly, terminally ill, or otherwise medically frail.  There is an effort underway to allow many of those felons to be released. 


John Conyers
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The resignation of Congressman John Conyers will leave the seat vacant until it is filled by a special election. 

Cannabis
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The state has unveiled its interim rules for people who want to apply for a license to grow, transport, and sell medical marijuana.  These rules will launch the first phase of a state-approved marijuana industry. 


Michigan Capitol
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Local governments and police and firefighter unions are keeping a close eye on hearings to begin this week at the state Capitol.  GOP leaders are proposing more aggressive state oversight of local retirement funds. 


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