Michigan News

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A group of state House Democrats hopes the crisis in Flint will help bring attention to other issues they say threaten clean water in Michigan.  They announced bills on Thursday that would increase regulations on fracking.


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder’s budget proposal for the coming fiscal year pays a lot of attention to Flint’s drinking water crisis and the state’s infrastructure shortcomings.


Bill Schuette
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The lawyer in charge of state Attorney General Bill Schuette’s investigation into the Flint water crisis says some people may be charged with serious crimes before it’s all over.


DPS Demonstrators
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Detroit parents, teachers, and school officials were in Lansing on Tuesday to speak out on bills meant to rescue Michigan’s largest district.


Rick Snyder
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A state elections board has approved one petition that seeks to recall Governor Rick Snyder, but rejected several others.


Hillary Clinton
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Hillary Clinton took a break over the weekend from stumping for support in New Hampshire to bring her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to Flint, where the city faces a public health crisis due to lead in the drinking water.


Morris Hood III
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Legislative hearings are underway on a plan to keep Detroit Public Schools (DPS) from going broke.  


Free Water Flint Protest
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The Michigan Senate has adopted a $30 million emergency spending measure to help Flint residents with their water bills.  


Jeff Irwin
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State lawmakers are responding to complaints about a new elections law.  A state House panel approved a bill Wednesday meant to clarify the law.


Classroom
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Legislation meant to stop teacher “sickout” protests is one step closer to becoming law. 


Children's Rights
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An overhaul of Michigan’s child foster care system is showing results, and the state is moving closer to ending a federal judge’s oversight.   

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A state House panel has approved raising speed limits on some Michigan roadways. 

Speed Limit 75 Sign
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It looks like state lawmakers have reached a compromise to increase speed limits on many Michigan roadways.  A state House panel plans to vote on the plan today. 


Coleman Young II
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Democrats in the state Legislature say lawmakers should get an opportunity to question people under oath about the Flint water crisis.


Michigan National Guard Delivery
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The state House and Senate have unanimously approved an emergency spending bill to help Flint address its water crisis.  It now goes to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.  


Michigan State Senate
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A $28 million emergency funding bill for Flint could clear the state Senate today.  


Voting Booths
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Local leaders and school officials are challenging a new state elections law in federal court.


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Governor Rick Snyder has scrubbed plans for an economic development trip to the Middle East, so he can remain in Michigan to deal with the Flint water crisis. 


Prisons
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More than 300 Michigan inmates sentenced as minors to life without parole could get a second chance at early release. 


Max Lorincz
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A judge has dismissed the case against a man who was charged under the State Police crime lab’s controversial THC policy. 


Jeremy Moss
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A bipartisan group of state lawmakers hopes to send privacy protection legislation to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk this year.  


Flint River
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Republicans say a $28 million emergency appropriation for Flint should come with some accountability measures to make sure that money is spent wisely.


Flint Water
Michigan Public Radio Network

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regional administrator is stepping down over the public health crisis in Flint. 

Federal Assistance
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Governor Rick Snyder is asking the Obama Administration to change its mind and declare a major disaster in Flint.  


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Governor Rick Snyder has released a trove of emails both to and from him regarding Flint and the city’s water crisis. 


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