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Michigan Youth Challenge Academy
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Kids in Michigan might get a new way to keep their criminal records clean. 


Drunk Driving
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Michigan’s 0.08 percent blood-alcohol level is set to expire next year.  But a bill is on its way to the governor’s desk to prevent that.


Elijah Cummings
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The ranking Democrat on the US House Oversight Committee wants to subpoena Governor Rick Snyder.  Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) says the governor has not been forthcoming about when he first knew about a fatal outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County.


Classroom
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Michigan needs to create more opportunities for kids of color.  That’s according to advocates after a new report was released Tuesday.  The report shows that African-American kids in Michigan fare worse in areas like education than in any other state.


Michigan Supreme Court
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A state appeals court says a former tribal police chief who pleaded guilty to fraud charges can’t run for state or local political offices.  The case will now go to the state Supreme Court.


Rape Kit
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Michigan is on its way to tracking sexual assault kits.  The legislation is in response to major backlogs of sexual assault kit processing.


Promise-Zone Bills Headed To the Governor’s Desk

Oct 19, 2017
Graduation
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The Michigan Legislature may create five new “Promise Zones.”  Those are special cities and communities that provide free college tuition for high school graduates. 


Parking Tickets
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Bills to forgive Michigan’s controversial driver responsibility fees have cleared a state House committee.  But, they’ve hit a roadblock.  They’re opposed by Governor Rick Snyder’s Treasury department.


Cannabis
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Getting into the medical marijuana game may require hundreds of thousands of dollars in liquid assets. 


Jocelyn Benson
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The 2010 Democratic candidate for Michigan Secretary of State says she will try again in 2018. 


Amazon
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The retail giant Amazon is looking for a second home.  And that could mean thousands of jobs, and a new economic anchor for a city.  But cities like Denver and Atlanta are competing, but as we hear from Rick Pluta, leaders in some smaller cities think they have a shot – if only they can get Amazon’s attention.


Kristy Etue
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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s close to a final decision on what disciplinary action – if any – will be taken against the leader of the Michigan State Police over a controversial Facebook post. 

New Partnership To Work Toward A Cleaner Lake Erie

Oct 17, 2017
Lake Erie
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A new partnership has a plan to keep Lake Erie clean.  The MI CLEAR group is made up of farmers, conservationists, environmental leaders, and more.  Those groups are teaming up with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.


Health Care
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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s concerned that President Trump’s decision to end subsidies that help low-income families pay for health insurance could make rates unaffordable.


For Rent
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A fight is brewing at the state Capitol over whether the Legislature should preempt local rules on expensive rental properties.  


Cyberbullying
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Lawmakers in Michigan say more needs to be done to fight cyberbullying.  A new bill is aimed at doing just that.


Tim Kelly
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A state Representative could be headed to the White House. 


Pat Miles
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Another Democrat entered the ring for Michigan’s Attorney General Thursday. 


I-75
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A plan to grant amnesty to people who owe sometimes thousands of dollars in unpaid driver responsibility fees is in the works.  A bipartisan group of state lawmakers rolled out the proposal Thursday. 


US Flag
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Ten state House Democrats yesterday linked arms during the Pledge of Allegiance in lieu of putting their hands over their hearts.  They say it was to show solidarity with NFL players and to protest a controversial Facebook post by the leader of the Michigan State Police. 


Cannabis
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Lawmakers in Lansing say they want a seamless transition as marijuana dispensaries start to get licensed. 


Kristy Etue
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Governor Rick Snyder says there is no reason to fire State Police Colonel Kristy Etue over a controversial Facebook post. 

Bicycle
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Survivors of last year’s deadly bike crash near Kalamazoo testified Wednesday before a state Senate committee in support of safety legislation.


Another Auto Insurance Rollout In Lansing

Sep 27, 2017
Car Insurance
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A bipartisan group in Michigan rolled out a new auto no-fault insurance overhaul plan Tuesday.


Gavel
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A federal judge in Detroit has ordered the government to provide immigration files to Iraqis being detained while they fight deportation.  The detainees have been held for months in facilities all across the country while they wait on records needed to go to immigration court. 


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