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State corrections officials are preparing for a wave of drug offenders entering the system for getting caught with heroin and other narcotics. 


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Some Republicans in the state Senate want to throw out the road funding plan lawmakers passed in 2015 and replace it in 2016.


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2016 could bring major changes to the way Michigan treats marijuana.


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Gun owners would face harsh penalties for storing guns where minors can access them.  That’s under a new bill in the state House.


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The head of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has resigned over the drinking water crisis in Flint.  


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The campaign to expand equal protection rights in the state constitution to include women and LGBT people can start collecting petition signatures.  


LGBT Pride
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A state elections board is expected to determine today whether a petition campaign to add LGBT and gender protections to the Michigan Constitution is ready to go.  Rick Pluta has more.


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A group of criminal defense attorneys says the Michigan State Police should no longer oversee the state crime lab.  Jake Neher reports.


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  Some Democrats in the state House say people shouldn’t be fired for having a medical marijuana card.  Jake Neher reports.


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A state lawmaker says Michigan should encourage more companies to take oil out of existing wells that have already been capped.  Jake Neher has more.


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Governor Rick Snyder says he intends to step up efforts to convince Congress to fund an expansion of the Soo Locks.   We have more from Rick Pluta.


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Michigan State University must release the names of student athletes named as suspects in police reports to news organizations.  The Michigan Supreme Court issued that order Wednesday.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law major tax breaks for data centers.  Jake Neher reports.


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The Michigan Department of Transportation broke its own rule on road safety studies.  That’s according to a new state audit.  Jake Neher has more.


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Lincoln Park was officially released from state control yesterday.  This marks the first time in 15 years no Michigan city is being run by an emergency manager.  Rick Pluta reports.


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The state Legislature has wrapped up its work for 2015 and lawmakers are setting their agendas for next year.  As Jake Neher reports, legislation to help turn around Detroit Public Schools will be a top priority.


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Donald Trump made a campaign appearance in Grand Rapids Monday night. He says he would threaten manufacturers with big tariffs on imports to discourage them from building plants across the border and overseas.  Trump specifically called out Ford, which is planning a new plant in Mexico.   We have more from Rick Pluta.


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There is new legislation in Lansing aimed at preventing teen suicides.  Jake Neher has more.


Healthy Michigan
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Hundreds of thousands of low-income Michiganders will be able to stay on the state’s expanded Medicaid program.  Jake Neher explains.


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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s slowing down his plans to fix Detroit’s schools in order to keep the process moving.   We have more from Rick Pluta.


Prescription Drugs
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Being a Good Samaritan in desperate times, will no longer land Michigan youngsters in jail. 

“This allows immunity for people under 21 if there is a medical emergency to get help. So, I think this is something that can save lives.”   

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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s closer to lifting the “pause” on his efforts to bring more refugees from Syria and the Middle East to Michigan. 


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Legislation that would eliminate the straight-ticket voting option on Michigan ballots is headed to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk. Jake Neher reports.


Marijuana Supporters
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A group working to legalize marijuana in Michigan in 2016 may be in trouble.  Jake Neher has the story.


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  State health officials say a recent wave of chickenpox cases has been caused primarily by unvaccinated children contracting the illness at school.  Rick Pluta reports. 


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