Michigan News

Mike Pence
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The election is days away, and Michigan is still getting quite a bit of attention from both major party presidential candidates. 


Google
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Michigan non-profits are looking into an innovative way of fighting human trafficking.  The idea is to take advantage of free advertising on Google.

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A federal judge in New Jersey is asking the Michigan Republican Party to explain its Election Day anti-fraud plan. 

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Michigan is now the fifth state in the U.S. to launch a savings program for people with disabilities.  


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With a week to go before Election Day, opponents of Michigan’s ban on voters taking selfies with their ballots are back in court.


Donald Trump
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Donald Trump spent part of his Halloween in Michigan.  The Republican presidential candidate held rallies in Grand Rapids and the battleground area of Macomb County


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder took his veto pen to a plan adopted by the Legislature to change how the state raises money for the Medicaid program


Michigan Court of Claims
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Flint residents who filed a class-action lawsuit related to the water crisis got good news and bad news on Wednesday. 


Voting Booth
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Michigan is asking a federal appeals court to restore the state’s ban on people taking “selfies” with their ballots on Election Day and do it quickly. 


Governor Signs Veterans’ Facility Reporting Bill

Oct 27, 2016
MVAA
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Michigan veterans’ facilities are getting new reporting requirements.


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An Ingham County Circuit court denied a Flint resident’s request for an investigation into Governor Rick Snyder Tuesday.


Solar Panels
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Lawmakers will be moving forward on possible changes to Michigan’s energy policy.  


Michigan State Capitol
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Governor Rick Snyder faces a decision soon on whether to sign or veto a bill he doesn’t like.  It deals with how the state raises money for Medicaid. 


Michigan State Senate
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Two bills to help Flint recover from the water crisis are making their way through the legislature.  Both bills passed through the Senate Thursday with a near-unanimous vote.  


Flint Water
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Lawmakers have come up with what they are calling an action plan for Flint. 


Unemployment
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Michigan’s monthly jobless rate has edged upward -- not because more people have lost jobs, but because more people are looking for work.  


Water Faucet
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The Legislature is going to work on toughening standards for lead in drinking water, although finishing the job may have to wait until next year.


Senator Tim Kaine Talks Poverty And Jobs In Detroit

Oct 19, 2016
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Senator Tim Kaine was in Detroit Tuesday.  The running mate of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke at the non-profit Focus: HOPE.


Fracking
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The campaign to outlaw fracking in Michigan is asking the state Court of Appeals to strike down a 180-day time limit on collecting petition signatures to put a question on the ballot. 


Michigan State Police
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The Michigan State Police is getting money for a few initiatives – including help with rape kit testing. 

Lawsuits Surrounding The Flint Water Crisis Pile Up

Oct 13, 2016
Flint Water
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A new case accuses Governor Rick Snyder of wrongfully using tax dollars to fund his criminal defense related to the Flint water crisis.  


Flint Water
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A complaint filed in Ingham County calls for a grand jury investigation into Governor Rick Snyder’s spending on a legal defense team.  It accuses him of misconduct and abusing taxpayer dollars. 


Classroom
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The State Board of Education is working on a plan to update school testing in Michigan.  


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Looking to have what they call an “honest discussion” about racial inequality in Michigan, the Michigan League for Public Policy held its annual forum Monday. 


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One day before the voter registration deadline in Michigan, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says she’s going to spend the last month of the campaign delivering "a positive message."


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