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Michigan News
4:23 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Saline Murder Suspects Waive Right To Preliminary Hearing

Samantha Grigg

       ST. JOHNS - Two teenagers have waived their right to probable cause hearings in the robbery-slaying of a Michigan State University student, and both have been bargaining with prosecutors about plea deals.

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Michigan News
4:18 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Lieutenant Governor Signs Bill To Eliminate 'Dumb' Tax

Michigan State Capitol
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       LANSING - Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed legislation designed to ensure local government budgets aren't hurt if manufacturers and small businesses get planned tax cuts.

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Michigan News
8:06 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Michigan Reponds To Corps Of Engineers Carp Proposal

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Michigan replies to Army corps invasive species report

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed the state's response to the US Army Corps of Engineers invasive species report. Schuette says his biggest complaint is the report fails to outline an aggressive plan to stop Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

The report came out in January, and it outlines possibilities without making specific recommendations on what should happen next.

That was a disappointment, says Joy Yearout, Schuette's communications director.

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Michigan News
8:02 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Michigan's Expanded Medicaid Program Now Enrolling

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Michigan's expanded Medicaid program starts today
By Jake Neher

Michigan's Medicaid expansion is officially up and running. That means hundreds of thousands of low-income Michiganders are now eligible for government-sponsored health care.

People making 133% of the federal poverty level or less are now eligible for the program, which is part of the federal Affordable Care Act. That's about $15,000 dollars or less a year for an individual and about $32,000 or less for a family of four.

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Michigan News
7:59 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Out-Of-State Residents May Circulate Petitions In Michigan

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Judge dismisses lawsuit against Michigan petition circulator law
By Rick Pluta

A bill to let out-of-state residents gather petitions signatures is awaiting Governor Rick Snyder's signature. Because of the bill, a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the state.

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Michigan News
8:33 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Angel Fund Ending in Detroit

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       DETROIT - A once-secret fund that allowed an anonymous donor to give $17 million since 2005 to help poor people in the Detroit area is ending this month.

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7:49 am
Tue April 1, 2014

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4:15 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Michigan Veterans OK To Use Medical Marijuana For PTSD Symptoms

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The US Department of Veterans Affairs says Michigan vets will not lose their federal benefits if they legally use medical marijuana. The VA's statement is a response to the state's decision to add post-traumatic stress disorder to its medical marijuana program.

Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Director Steve Arwood approved the change a couple weeks ago. But he urged veterans to consult with a VA representative first. He said it was unclear whether using medical marijuana would put their federal benefits at risk.

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Michigan News
4:13 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Healthy Michigan Enrollment Starts Today

The state starts enrollment today for Healthy Michigan, which extends Medicaid eligibility.
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       LANSING - Michigan is launching its expanded Medicaid plan to provide health insurance for hundreds of thousands of low-income adults.

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Michigan News
4:04 am
Tue April 1, 2014

GM Starts Another Recall

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       DETROIT - General Motors is recalling 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. because the electronic power-steering assist can suddenly stop working.

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Michigan News
4:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Judge Rejects Right To Work Challenge

AFL-CIO attorney Andrew Nickelhoff says the case will continue against Michigan's "Right To Work" law
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       DETROIT  - A judge has rejected a challenge to a key portion of a Michigan law that allows workers to have a job without giving financial support to a union.

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Michigan News
3:53 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Michigan Children Well Below National Average

Race For Results shows black children in Michigan are well below average as indexed for well-being
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       LANSING - A report by a private foundation finds the well-being of Michigan's white children slightly below the national average while black children significantly lag the nation.

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Michigan News
7:59 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Another Republican Michigan Congressman Announces Retirement

Representative Dave Camp (R).
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Dave Camp, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, says he will not seek another term.

     The Michigan Republican said in a statement Monday that he will retire after 12 terms in the House. He was term-limited as chairman of the committee.
 
     His district is strongly Republican and the GOP is expected to hold the seat.
 
     Camp is the second senior Michigan Republican to announce his retirement. Rep. Mike Rogers said Friday he would retire.

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Michigan News
12:44 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Drunken Driver Arrested After Police Station Stop

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PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say an intoxicated man was arrested after driving to a police station in Michigan as part of an effort to find a bathroom.

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Michigan News
10:45 am
Mon March 31, 2014

President Obama To Visit Ann Arbor Wednesday

President Obama will be in Michigan to discuss his support for raising the minimum wage
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       ANN ARBOR - President Barack Obama plans to visit Michigan on Wednesday to discuss his proposal to raise the national minimum wage.

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Michigan News
9:47 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Michigan Road Fixes May Be Coming Soon

State Senator Arlan Meekhof
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A top Republican in the state Senate thinks a long-term fix for Michigan’s roads could be coming sooner than expected. Jake Neher reports.
    A top Republican in the state Senate thinks a long-term fix for Michigan’s roads could be coming sooner than expected. 
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Michigan News
4:43 am
Mon March 31, 2014

U of M Students Honored for Fuel Efficient Vehicles

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         DETROIT  - Mayor Mike Duggan and Shell are scheduled to recognize students from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor who are building energy efficient vehicles as part of a global competition.

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Michigan News
4:37 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Michigan Fishing Season Starts Tomorrow

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
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       LANSING -  Anglers in Michigan must have new fishing licenses before casting lines at Tuesday's start of the 2014 fishing season.

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Michigan News
4:32 am
Mon March 31, 2014

State Lawmaker Proposing Electoral Changes

Michigan House of Represntatives
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      LANSING - President Barack Obama secured every electoral vote on his path to re-election Michigan, where Republicans haven't won a presidential race in a quarter-century but currently control state government.

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Michigan News
4:28 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Congress Releases Memo Saying GM Failed To Act

General Motors headquarters in Detroit, MI
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       DETROIT -  A new memo from the House subcommittee investigating the General Motors recalls says GM discussed two separate fixes for an ignition switch defect but canceled them without taking action.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

US Rep. Rogers Of Michigan Won't Seek Re-Election

Michael J. Rogers, House Representative from Michigan
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DETROIT (AP) — Seven-term Republican Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan says he won't seek re-election.

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Michigan News
8:52 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Labor Courses could cost MSU

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MSU could lose $500k for offering labor courses

Michigan State University could risk losing half-a-million dollars if it does not stop offering courses that allegedly promote unionization.

A state Senate panel approved a measure Thursday banning courses at public universities that promote or discourage organizing efforts. It's a reaction to MSU's recent decision to take over some programs from the National Labor College.

Republicans say those courses violate the proposed rule.

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Michigan News
8:48 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Congressional Democrats Seek Federal Acknowledgement of Same-Sex Marriages

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Congressional Democrats ask Holder to recognize MI gay marriages
Rick Pluta

Some congressional Democrats are putting pressure on Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend. They sent a letter today asking US Attorney General Eric Holder to grant federal recognition of the marriages.

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Michigan News
8:53 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Dog alerts residents of fire in Brighton Township

A German Shepard, like the one pictured, alerted residents that a fire had started
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   BRIGHTON TOWNSHIP - A German shepherd is credited with saving the lives of four people who suffered minor injuries in a house fire in Brighton Township.

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Michigan News
4:05 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Home Demolitions Turn Detroit Into Blank Canvas

Home Demoition
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As part of its plan to climb out of bankruptcy, Detroit plans to tear down as many as 450 empty houses each week across a rotting urban landscape nearly the size of Manhattan. 

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