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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.


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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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Bills giving big tax breaks to Michigan data centers are headed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk.   Jake Neher has the story.

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This is the last week the state Legislature is scheduled to meet in 2015. Republican leaders hope to make progress on some big issues.

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The US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the city of Troy’s decision to place a police officer on unpaid leave following his brain surgery. The officer sued the city under the Americans with Disabilities Act. We have more from Rick Pluta.


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Governor Rick Snyder was the first governor in the nation to speak out on refugees following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut.  And he may have come to regret it as he tries to clarify his position vis a vis what a lot of the nation’s other Republican governors are saying about refugees and immigration.  Rick Pluta explains.


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Some out-state school officials have offered an idea they say would win their support for a plan to rescue Detroit Public Schools.   Jake Neher reports.

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The stalemate over road funding continues in the Michigan Legislature.  Jake Neher has the details.


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The emergency manager of the Detroit school district took a trip to Lansing today to ask state lawmakers for help.  Rick Pluta has the story.


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Michigan students struggled with the state’s new standardized test.  Jake Neher explains.


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Michigan education officials are moving ahead with plans to improve teacher evaluations statewide.  Jake Neher has the story.


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A state Senate committee has approved legislation that would essentially eliminate “gun-free” zones in Michigan.   Rick Pluta reports.


The United Automobile Workers union has issued a strike notice to Fiat Chrysler. In a letter to the company, the union said that any contract extensions would expire at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

If the union decides to strike, it would be the first strike targeting a Detroit automaker in eight years.

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Doctor Ben Carson took his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination to Michigan, with stops in Jackson and Spring Arbor University.

Carson, who’s faced criticism for saying he would not support putting a devout Muslim in the White House, blamed “political correctness” for the blowback.

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People would face criminal penalties for coercing someone to have an abortion under a bill in the state House.   

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A state House panel has approved long-stalled bills to overhaul Michigan’s medical marijuana system.   Jake Neher has the details.

  

 Gamrat joins a Republican field that’s already five people and is expected to attract more. No Democrats have filed to run in the predominantly GOP seat in Allegan County. 

Rick Snyder
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The immigration question is causing turmoil in the Republican presidential primary.  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is keeping to his staunchly pro-immigration position.  


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New bills in the state House would add restrictions on abortions and protections for religious leaders who refuse to marry same-sex couples.  But, as Jake Neher reports below, the future of the bills could be hampered by the representative who introduced them.


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Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is pushing for changes in the state's special education system.


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State Representative Cindy Gamrat offered a tearful apology Tuesday morning as hearings opened on possible disciplinary action against her and Representative Todd Courser. She begged for forgiveness and asked for censure rather than being removed from office.  

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There’s heated debate over the future of renewable energy policy in Michigan – and it’s not just Democrats versus Republicans.  


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