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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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Michigan News
8:27 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

State Lawmakers Push for Balanced Budget Amendment

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Michigan lawmakers urge Congress to require a balanced federal budget
By Jake Neher

Michigan is joining at least 17 other states in calling for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

On Wednesday, the state Senate gave final approval to a resolution formally asking Congress to call a constitutional convention to consider the amendment. It would take 34 total states to compel Congress to call a constitutional convention.

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2:24 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Bay County Sheriff's Department asks for help finding missing man

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The Bay County Sheriff's Department is asking for help finding a man missing for close to two weeks. Twenty-five-year-old Alex Schuhmacher was last seen at around 2 p.m. on March 14, when he left a job interview at Logan's Roadhouse in Saginaw Township.
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Bay County Sheriff's Department asks for help finding missing man Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:23 PM EDT BAY COUNTY (WJRT) - (03/26/14) - The Bay County Sheriff's Department is asking for help finding a man missing for close to two weeks.
Michigan News
1:59 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Michigan Will Not Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend.

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Michigan News
9:50 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Michigan State University Urging Responsible Celebrations

Michigan State University officials are hoping for more subdued celebrations
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  EAST LANSING — Michigan State University and officials in East Lansing are encouraging students to keep NCAA tournament celebrating under control.

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Michigan News
6:58 am
Wed March 26, 2014

U-M Student Government Rejects Israel Boycott Proposal

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The University of Michigan Student Government has rejected a proposal calling for a proposed anti-Israel boycott. 

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Michigan News
5:54 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Schuette: Supreme Court Needs To Resolve Same-Sex Marriage Question ASAP

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette
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Rick Pluta reports the latest in the on-going court battle over Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says the sooner the US Supreme Court settles the question of whether same-sex marriage bans are constitutional, the better. 

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Michigan News
5:43 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Business Equipment Tax Repeal Bills Sail Through State House

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Jake Neher reports on passage of business tax bills in the Michigan House

A widely unpopular tax on business equipment in Michigan is one step closer to being permanently repealed.

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Music
4:56 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Rapper to Headline University of Michigan Charity Concert

Rapper 2 Chainz to headline U of M Benefit
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Platinum-selling rapper 2 Chainz is headlining a charity concert to raise money for a summer leadership camp for Detroit youth at the University of Michigan.  

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Michigan News
4:40 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Michigan Highway Construction Map Now Available

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An annual state highway construction map is now available from the Michigan Department of Transportation.  

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Michigan News
4:35 am
Wed March 26, 2014

MEDC Approves Major Detroit Rail And Arena Projects

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A Michigan development agency says it has awarded incentives to further work on Detroit's $140 million light-rail project and tear down the Detroit Red Wings' current home. 

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Michigan News
4:27 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Michigan Board OKs $120 Million Detroit Bond Sale

Detroit Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
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A state board involved in Detroit's financial reorganization has approved the city's sale of $120 million in bonds. 

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Michigan News
4:22 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Agriculture Summit in Lansing to Hear From Governor Rick Snyder

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Gov. Rick Snyder is speaking at the Pure Michigan Agriculture Summit in Lansing. 

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Same-Sex Marriage
3:14 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Blog: Arguments To Convince 6th Circuit Appeals Court to Lift The Stay On Same-Sex Marriages

UPDATE 4:52 PM Rick Pluta is reporting that no decision was reached in today's hearing.  The trial is likely to go to the Supreme Court which is not likely to decide another same-sex marriage case before its next session. Attorneys seeking to overturn Michigan’s ban say holding up recognition of same-sex marriages hurts families with children. 

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Michigan News
12:18 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

'Yooper' Getting Recognition As Dictionary Entry

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) -- The term "yooper" is getting recognition in the dictionary.

Residents of Michigan's Upper Peninsula call themselves "yoopers." The Daily Press of Escanaba and MLive.com report officials announced Monday that the term will appear in the 2014 edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, which goes on sale next month.

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Michigan News
10:37 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Last Chance To Ask About Health Law Before Sign-Up Deadline

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Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 11:23 am

This is it. The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act this year is March 31. With time running out, the questions about how the health law and the exchanges work keep pouring in. Here are a few more to check out while the clock ticks down.

My son will be 19 in May. I claim him as a dependent on my taxes. If I don't provide for his medical coverage and he is unemployed and makes no income, how is he supposed to pay his penalty? Or are they going to take his penalty out of my tax return because he is a dependent on my return?

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Michigan News
9:13 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Snyder touts EAA in New York ahead of possible Senate vote this week

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is attending a Manhattan Institute conference on Detroit this week
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  The state Senate could vote this week on a bill to bolster a controversial state-run authority meant to turn around failing schools. 

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Michigan News
9:07 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Snyder continues to press Obama on Detroit immigration plan

Snyder, a Republican, has proposed funneling 50,000 skilled immigrants into Detroit over five years as a way to rejuvenate the moribund city
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  Governor Rick Snyder says he is eager to get a decision from the federal government on his plan to boost immigration in Detroit.

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Michigan News
8:51 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Michigan Officials Ask US Attorney General to Recognize State's Same-Sex Marriages

US Attorney General Eric Holder is being asked to weigh in on Michigan's same-sex marriages
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  US Attorney General Eric Holder has been asked to declare that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Michigan over the weekend, even if the state won’t. 

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Michigan News
7:41 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Anti-Israel Sit-In Enters Second Week At University of Michigan

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       ANN ARBOR  - Anti-Israel protesters are in the second week of a sit-in at the offices of the University of Michigan student government to protest its failure to vote on a resolution calling for a boycott over Israel's treatment of the Palestinians.

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Michigan News
6:41 am
Mon March 24, 2014

University of Michigan Hopes App Promotes Wellness

"Stressbusters" app for U of M students
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The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has released a free phone app designed to promote student wellness and campus health events. 

The Ann Arbor News reports that the app also includes news alerts and inspirational messages. It has a one-touch dial button that links students with a responder if there is an emergency.

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Michigan News
6:18 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton to Visit Michigan

Former President Bill Clinton
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Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to headline a fundraiser for Michigan Democrats next month.  The Michigan Democratic Party announced Sunday that Clinton will speak at the annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner, which is scheduled for April 26 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

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Michigan News
6:13 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Marriage Benefits On Hold For Wedded Same-Sex Couples

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  The Michigan governor's office says state agencies won't immediately recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that were performed in the hours before an appeals court put on hold a judge's ruling that tossed out a state ban on gay marriage.  

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Michigan News
6:15 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Schuette: Freeze gay-marriage ban strike-down

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking a federal appeals court to immediately freeze a judge's decision striking down the state's ban on gay marriage while he appeals.

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5:22 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Judge strikes down Michigan's ban on gay marriage

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer pictured with their adopted children
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  A judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage, the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the country.

Federal Judge Bernard Friedman ruled Friday, two weeks after a trial. Two Detroit-area nurses who've been partners for eight years claimed the ban violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution.

It was not clear if gay marriages could begin immediately.

Scholars testifying for Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer said there were no differences between children raised by same-sex couples and those raised by a man and a woman.

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