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Brian Whiston
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Michigan’s education chief forecasts some contentious negotiations with federal officials on the state’s plans for identifying and helping struggling schools. 


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

The 2018 election is still a ways away.  But that hasn’t stopped plenty of hopeful candidates from throwing their hats in the ring.


Health Care
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Health care providers and patient advocates in Michigan are watching to see what’s in a re-vamped Republican health care overhaul.  The rollout is expected later this week in Washington.


Vetoed Criminal Justice Bill Getting Revived

Jul 10, 2017
Gavel
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State lawmakers are taking another run at establishing a database for criminal justice information.  The governor vetoed an earlier effort.


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

New public meetings began Thursday about the controversial Enbridge Line 5 pipeline


Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

The use of Native American logos and images for school mascots is once again in the spotlight. 


Apple
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A controversial portion of the state’s budget will be in court today.


Battle Of Public Schools Vs. The State Continues

Jul 6, 2017
Classroom
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Public schools and the state were in court over concerns with a portion of the state budget


Voting Booth
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The Michigan Secretary of State is willing to turn over some voter information to a federal commission.


License Plate
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Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill to create a “choose life” license plate.  The plate would have raised money for an anti-abortion group.


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder has a pile of bills waiting for him after the holiday. 


Great Lakes
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A report released Thursday outlines alternatives to running an energy pipeline beneath the Great Lakes.  But it also says Enbridge’s Line 5 is safe to operate for the foreseeable future. 


Flint Water
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The state of Michigan is in federal court trying to force the city of Flint to accept a deal to get safe drinking water.  


Fill the Boot
Seattle City Council / flickr.com

A ruling that outraged charities in Michigan could be overturned.  The state Senate has passed a bill to bring back roadside donation collections. 


Amazon
Scott Lewis / flickr.com

The online giant Amazon is getting millions of dollars from Michigan to build a new performance center. 


Michigan Supreme Court
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Michigan Supreme Court says religious schools cannot claim a blanket exemption from being sued for violating anti-discrimination laws.


Marijuana
Scott Beale / flickr.com

The new state medical marijuana licensing board met for the first time Monday. 


Rick Pluta / MPRN

A doctor from Saginaw Township is the first candidate for governor to file petition signatures to appear on the ballot next year. 


Cannabis
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The board overseeing the state’s new medical marijuana program meets for the first time today. 


Brian Calley
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

The ballot campaign to adopt a part-time Legislature amendment in Michigan decided to skip getting its petition approved by a state elections board.  The leader of the campaign, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, says he’s comfortable fighting any challenges in court.


Straits of Mackinac
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The state of Michigan has scrapped a risk study on Enbridge’s Line 5 and fired the contractor just a week before a first draft of the report was to be released.


Classroom
Pixabay / pixabay.com

New teachers will get different retirement options than current school employees under a bill sent to Governor Rick Snyder.


Michigan House of Representatives
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Political intrigue is being blamed for the collapse of a deal for the state to offer big tax breaks to employers who bring a lot of jobs to Michigan.


Mackinac Pipeline Line 5
Greg Varnum/Wikimedia Commons

Enbridge Energy says pressure tests on two sections of Line 5 that runs under the Straits of Mackinac show the pipeline is well-maintained and does not pose a threat to the Great Lakes.

Money
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State spending plans are moving swiftly through the legislature.  A number were voted on last week, many of them with deep cuts from what the governor asked for.  


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