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Miranda warnings to suspects who are arrested and questioned are not complete unless officers include the detail that attorneys can be in the room before and during interrogations.  That decision came yesterday from the state Court of Appeals.


Michigan State Senate Moves School Safety Bills

May 23, 2018
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State lawmakers want schools and law enforcement to partner up when it comes to school safety.  State Senate committees passed several bills Tuesday aimed at encouraging that relationship.


LGBT
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The state Department of Civil Rights is now accepting complaints from people who say they’ve faced discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.  It’s also getting ready to defend its right to do so.


Michigan Capitol
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Lawmakers plan to move a series of bills in response to Larry Nassar today.  Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.  The legislation won’t look the same coming out of committee as it did going in – and some bills might not get a vote.  


Money
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A question to boost Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 an hour could be headed to the November ballot. 


Michigan House of Representatives
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This week, lawmakers in Lansing plan to move legislation aimed at improving the state’s sexual assault laws. This comes after weeks of discussion on more than 30 bills.  The bills would do things like require sexual assault and dating violence be taught during sex education in high school and increase penalties for people that are required to report suspected child abuse, but don’t.


Mining
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Environmental groups want Governor Rick Snyder to say “no” to legislation on his desk.  They’re concerned about bills that would change some oversight requirements for state mines.


Beer
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Marijuana-infused beer, wine, and spirits would be outlawed under a bill adopted by the State Senate.  The Senate vote took place with an eye toward the November ballot.


Money
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Governor Rick Snyder and state lawmakers have an extra $315 million to work with as they finalize the new budget.  


Michigan State University
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More than 300 victims of sexual assault are one step closer to a multi-million-dollar settlement with Michigan State University.  The lawsuit is over the school’s handling of former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar, who sexually assaulted his patients for decades.


Michigan State Senate
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Victims of certain crimes in Michigan could become harder to track down – and advocates say that’s for their own safety.  Legislation that passed the state Senate would let victims keep their addresses confidential.


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court has called a halt to a petition campaign to repeal wage protections for workers on government-funded construction projects. 


Straits of Mackinac
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Members of a state board in charge of the safety of pipelines say they’re not alarmed by a recent coolant spill into the Straits of Mackinac.  A coolant spill in the Straits of Mackinac did not harm the Great Lakes.  That’s according to the Coast Guard and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.


Michigan Poor People's Campaign
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A new campaign says it’s going to make the government pay attention to the struggles of poor people.  The Michigan Poor People’s Campaign launched on Monday at the state Capitol.


Construction
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Construction worker unions have asked the Michigan Supreme Court to put the brakes on sending a petition-initiated question to the Legislature.  The unions say the petition campaign broke the rules.  


Michigan Supreme Court
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Construction workers unions plan to file an emergency motion Monday with the Michigan Supreme Court.  They want to block a question that would end protections for union-level wages from going to the Legislature.


Governor
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The four Republicans and three Democrats running for governor appeared together for the first time yesterday.  Arguments about ethics and racism broke out at the forum.


Michigan Republican Party
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The four Republicans running for governor last night all met for the first time on a debate stage.  The candidates sparred on Flint, marijuana, and President Trump.


Marijuana
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A state board is starting to move faster to finalize business licenses to grow, transport, test, and sell medical marijuana.  The marijuana board added three meetings to its schedule between now and the end of the year.


Citizens Research Council
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A study commissioned by an independent research group says term limits in Michigan have not met many of the expectations set when voters adopted them 25 years ago.  


Michigan Capitol
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Legislation to lengthen the amount of time victims of sexual assault have to file complaints continues to get pushback.  The bills are part of a response to former Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar.  He sexually assaulted his patients for years.


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High schools in Michigan might have to add financial literacy to their curriculum.  Schools would have to offer a class on personal finance management skills like spending, saving, borrowing and investing to 11th and 12th graders.  That’s if a bipartisan bill making its way through the state Legislature is passed.


Tom Leonard
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The state House Republican leader says it’s still possible lawmakers will vote on legalizing marijuana in Michigan.  But, he says it is unlikely.


Ballot Box
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Governor Rick Snyder has signed bills that would make it tougher and more expensive for losing candidates to call a recount of the results. 


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There are new developments in the criminal case against a former dean of Michigan State University.  A judge says two women cannot testify against William Strampel at a crucial hearing in June.  Strampel is charged with using his position at MSU to try and get sexual favors from female students.


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