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The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether police officers illegally searched the backpack of a passenger in a stopped vehicle.  The passenger says officers should have first asked his permission.


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A former dean at Michigan State University is scheduled for a criminal hearing in May.  That’s to see if there’s enough evidence against him to go forward with charges of misconduct of a public official, criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree, and two separate charges of willful neglect of duty.


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Inmates sent to prison as children can sue the state over sexual abuse and other alleged misconduct, under a ruling from the Michigan Court of Appeals.


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Michigan continues its fight against a deadly Hepatitis A outbreak.  Nearly 800 people have gotten the disease since August of 2016.  Now the state is giving half a million dollars to areas that have not had an outbreak of hepatitis A – yet.


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More local governments are getting money to create better systems to make sure every criminal defendant has a properly trained lawyer through every step of the legal process.


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Law enforcement and school officials say they have a plan to save children’s lives.  They unveiled a proposal Thursday that calls for $120 million from the state to make Michigan schools safer.


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The state medical marijuana board has deadlocked on the first two applications for licenses.


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The state Legislature began discussions Wednesday on the newest plan to make people work for Medicaid.


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The state House has approved a bill to require vehicles to keep a distance of at least three feet when passing bicyclists. 


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Michigan lawmakers are comfortable with the state’s current driverless vehicle laws.  


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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a budget bill that accelerates spending on road repairs in time to help with the spring and summer construction season. 


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Lawmakers in Lansing have been working on legislation in response to the Larry Nassar case.  And while they’re at it, some say they might want to clarify who counts as a victim when it comes to giving impact statements at a defendant’s sentencing.


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You might soon be able to register to vote from the comfort of your home.  Lawmakers in the state Senate passed a bill Thursday for online voter registration.


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The state Senate passed legislation sponsors say will increase the rights of victims of sexual assault.


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State schools superintendent Brian Whiston is stepping down to concentrate on his battle with cancer.


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Bills to address campus sexual misconduct have stalled in the state Senate.


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An effective food system in the state’s prisons should go beyond just feeding prisoners.  That’s the message of some lawmakers in the state Senate.


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Democratic and Republican candidates for state office want to increase transparency in Michigan’s government.


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The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether it’s legal for judges to order defendants to pay fees and court costs.  A defendant says that violates the state constitution.


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The state House has adopted bills that would allow prisoners in advanced stages of illness, including cancer and dementia to be paroled for medical reasons.


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The Michigan Department of Corrections defended its plans to change how it feeds prisoners.  Department officials testified Wednesday in front of a Senate committee.  The state wants to end its use of private vendors for food services.


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Abdul El-Sayed is the first Democrat to turn in his signatures to be on the 2018 ballot for governor.  He faces potential challenges down the road.


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James Davis Jr., the 19 year-old CMU student accused of shooting and killing his parents on campus on Friday, was formally arraigned in court Tuesday.

 


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Hundreds of protestors clashed with law enforcement and white supremacists at Michigan State University yesterday. 


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Roads, flood damage repairs, and an investigation could get money sent their way soon.  The Legislature has sent a spending bill to the governor’s desk.


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