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The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled drinking too much and operating a car in a driveway doesn’t amount to illegal drunk driving.


Flint Water
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Two state water quality experts and a Flint utility official face criminal charges related to the Flint water crisis.


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There was a spirited debate between lawmakers on a state House budget panel over a Republican effort to punish the state Board of Education.  


  

The University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History is asking the public to help build one of its new exhibits.

Sam Singh
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Democrats at the state Capitol say they plan to put up a fight over spending on criminal defense attorneys for Governor Rick Snyder.  Those lawyers are defending him against legal troubles arising from the Flint water crisis


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Today is the deadline for companies to bid on the chance to conduct a study on the safety of an oil-and-gas pipeline that that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac


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Two prisons would close under a plan adopted by a state Senate budget subcommittee


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Michigan health and environmental department chiefs went before Congress yesterday to explain the state’s response to the Flint water crisis to members of Congress.  


Flint Water
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Leaders of a task force that looked into the causes of the Flint water crisis told a panel of state lawmakers they should consider changes to Michigan’s emergency manager law.  


Shawn Reilly
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The mayor of Waukesha, Wisconsin made a stop in Lansing yesterday to meet with state environmental officials.  It’s part of an effort to win support for his city’s request for a large water diversion from Lake Michigan. 


Michigan State Capitol
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The Legislature returns to Lansing this week following a two-week spring break.  Big issues facing lawmakers include the Flint water crisis and a Detroit Public Schools bailout. 


Republican National Convention
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Michigan Republicans met in Lansing this weekend to select delegates to the party’s presidential-nominating convention this summer.  Controversies over who will go to Cleveland to choose the nominee were averted. 


Bill Schuette
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a lawsuit to shut down an abortion clinic in Detroit.


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court has heard arguments in a case that could set some parameters on state-appointed emergency managers’ authority to change public employee contracts. 


Straits of Mackinac
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The state has extended the deadline for companies to bid on work studying of Enbridge Line 5.  That’s the oil and gas pipeline that runs under the Mackinac straits. 

  

Abandoned Building
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The state plans to use most of a big federal grant to tear down abandoned buildings in Detroit and Flint.  

  

Lake Michigan
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State Attorney General Bill Schuette has sent a letter to Great Lakes governors challenging a proposal to allow the Wisconsin city of Waukesha to withdraw water from Lake Michigan. 


Virgil Smith
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State Senator Virgil Smith has submitted his resignation from the Legislature as he begins a 10-month jail sentence


Sugar Law Center
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A group challenging Michigan’s emergency manager law is asking a federal appeals court in Cincinnati to order a trial in the case.  


Flint Water
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A legislative committee went to Flint yesterday to hear from local officials and residents about the city’s water crisis


Flint Water
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A legislative committee heads to Flint today to hear from local officials and residents about the city’s water crisis.


Curtis Hertel
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Former state House Speaker Curtis Hertel is being remembered today as a leader whose willingness to compromise helped lead to a historic overhaul of how Michigan pays for public schools.  He died over the weekend at the age of 63.


Child Reading
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The state Senate has adopted legislation that would allow schools to hold back some third graders who are not proficient at reading.  


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The state Senate has approved a more-than $700 million plan for a financial bailout of the Detroit school system. 


Drinking Water
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A joint legislative committee looking into the Flint water crisis has been told state environmental watchdogs failed to follow federal clean water rules. 


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