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8:48 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Gay Michigan Couple Hopes To Force State To Recognize Their Marriage

Plaintiffs Clint McCormack (front), Bryan Reamer (back), and some of their 13 children.
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Gay couple trying to force state to recognize their marriage, "for our 13 kids"

The ACLU of Michigan is suing the state to force it to recognize the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples who got married last month.

Clint McCormack and Bryan Reamer are one of eight couples named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was filed Monday.

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WEMU News
7:34 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

ACLU Sues State Over Same-Sex Marriages

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The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to force the state of Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of couples who say their constitutional rights are being violated by Gov. Rick Snyder. He won't recognize the marriages for the purpose of benefits until federal courts decide the status of Michigan's ban on gay marriage. 

Jay Kaplan is staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan's LGBT Project.  Kaplan says the Governor is talking out of both sides of his mouth.

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Michigan News
9:52 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Scrap Metal Theft Bill Becomes Law

(L-R) Rep. Paul Muxlow (R-Brown City), Gov. Rick Snyder, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's Chief of Staff Lisa Howze.
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Bill to fight scrap metal theft signed into law

Michigan now has tougher laws on the books meant to crack down on scrap metal theft.

Under a bill signed by Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday, people can no longer get instant cash when they sell commonly-stolen items for $25 or more.

Supporters say mailing payments for those items will help law enforcement by creating a paper trail. They say communities all over the state have been literally ripped apart by illegal scrapping.

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Michigan News
7:16 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Immigration Center Approved For Michigan

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Feds approve center to encourage immigrant investment in Michigan

Michigan will be only the second state in the country to run a statewide center meant to encourage investment from immigrants.

The center will provide visas for people who invest at least $1 million in the state and create at least ten jobs. The required investment goes down to $500,000 if it is made in a rural community or one with high unemployment.

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Michigan News
8:12 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

State Schools Superintendent Defends Teachers

Michigan schools Superintendent Mike Flanagan.
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Flanagan defends teachers after report says Michigan schools falling behind

The state's top education official says people should not blame teachers for a new report that shows Michigan schools are falling behind.

The Education Trust-Midwest presented its study to the state Board of Education Tuesday. It shows student growth improving in other states while Michigan students lag behind, especially minority and low-income students.

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says the report is troubling. But he says it's important to provide some context.

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Michigan News
7:35 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Prominent Democrats Skeptical About Road Fix Proposal

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Some prominent Democrats skeptical about proposal to fix roads

A state House Republican plan to fix Michigan's crumbling infrastructure is drawing criticism from some prominent Democrats.

The proposal seeks to boost road funding by about $500 million a year. That's well short of the $1-2 billion most estimates say is needed to adequately address the problem.

Some Democrats say the plan could make passing a more comprehensive solution unlikely any time soon.

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Michigan News
7:22 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Attorney General Seeks Rapid Ruling On Same-Sex Marriages

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Schuette asks for fast action marriage case

State Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked a federal appeals court to put the legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage on a fast track. Schuette is defending Michigan’s ban.

Schuette’s filed a motion with the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to skip a hearing before a three judge panel and go directly to the entire 15-judge court. That could shave months, maybe as much as a year, off the appeals process. Schuette says the question needs to settled regardless of who wins in the end. 

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Michigan News
8:21 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Schauer Announces Running Mate

Mark Schauer announced Lisa Brown as his running mate Thursday Morning at Oakland Community College in Southfield.
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Lisa Brown announced as Schauer's running mate in governor's race

Mark Schauer has made it official. He has chosen Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown to be his running mate in this year's race for governor.

Schauer, a former congressman from Battle Creek, is the likely Democratic challenger to Governor Rick Snyder in November.

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Michigan News
8:06 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Michigan Reponds To Corps Of Engineers Carp Proposal

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Michigan replies to Army corps invasive species report

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed the state's response to the US Army Corps of Engineers invasive species report. Schuette says his biggest complaint is the report fails to outline an aggressive plan to stop Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

The report came out in January, and it outlines possibilities without making specific recommendations on what should happen next.

That was a disappointment, says Joy Yearout, Schuette's communications director.

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Michigan News
8:02 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Michigan's Expanded Medicaid Program Now Enrolling

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Michigan's expanded Medicaid program starts today
By Jake Neher

Michigan's Medicaid expansion is officially up and running. That means hundreds of thousands of low-income Michiganders are now eligible for government-sponsored health care.

People making 133% of the federal poverty level or less are now eligible for the program, which is part of the federal Affordable Care Act. That's about $15,000 dollars or less a year for an individual and about $32,000 or less for a family of four.

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Michigan News
7:59 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Out-Of-State Residents May Circulate Petitions In Michigan

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Judge dismisses lawsuit against Michigan petition circulator law
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A bill to let out-of-state residents gather petitions signatures is awaiting Governor Rick Snyder's signature. Because of the bill, a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the state.

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Michigan News
3:53 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Michigan Children Well Below National Average

Race For Results shows black children in Michigan are well below average as indexed for well-being
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       LANSING - A report by a private foundation finds the well-being of Michigan's white children slightly below the national average while black children significantly lag the nation.

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Michigan News
9:47 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Michigan Road Fixes May Be Coming Soon

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A top Republican in the state Senate thinks a long-term fix for Michigan’s roads could be coming sooner than expected. Jake Neher reports.
    A top Republican in the state Senate thinks a long-term fix for Michigan’s roads could be coming sooner than expected. 
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Michigan News
8:52 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Labor Courses could cost MSU

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MSU could lose $500k for offering labor courses

Michigan State University could risk losing half-a-million dollars if it does not stop offering courses that allegedly promote unionization.

A state Senate panel approved a measure Thursday banning courses at public universities that promote or discourage organizing efforts. It's a reaction to MSU's recent decision to take over some programs from the National Labor College.

Republicans say those courses violate the proposed rule.

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Michigan News
8:48 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Congressional Democrats Seek Federal Acknowledgement of Same-Sex Marriages

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Congressional Democrats ask Holder to recognize MI gay marriages
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Some congressional Democrats are putting pressure on Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend. They sent a letter today asking US Attorney General Eric Holder to grant federal recognition of the marriages.

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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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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
7:30 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Governor Snyder Supports Treating E-Cigarettes Like Tobacco

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Snyder: Treat e-cigarettes like tobacco

Governor Rick Snyder says he wants electronic cigarettes to be regulated in Michigan as tobacco products. E-cigarettes deliver a dose of nicotine to users in a mist. There is a bill in the Legislature to ban e-cigarette sales to minors, but would not tax them like cigarettes or subject them to other tobacco-related regulations.

The governor says it makes more sense to simply treat them as a tobacco product.

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WEMU News
7:49 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Road Conditions Won't Improve Soon, warns County Road Commission

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The Washtenaw County Road Commission is warning that area roads will continue to be in rough shape for a while, as long as the weather continues to freeze and thaw.

Jim Harmon is the road commission's Director of Operations.

"We're experiencing rough road conditions s county-wide at this time," Harmon said, "both on our paved roads and un-paved roads, and our crews are working each day to try and patch and hold these roads together until things completely thaw out and stabalize."

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Michigan News
7:41 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Medical Marijuana Approved for PTSD in Michigan

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PTSD patients now able to get medical marijuana card in Michigan
By Jake Neher

Michiganders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can now get a card to use medical marijuana.

The state's Director of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Steve Arwood, gave final approval to add PTSD to the state's medical marijuana program about a week after it was recommended by a state review panel.

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Michigan News
7:35 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Michigan Lawmakers Discuss Scrap Metal Theft

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Lawmakers revive talks over scrap metal theft
By Jake Neher

There's a new push in Lansing to pass legislation meant to fight scrap metal theft in Michigan. Votes in the House and Senate could come as soon as this week.

Supporters of House Bills 4593 and 4595 say the state must require there to be a paper trail whenever someone sells commonly-stolen items to a scrap yard.
    
State Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, says there has been disagreement over how best to do that. But she says she is confident lawmakers will reach a deal soon.

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Michigan News
6:04 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Michigan DEQ awards scrap tire cleanup grants

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  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is awarding $357,450 in grants for scrap tire cleanup projects.

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Michigan News
7:43 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Abortion Coverage Not an Option for those Buying their Own Insurance

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Michiganders buying insurance on their own cannot get abortion coverage

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Michigan News
8:18 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Wolve Protection Ballot Signatures Submitted

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Wolf hunt referendum petitions filed
By Rick Pluta

The campaign to repeal Michigan's new wolf hunting law filed petitions Thursday to put their challenge on the November ballot.

The Keep Michigan Wolves Protected Campaign says it has 225,000 signatures. That's well over the 161,305 needed to qualify for the November ballot.

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Michigan News
8:14 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Bill to Lift Cap on Microbreweries on Governor's Desk

State could soon pop the cap off microbreweries - or at least lift it By Jake Neher  Michigan craft breweries are cheering the state Legislature for passing bills to ease some state regulations.  The state House sent the bill package to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk Thursday. One bill would double the amount of beer Michigan microbreweries can produce every year. "We know that immediately this is going to result in some businesses being expanded and some additional employees being hired," said state Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mt.

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