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The IRS is asking a wounded veteran from Michigan to pay $62,000 in income taxes on the federal government's cancellation of his student loans.

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Local governments are winners after the Michigan Supreme Court turned down an appeal in a major dispute over how to value big-box stores for tax purposes.

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It isn’t unusual to see new faces on local television, but the incoming morning news anchor on WLNS-TV is getting some attention before she even arrives in Lansing.


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Fifty years before the Bill of Rights, a German immigrant had his day in court. 

 In 1735, newspaper publisher John Peter Zenger was accused of writing unfavorably about the New York colonial government.  Zenger won his case, because his reporting – though politically unpopular – was true. 

The Zenger case laid the groundwork for the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of the press.

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Billboards are being used to encourage tips from the public after Vienna Township authorities say a rock thrown from a highway overpass smashed a car's windshield and killed a 32-year-old man Wednesday night. 

The 2017 Michigan State University homecoming parade will shutdown streets starting at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Parade route: The parade begins at the Hannah Community Center and travels south on Abbot Road to Grand River Avenue and into campus at the Collingwood Drive entrance, concluding at the corner of Farm and Shaw Lanes.

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For nearly 8-million people on YouTube, Tyler Oakley's radiating personality is must-see TV. Ten years after posting his first video while living in a Michigan State University residence hall, Oakley will lead the 2017 homecoming parade as grand marshal.


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The Motor City's pitch for Amazon's second headquarters has been delivered.

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Helen J. DeVos, a philanthropist from western Michigan known for her support of children's health, Christian education and the arts, has died at age 90, her family said Thursday.

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers has come up with plans to overhaul the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, they hope to stop a string of problems that led to thousands of people being wrongly accused of fraud.


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“I used to think that we were having an argument about climate change and if we just wrote more books, eventually our leaders would be persuaded. But that’s not true; the argument ended a long time ago,” renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben told me on Greening of the Great Lakes. “Science is very clear about what’s going on.”


“Sparty is the mascot for the entire university,” says Clint Stevens, director of the Michigan State University Alumni Association’s Sparty Mascot Program. “A lot of mascots are born out of athletic departments. Sparty was born in the alumni association.

“We’re not an athletics-only mascot. We represent MSU across the state and nation.”


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“I was a poor boy from Alabama coming to a great institution – Michigan State University – and we fell in love. It was magnetic, and I just couldn’t leave here,” Clarence Underwood tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. Underwood is a member of the 2017 class entering MSU’s Athletics Hall of Fame.


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On most days from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mary Grimes can be found pacing along a crowded street in Orlando, Fla., with clipboards in both hands.

"Can I have five minutes of your time?" the 58-year-old says to a parade of passers-by. Those who are in a rush, she quickly wishes well; the others, Grimes directs to a blue and yellow form, reciting her spiel and soliciting a signature from each.

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Spain's prime minister says he'll fire the government officials of Catalonia and hold new elections there within six months. Spain's Senate will have to approve that plan next week.

The wildfires in Northern California cut across a wide swath of the state — including dozens of school districts, hundreds of schools and hundreds of thousands of students. At one point, classes were canceled for 260,000 students in 600 schools.

And while schools are slowly coming back on line, there remain many that may not resume classes for days or even weeks.

A congressional candidate in Florida drew a little ridicule this week.

Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, one of the Republicans in the crowded field in Florida's 27th Congressional District, said in 2009 that she was taken aboard a spaceship when she was 7 years old.

She does not mean at Disney World.

"I went in," she says in a 2009 Spanish language interview that appeared on YouTube this week. "There were some round seats that were there, and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship, not like airplanes.

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