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3:22 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Year-Round Schools Get More Money, But Future Of Program In Question

As most Michigan students enjoy their summer vacations, some schools are using new state funding to add air conditioning and other things so they can teach year-round.

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5:42 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Appeals Court Says No Drilling In Pigeon River Forest

The Michigan Court of Appeals says state regulators were correct to deny a drilling permit to developers who want to put oil wells on private land surrounded by a state forest.

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5:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Superintendents Blast Education Budget

Michigan schools begin their new budget year Tuesday.

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4:55 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Snyder: Prison Food Contract Troubles Are “Unacceptable”

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s about ready to call it quits on a privatized prison food services contract if there are more problems.

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4:43 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Background Checks Coming For Home-Aid Workers, State Can’t Exclude All Felons

Michigan cannot ban all felons from being caregivers in the state’s Medicaid in-home care program.

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5:24 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Michigan Welcomes Office To Help Skilled Immigrants Get Jobs

There’s a new office in Michigan dedicated to helping highly skilled immigrants find jobs.

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4:24 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Snyder Signs Detroit Rescue Package, Stresses City’s Recovery

Governor Rick Snyder has signed the legislation that authorizes the state’s $195 million contribution to the Detroit bankruptcy settlement.

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5:37 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Snyder Skeptical Of E-Cigarette Bill

Governor Rick Snyder has got concerns about legislation headed his way to regulate nicotine vapor devices – or e-cigarettes.

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5:16 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Lawmakers Decide Against Docking MSU $500k For Labor Courses

State lawmakers have backed down from penalizing Michigan State University over controversial courses about organized labor.

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5:10 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Michigan Supreme Court Takes Two More Medical Marijuana Cases

The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear two more medical marijuana cases.

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5:10 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Snyder: Restoring MEAP Test Not His Preference

Governor Rick Snyder says he won’t give up on switching Michigan to a new student test that’s aligned with the controversial “Common Core” education standards.

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5:24 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

‘Right To Work’ Part Of Discussions On Roads Package

Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats at the state Capitol over road funding may have resurrected the controversy over Michigan’s right-to-work law.

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4:40 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Michigan Film Incentives To Stay At $50 million, Senate Leader Wants More

State lawmakers are getting close to passing a state budget this week.

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4:53 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Gov. Snyder Eyes Road Funding Deal This Week

Governor Rick Snyder wants a road funding solution on his desk by the end of this week.

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4:45 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Reform Group Calls For End To ‘Adult-Time-For-Adult-Crime’

A new report by the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency is calling for an end to the state’s policy of automatically charging 17-year-olds as adults, and sending them to prison – even for non-violent offenses.

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5:13 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Michigan Makes Strides In Calculating Dropout, Graduation Rates

Michigan’s auditor general says the state is doing a better job calculating high school graduation and drop-out rates.

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5:12 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Schuette Turns Up The Heat On Energy Company With Criminal Charges

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says an energy company cheated northern Michigan landowners out of oil and gas lease payments as part of a scheme to shut out its competitors.

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3:40 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Michigan Schools’ Finances “Stabilizing,” Says State Superintendent

The number of school districts with budget deficits has dropped over the course of this school year.

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4:55 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Michigan Supreme Court Strikes Down “One Parent” Doctrine

A Jackson County man will get a hearing on whether he gets to keep his kids after a ruling Tuesday by the Michigan Supreme Court.

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3:53 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

MI Supreme Court Says Governor Cannot Un-Commute Life Sentence

The Michigan Supreme Court says a governor cannot reverse an official decision to commute a prison sentence.

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5:37 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

DEQ Chief Wants Flexibility To Deal With EPA Carbon Standard

Governor Rick Snyder’s administration says it will ask for a lot of flexibility to meet new federal clean air goals. The federal government wants to cut carbon emissions by 30% over 15 years.

We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.

Dan Wyant is the director of the state Department of Environmental Quality. He says the goal attainable if the federal government lets Michigan figure out how it’s going to get there.

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4:41 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Snyder Defends “Pension Tax” In Special Message On Aging

Governor Rick Snyder is firing back against critics of his so-called “pension tax”.

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12:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Raphael reviews "Impossible Exile"

WKAR's book reviewer Lev Raphael has a look this month at "The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World," by George Prochnik.

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5:12 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Land, Peters Disagree In First Appearance

The Republican and Democratic candidates for Michigan’s open US Senate seat pitched themselves to business people at a conference on Mackinac Island Wednesday.

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4:36 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Campaign To Raise Minimum Wage To $10.10 Per Hour Turns In Petition Signatures

Members of the Raise Michigan Coalition say they gathered more than 300,000 petition signatures. The group submitted those signatures to the Michigan Secretary of State’s office Wednesday.
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Activists have turned in petition signatures to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

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2:18 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Hunters’ Group Files Petitions For New Hunting Law

The controversy over wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula is headed back to the Legislature.

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5:17 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy Clears First Big Hurdle

The $195 million dollar state contribution to the Detroit bankruptcy settlement cleared its first major hurdle Thursday as the state House approved the payment by a wide margin.

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5:21 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Committee Vote On Detroit Bailout Expected

A state House committee is expected to take up legislation tomorrow Wednesday to provide $195 million as the state’s part in the Detroit bankruptcy settlement.

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5:15 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Bill Boosting Minimum Wage To $9.20 An Hour To Get Hearing In State House

A bill that would boost Michigan’s minimum wage to $9.20 an hour will get a hearing Wednesday in the state House.

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5:18 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

State Senate could Triple road funding increase passed by House

Republican leaders in the Michigan Senate have a plan to boost state road funding by up to $1.4 billion a year.

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