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3:52 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Conyers Asks Secretary Of State To Put Him On Ballot

Congressman John Conyers is asking Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to put his name on the August Democratic primary ballot.

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5:23 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Michigan’s Economy Improves, But At a Slower Pace

The long, harsh winter slowed the state’s economic recovery.

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5:15 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

State Senate Votes To Raise Michigan’s Minimum Wage To $9.20 An Hour

The state Senate has voted to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $9.20 an hour by 2017.

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5:23 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Minimum Wage Supporters Call Richardville Bill “Dirty Trick”

The petition campaign to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour says it won’t be thwarted by a Republican attempt to derail it.

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5:13 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Detroit Committee Opens Legislative Hearings On Bailout

A state House committee is trying to decide if taxpayer dollars should be part of the solution to get Detroit out of bankruptcy.

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4:41 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

State Senate Leader Plans To Up The Ante On Road Funding In Coming Weeks

The debate over fixing Michigan’s crumbling roads moves to the state Senate this week.

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11:16 am
Tue May 13, 2014

LSJ reporter updates shooting details

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Authorities have charged a man who is suspected in the shooting deaths of two people yesterday: one in Lansing Township and the other in East Lansing. Only about 15 minutes separated the attacks. The first took the life of a 35-year old man who worked at a Rite Aid pharmacy on East Saginaw Street near Frandor. The second killed another man at a nearby duplex on Coolidge Road in East Lansing.

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4:44 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

State Lawmakers Look To Expand Natural Gas In Rural Communities

New legislation in Lansing would make it easier for utilities to expand access to natural gas in rural Michigan.

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5:46 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Detroit Plan Would Put City’s Finances Under Board Supervision

Detroit’s finances would be under the scrutiny of an appointed board for as long as 20 years after the city’s bankruptcy under a plan unveiled Thursday.

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5:13 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

House Panel OKs First Parts Of Road Funding Plan

A pair of state House panels Wednesday voted on the first elements of a plan to raise more money for fixing roads.

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4:53 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Statewide Teacher Evaluations Move Forward In State Legislature

Legislation that would create a statewide teacher evaluation system has cleared its first hurdle in the Michigan Legislature.

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3:35 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Second Wolf Hunt Referendum Approved For November Ballot

A state elections panel has approved a second referendum on wolf hunting in Michigan for the November ballot.

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4:24 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Have Lawmakers Waited Too Long To Approve New Standardized Test?

Some state lawmakers say the Legislature needs to approve a new standardized test to replace the MEAP – and fast.

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3:37 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Despite Calls From Businesses, GOP Leaders Still Lukewarm On LGBT Protections

Some major Michigan businesses are urging lawmakers to add protections for LGBT residents to the state’s civil rights law.

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5:11 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Snyder Would Like Committee To Oversee Detroit Finances Post-Bankruptcy

Governor Rick Snyder says he thinks there’s progress in negotiations with the Legislature to put $350 million of state money toward Detroit’s bankruptcy settlement.

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5:10 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Minimum Wage And Equal Pay Advocates Join Forces At State Capitol

Danielle Atkinson of the Raise Michigan Coalition, and founder of Mothering Justice, speaking with Democratic lawmakers Tuesday at an equal pay rally in the state Capitol.
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Women’s rights advocates say boosting the state’s minimum wage would be a big step toward equal pay in the workplace.

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3:58 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Detroit Emergency Manager Tries To Sell Bailout To Lawmakers

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is spending a couple of days in Lansing for closed-door meetings with state officials.

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4:40 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Bill Would Define E-Cigarettes As Tobacco Products In Michigan

Efforts to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of minors continue this week in Lansing.

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5:10 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Lawmakers Could Set Limit On Number Of Inmates In Michigan Prisons

One Michigan legislator wants to put a limit on the number of inmates in state-run prisons.

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5:25 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Snyder: Immigration Shakeup Include Ag Workers

Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan needs to do more to attract seasonal migrant laborers to work on farms this spring and summer.

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4:13 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

State GOP Senator Offers Minimum Wage Hike Alternative

A Republican in the state Senate wants to boost Michigan’s minimum wage to $8.15 an hour.

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4:54 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Governor Snyder And Senate Leader Not Embracing Bolger’s Union Demands

State House Speaker Jase Bolger is the only Republican leader in Lansing demanding that unions contribute to Detroit’s bankruptcy settlement.

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4:16 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

EAA Debate Heats Up In Lansing, Final Vote Possible This Week

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville hopes to hold a final vote this week on a bill to expand the state’s Education Achievement Authority.

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2:44 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

SCOTUS Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action amendment

The US Supreme Court has upheld Michigan’s ban on race- and gender-conscious admissions policies at public universities.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta reports.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette defended the amendment, approved by voters in 2006, that outlawed race- and gender-based affirmative action. He praised the Supreme Court decision as on target.

 “Michigan voters exercised their privilege to enact laws as a basic exercise of their democratic power,” he says.

Mark Fancher is an ACLU attorney who argued against the amendment.

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5:17 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Bolger: Unions Will Have To Put Up Cash To Help Settle Detroit Bankruptcy

The state House Republican leader says he expects unions to put up cash from their bank accounts as part of Detroit’s bankruptcy settlement.

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5:09 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Murderer Of State Trooper Commits Suicide

An inmate convicted of murdering a Michigan State trooper has committed suicide.

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4:54 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Legislature Begins Debate Over $500 Million Road Funding Plan

State House Speaker Jase Bolger says it’s time for lawmakers to do something about Michigan’s crumbling roads – even if it’s not a full solution.

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4:17 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Schauer Calls Education His “Top Priority” In Schools Plan

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and running mate Lisa Brown announced their education plan Wednesday in Lansing.
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The Democrat likely to challenge Governor Rick Snyder in November says improving public schools would be his top priority in office.

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4:13 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Michigan Jobless Rate Drops To 7.5%

Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped slightly last month to 7.5%.

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5:10 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Local Governments: Tax Day Study Shows State Not Paying Fair Share

Local officials want the state to share more of the revenue it takes in.

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