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5:16 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Tea Party: GOP Lawmakers Who Vote For Medicaid Bill Should Expect Primary Battles

Tea Party activists are threatening to put up primary challengers against Republican lawmakers who vote to expand Medicaid in Michigan.

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5:26 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Snyder Wants To Eliminate Early Childhood Program Backlog In Next Budget

Governor Rick Snyder signed the new state budget Thursday.

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3:10 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Schuette: State Law Protects Detroit Institute of Arts Assets From Bankruptcy Sale

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has released a legal opinion that says the collection held by the Detroit Institute of Arts cannot be sold if the city goes into bankruptcy.

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5:40 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

State Lawmakers A Step Closer To Approving Medicaid Expansion, Overhaul

State lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to expand Medicaid in Michigan after months of debate.

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5:54 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Controversial 4-Year Limit Dropped From Medicaid Expansion Bill

State lawmakers have dropped a proposal to limit able-bodied adults to four years on Medicaid.

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5:12 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Detroit Institute of Arts Protection Bill Passes State Senate

The Michigan Senate has narrowly approved a bill that seeks to shield the paintings, sculptures, and other assets of the Detroit Institute of Arts from being sold if the city goes bankrupt.

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4:13 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Snyder Wants “Urban Pioneer” Immigration Visa

Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes a federal immigration overhaul will include more resident visas for people willing to settle in Detroit, Flint, and other cities that have lost population.

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3:24 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

High Gas Prices Threaten Road Funding Talks In Lansing

Some state lawmakers say there could be movement this week on a plan to boost funding for Michigan roads.

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6:03 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

MI House Approves Changes To High School Graduation Requirements

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Bills to change graduation requirements for Michigan’s high school students have cleared the state House.

Critics of the Michigan Merit Curriculum say it doesn’t offer students enough flexibility.

The bills would loosen math, foreign language, and physical education requirements. Supporters say they would also make it easier for students to design graduation plans tailored to their individual goals.

Bill sponsor Ed McBroom says the changes would promote careers in high-demand skilled trades.

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5:12 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Michigan Senate Approves Ban On Local Governments Setting Minimum Sick Leave

Some state lawmakers want to ban local governments from adopting new protections for sick workers.

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4:43 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

4 Million Dollars Will Help Wayne County Deal With Backlog In Testing Rape Kits

Credit Rick Pluta MPRN

A four million dollar donation from the state could help cut in half a backlog of untested rape kits in Detroit.

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4:56 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Michigan Senate To Vote On Bill To Protect DIA If Detroit Goes Bankrupt

An effort to shield the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts from the auction block should the city go bankrupt is scheduled for a vote Wednesday in the state Senate.

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4:37 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Legislature Finishes Work On Budget, Medicaid Expansion And Common Core On Hold

A budget for next fiscal year is awaiting Governor Rick Snyder’s signature.

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4:38 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

American Indian Tribes To Challenge Michigan Wolf Hunt

Five Michigan Indian tribes have decided to challenge the state’s decision to hold a wolf hunt in the western UP this coming fall.

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3:10 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Snyder Calls In Federal Help For Medicaid Talks

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s going to re-double efforts to get the Legislature to agree to expand Michigan’s Medicaid program.

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3:04 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Snyder Says Expanding Medicaid This Summer Is A Top Priority

Governor Rick Snyder says he wants lawmakers to reach an agreement in the coming weeks on a plan to overhaul and expand Medicaid.

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5:26 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Low-Performing School Authority Hits Halfway Mark In Fundraising

Governor Rick Snyder says the 15 Detroit schools being run by the state Educational Achievement Authority are already showing signs of improvement.

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5:07 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Rhee Applauds School Reform Efforts In Michigan, Advocates School Vouchers

A controversial figure in the national school reform debate is applauding recent efforts to transform public education in Michigan.

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5:12 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Jeb Bush: Stick With Common Core School Standards

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush says Michigan should pursue more charter schools and online learning as part of the state’s efforts to improve education.

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3:26 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Education Budget Clears State Legislature And Goes To Governor Snyder’s Desk

The state Senate has approved an education budget that would boost public school funding by about three percent.

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5:17 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Schauer Filing Sets Up 2014 Michigan Governor Race

The field seems cleared for two sons of Battle Creek to face each other in the 2014 race for Michigan governor.

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3:35 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

State Department Of Education Budget Stalls Due To Common Core Battle

Debate over whether to drop a set of national school standards has stalled a bill to fund the Michigan Department of Education.

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5:43 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Review Team Finds Hamtramck In A Fiscal Emergency

A state-appointed team has found Hamtramck is facing a fiscal crisis.

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5:14 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

State Lawmakers Look To Tackle Medical Pot Dispensary Issues

A state House panel is looking at ways to address medical marijuana distribution in Michigan.

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4:14 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Michigan Supreme Court Limits Expenses For Crash Victims

The Michigan Supreme Court has placed new limits on the expenses that can be claimed by people who are injured in auto accidents.

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5:38 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Wolf Hunt Law Headed For 2014 Ballot

Voters will decide the fate of a state law that allows wildlife officials to set wolf hunting seasons in the Upper Peninsula.

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5:25 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Drive To Ban Abortion Coverage In Insurance Policies Will Go Ahead

Abortion foes in Michigan have been given the go-ahead to launch a petition drive.

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5:12 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Performance Pay For Teachers Moves Forward In State House

A state House panel has approved a plan to tie teachers’ pay to student performance.

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4:43 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Changes Could Be Coming To Michigan’s Fireworks Law

Lawmakers in Lansing are considering some changes to the Michigan’s controversial new fireworks law.

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5:43 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Debate Over Medicaid Expansion, Reform Continues In Lansing

Governor Rick Snyder’s administration says it’s “very skeptical” the federal government will let Michigan put a time limit on Medicaid.

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