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3:22 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Bills Spark Debate Over Paid Sick Time In Michigan

Some Republican Michigan lawmakers are seeking to ban local governments from putting in place paid sick leave mandates.

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3:20 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Oil Spill Leaves Sheen On Grand River In Lansing

Crews are working to contain about 300 to 500 gallons of hydraulic fluid that spilled into the Grand River in Lansing.

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4:42 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Youth Sports Concussion Law Takes Effect

Student athletes who show signs of a concussion must be removed from games immediately under a law that takes effect Monday.

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4:37 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

State Starts Autism Treatment Medicaid Coverage

Young children in Michigan with autism spectrum disorders are now able to receive treatment coverage through Medicaid.

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4:24 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

2 Michigan Residents Ill From E. Coli, Food Recalled

Two people in Michigan have become sick from an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to frozen snack foods marketed to children.

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9:19 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Bill Would Ban Minors From Tanning Beds

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As spring arrives, many teens in Michigan are hitting tanning salons.  State Representative Jim Townsend wants that to stop.

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3:20 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Michigan Gay Rights Activists Get Victory In An Unlikely Place

A new state law to fund harbor dredging is giving gay rights activists an unusual reason to celebrate.

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5:44 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Police focusing on education, not enforcement, with teen driver cell phone ban The state’s new cell

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The state’s new cell phone ban for drivers under the age of 17 takes effect Thursday.

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4:54 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Michigan Is Officially A Right-To-Work State

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Michigan is officially a right-to-work state.

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4:38 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

GOP Group: Agema Should Resign For Facebook Post

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Twenty-one Michigan Republicans are calling on a state Republican national committeeman to resign after he posted part of an article critical of gay people on his Facebook page.

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4:27 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Governor Snyder: Great Lakes Meeting Is Overdue

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Governor Rick Snyder says a meeting of Great Lakes governors and premiers planned for later this year is "way overdue."

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4:24 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Report: 745,000 In Michigan Could Get Health Subsidy

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A health care advocacy group says about 745,000 Michigan adults and children would become eligible for the federal government's help to pay for health insurance beginning next year.

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4:14 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Group Protests Inside Detroit City Hall Lobby

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A building official says a crowd of people who held a protest in the Detroit City Hall lobby temporarily disrupted services.

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5:40 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Michigan Becomes Nation’s 23rd Right-To-Work State

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Michigan officially becomes a right-to-work state Thursday.

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4:43 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Governor Snyder Approves Funding For Emergency Harbor Dredging

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Close to 60 Michigan harbors should be dredged in time for the summer boating season.

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3:41 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Schuette Asks For Grand Jury To Investigate Steroid Illnesses, Deaths

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has called for a grand jury investigation into an outbreak of meningitis and other illnesses caused by tainted steroids.

As we hear from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta, the contaminated medicine has been linked to 259 cases of illness and 14 deaths in the state.

The attorney general filed his request with the Michigan Court of Appeals. If the court says yes, a judge and up to 17 grand jurors would conduct the inquiry into whether any crimes were committed. The proceedings would be secret.

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4:43 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

SCOTUS To Review Michigan Affirmative Action Ban

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The U-S Supreme Court will once again take up a case that deals with affirmative action and how students are admitted to Michigan’s public universities.

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3:36 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Flint Council Expected To Ask Governor Snyder To Remove EM

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The Flint City Council plans to vote Monday to take the first step toward phasing out the city’s emergency manager.

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5:16 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Governor Snyder Praises Michigan House For Passing EAA Bill

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Governor Rick Snyder is applauding the Michigan House for approving legislation that would expand a state-run authority for struggling schools.

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3:38 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Michigan Secretary Of State Supports Election Change

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Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says she supports changing the state's current winner-take-all system in presidential elections.

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2:55 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

6 Michigan Dam Projects Get Share Of $2.3M

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The state says six Michigan dam removal or repair projects are getting a share of more than $2.3 million in funding.

The Department of Natural Resources on Friday announced it has approved six Dam Management Grant Program projects.

The program was started last year to support Governor Rick Snyder's infrastructure efforts.

Funding will support the second phase of the Boardman River dam removal project in Grand Traverse County; the Kalamazoo River and Otsego Township dam repair project; as well as the Ionia Conservation District's Lyons dam removal project.

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2:50 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Jobless Rates Rise In All Michigan Labor Markets

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Michigan says the state's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate rose statewide and is up in all 17 major job markets, mainly because of the usual winter downturn.

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5:51 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Michigan Will Join Federal Healthcare Exchange

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The Michigan Senate began its two-week spring break Thursday without voting on whether to accept federal funds to develop a jointly run Internet site for people to shop for insurance.

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5:41 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Senate Panel Adopts “Conscientious Objector” Measure

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A state Senate committee has approved legislation that would allow health care providers and insurance companies to deny patients contraception and other medical services if they have a moral objection.

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4:42 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Emergency Harbor Dredging Funds Head To Governor Snyder’s Desk

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State lawmakers have answered Governor Rick Snyder’s call to fund emergency harbor dredging.

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3:36 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Michigan Senate Rejects Partnering On Health Exchange

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The federal government will fully control an online marketplace where Michigan residents can buy health insurance required under the federal health care law.

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3:34 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Michigan Bills Bar Minors From Using Tanning Salons

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Michigan doctors and cancer survivors are calling on the Legislature to prohibit minors from using tanning salons.

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3:50 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Snyder Still Confident Legislature Will Accept Medicaid Expansion

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A state House budget committee has rejected an expansion of Medicaid in Michigan.

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3:29 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Army Corps Commits $5.2M For Great Lakes Repairs

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A top official of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says her agency will spend $5.2 million in Hurricane Sandy relief funds to repair 10 Great Lakes harbors.

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3:26 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Monitor turns in report on Michigan child welfare DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge says Michigan is

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A federal judge says Michigan is making progress but it would be "foolish" not to recognize that more needs to be done to improve foster care and child protection.

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