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5:13 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Effort Underway To Regulate E-cigarettes

There is an effort afoot in Lansing to regulate smokeless electronic cigarettes – and ban their sale to minors.

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4:28 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Snyder Seeks Overhaul Of Foster Care And How State Pays For It

Michigan Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan helps announce the proposal Thursday in Royal Oak.
Credit mprn Jake Neher

Governor Rick Snyder says the state could do a better job protecting foster children if it changed the way it paid for the service.

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3:54 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Number Of Michigan Deficit Districts Shrinks

The list of Michigan school districts that have budget deficits is shrinking and the list of districts that are getting in the black is growing.

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5:15 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Snyder Hopes Potholes Will Compel Action On Road Funds

Governor Rick Snyder hopes Michigan’s worsening roads will convince reluctant lawmakers it’s time to spend a lot more money on roads and bridges.

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5:11 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Medicaid Shortfall Could Lead To Fight In Lansing

A battle is brewing in Lansing over a shortfall in Michigan’s Medicaid program.

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4:25 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Michigan Gay Marriage Trial Begins

Michigan’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is now on trial before a federal judge.

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3:19 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Bills Would Make Sure Local Government Budgets Don’t Get Slashed With Tax Repeal

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is championing the legislation as a ‘win-win’ for communities.
Credit mprn Jake Neher

New legislation in Lansing would make sure local governments don’t take a big hit if voters decide to repeal a tax on business equipment.

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5:11 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Pastors Rally In Opposition To Gay Marriage Ahead Of Federal Court Case In Detroit

A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday over whether Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional.

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5:36 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

State Lawmakers Look To Patch Medicaid Shortfall, Say Long-Term Solution Critical

There’s a shortfall of more than $100 million in Michigan’s Medicaid program.

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5:10 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Milliken Joins Effort To Win Parole Hearings For Juvenile Lifers

Former Michigan Governor William Milliken says more than 350 prison inmates sentenced to life without parole as juveniles deserve a chance at freedom.

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4:42 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

$100 Million For Emergency Road Repairs And Plowing Clears State Senate

Roads being ripped apart by brutal winter weather could soon get some help.

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5:41 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Minimum Wage Campaign Begins Collecting Names

The campaign to raise Michigan’s minimum wage will begin collecting signatures.

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5:10 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

State Ends Contract With The Education Achievement Authority

The state is ending its exclusive contract with a controversial authority meant to turn around some of the state’s lowest-performing schools.

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5:15 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Lawmakers Express Concern On Cost, Time Of Invasive Species Fix

State lawmakers say they’re concerned about the time and expense of plans to keep the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

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4:40 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Lawmakers To Probe Army Corps Of Engineers Report On Invasive Species Tuesday

State lawmakers want to know whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is inflating the cost and time it would take to keep invasive species out of the Great Lakes.

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4:12 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Minimum Wage Campaign Sets Its Sights At $10.10

The campaign to increase Michigan’s minimum wage has upped its goal to $10.10 an hour in four years.

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4:10 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

“Right To Work” Bill For Lawyers Delayed While Court Reviews State Bar Membership

A bill in Lansing that would let attorneys opt out of membership in the State Bar of Michigan is on hold.

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5:10 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Snyder Budget Aide Leaves For Academia

Governor Rick Snyder’s budget chief is leaving the administration to take a job with the University of Utah.

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4:12 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Michigan Corrections Director: Ionia Prison Escape “Had Nothing To Do With” Budget Cuts

Michigan Department of Corrections Director Dan Heyns testifies in front of a state Senate budget panel Thursday on a recent prisoner escape in Ionia.
Credit Jake Neher MPRN

The head of the state’s prison system blames a murderer’s recent escape from an Ionia prison largely on human error.

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4:46 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Backyard Farmers Blast Proposal To Exclude Them From “Right To Farm” Law

A state board is getting set to decide whether to strip protections from Michiganders who raise chickens and other livestock in residential areas.

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3:38 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Report Says Parole Systems Costs Taxpayers Millions

A new report says Michigan’s parole system is too stingy when it comes to releasing prisoners with sentences of up to life in prison.

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4:55 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Michigan Agriculture Commission Closer To Decision On Backyard Livestock

A state agriculture commission holds its final hearing Wednesday on a controversial new rule.

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4:13 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

State Board Of Education Trying To Make School Funding A Central Election Issue

The State Board of Education has kicked off a series of discussions meant to critique the way the state pays for public schools.

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4:21 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Democrats Say State Attorney General Not Fit To Investigate Prisoner Escape

Democrats in the state House say it’s inappropriate for Michigan’s attorney general to conduct an investigation into a recent prison escape in Ionia.

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4:44 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

The President Signs Farm Bill At Michigan State University

President Barack Obama paid a visit to Michigan State University Friday to sign the new federal farm bill. We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.

About 500 people packed a campus hall to witness the occasion.

The event capped years of negotiations and some tough compromises with Congress on the complex legislation. President Obama said he’s always glad to return to Michigan to cheer the auto industry recovery. Now, he says, it’s time to do the same for agriculture and rural America.

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5:12 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Michigan Supreme Court Rejects Local Ordinance That Bans Medical Marijuana

The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled the state’s medical marijuana law preempts a local zoning ordinance that tries to keep marijuana from being used or grown within city limits.

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4:14 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Lawmakers Kick Off Budget Debate, Consider Student Loan Tax Credit

State lawmakers have kicked off debate over the state budget.

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4:41 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

School Officials, Local Governments, And Democrats Say Budget Proposal A Mixed Bag

Governor Rick Snyder’s calls to increase state funding for public education and local governments are being met with mixed reactions from Democrats in Lansing.

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3:21 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Snyder Spending Plan Proposes More Money For Schools, Universities And Local Governments

Michigan Budget Director John Nixon, Governor Rick Snyder and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley delivered the administration’s 2014-15 spending proposal to state House and Senate budget committees. The plan calls for more money for schools, universities and local governments – and a new property tax break for homeowners.
Credit Rick Pluta MPRN

Governor Rick Snyder’s budget proposal calls for more money for schools, universities, and local governments.

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5:39 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

State House Passes Bill Leaving It Up To courts To Give “Juvenile Lifers” Shot At Parole

Advocates for so-called “juvenile lifers” are blasting legislation approved Tuesday by the state House.

As The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports, it would deny those inmates a chance at parole.

That’s unless the Michigan Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court rule otherwise.

The bill would bring Michigan law into compliance with a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. It said automatic life sentences without parole for minors are unconstitutional. But it didn’t say whether the ruling applied to people already serving those sentences.

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