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3:42 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

State Official Declares Smoking Patios At Bars And Restaurants Legal

Michigan smokers could once again have a place to light up at some bars and restaurants under a decision out of Lansing Monday.

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12:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Raphael Reviews "Detroit City Is The Place To Be"

Lev Raphael.
Credit Joan Young

WKAR's book reviewer Lev Raphael has been reading a non-fiction book about Detroit that actually focuses on what’s positive about the city.  He spoke with Melissa Benmark.

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4:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Court Of Appeals Rules Right To Work Law Applies To State Workers

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled the state’s right-to-work law applies to state workers.

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5:12 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Senate Leaders: Sales Tax Increase For Roads “Very Unlikely” To Be On November Ballot

A plan to improve Michigan’s roads and infrastructure will probably not be on the November ballot.

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3:40 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Court Says Decision To Force State Workers To Pay Into Pensions Was Unconstitutional

A three-judge panel says Michigan lawmakers do not have the authority to require state employees to contribute toward their pensions.

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4:54 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

State Lawmakers Look To Get Common Core Discussions Back On Track

A state House panel will hold its third hearing Wednesday on a set of nation-wide school standards.

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3:47 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Federal Judge Says Juvenile Lifers To Get Resentencing Hearings

A federal judge says 363 inmates in Michigan prisons sentenced to life without parole as juveniles will get new sentencing hearings.

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3:52 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Grand Juror Clears Bolger, Schmidt Of Crimes In Election Scandal

There will be no criminal charges in the election-rigging scandal that embarrassed state House Speaker Jase Bolger and cost another lawmaker his job.

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3:50 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Appeals Court Says Michigan Legislature Ignores State Constitution

A federal appeals court says the Michigan Legislature appears to ignore the state constitution in how it handles procedural issues on controversial legislation – including the emergency manager law.

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3:01 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Michigan Supreme Court Says Children In Custody Battle Will Stay With Foster Family

The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered a grandmother to return four children who are the center of a custody dispute to their foster family while it decides whether to take the case.

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4:28 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

AG Schuette Says He’ll Defend DIA Collection In Bankruptcy Court

State Attorney General Bill Schuette says he’s ready to go in front of a federal bankruptcy judge to defend the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection.

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3:50 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Major Changes To Michigan’s Parole System Could Be In The Works

There are calls in Lansing to overhaul Michigan’s parole system.

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3:57 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Governor Declares A Fiscal Emergency In Pontiac Schools

Governor Rick Snyder has agreed with a review team’s finding that the Pontiac school district is in a state of financial emergency.

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5:40 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Medical Marijuana Panel Draws Fire From Advocates

A state panel will meet this week to consider whether new health conditions should be covered under Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act.

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4:53 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Retirees Challenge Michigan Pension Tax In Court

A class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of retired public employees against the state for extending Michigan’s income tax to pensions.

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5:08 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Review Team Says Pontiac School District In A Fiscal Crisis

A state review team has determined the Pontiac school district is saddled with so much debt it’s in a financial crisis.

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4:56 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Efforts Underway To Be Ready If Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban

Paul Holland (left) and Austin Ashley (right) plan a commitment ceremony in September before headed to New York to be formally married. They say they’d get married in Michigan if the state’s same-sex marriage is struck down and gay weddings allowed by a federal judge.

Some county clerks are already planning what to do if a federal judge overturns Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriages.

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4:43 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Senate Panel Will Take Medicaid Vote Wednesday

A state Senate panel is expected to vote Wednesday on a plan to expand Medicaid in Michigan.

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4:41 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

State Senate Panel To Kick Off Medicaid Debate This Week

A plan to expand Medicaid in Michigan will get its first hearing in the state Senate Tuesday.

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4:54 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

State Police, Lawmakers Look To Crack Down On Emergency Drill Abuses In Schools

Schools would be forced to report when and how emergency safety drills are conducted under a proposal in Lansing.

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2:59 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Supreme Court Dismisses Wrongful Death Lawsuit In Suicide Case

The Michigan Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Kent County Sheriff’s Department for failing to take a mentally ill man into protective custody before he killed himself.

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4:57 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

MDOT Exploring Public-Private Partnerships For Projects

Private companies could become more involved in transportation projects in Michigan.

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5:50 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Snyder Cheers Ruling Dismissing Bankruptcy Lawsuits

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s pleased a federal judge has taken control of lawsuits challenging the Detroit bankruptcy filing.

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5:43 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

State Senate Group Unveils Its Plan For Medicaid

A state Senate work group has finished its own plan to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of Michiganders under the federal health care law.

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4:17 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Court Of Appeals Halts Action In Detroit Bankruptcy Challenge

The Michigan Court of Appeals has blocked further action in three lawsuits filed in Lansing that attempt to stop the Detroit bankruptcy case.

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4:11 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Detroit Bankruptcy Decision To Wait A Week

Pension fund attorney Ronald King following a hearing on whether Detroit’s bankruptcy filing violates the Michigan Constitution. Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina says she will make a ruling in the case next week.

The first Detroit federal bankruptcy hearing takes place Wednesday.

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5:26 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

County Judge Says Detroit Bankruptcy Violates Michigan Constitution

There’s a new potential roadblock to bankruptcy protection for Detroit.

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4:42 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Possible Reprieve For Inkster, Buena Vista Districts

The Inkster and Buena Vista school districts have until the close of business Monday to submit proof they can come up with enough money to open in September and stay open.

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5:15 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Michigan Jobless Rate Jumps As More People Look For Work

Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate jumped slightly to 8.7% as more people are competing for jobs.

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4:47 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Want Gas Prices To Go Down? State Senator Says Build A New Refinery

A state lawmaker says he has a plan to drive down Michigan’s high gas prices.

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