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Rick Snyder
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Environmental groups want Governor Rick Snyder to say “no” to legislation on his desk. They’re concerned about bills that would change some oversight requirements for state mines.

Abdul El-Sayed
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The Michigan Democratic Party says the matter of whether gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed is eligible to run is settled following a court decision and a ruling by the state elections bureau.

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Gov. Rick Snyder has announced a confidential 24-hour sexual assault hotline in the coming weeks.

WKAR Special Report: Marijuana in Michigan
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Marijuana-infused beer, wine, and spirits would be outlawed under a bill adopted by the state Senate.


A northern Michigan lawmaker is defending legislation that would require people to work to qualify for Medicaid.  Opponents of the bill say it would unfairly affect African Americans living in cities. 


Capitol dome with statue in foreground
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Governor Rick Snyder and state lawmakers have an extra 315 (m) million dollars to work with as they finalize the new budget.


Capitol building
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers will have hundreds of millions of dollars more to budget than they expected at the turn of the year.

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Construction worker unions have asked the Michigan Supreme Court to put the brakes on sending a petition-initiated question to the Legislature. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the unions say the petition campaign broke the rules.


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Activists from across the state shut down streets in Lansing Monday. The Michigan Poor People’s Campaign launched at the state Capitol.


Capitol building
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Dakota Carter was 4 years old when he found his calling inside his grandfather's garage.

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A court says the Legislature gets to vote on a petition-initiated bill that would outlaw rules for how workers are paid on publicly funded projects. We have more from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta.


Brian Calley, Bill Schuette
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Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley lodged new accusations against gubernatorial rival Bill Schuette on Thursday, saying the attorney general was personally involved in the transfer of property in the U.S. Virgin Islands while all of his assets were supposed to be in a blind trust.

Abdul El-Sayed, Patrick Colbeck
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The four Republicans and three Democrats running for governor appeared together Thursday for the first time. Arguments about ethics and racism broke out at the forum.


Patrick Colbeck, Dr. Jim Hines, Gretchen Whitmer, Bill Schuette, Shri Thanedar, Abdul Al-Sayed and Brian Calley
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Michigan's seven gubernatorial candidates have sparred on the same stage in what is likely their only joint forum before the August primary.

Michigan Capitol
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Michigan's Senate has passed a bill requiring defendants to listen to victim impact statements, diminishing the chances the man convicted of killing Rebekah Bletsch will be able to walk away from such statements during his next murder trial.

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