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4:39 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Michigan’s Top Health Official Resigns After Suffering Mild Stroke

Michigan’s top health official is stepping down after suffering a mild stroke.

We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher.

Jim Haveman says he’s resigning as director of the Michigan Department of Community Health to focus on his personal health. He said he had hoped to stay in the position through next year – but he says that changed after he suffered a minor stroke in May.

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Politics & Government
11:46 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Month in Review: August's biggest news stories | WKAR

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With August just about behind us, Current State takes a look back at Michigan’s biggest statewide stories with our monthly reporter roundtable.

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Politics & Government
5:25 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Lawmakers Vote To Allow Wolf Hunts In Upper Peninsula

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Wolf hunts in the Upper Peninsula will be able to continue under a new law passed by the state House Wednesday.

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Politics & Government
12:51 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Civil Rights icon John Lewis tells students to 'get into good trouble'

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) was one of the original Freedom Riders, directed the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and led the march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on 'Bloody Sunday' in 1965. Lewis was in East Lansing to talk to MSU students and community members. His book, "'March: Book One,' is this year's 'One Book, One Community' selection.
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It’s back to school week for thousands of students at Michigan State University. In between moving into their dorm rooms and finding their way around campus, freshmen have been reading this year’s “One Book, One Community” selection. Congressman John Lewis of Georgia has written a graphic novel called “March: Book One.”

Lewis was in East Lansing Monday to speak to MSU freshmen and to meet members of the community.  Current State's Kevin Lavery spent a few minutes with the civil rights icon.

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Politics & Government
3:28 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Wolf Hunting, Civil Rights, And $1B Budget Hole On State Lawmakers’ Agenda

State lawmakers have a wide range of issues to address between now and the November election.

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Politics & Government
12:10 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Former WKAR producer updates Ferguson aftermath

Former Current State producer Emanuele Berry is covering the Michael Brown story for KWMU in St. Louis.
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Michael Brown is being laid to rest today in Ferguson, Missouri, 16 days after the young African-American was killed by a white police officer. Unrest that was the rule in the days following the shooting has abated in the St. Louis suburb, but a host of critical questions remain unanswered.

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Politics & Government
5:41 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

GOP, Dems To Hold State Party Conventions This Weekend

Democrats and Republicans will hold their state party conventions this weekend.

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Politics & Government
3:21 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Peters Says He’d Vote For Same Obamacare Bill Today

Rep. Gary Peters speaks with Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta on the statewide call-in program Michigan Calling. Peters’ opponent in his bid for U.S. Senate, Republican Terri Lynn Land, is scheduled to appear on the program on October 3rd.
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Democratic candidate for U-S Senate Gary Peters says he would not have changed his vote in favor of Obamacare knowing what he knows now.

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Politics & Government
4:25 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Judge Hears Arguments Over Recognizing 300 Same-Sex Marriages In Michigan

Lead plaintiffs Glenna DeJong (l) and Marsha Caspar (center) join Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum (r) outside the federal court building in Detroit on Thursday. DeJong and Caspar were the first same-sex couple to get married in Michigan. Byrum officiated their wedding.
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About 300 same-sex couples in Michigan hope a federal judge will force the state to recognize their marriages. Judge Mark Goldsmith heard arguments in the case Thursday.

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Politics & Government
4:55 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Audit Finds Problems With Prisoner Education Programs In Michigan

Michigan prison officials need to do more to make sure inmates have access to education programs.

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Politics & Government
5:17 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Michigan Congressional Delegation To Push FEMA For Flood Help

Gov. Rick Snyder (r) and Congressman Sander Levin (l) speak with flood victims in Warren on Monday.
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Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan’s congressional delegation are teaming up to push for federal help for flood victims.

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Politics & Government
5:15 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Snyder Says Metro Detroit Flood Underpins Need For More Road Funding

Governor Rick Snyder says the need for increased funding for roads was underpinned this week by massive flooding in and around Detroit.

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Politics & Government
2:35 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Camp Grayling war games teach critical battlefield skills

Soldiers prepare to board a CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopter at Camp Grayling.
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Last week, President Obama ordered precision air strikes against members of Islamic State, the militant group that’s fighting U.S.-backed ethnic minorities in northern Iraq.  The president has thus far not committed ground forces to the region. Meanwhile, the United States continues air and ground attacks in Afghanistan.  

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Politics & Government
5:41 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Talks Over Ways To Fix Michigan’s Roads “Back At Square One”

State lawmakers are hitting the reset button on talks over how to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.

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Politics & Government
12:25 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Environmental group gives MI legislature an 'incomplete' grade

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An established Michigan environmental organization recently graded the state legislature on its performance in the 2013-2014 session. The Michigan League of Conservation Voters gave legislators an "Incomplete" for Michigan’s environmental score.

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Politics & Government
12:14 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Michigan Supreme Court ruling could cost state $1 billion

If the Michigan Supreme Court does not reconsider the decision, then the state legislature will likely find a way to make sure the estimated $1 billion is not lost, says Rick Pluta.
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One billion dollars. That’s the amount the state could lose because of a July ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court, according to the Treasury Department.

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Politics & Government
12:09 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

After journey, child migrants face U.S. legal system

The tens of thousands of child migrants coming from Central America face a complex legal system if they want to remain in the United States.
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Uncertainty continues to surround tens of thousands of Central American children seeking asylum in the United States.  

Federal officials including the President and Congress, along with the states, are grappling with how to respond to the 57,000 people --many of them children -- who have arrived at the U.S. border since last October.  

The refugees are mainly fleeing drug and gang violence.   

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Politics & Government
12:08 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Fait accompli: BWL rate hike precedes public hearing

Lansing City Council President A'Lynne Boles weighs in on proposed changes at the Lansing Board of Water and Light, including an upcoming rate increase.
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A’Lynne Boles is currently serving as president of the Lansing City Council.  It’s her third tenure as president, and she's in her seventh year on the council.

Boles represents the city’s third ward, which covers the southwest part of Lansing.

Lately, the city council has been more frequently involved in changes at the city-owned Board of Water and Light.

On Friday, A'Lynne Boles joined us to talk about those changes and other city issues.  Voters will decide whether to expand the board by three non-voting members.  That proposal could be approved in November.

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Politics & Government
3:18 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

State Housing agency Director To Resign After Charging Lavish Travel Expenses

The head of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority is stepping down.

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Politics & Government
3:13 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

State Looking For Fix To $1 Billion Tax Problem

A business tax decision by the Michigan Supreme Court is threatening to blow a billion-dollar hole in the state budget.

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Politics & Government
4:41 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Democrats Blast State Housing Director For Lavish Expenses

Democrats are demanding that the state take action in light of lavish travel expenses claimed by the head of Michigan’s housing authority.

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Politics & Government
1:31 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Same sex marriage in MI awaits appellate decision

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Yesterday, a federal appeals court in Cincinnati began hearing arguments involving state bans against same sex marriage. Michigan, whose voters approved such a ban a decade ago, is one of those states.

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Politics & Government
6:06 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

6th Circuit Hears MI Same-Sex Marriage Appeal

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer on the steps of the federal courthouse in Cincinnati before the 6th Circuit US Court of Appeals hears arguments in their challenge to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.
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Michigan and three other states defended bans on same-sex marriage before a federal appeals court in Cincinnati.

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Politics & Government
4:16 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

More Voters Cast Ballots In Primary Than Expected, But Turnout Still Low

More than 82% of all registered voters sat out Michigan’s primary election this week.

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Politics & Government
12:33 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

U.S. 6th Circuit hears Michigan's gay marriage case

Pluta says Michigan's case is unique as it directly challenges the State of Michigan's ban on gay marriage rather than approach the issue obliquely.
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Marriage equality supporters in Michigan are closely watching events unfold today in Cincinnati. That's where the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The court may decide the fate of Michigan's ban as well as those in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Politics & Government
12:30 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Primary recap: Prop 1 passes easily and a few surprises

There were only a few surprises in last night's primary election results.
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Current State's Mark Bashore recaps yesterday's primary election results with Kyle Melinn from MIRS News and Bill Ballenger from the Inside Michigan Politics newsletter.

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Politics & Government
4:46 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Historic Low Voter Turnout Possible In Tuesday’s Primary

Michigan’s primary election is Tuesday.

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Politics & Government
12:25 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Tuesday's primary ballot: Reading, roads and recreation

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Tomorrow is primary election day in Michigan, and along with important party primaries for congress and the state legislature, a number of funding issues go before voters.

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Politics & Government
5:12 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Environmentalists Pan Proposed Fracking Rules As Comment Period Ends

The time for people to tell the state what they think of proposed new rules for fracking ends at midnight.

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Politics & Government
3:34 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Prop 1: A Solution Born Of Suspicion

Until recently, businesses in Michigan had to pay taxes on almost all their equipment.

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