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Sen. Coleman Young II

The son of a former Detroit mayor plans to run for the 13th Congressional District seat vacated by John Conyers following allegations by former staffers of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching.

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Michigan has a growing number of inmates who are elderly, terminally ill, or otherwise medically frail. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, there is an effort underway to allow many of those felons to be released. 

Former Michigan congressman John Conyers

The resignation of Detroit Congressman John Conyers leaves a vacancy that must be filled by a special election. 


Governor Rick Snyder is personally lobbying lawmakers to adopt an overhaul of how local government pensions are managed. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, he faces a tough sales job.

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The founder of America’s largest Arab American newspaper is condemning President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.


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Michigan could end up being the only state in the country where legislators pass and reject laws without the public knowing about their personal finances, a distinction that good government watchdogs say is an embarrassment that must be changed.

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Republican-led legislative committees quickly approved bills Tuesday that would force local governments to boost their funding of employee retirement plans over time, an effort supporters say is necessary to prevent financial chaos down the road.

Former Michigan congressman John Conyers

Besieged by allegations of sexual harassment, Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress on Tuesday, bringing an abrupt end to the Detroit liberal's nearly 52-year career in the House.

Gov. Rick Snyder has issued temporary rules less than two weeks before Michigan's new medical marijuana licensing system begins.

Former Michigan congressman John Conyers

Prominent clergy, Detroit elected leaders and community activists said Monday they will go to Washington — if necessary — to demand due process for Rep. John Conyers, who faces allegations of sexual harassment from several former staffers.

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Local governments and police and firefighter unions are keeping a close eye on hearings to begin this week at the state Capitol.  GOP leaders are proposing more aggressive state oversight of local retirement funds.

Former Michigan congressman John Conyers

Supporters of U.S. Rep. John Conyers are planning a Monday rally in Detroit for the embattled congressman. 

Gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, one of only two women to have been a legislative leader in Michigan, said the male-dominated Capitol has a "locker room" atmosphere in which it is not uncommon for female lawmakers and employees to confront sexual harassment. 


Democratic Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan announced Saturday that he will not seek re-election to a 19th term in 2018.

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Police in Michigan would no longer be legally allowed to have sex with prostitutes during undercover investigations under legislation nearing Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.