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 Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette has submitted 26,000 voter signatures to qualify for the August primary, the same day Democratic rival Gretchen Whitmer secured another union endorsement.

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The Michigan Supreme Court has said “no” to a new trial for a man convicted of manslaughter for shooting a woman through a screen door early in the morning.


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Governor Rick Snyder’s budget chief says plans are underway to fund improved school safety. Budget Director John Walsh said the governor told him to be prepared to add something to the spending proposal that’s currently before the Legislature.


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Victims would have more rights under bills passed by the state House. The legislation would require defendants be physically present in the courtroom when a victim or victim’s family give an impact statement at sentencing. 


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The Legislature has sent a bill to Governor Rick Snyder that forbids local governments from adopting ordinances dealing with questions employers may ask in job interviews. 


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The Michigan Department of Corrections defended its plans to change how it feeds prisoners Wednesday. Department officials testified in front of a Senate committee.

Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports the state wants to end its use of private vendors for food services.


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The state House has adopted bills that would allow prisoners in advanced stages of illness including cancer and dementia to be paroled for medical reasons. Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta reports.


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Gov. Rick Snyder says his administration is studying "best practices" across the U.S. to combat gun violence in the wake of shootings at a Florida high school and at Central Michigan University.

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation designed to ensure that Native American tribes in Michigan have access to state child protection records.

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In the race for Michigan’s next governor, a Democrat crossed a significant hurdle today. Abdul El-Sayed was the first Democrat to file his signatures to get on the ballot.

But there have been questions about whether El-Sayed is even eligible to run. Bridge Magazine first reported that his voting history could derail his campaign.


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The chief judge at the Michigan Court of Appeals is retiring after 40 years on the bench.

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Michigan legislators and the governor's office are roiling over two gun-control measures: arming trained teachers and removing guns from individuals with mental health symptoms.

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A leader of the gun control movement in Michigan says her Number One goal is to make sure people who pose a threat can’t get their hands on a firearm.

As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, she says that’s more important than banning certain types of weapon.

Roads, flood damage repairs, and an investigation could get money sent their way soon. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth tells us the Legislature sent a spending bill to the governor’s desk Thursday.


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The Michigan Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a $175 million infusion into the state's roads, a 7 percent boost over existing spending and a bid by lawmakers to accelerate a two-year-old deal to improve deteriorating transportation infrastructure.

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