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Legislation to weaken the state Department of Environmental Quality has ensnared Lansing in a spat over the agency's usefulness, with one side insisting it tramples over ordinary citizens and the other saying it's too lax.

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Gov. Rick Snyder is seeking a federal disaster declaration for four Michigan counties affected by severe flooding in February.

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Judges can’t punish defendants who choose to go to trial. That’s the opinion of the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports.

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Charter schools could receive the same designation as public schools in a district's millage ballot under a bill narrowly approved by the Michigan House.

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Cheyna Roth

A group of law enforcement members – from sheriffs to prosecutors – unveiled a plan to prevent violence in Michigan schools Thursday. Capitol Correspondent Cheyna Roth reports the conversation around school safety has grown over the last few months.

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Michigan's law enforcement and education leaders called Thursday for the Legislature to spend $100 million a year to staff schools with more police and counselors in light of last month's massacre at a Florida high school.

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The Michigan Supreme Court has cleared the way for public school employees to quit a union at any time.

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 The Michigan House has approved legislation making cyberbullying a crime.

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The state House has approved a bill to require vehicles to keep a distance of at least three feet when passing bicyclists.

As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, it’s a response to a fatal accident two years ago near Kalamazoo.

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The state Legislature began discussions Wednesday on the newest plan to make people work for Medicaid.

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a budget bill that accelerates spending on road repairs in time to help with the spring and summer construction season.

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Michigan legislators say veterans affiliated with a private club or fraternal organization should be permitted to drink at whatever location they please.

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed a $175 million influx of spending on Michigan's deteriorating roads and bridges, urging pothole-weary drivers to be patient while a separate transportation-funding law continues to be phased in by 2021.

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Lawmakers in Lansing have been working on legislation in response to the Larry Nassar case. And while they’re at it, some say they might want to clarify who counts as a victim when it comes to giving impact statements at a defendant’s sentencing.

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Democrat Gretchen Whitmer won another key endorsement from organized labor Monday in the race for Michigan governor, this time from the state's largest union.