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The pressure is building on Congressman John Conyers as Michigan Democrats call for a House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and using taxpayer money to cover it up. We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta.


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A ballot committee proposing to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes in Michigan is set to submit more than 360,000 voter signatures in a bid for a statewide vote in 2018.

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An all-volunteer group of activists has defied the odds by collecting hundreds of thousands of voter signatures for a 2018 initiative to overhaul redistricting in Michigan — without having to pay a dime for a signature.

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Republican Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan has ruled out running for U.S. Senate next year.

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Gov. Rick Snyder looked within his own staff to make his latest appointment to the Michigan Supreme Court on Friday, choosing his chief lawyer Elizabeth Clement to fill a vacancy created when a justice left for the federal appellate bench.


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A teen was recently attacked in Muskegon County. Officials say it’s because he’s gay. Now prosecutors and lawmakers are calling on the legislature to expand the state’s hate crimes law. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth has more.


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Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar has been sued and accused of fraud related to the sale of his majority stake in a chemical-testing company he founded in Ann Arbor.

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The State’s Board of Education can’t decide what to do about recent gun legislation. There are four Democrats and four Republicans on the board. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports that means the board can’t come to an agreement on a public position on bills that loosen restrictions on guns in schools.


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Northern Michigan University has invited Governor Rick Snyder to give May’s commencement address, and some aren’t happy about it. 


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WKAR's Reginald Hardwick talked with Jackson councilman Derek Dobies about his priorities once he becomes mayor of Jackson, Michigan in December. 


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Another governor has found his place on the walls of the Michigan State Capitol. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth explains.


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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed bills to require that special problem-solving courts receive state certification to operate.

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Nearly a week after voters elected two city council members, East Lansing will choose a Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem on Monday night. 

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Michigan legislators to propose new laws designed to better protect domestic violence survivors. Bills introduced this past week would create an address confidentiality program, which supporters say exists in 37 states.

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Lt. Gov. Brian Calley handed over the leadership of his part-time Legislature ballot drive to conservative grassroots activists Friday, as he prepared for an expected 2018 campaign for governor. 


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