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A school-safety plan advancing in Michigan's Legislature would require all school districts to develop an emergency operations plan and consult with law enforcement before the construction or renovation of a school building.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed is proposing a single-payer health care system to provide medical insurance to every Michigan resident until age 65.

Prevailing wage is now a thing of Michigan’s past. The House and Senate passed an initiative Wednesday to get rid of the law that requires workers be paid union-level wages on public contracts.


The state Legislature is getting closer to requiring that people in the Healthy Michigan insurance program work to get those benefits. The bill is now one vote away from the governor’s desk.


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Michigan voters will decide whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

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Michigan would close a prison to save $19 million in the next fiscal year under a budget agreement struck by lawmakers.

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State lawmakers expect to hold a key vote on the remaining bills in response to Larry Nassar this week. The bills will likely be voted out of a Senate committee – with at least one change. 


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An assistant attorney general has been promoted to judge at the Michigan Court of Appeals.

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State lawmakers can now vote to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Prevailing wage requires the state pay union-scale wages on its contracts. Capital corresnpondent Cheyna Roth reports the Board of State Canvassers certified a ballot initiative Friday. It gives the Legislature a chance to pass the measure instead of letting the voters decide.


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Governor Rick Snyder wants an oil and gas pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac to eventually be de-commissioned. Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta tells us the governor said so speaking to reporters on Mackinac Island.


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A Michigan county official is demanding a local supplier replace the Chinese-made office furniture it delivered with American products that the contractor had promised at a higher price.

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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments in a dispute over health insurance premiums refunded to Genesee County government.

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Six Republicans and Democrats running for governor faced each other in a debate Thursday night on Mackinac Island. There was a lot of talk, but no knock-out blows. 


Former US House Speaker John Boehner says the Republican Party is no more.    

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Michigan’s top prosecutor is on board with proposed changes to how the state parole board determines if an inmate can be released from prison.     


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