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Starting today, minors found in possession of alcohol will get a little more leniency under Michigan law.

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A state Representative says tax dollars shouldn’t be used for certain settlements by college and universities.


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On Monday, Lansing will get its first new mayor in a dozen years when Andy Schor takes the oath of office. Virg Bernero’s 12 years in office will come to an end at 11:30 a.m. on New Years Day. Politicians have their supporters and they have their detractors, and Virg Bernero might have as wide a range of descriptions as anyone in Lansing history. While some admire his drive, others criticize his sometimes brusque demeanor. In anticipation of his departure from office, WKAR sought out a cross-section of the Lansing community to look back at Virg Bernero’s time as mayor.


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Next Monday will be Virg Bernero’s last day as Mayor of Lansing. Today and tomorrow, WKAR will consider his legacy as he moves into private life. We begin today with a look at the way many will remember Virg Bernero: as America’s Angriest Mayor.


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The Michigan Supreme Court says a judge was wrong to increase the sentence of man convicted of armed robbery. That’s because the judge made an assumption at sentencing instead of using actual proof.


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 The state of Michigan is trying to stop a court order that prevents officials from suspending the driver's licenses of people who can't afford traffic fines. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, the state says it’s not possible to comply with the decision. 


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Democrats and Republicans in the state House may go toe-to-toe next year on making English the official language of Michigan.

The state of Michigan says $554 million will be released on Jan. 22 for public school employees and retirees whose pay was illegally deducted for health care.

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Democrats and others sued Friday to challenge Michigan's Republican-crafted congressional and legislative districts, arguing that "excessive" partisan gerrymandering has unconstitutionally marginalized Democratic voters and that the maps should be redrawn.

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation keeping intact a law that puts people's driver's license at risk if they have three unpaid parking tickets.

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation delaying increases in registration fees and safety training fees for motorcyclists.

The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether schools can legally ban guns. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, the lawsuits were filed by gun rights groups.  


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Michigan teachers and school employees celebrated a major victory over the state Wednesday.

Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth explains the Michigan Supreme Court announced the state has to give back 550 million dollars to school employees.  

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. Editor's note: the AP article was filed in November 2017. The audio interview happened December 19, 2017.

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A couple hundred volunteers showed up at the state Bureau of Elections Monday. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, they dropped off petitions to get a redistricting overhaul on the November ballot.  


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