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Republicans Rocky Raczkowski and Lena Epstein plan to seek a suburban Detroit House seat opening due to a retirement.

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A long-stalled movement to make it illegal to discriminate against LGBT people may gain traction — not in the Legislature but with a Michigan board that is being asked to declare that such discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations is already unlawful under state law.

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President Donald Trump has endorsed Attorney General Bill Schuette for governor of Michigan.

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UPDATE filed by Cheyna Roth of the Michigan Public Radio Network:

A mid-Michigan farmer that was denied an application to the 2017 East Lansing farmer's market can go to the market for the rest of the 2017 season. The farmer sued the city when he was denied a spot. The city said the farmer's Facebook posts saying the farm would not host same sex marriages went against a city ordinance. The farmer says, this violates his free speech and free exercise of religion. The farmer asked for an order from the judge saying he could sell produce at the market while the case is underway. The judge granted the request saying the farmer has a "substantial likelihood of success" on at least one of his claims.

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Former Michigan Gov. Jim Blanchard is backing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer for governor.

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Legislation up for a vote in Michigan's Legislature would continue the state's 0.08 blood-alcohol limit for drunken driving until 2023.

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is expected to make official what has long seemed inevitable — he is running for governor. 

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The future of medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan could be decided Tuesday. The state Medical Marijuana Licensing Board meets again to discuss whether current dispensaries should be able to get a license. Cheyna Roth has more.


Republican Congressman Dave Trott says he will not seek reelection next year and will retire after four years in Congress. Rick Pluta tells us Trott says he always intended for his congressional career to be brief. 


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An electrical failure that led to sparking and smoke in a closet has closed Michigan's Capitol building for the day.

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There is a new Medical Marijuana ordinance in Lansing.

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and state lawmakers are calling for an overhaul of how the property of recently deceased people is dealt with. Rick Pluta has more. 


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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen faced members of the US Senate today as she seeks a promotion to the federal bench.


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Lansing mayor Virg Bernero called it "a moral crime" for President Donald Trump to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — also called DACA, which could lead to thousands of people being deported from the U.S. 


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Hurricane Harvey temporarily muted some other key national issues in the last few weeks, but they haven't gone away.  As Congress returns to work this week, one issue before its members will be President Trump’s vow to ban transgender recruits from the military.  WKAR’s Kevin Lavery asks U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (D-MI) of Flint if Congress could act to override the commander-in-chief’s proposal.


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