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The Legislature has sent a bill to Governor Rick Snyder that forbids local governments from adopting ordinances dealing with questions employers may ask in job interviews. 


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The Michigan Department of Corrections defended its plans to change how it feeds prisoners Wednesday. Department officials testified in front of a Senate committee.

Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports the state wants to end its use of private vendors for food services.


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The state House has adopted bills that would allow prisoners in advanced stages of illness including cancer and dementia to be paroled for medical reasons. Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta reports.


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Gov. Rick Snyder says his administration is studying "best practices" across the U.S. to combat gun violence in the wake of shootings at a Florida high school and at Central Michigan University.

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation designed to ensure that Native American tribes in Michigan have access to state child protection records.

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In the race for Michigan’s next governor, a Democrat crossed a significant hurdle today. Abdul El-Sayed was the first Democrat to file his signatures to get on the ballot.

But there have been questions about whether El-Sayed is even eligible to run. Bridge Magazine first reported that his voting history could derail his campaign.


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The chief judge at the Michigan Court of Appeals is retiring after 40 years on the bench.

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Michigan legislators and the governor's office are roiling over two gun-control measures: arming trained teachers and removing guns from individuals with mental health symptoms.

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A leader of the gun control movement in Michigan says her Number One goal is to make sure people who pose a threat can’t get their hands on a firearm.

As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, she says that’s more important than banning certain types of weapon.

Roads, flood damage repairs, and an investigation could get money sent their way soon. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth tells us the Legislature sent a spending bill to the governor’s desk Thursday.


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The Michigan Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a $175 million infusion into the state's roads, a 7 percent boost over existing spending and a bid by lawmakers to accelerate a two-year-old deal to improve deteriorating transportation infrastructure.

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Earlier this month, Jackson County Sheriff Steven Rand came under fire for alleged discriminatory remarks he made against black people, women and Hispanic people. Following a request from The Jackson County Board of Commissioners to have Rand removed from his position, The Attorney General's office has started an investigation into the matter. As WKAR's Karel Vega and Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta discuss, the case shares similarities with another investigation that occurred under Jennifer Granholm.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Calley's campaign director is turning down a $150,000 contract to help with Flint's economic development, saying doing both jobs would be a detriment to Flint and himself.

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Moms and other activists against gun violence gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday. Capital coorespondent Cheyna Roth reports the participants wanted to meet with as many lawmakers as possible.


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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is endorsing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer in her run for governor.

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