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Supreme Court justices had tough questions Tuesday for a lawyer representing a Michigan man suing over a Native American tribe's casino, with justices seeming to suggest that Congress acted properly when it shut down the lawsuit.

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The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate was poised Tuesday to begin passing legislation to let people with extra training carry guns inside churches, schools and other places now off limits.

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The Legislature returns to the state Capitol Tuesday. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, this will be the first time lawmakers will convene since the collapse last week of an effort to overhaul the state’s auto no-fault insurance law. 


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For the first time in 12 years, the city of Lansing will soon have a new chief executive.  Voters go to the polls Tuesday to choose a new mayor. 

 

Andy Schor is a former Ingham County commissioner who currently represents Lansing in Michigan’s 68th House district.  Judi Brown Clarke is a former Olympic medalist who now serves at-large on the Lansing City Council.

 


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Nearly half of local officials in Michigan's large municipalities report struggling to find enough people with the necessary skills to work at the polls on Election Day.

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On the November 6 edition of "Mondays with the Mayor," WKAR's Brooke Allen was joined by Marlon Brown, mayor pro team of Mason, the county seat of Ingham County. He talked about jobs, schools and security in the county.


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A group has turned in more than 380,000 signatures for initiated legislation to repeal Michigan’s law requiring higher “prevailing” wages on state-financed construction projects.

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A grassroots group that’s trying to reform Michigan’s political redistricting process has reached a milestone. 

 


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East Lansing voters will elect two city council members next Tuesday. The three candidates for the council agree on the ballot proposals that would create a new city income tax and reduce property taxes: they all plan to vote ‘yes’ on both. They differ, though, in that two of them are incumbents, each seeking a second term in office with records to run on, while the third is a 21-year-old political science and pre-law major at Michigan State University.


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A conservative radio host lost his fight against the Detroit News Wednesday. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports.


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Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) talked with WKAR Digital News Director Reginald Hardwick about what keeps him going and what gives him hope during a recent appearance at Michigan State University.


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A state lawmaker wants to require driver education in Michigan to include training on how to behave during police stops. He hopes it will reduce misunderstandings and conflicts.


Voters in East Lansing will decide the fates of two proposals the city hopes will resolve long-standing financial woes next week. The city  is in debt to the tune of $190-million, a shortfall blamed on state revenue sharing cuts and growing obligations to retirees. Workforce reductions haven’t kept pace, so East Lansing officials are urging approval of dual proposals: a new income tax, paired with lower property taxes.


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A state lawmaker faces questions for failing to explain why his campaign committee paid 114 thousand dollars he put on his personal credit card. Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta has more.


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Lansing voters go to the polls on November 7.  They’ll select a new mayor and four members of the city council.  Residents will also be asked to decide on the fate of an old house that’s seen a lot of Lansing history.

 


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