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The state might change its mind about putting a new veterans’ home in Detroit. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports the Legislature passed a bill Wednesday that lets the state put the home in a different location.


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The Michigan Legislature on Wednesday unanimously voted to cut what are believed to be the nation's highest financial penalties for collecting excessive unemployment benefits, finalizing bills that were proposed after more than 40,000 people were wrongly accused of fraud in a two-year period.

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A hearing has been postponed for a state employee charged in the Flint water scandal who was to return to court for a possible plea deal with the attorney general's office.

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The Michigan Supreme Court is being asked to look at windfalls enjoyed by counties when they sell a property because of unpaid taxes.

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Construction trade groups launched a 2018 ballot drive Tuesday to keep intact Michigan's 52-year-old law that requires "prevailing" wages and benefits for workers on state-financed building projects, calling it a backup plan in case the Republican-led Legislature repeals the law.

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Bills designed to get a handle on municipalities' underfunded employee retirement benefits are going to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk for his expected signature.

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Former Republican Congressman Pete Hoekstra is the new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands.

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Michigan gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer is calling on Attorney General Bill Schuette to launch an independent investigation into Michigan State University’s handling of the Larry Nassar case. 

 


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The son of a former Detroit mayor plans to run for the 13th Congressional District seat vacated by John Conyers following allegations by former staffers of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching.

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Michigan has a growing number of inmates who are elderly, terminally ill, or otherwise medically frail. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, there is an effort underway to allow many of those felons to be released. 


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The resignation of Detroit Congressman John Conyers leaves a vacancy that must be filled by a special election. 


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Governor Rick Snyder is personally lobbying lawmakers to adopt an overhaul of how local government pensions are managed. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, he faces a tough sales job.


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The founder of America’s largest Arab American newspaper is condemning President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

 


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Michigan could end up being the only state in the country where legislators pass and reject laws without the public knowing about their personal finances, a distinction that good government watchdogs say is an embarrassment that must be changed.

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Republican-led legislative committees quickly approved bills Tuesday that would force local governments to boost their funding of employee retirement plans over time, an effort supporters say is necessary to prevent financial chaos down the road.

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