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Michigan's three Democratic candidates for governor will meet for two televised debates.

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Bills in response to the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal crossed a major hurdle Wednesday After weeks of testimony, most of the bills were passed out of committee. Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports.


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Miranda warnings to suspects who are arrested and questioned are not complete unless officers include the detail that attorneys can be in the room before and during interrogations. Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta tells us that decision came Wednesday from the state Court of Appeals.


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About 100 people crowded into Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's office lobby to demand that the state continue to provide bottled water to Flint residents.

Michigan motorists would have to allow 3 feet of clearance while passing a bike on the road under legislation approved by the state Senate.

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The state Department of Civil Rights is now accepting complaints from people who say they’ve faced discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, it’s also getting ready to defend its right to do so.


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The Michigan elections bureau is recommending certification of a ballot initiative that aims to end political gerrymandering by having an independent commission draw congressional and legislative districts instead of state lawmakers.

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This week lawmakers in Lansing plan to move legislation aimed at improving the state’s sexual assault laws. This comes after weeks of discussion on more than 30 bills. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports the bills would do things like require sexual assault and dating violence be taught during sex education in high school and increase penalties for people that are required to report suspected child abuse, but don’t.


The sponsor of proposed Medicaid work requirements is dropping a provision that would have exempted recipients who live in Michigan counties with higher jobless rates, saying Gov. Rick Snyder's administration worries it would be an "administrative nightmare."

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Environmental groups want Governor Rick Snyder to say “no” to legislation on his desk. They’re concerned about bills that would change some oversight requirements for state mines.

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The Michigan Democratic Party says the matter of whether gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed is eligible to run is settled following a court decision and a ruling by the state elections bureau.

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Gov. Rick Snyder has announced a confidential 24-hour sexual assault hotline in the coming weeks.

WKAR Special Report: Marijuana in Michigan
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Marijuana-infused beer, wine, and spirits would be outlawed under a bill adopted by the state Senate.


A northern Michigan lawmaker is defending legislation that would require people to work to qualify for Medicaid.  Opponents of the bill say it would unfairly affect African Americans living in cities. 


Governor Rick Snyder and state lawmakers have an extra 315 (m) million dollars to work with as they finalize the new budget.


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