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Groesbeck Golf Course sign and club house.
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The Lansing City Council will hold a special meeting tonight to vote on whether to override Mayor Bernero’s veto regarding the management of Groesbeck Golf Course.


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Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announces ballot drive to make Legislature part-time. 

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Republican lawmakers could approve a state budget without the agreement of Gov. Rick Snyder for the first time in his tenure after they reached an impasse over making newly hired school employees ineligible for a pension in retirement.

cars on highway
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Michigan has no long-term plan to repair its crumbling infrastructure.  That’s the message a coalition of engineers, businesses and public policy experts is telling state lawmakers gathering this week on Mackinac Island.

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Lansing’s population has grown for a fourth straight year. According to a release from Mayor Virg Bernero’s office, Lansing’s population went up by 1,111 in the year leading up to last July, to 116,020.

House Committee To Discuss Distracted Driving Bill

May 30, 2017
Texting and driving.
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Today, a House committee will meet for the second time to discuss a ban on hand-held devices. This is an effort to crack down on distracted driving.  

Facebook page of Lt. Gov. Brian Calley

A ballyhoo announcement scheduled for May 30, 2017 by Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley may not be what many are expecting. 


2018 election for Legislature already attracting candidates. 

Police Lights

Michigan court declines to examine police “photograph and print” policy. 


House passes contentious 'Choose Life' license plate bill. 

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Lawmakers closer to letting the dogs out…at restaurants. 

Police officers
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A new Michigan House Bill would ban local ordinances and rules that police officers says cannot ask about the immigration status of a suspect or a witness 

police officer driving car
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Police officers in the state would follow stricter guidelines for body camera use under a law that passed through the State House of Representatives this week.



Senator Debbie Stabenow
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U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is troubled by many aspects of the budget President Donald Trump has sent to Congress, notably the elimination of Great Lakes protection funding. “Overall," she says, "this budget makes no sense from a Michigan standpoint.”


The Lansing City Council voted Monday to approve a needle exchange program aimed at reducing the spread of HIV and other infections.


Drug paraphernalia is considered illegal under Michigan state law, except in the case of needle exchange programs. The council’s decision last night put the city ordinance in line with that state law.