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Besieged by allegations of sexual harassment, Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress on Tuesday, bringing an abrupt end to the Detroit liberal's nearly 52-year career in the House.

Gov. Rick Snyder has issued temporary rules less than two weeks before Michigan's new medical marijuana licensing system begins.

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Prominent clergy, Detroit elected leaders and community activists said Monday they will go to Washington — if necessary — to demand due process for Rep. John Conyers, who faces allegations of sexual harassment from several former staffers.

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Local governments and police and firefighter unions are keeping a close eye on hearings to begin this week at the state Capitol.  GOP leaders are proposing more aggressive state oversight of local retirement funds.

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Supporters of U.S. Rep. John Conyers are planning a Monday rally in Detroit for the embattled congressman. 

Gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, one of only two women to have been a legislative leader in Michigan, said the male-dominated Capitol has a "locker room" atmosphere in which it is not uncommon for female lawmakers and employees to confront sexual harassment. 

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Democratic Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan announced Saturday that he will not seek re-election to a 19th term in 2018.

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Police in Michigan would no longer be legally allowed to have sex with prostitutes during undercover investigations under legislation nearing Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.

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Michigan municipalities would have to report financial information about their employee retirement systems to the state under new legislation that supporters say is designed to help communities address substantially underfunded pension and health care plans.

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Hundreds of police officers and firefighters converged Wednesday on the state Capitol. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, they rallied to protect retirement benefits.


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Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is planning to require the replacement of every underground lead service pipe in Michigan within 20 years while delaying by four years a deadline to implement the nation's toughest lead limit for drinking water, in the wake of the Flint lead crisis.

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Hundreds of police and firefighters have rallied at Michigan's Capitol in a show of force against pending legislation they fear could lead to cuts in retiree benefits.

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In his first day as a candidate for governor, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley made criminal charges related to the Flint water crisis a campaign issue. Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta tells us he was picking a fight with state Attorney General Bill Schuette, who is a rival for the Republican nomination.


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Lansing mayor-elect Andy Schor will spend three days at Harvard University starting Tuesday as part of the Kennedy School seminar on Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors.


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On WKAR's "Morning Edition" with Brooke Allen, Lansing city clerk Chris Swope said the city has received no applications to operate a medical marijuana business in the coming year.  He also said there may be more changes to the newest ordinance tonight.


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