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The state of Michigan says it has reversed 70 percent of unemployment benefit fraud cases and is refunding $20.8 million after people were wrongly accused of collecting excessive benefits. 

Flint voters have approved updating the city's 43-year-old charter with changes including stronger ethics standards and a requirement to create a water bill assistance plan.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and the son of a former mayor won the lion's share of Tuesday's non-partisan mayoral primary and will face off in a fall general election that will determine who will lead the city for the next four years. 

Eight candidates will compete for four Lansing City Council seats in November. They survived the August 8 primary that fielded 24 candidates. 


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Democrats Andy Schor and Judi Brown Clarke will face each other in November in a contest that will decide which one will become the next mayor of Lansing.


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Here are the latest Primary Election results for Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from the city of Lansing, Meridian Township plus Eaton, Jackson and Livingston Counties. 

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Lansing City Pulse publisher Berl Schwartz talked with WKAR's Kevin Lavery a day before the August 8, 2017 Lansing Mayoral Primary. He talked about the expected turnout for the mayoral and city council candidate races. 

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With Lansing's Mayoral primary on Tuesday, August 8, WKAR's Katie Cook reached out to all the candidates to discuss their priorities. Judi Brown Clarke, Michael Joseph Gillenkirk, Harold Leeman, Jr. and Andy Schor also responded. Daniel Trevino could not be reached for comment by deadine. 


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The fourth ward city council seat in Lansing will have a new face next year. Incumbent Jessica Yorko decided not to run for re-election. Yorko has endorsed Brian T. Jackson’s campaign for the post.


Various signs of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing.
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Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope said a drive to place a new medical marijuana business ordinance on the ballot will not go forward due to problems with the petition form and proposed ordinance language.

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A former Lansing Board of Water and Light commissioner who still works in the utility industry hopes to become Lansing’s next city council member representing Ward 2. WKAR’s conversations with candidates continue with Julee Rodocker, who expresses pride in her lifetime ties to the second ward.


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An investigation into dogfighting in mid-Michigan spans two counties and has led to at least 10 dogs being seized from a Lansing home. 

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is leaving this weekend on a nine-day investment mission to China. 

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Lansing mayor Virg Bernero expressed disappointment that the U.S. Department of Interior denied an application to an Indian tribe seeking to build a $125 million casino in downtown Lansing. 


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