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Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James of Michigan is highlighting his military combat experience in his campaign's first TV ad.

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed bills that would make it tougher and more expensive for losing candidates to call a recount of the results. We have more from Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta.

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The state House opened hearings Wednesday on a bill that would require able-bodied people on Medicaid to have a job, be looking for work, or be enrolled in school. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the bill faces obstacles.

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A bill advancing in Michigan's Legislature would ensure wrongfully convicted inmates who receive state compensation fully qualify for a potential income tax break.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette is featuring his support from President Donald Trump in a new TV ad.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar is challenging the ballot eligibility of one of his opponents.

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Democrat Abdul El-Sayed launched his first TV ad in the Michigan governor's race Tuesday, touting his work to protect public health while calling for "new blood" in Lansing.


Republican state lawmakers in Michigan didn't try to mandate labeling the driver's licenses of immigrants with yellow stars, contrary to a claim in a story circulating on several liberal-leaning sites.

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A Republican Senator is sparring with the Michigan Department of Corrections over privatizing prison services.

Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports the department is already trying to end one type of privatization – and they don’t want a new one.

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Michigan election officials are reviewing a letter that requests an investigation into Democrat Abdul El-Sayed's eligibility to run for governor.

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White House aides, reporters and other famous-for-Washington types were set to gather without President Donald Trump to toast press freedom.

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A legal challenge has been filed against the ballot campaign to overhaul how Michigan draws political boundaries.

As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the lawsuit says the proposal to create an independent redistricting commission should be kept off the November ballot.

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A woman who says Michigan State University ignored her sexual assault complaints is considering a run for the school’s board of trustees.

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Four years after the start of the Flint Water Crisis, the Snyder administration announced this month that it would be ending free bottled water distribution in the city. Now, Mayor Karen Weaver says she is considering a lawsuit against Governor Rick Snyder's Administration. Mayor Weaver joined WKAR's Karel Vega via phone to talk about the possible lawsuit, and the state of Flint in 2018.

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Tensions were high on the Senate floor Thursday when a lawmaker doubled down on claims that Muslim terrorist groups are trying to infiltrate the US.