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Legislation headed toward Gov. Rick Snyder's desk would protect the confidentiality of parents who give up their newborn by leaving the child at a hospital or with emergency responders.

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Michigan Department of Civil Rights

The director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights is turning down a $24,740 bonus that was approved by a state commission in a closed-door vote.

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The 2010 Democratic candidate for Michigan Secretary of State says she will try again in 2018. We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta.

Legislation going to Gov. Rick Snyder would give an income tax break to an estimated 1,000 police and firefighters who are currently at least 65 and who retired before 2013.

Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow reports having $6.9 million for her re-election campaign after raising $1.7 million in the most recent reporting period.

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Michigan's governor insisted Thursday that his congressional testimony regarding the Flint water crisis "was truthful and I stand by it," shortly after a committee pointed out a potential discrepancy and warned him about committing perjury. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court began its new term last week with a case that’s destined to make history.  For the first time, the court will decide if partisan gerrymandering is, in fact, constitutional. 

In the meantime, a citizens group in Michigan is hoping to bypass the traditional legislative process and put the job back in the hands of the people.

 


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Lawmakers in Lansing want to get rid of driver responsibility fees sooner than expected.Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports lawmakers across the board are critical of the fees. 


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A Republican candidate for governor has been kicked off of his Senate committees. Cheyna Roth reports.


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Michigan would authorize and license midlevel "dental therapists" to do work now performed by dentists under a bill advancing in the Legislature.

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Governor Rick Snyder met Tuesday with the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, the subject was the future of the Michigan State Police and its leader, Colonel Kriste Etue.


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The Michigan Supreme Court has awarded more than three million dollars in grants to circuit courts across the state. 


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WKAR's Reginald Hardwick talked with Shannon McGregor, University of Utah assistant professor, who wrote an article for Buzzfeed. It said both Presidential campaigns heavily targeted Michigan voters with Facebook ads and used embedded employees from Facebook to spread their message.s


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The state Legislature has several bills in the works that would limit local government authority. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports that several preemption bills passed the state Senate this week.


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Voters in Grand Rapids will decide next month whether to authorize a tax to support the city's library system for another 20 years.

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