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Groups wanting to expand access to voting and boost Michigan's renewable energy requirement will quickly begin gathering signatures for 2018 ballot drives after receiving initial approval from the state elections board Tuesday.

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People convicted of crimes would have to listen to victim statements at their sentencing hearings – if a bill making its way through the state Legislature becomes law. 


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A ballot campaign will begin gathering signatures to add a voting rights amendment to the state constitution. If the effort gathers enough signatures, the question will go on the November ballot for voters to decide.


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Groups wanting to expand access to voting and boost Michigan's renewable energy requirement have seen the form of their ballot initiatives approved by the state elections board.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered flags to be lowered in honor of former U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg on state buildings and within the Capitol complex.

A Democratic group backed by former President Barack Obama said this week it plans to invest millions of dollars in state-level elections in Michigan and ten other states this year.

Gov. Rick Snyder is seeking to boost base funding for most of Michigan's public schools by the largest dollar amount in more than 15 years.

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg, a Republican who served suburban Detroit's Oakland County for 16 years after a career in insurance, died Tuesday at 84.

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Last week, the Ingham County Board of Commissioners appointed Dennis Louney to represent the county’s tenth district on Lansing’s east side. The vacancy had been created by the resignation of Brian McGrain, who now runs the economic development and planning department in the city of Lansing.


LGBT rights groups are blasting Governor Rick Snyder’s appointment of an anti-gay minister to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, the governor is standing by the appointment.


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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wants to improve the state's water infrastructure by investing $110 million annually to help ensure access to safe drinking water.

A chartered train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers to a Republican policy retreat in West Virginia struck a garbage truck in a rural Virginia town on Wednesday. No lawmakers or aides were reported injured, but the White House said one person was killed and another was seriously hurt.

Michigan congressman Mike Bishop, John Moolenaar and Fred Upton confirmed on Twitter they were on the train but uninjured.

SPECIAL COVERAGE: State of the Union 2018

Jan 30, 2018
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TUE. JAN. 30 9pm-11pm NPR News and PBS NewsHour

President Trump delivers his State of the Union address to Congress. With Democratic Response.

Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, seen as a rising political star with a famous last name, delivers the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time.

President Trump delivers his State of the Union address to Congress. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time.

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