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The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected an appeal in the case of an unusual school labor agreement that was widely viewed as a way to get around the state's right-to-work law.

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Michigan’s Speaker of the House has his eye on a new government position for 20-18. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports Tom Leonard is running for state Attorney General.


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Michigan lawmakers voted Wednesday to prohibit local taxes on food, drinks and gum in a pre-emptive strike against any municipality that might consider levying a tax on soda and other sugary and artificially sweetened items.

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Legislation up for a final vote in Michigan aims to stop police misconduct from being kept a secret when officers apply for a new job at another department.

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The Washington Post reports the National Rifle Association donated $74,460 to the campaigns of Michigan congressmen.

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Governor Rick Snyder says he plans to meet with black state lawmakers to hear their concerns following a controversial Facebook post by the leader of the Michigan State Police. We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta. 


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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) ordered flags around Lansing lowered tomorrow after the shooting that killed at least 58 in Las Vegas. 


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The massacre in Las Vegas is renewing the calls for changing gun laws in America.


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White nationalist Richard Spencer is asking to speak at the University of Cincinnati after Ohio State University and other colleges have rejected similar requests.

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Ten state House Democrats linked arms Thursday during the Pledge of Allegiance in lieu of putting their hands over their hearts. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, they say it was to show solidarity with NFL players and to protest a controversial Facebook post by the leader of the Michigan State Police. 


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A plan to grant amnesty to people who owe sometimes thousands of dollars in unpaid driver responsibility fees is in the works. As Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers rolled out the proposal today. 


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A former West Michigan U-S Attorney wants to be Michigan’s next Attorney General. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports.


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Michigan would forgive more than $600 million in extra "responsibility" fees that have been assessed on 317,000 motorists for certain traffic offenses under new legislation that is designed to help them regain their licenses and stop driving illegally. 

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A councilman in a diverse Detroit enclave has apologized for comments he made about Yemeni and Bangladeshi immigrants and avoided censure by the elected body.

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Michigan this week to push a plan to cut taxes and simplify the country's tax code.

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