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A bipartisan group in Michigan rolled out a new auto no-fault insurance overhaul plan Tuesday.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette has won the endorsements of former Gov. John Engler and former congresswoman and Secretary of State Candice Miller. 

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A new plan is in the works to bring down Michigan’s expensive auto insurance rates. It could be rolled out as soon as Tuesday. 

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Parents of private school students cannot be part of a lawsuit over whether the state can send taxpayer money to their kids’ schools. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports. 


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Republican John James, a political newcomer who flew Army helicopters in the Iraq War and now runs an automotive supply chain and logistics business in Detroit, said Thursday he is running for U.S. Senate.

Michigan is facing a new lawsuit over same-sex couple adoptions. As Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports, the ACLU says the state can’t let adoption agencies that take public money turn away same-sex couples.


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Republicans in Lansing worked at a breakneck speed today to pass legislation expanding campaign donation limits to certain types of big donors.   


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Voters might have the chance to decide a pair of workers’ rights questions next year. As we hear from Rick Pluta, petition campaigns to put the questions on the 2018 ballot are underway. 


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The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is asking state Attorney General Bill Schuette for a formal ruling on whether it has the authority to extend housing and employment protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender people. That’s after an attorney from his office torpedoed a proposal the commission was on the cusp of adopting. 

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation allowing communities to fix ballots where candidates missed the state filing deadline because of incorrect information from local clerks.

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Republicans Rocky Raczkowski and Lena Epstein plan to seek a suburban Detroit House seat opening due to a retirement.

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A long-stalled movement to make it illegal to discriminate against LGBT people may gain traction — not in the Legislature but with a Michigan board that is being asked to declare that such discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations is already unlawful under state law.

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President Donald Trump has endorsed Attorney General Bill Schuette for governor of Michigan.

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UPDATE filed by Cheyna Roth of the Michigan Public Radio Network:

A mid-Michigan farmer that was denied an application to the 2017 East Lansing farmer's market can go to the market for the rest of the 2017 season. The farmer sued the city when he was denied a spot. The city said the farmer's Facebook posts saying the farm would not host same sex marriages went against a city ordinance. The farmer says, this violates his free speech and free exercise of religion. The farmer asked for an order from the judge saying he could sell produce at the market while the case is underway. The judge granted the request saying the farmer has a "substantial likelihood of success" on at least one of his claims.

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Former Michigan Gov. Jim Blanchard is backing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer for governor.

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