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Republican businessman Sandy Pensler said Wednesday he contributed $5 million to his campaign for U.S. Senate, giving a jolt to a race in which the GOP is hoping to defeat incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow but has struggled to find a proven, top-tier candidate.

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The U.S. Justice Department says it will seek the death penalty if a Detroit man is convicted of gang-related killings.

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration on Monday proposed legislation to ensure that taxpayers do not see their state income taxes rise as a result of the federal tax overhaul, saying Michigan's personal exemption should be increased by $200 more than is scheduled.

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A federal judge says some Michigan lawmakers must sit for interviews about a law that bans straight-party voting.

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WXYZ-TV editorial/public affairs director Chuck Stokes talked about what's ahead in the Michigan state legislature and Governor Rick Snyder's final State of the State address.


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Governor Rick Snyder’s administration is looking at making changes to state tax laws early in 2018. That’s after it discovered the new federal tax law could have an impact on Michigan resident’s wallets.


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The 2018 US Senate race got a shake up Wednesday, but not because of someone entering the race. Republican Bob Young decided to step down from the race.


AG Bill Schuette
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The state Attorney General is under fire for his hiring practices. The liberal group, Progress Michigan filed a complaint with the Secretary of State Tuesday. It wants the office to investigate multiple hires made by Attorney General Bill Schuette.


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Despite the frigid temperatures outside, there was warm sense of optimism inside the Lansing Center as the city’s inaugural issued in a new era for the city on the first day of 2018. 


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Starting today, minors found in possession of alcohol will get a little more leniency under Michigan law.

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A state Representative says tax dollars shouldn’t be used for certain settlements by college and universities.


Photos of Virg Bernero, Debbie Mikula, Tony Baltimore, Tim Daman and David Hollister.
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On Monday, Lansing will get its first new mayor in a dozen years when Andy Schor takes the oath of office. Virg Bernero’s 12 years in office will come to an end at 11:30 a.m. on New Years Day. Politicians have their supporters and they have their detractors, and Virg Bernero might have as wide a range of descriptions as anyone in Lansing history. While some admire his drive, others criticize his sometimes brusque demeanor. In anticipation of his departure from office, WKAR sought out a cross-section of the Lansing community to look back at Virg Bernero’s time as mayor.


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Next Monday will be Virg Bernero’s last day as Mayor of Lansing. Today and tomorrow, WKAR will consider his legacy as he moves into private life. We begin today with a look at the way many will remember Virg Bernero: as America’s Angriest Mayor.


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The Michigan Supreme Court says a judge was wrong to increase the sentence of man convicted of armed robbery. That’s because the judge made an assumption at sentencing instead of using actual proof.


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 The state of Michigan is trying to stop a court order that prevents officials from suspending the driver's licenses of people who can't afford traffic fines. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, the state says it’s not possible to comply with the decision. 


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