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About 50 farmers markets across Michigan are at risk of losing their ability to offer SNAP benefits, formerly food stamps, to customers. 


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court is wrapping up its business before the end of its term on Tuesday.  One case they will likely decide this week is about a ballot initiative to change the way the state draws its political district lines.


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The Board of State Canvassers has delayed a vote on a pair of ballot initiatives – over a timing issue.  A meeting on the matter became Thursday.  That’s because a group opposing proposals to increase the minimum wage and require earned sick time said the board had to wait one more day to vote.


Michigan Supreme Court
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A plea deal that prevented one former lawmaker from holding office for five years is not enforceable.  That was the ruling of the Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday.


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The Republican candidates for governor have been battling it out for months.  There’s more money being spent on the Republican primary than recent years– and it’s being used to help the candidates go after each other. 


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The Michigan primary is fast approaching.  Democrats and Republicans will head to the polls on August 7th to decide who they want to represent their party in the November governor’s race.  Three democratic candidates hope they’ll be chosen, and money – and the television ads it buys – has played an interesting role in the Democratic race so far.


John Engler
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Michigan State University’s interim president will appear before a US Senate subcommittee today.


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Details of a proposed settlement between Michigan State University and survivors of Larry Nassar have come to light.  Nassar is the former MSU sports doctor who will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for sexually assaulting his patients.  It's a condition of the settlement has upset some state lawmakers.


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about whether a redistricting proposal can go on the November ballot.


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments this week about whether a redistricting measure can go on the November ballot.  This is the last stop for the contentious proposal.


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court has weighed in on what kinds of evidence can be admitted in sexual assault cases.


Podium
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For the first time in Michigan history, Libertarian candidates for governor will be on the August primary ballot.  That’s because the party got enough Michigan votes in the 2016 election to put the party on the primary ballot.


Vote
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A ballot measure aimed at improving access to voting was turned over to the Secretary of State Monday.  Monday was the last day for citizen-initiated proposals to amend the state constitution to turn in their signatures for review by the Bureau of Elections.


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If you want to vote in the August primary, today is your last day to register.


Rick Snyder
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Michigan has about 150 new laws.  Governor Rick Snyder finished going through a pile of bills that were sent to him before the Legislature went on its summer break.


Straits of Mackinac
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A new bill by state lawmakers would prohibit any anchor dropping in the Straits of Mackinac.  This comes after an anchor damaged an oil and gas pipeline.


Progress Michigan
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A liberal advocacy group wants to take Attorney General Bill Schuette to the Michigan Supreme Court.


Opioids
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Michigan patients now have less access to opioids for severe pain.  This is the final law to take effect in a package of bills signed last year.


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Three current and former Michigan judges are on the shortlist to be the next United States Supreme Court Justice.  President Donald Trump says he has a list of 25 potential candidates that he will choose from.  Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire in July.


Ballot Box
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A group trying to get a redistricting measure on the November ballot says arguments against the measure by the state Attorney General are redundant.

Prison
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Michigan’s prisons are in crisis: The state cannot find enough corrections officers to staff them.  Older officers are retiring, others are quitting.  And there are more than 600 officer positions waiting to be filled.  For corrections officers, that shortage means an exhausting, dangerous job is getting even tougher.


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A state elections board has complied with a court order to place a question on the November ballot.  It would change how congressional and legislative district boundaries are drawn.


John Engler
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Survivors of sexual assault want Michigan State University interim president John Engler gone.  More than 100 survivors of disgraced MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar are calling for Engler’s termination.  This stems from emails between Engler and an aide published by the Chronicle of Higher Education.


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The ACLU was in court Monday trying to get a federal judge to issue an order that immigration officers cannot threaten or coerce detained Iraqis into signing a document that could help deport them.


ICE
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A federal judge in Detroit will hear arguments today about alleged strong-arm tactics against Iraqi detainees. 


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