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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.


Rick Pluta / MPRN

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.


ICE
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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. 


John Engler
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Members of Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees want interim president John Engler to step down.  Trustees Brian Mosallam and Dianne Byrum released statements Friday.


Water
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A new state rule requires local water systems to get rid of all their lead service lines over the next 20 years.  These are the types of pipes that contributed to the Flint water crisis.


ICE
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The ACLU of Michigan wants a Detroit judge to order immigration authorities to stop coercive tactics against Iraqi immigrants in its custody.  The immigrants face deportation orders for crimes – usually committed years ago.


Great Lakes
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Environmental groups say legislation headed for Governor Rick Snyder’s desk would hurt the Great Lakes.  The groups plan to urge the governor to veto the bill.


Michigan Supreme Court
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The decision on whether voters will decide to overhaul how Michigan draws congressional and legislative districts is now before the state Supreme Court.


Planned Parenthood
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The Legislature has sent Governor Rick Snyder the new state budget, including a provision that attempts to cut funding to Planned Parenthood.


Rachael Denhollander
Rick Pluta / MPRN

A new law extends the statute of limitations for victims of sexual assaults to file lawsuits and for suspects to face prosecution.  It was signed Tuesday by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley while Governor Rick Snyder is out of the country.


Marijuana
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November is months away.  But the group that put recreational marijuana use on the general election ballot is already planning how to convince voters to mark ‘yes.’  And the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is getting some outside help.


Lou Anna Simon
Rick Pluta / MPRN

Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon delivered her first public comments since resigning in January under the hot lights of a US Senate hearing room. 


John Boehner
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Former US House Speaker John Boehner says the Republican Party is no more.  He said so at a conference on Mackinac Island.


Podium
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The economy, roads, education, and insurance were the issues last night at a political debate on Mackinac Island between six Republicans and Democrats running for governor.


Prison
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Michigan’s top prosecutor is on board with proposed changes to how the state parole board determines if an inmate can be released from prison.  


Mackinac Bridge
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Environmental groups are using a large gathering of Michigan’s political and business leaders on Mackinac Island to pressure the state to shut down Enbridge Energy’s Line 5


Soo Locks
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Michigan has earmarked $50 million as a down payment towards the billion dollar cost of upgrading the Soo Locks.  Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders announced it will be part of the new state budget


Money
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The state Legislature could vote to repeal the prevailing wage law as early as next week.  The Michigan Supreme Court yesterday ordered the ballot measure to move forward.  Prevailing wage requires public construction contracts pay union-level wages.


School Bus
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A coalition of school and police organizations are on board with legislation to keep Michigan schools safe.  State Senators introduced bipartisan bills yesterday.


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