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Dana Nessel
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Democrats want Dana Nessel as their candidate for state Attorney General in 2018.  The party held its endorsement convention Sunday.  Thousands gathered to vote on who should be on the ballot.


Gretchen Whitmer
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Former state Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer filed petition signatures yesterday to get her name on the primary ballot as a candidate for governor.  


Michigan Capitol
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State lawmakers want to hit universities in their pocketbooks if they don’t follow certain sexual assault policies.


Michigan Supreme Court
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The debate over firearms and school safety found its way Wednesday to the Michigan Supreme Court


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People from Flint interrupted a state legislative session Wednesday to demand clean drinking water.


Michigan State Senate
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Michigan universities might have to report all campus sexual assaults to their governing boards.


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The state says it can improve low student test scores and get more kids into skilled trades.


Yes Means Yes
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Bills in the state Legislature would require schools to teach what’s called affirmative consent – or “yes means yes” -- as part of sex education.


Michigan State University
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Lawmakers says there’s no doubt that Michigan State University failed to protect its students from Larry Nassar.  He’s the former MSU sports doctor who sexually assaulted patients for years under the guise of treatment.


Guns
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A major firearms case will be debated in front of the Michigan Supreme Court next week.  But advocates on both sides say it’s about more than whether someone can carry a firearm on school grounds.


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A state Attorney General candidate has filed a complaint against his opponent.  Democrat Pat Miles says fellow Democrat Dana Nessel violated the Michigan Campaign Finance Act.


Bottled Water
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Nestle will be able to increase the amount of water it can take from a well in West Michigan.  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality approved the petition Monday.


Autonomous Vehicle
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As Michigan moves forward in the so-called “race to mobility,” there are still some details it needs to work out.  The second annual report from Michigan’s Council on Future Mobility came out Monday. 


Police Car
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Some state lawmakers want to make it harder for law enforcement to take property involved in a suspected crime.  A committee plans to work on the bills after spring break.


Police Car
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The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether police officers illegally searched the backpack of a passenger in a stopped vehicle.  The passenger says officers should have first asked his permission.


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A former dean at Michigan State University is scheduled for a criminal hearing in May.  That’s to see if there’s enough evidence against him to go forward with charges of misconduct of a public official, criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree, and two separate charges of willful neglect of duty.


Prisons
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Inmates sent to prison as children can sue the state over sexual abuse and other alleged misconduct, under a ruling from the Michigan Court of Appeals.


Vaccine
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Michigan continues its fight against a deadly Hepatitis A outbreak.  Nearly 800 people have gotten the disease since August of 2016.  Now the state is giving half a million dollars to areas that have not had an outbreak of hepatitis A – yet.


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More local governments are getting money to create better systems to make sure every criminal defendant has a properly trained lawyer through every step of the legal process.


School Bus
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Law enforcement and school officials say they have a plan to save children’s lives.  They unveiled a proposal Thursday that calls for $120 million from the state to make Michigan schools safer.


Cannabis
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The state medical marijuana board has deadlocked on the first two applications for licenses.


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The state Legislature began discussions Wednesday on the newest plan to make people work for Medicaid.


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The state House has approved a bill to require vehicles to keep a distance of at least three feet when passing bicyclists. 


Autonomous Vehicle
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Michigan lawmakers are comfortable with the state’s current driverless vehicle laws.  


Road Construction
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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a budget bill that accelerates spending on road repairs in time to help with the spring and summer construction season. 


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