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The Michigan Supreme Court is the next stop in a legal fight over whether guns can be openly carried at polling places on Election Day.  Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel say guns can be intimidating – especially in a contentious election.  But gun rights advocates say the state can’t step on a right that’s guaranteed under state law.

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The court fight over absentee voting in Michigan is not over.  Republican leaders say they’ve filed a notice Thursday that an appeal of the latest court ruling is on the way.  Rick Pluta reports.

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A federal lawsuit filed by two former Republican secretaries of state has joined the swirl of litigation surrounding absentee voting and the upcoming election.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


The petition campaign to add LGBTQ protections to Michigan’s civil rights law was granted an extension to continue gathering signatures.  Rick Pluta reports the Wednesday ruling came from a state Court of Claims judge.


A Michigan Court of Claims judge has ruled Governor Gretchen Whitmer has the power to declare consecutive states of emergency without waiting for the Legislature's approval. 

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The Legislature’s Republican leaders are suing Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  They say she’s exceeded her emergency authority to deal with the COVID-19 health crisis and violated the state constitution.  We have more from Rick Pluta.

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A lawsuit seeking to reverse Eastern Michigan University’s decision to cut four of its sports programs has been dismissed.

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The state says now is not the time to rule on whether a candidate for governor is eligible to run.  That could mean the question will wait until after Democratic voters make their choice in the primary.

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has put a lawsuit regarding state money for private schools on hold while it decides who can be part of it. 

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Michigan State University is asking a court to decide whether it has to release police and arrest records related to a highly publicized investigation.  The records are related to the criminal investigation into an alleged sexual assault that may involve members of the Spartan football team.

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A left-leaning group has filed a lawsuit to find out how often Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and his aides used private e-mail accounts to discuss public business. 

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Flint residents who filed a class-action lawsuit related to the water crisis got good news and bad news on Wednesday. 

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A group that wants to legalize marijuana in Michigan is going back to court.