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Michigan State Senate
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Democrats in the state Senate plan to try and undo a controversial bill that passed during last year’s lame duck session.


Cigarettes
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Some health advocates want to raise the minimum age for tobacco purchases.  The American Cancer Society also wants changes to make pricing for cancer treatments more fair in Michigan.


Michigan House of Representatives
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The state Legislature returned last week to open its 100th session.


Michigan Capitol
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The Michigan Legislature will gavel in for its 100th session this week.  Lawmakers say they have one multi-billion dollar issue to tackle first.


Gretchen Whitmer
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Michigan officially has a new governor.  Gretchen Whitmer was sworn in Tuesday on the Capitol steps. 


Michigan Capitol
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Republicans in the state Legislature are trying to limit the powers of statewide offices that – come January – will flip to Democrats.  It's a strategy that's angered Democratic voters, and protestors have been flooding the state Capitol with chants like “We voted for blue, not for you.”. 


Rick Snyder
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The board assembled to advise Governor Rick Snyder on pipeline safety in the state of Michigan held its last meeting Monday. 


Gretchen Whitmer
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Michigan’s new governor will start in January.  But Governor-Elect Gretchen Whitmer faces an adversarial state Legislature, which could impact what Whitmer is able to accomplish.


Gretchen Whitmer
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Michigan’s new Governor-elect is already making plans for her administration.


Vote
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Young voters could play a crucial role in Tuesday’s election results.  Here's what some groups are doing to get them to the polls.


Joe Biden
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Former Vice President Joe Biden held a rally in Lansing Thursday.  Biden was in town to stump for Democratic candidates.


Money
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This year’s midterm election continues to break records in political spending.  Special interest groups are at an all-time high for election spending.  That’s according to data gathered by the watchdog group, Michigan Campaign Finance Network.


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The second and final debate between the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor aired last night. 


Money
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In just two weeks, Michigan’s next governor will be decided – and that decision will have come with a hefty price tag.


Opioids
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Legislation awaiting President Trump’s signature would provide more support for people struggling with opioid addiction. 


Michigan’s senior U.S. Senator and her Republican opponent faced off in a debate Monday in front of the Detroit Economic Club.

Pipeline Advisory Board Sees Tunnel Plan

Oct 15, 2018

Governor Snyder’s office says a ruling by the US Coast Guard will better protect the Great Lakes from oil spills. 

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Tens of thousands of people were falsely accused of cheating on their unemployment benefits.  The state took money from their tax refund or ordered them to re-pay benefits.  That was after a problem with the state’s automated system.  The Michigan Supreme Court will decide if a lawsuit against the state for the false fraud accusations can go forward.


Ballot Box
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If you want to have a say in deciding Michigan’s next governor, you must register to vote by today.  Governor Rick Snyder is unable to run again due to term limits.  That makes this the first time in eight years Michigan residents have a governor’s ballot without an incumbent.


HIV
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Legislation in Michigan would reduce criminal penalties for people who intentionally don’t tell their sexual partners that they have HIV in order to spread the disease.  Those bills have stalled in a state House committee.


Straits of Mackinac
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A controversial pipeline that carries crude oil and natural gas liquids under the Straits of Mackinac is on its way toward being decommissioned.  Sort of.


Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
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The governor wants to make sure state departments and local agencies can respond to areas contaminated with PFAS chemicals as quickly as possible.  The industrial chemicals have been found in more than 30 locations across the state.  Governor Rick Snyder has issued a directive calling on state departments and agencies to create a readiness and response plan.


Handcuffs
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A package of bills in the state House would classify 17 year-olds as juveniles, rather than automatically treating them as adults.


Checkmark
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Michigan is a step closer to letting eligible voters register online.  The state House passed legislation Wednesday. 


Construction
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Governor Rick Snyder still can’t build a bridge between a union and a construction trade association to end a road work stoppage across the state.


Michigan Capitol
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The state Legislature returns this week – but they’ll likely save big issues for after the election.  Although they’re scheduled to meet next week as well –those session days could get canceled.


Money
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More than a quarter of all Michigan communities had pension or health care systems that were under-funded in 2017, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.  The department says 247 communities had systems that were under-funded, totaling about $19 billion.


Gretchen Whitmer
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Former top-level state officials with the Snyder, Engler, and Milliken administrations are among a group of Republicans and independents publicly endorsing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer for governor.


Medical
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Healthy Michigan means better credit for Michigan’s low-income residents.  That’s according to a new study on the state’s Medicaid expansion released Monday.  It found that people on the plan improved their financial health since getting the insurance coverage.


Child Protective Services
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Governor Rick Snyder has put together a team he says will help fix the state Child Protective Services program.  This comes after a state audit revealed CPS failed to follow a plethora of state requirements.


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