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Michigan abortion foes can call procedure ‘dismemberment’ on ballot petitions

June 20, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Right to Life-backed group is seeking to ban a common second-trimester procedure known medically as “dilation and evacuation.” A second group is seeking a “fetal heartbeat” ban. Both ballot efforts carry no exceptions for rape or incest.  

Faded Grayling eyes revival after a Chilean firm brings factory jobs

June 19, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

A particleboard facility has produced a mini building boom, with affordable housing, condos and maybe even a boutique hotel planned for this northern Michigan town. A local community college, meanwhile, is helping train future workers.

Flint mayor satisfied, but others outraged after water charges dropped

June 13, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Flint leaders are both hopeful and skeptical that Attorney General Dana Nessel will reboot the criminal cases and prosecute high-ranking officials  

Dana Nessel's office drops charges in Flint water contamination case

June 13, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

Charges against the state’s former top doctor and former health director have been dropped but could be refiled, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says.  

Michigan lawmakers’ pet projects get funding, new controls added

June 12, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

New legislation fixes minor errors so road, dam projects can move forward and funds an effort to bring a space program to northern Michigan.  

Gretchen Whitmer on Census: Get counted or lose money, clout for Michigan

June 11, 2019 | Chastity Pratt

Governor signs executive order creating Census committee to better reach undercounted communities

Here are 9 ways to build better roads in Michigan, from old tires to pig poop

June 10, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Researchers in Michigan and elsewhere are studying new ways to increase the lifespan of roads and bridges. Could recycled materials and new methods of mixing asphalt be the future? See our slideshow.

Michigan House GOP plans to replace sales tax on gasoline to fund roads

June 7, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

House Republicans intend to propose replacing Michigan’s 6 percent sales tax on gasoline purchases with an equal amount of gas tax, dedicating the revenue to roads. Some Democrats say they’re concerned about the impact of losing sales tax revenue on schools and local governments.

Ex-Senate Leader sent email citing influence with Michigan pot board

June 6, 2019 | Craig Mauger

Arlan Meekhof, who has consulted for marijuana clients since leaving the Legislature, wrote in February that he spoke with the pot board chair about his clients, emails show. That raised red flags among state officials.

Michigan Republican lawmakers challenge Nessel opinion on ballot drive law

June 5, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Attorney General Dana Nessel claims the Republican law, which placed new restrictions on the statewide ballot initiative process, is unconstitutional. The GOP now is going to court in a bid to force the Secretary of State to ignore Nessel’s opinion.

See how much a 45-cent Michigan gas tax might cost you

May 31, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to solve the state's crumbling roads with a 45-cent gas tax, money that she says would fix Michigan's woeful roads. It would cost more but, she said, also save motorists hundreds in repair costs each year.

Whitmer urges business to back gas tax, Michigan Republicans still balking

May 30, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The Democratic governor pleaded with the state’s business leaders to pressure legislators on her $2.5 billion road proposal after signing auto insurance reform.

Conflict looms for Whitmer, Nessel as Enbridge accelerates Line 5 tunnel plan

May 30, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Enbridge announces it can finish Line 5 tunnel by 2024, setting up potential conflict between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel, who is threatening litigation.

Michigan Rep. Larry Inman: I’m not guilty of bribery, extortion and lying

May 28, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Inman denies that he offered to vote no on a labor bill in exchange for campaign contributions from a union. His lawyer says Inman has “no plan to resign right now.”

Report: Michiganders divided on road funding options, just like Lansing

May 28, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

A survey by the Center for Michigan finds state residents agree that roads are bad and need fixing, but disagree on the best source of funding.

What the no-fault auto reform deal means for Michigan drivers

May 24, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican leaders in the legislature negotiated a big change to the state’s auto insurance laws. Here’s how the deal may impact your rates and coverage.

Michigan no-fault deal stops rate setting based on gender or education level

May 24, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

This week’s historic deal to revamp Michigan’s auto insurance includes provisions to eliminate a slew of non-driving factors. But where you live will still play a role.

U.S. Supreme Court halts order requiring Michigan to redraw political lines

May 24, 2019 | Jim Malewitz, Lindsay VanHulle

The high court’s order relieves Michigan Republicans from a summer deadline to reshape state maps, as the Supreme Court prepares to rule in June on what role judges should play in redistricting conflicts.

Bipartisan Michigan auto insurance deal reached between Whitmer, Republicans

May 24, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

After weeks of secret talks, and years of gridlock, the deal offers personal injury protection opt-out for some drivers, extends guaranteed PIP rate rollbacks for 8 years and stops insurers from raises based on non-driving factors.

Michigan Attorney General: GOP limits on petition drives are unconstitutional

May 22, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Dana Nessel, a Democrat, said the controversial election law passed by lame-duck Republicans “creates an obstacle for voters without any support in the (state) Constitution itself.”

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