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U.S. Senate approves Flint water crisis funding

Congress has approved a wide-ranging bill to authorize water projects across the country, including $170 million to address lead in Flint's drinking water.

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Michigan's Palisades nuclear power plant is shutting down. Entergy Corporation, the owner, made the decision after Consumers Energy, which had been purchasing the electricity from Palisades, ended its contract with Entergy early. "The contract....is higher than market," says Consumers' Dan Bishop. "It's more expensive than other sources in the market, so agreeing to end that contract early could save Consumers Energy electric customers as much as $172 million." Consumers will also pay Entergy...

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A bill on its way to Governor Rick Snyder would compensate people who were wrongly convicted of a crime and imprisoned. The legislation would allow former felons to collect $50,000 for every year spent in prison. They would also have to agree not to sue the state. State Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren, says it’s only fair that the state compensate people who did not belong in prison. “We can’t bring them their time back. We can’t bring back the time they’ve lost with their families, the ability to...

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announcing the benefits of applying for a municipal ID card.
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Detroit residents can now apply for a municipal ID card that will be recognized throughout the city. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the ID program will allow residents, regardless of citizenship status or criminal background, to access businesses and services that require a valid photo ID. “For most of us who have driver's licenses, we don't know what this experience is not to have ID and how hard everyday life can be,” Duggan said. Homeless people living in the city can even list the shelter...

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The legal battles over the statewide recount of Michigan's presidential election results have been raging. At the same time, another story is clearly emerging: Precincts that cannot be recounted because of Michigan's recount law, which dates back to 1954.

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Prosecutors in Detroit say they had the wrong man in jail for the murder of Wayne State University Police Sgt. Collin Rose on November 22. They are dropping all charges against DeAngelo Davis, 31, who was arraigned in connection with the fatal shooting and pled not guilty to killing Officer Rose on Nov. 25.

Ottawa County is a pretty lovely place on the western shore of Lake Michigan, a little south of Grand Rapids. I know it primarily for two things: the tulip festival in Holland, and for being the most Republican county in Michigan. Ottawa last voted Democratic for president in 1864, when the local farmers decided they’d had enough of the Civil War and wanted their boys home. Since then, it has been as Republican as they come. Franklin Roosevelt couldn’t carry it, nor could Lyndon Johnson.

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A mom whose son died at a Grand Rapids daycare last year has been visiting Lansing, pushing state lawmakers to create criminal penalties in similar cases. Investigators found the daycare where Mary Fales’ 3-month-old Cooper died had violated several rules, particularly around safe infant sleep.

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More courtroom drama tomorrow is expected as Michigan Republicans and the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump continue try to shut down the statewide ballot recount. The recount was requested by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. But Republicans say, with one percent of the vote, Stein has no chance of winning in the end, and so has no right to demand a recount. The Michigan Court of Appeals agreed. But state Elections Director Chris Thomas says he won’t stop the recount...

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Bills making their way through the Michigan Legislature would allow school staff to more quickly treat students who overdose on heroin or prescription opioid pills. If they pass, teachers wouldn’t have to wait for an ambulance before getting them naloxone, aka Narcan, the anti-opioid drug that police and EMS workers carry.

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The Michigan Civil Rights Commission says the state is wrong to eliminate minimum wage protection for workers on some small farms. According to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs' Wage and Hour Division, small farms with fewer than 500 man-days in any quarter of the previous year are exempt from paying the minimum wage. A "man-day" means any day during which an employee works at least one hour. "We received an informal attorney general opinion, and we determined that we had...

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