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A pilot program at MSU could give students election day off, but it would mean the majority of students are not on campus over election day leaving questions about potential impact to voter turnout
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Prosecutors have dropped a felony sexual-assault case against a Michigan State University athletic trainer who separately was among several people at the school implicated in the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal.

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A Michigan legislative committee on Thursday backed bipartisan bills that would raise the age at which criminal defendants would be automatically treated as adults, following a compromise to resolve funding and other issues.

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A jury has convicted a former mid-Michigan fifth-grade teacher of 18 counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct against male students that he taught.

Jurors also found Patrick Daley not guilty on five counts of the same charge and could not teach a verdict on one count.

He taught at Washington Woods Middle School in Holt for five years.


A fourth Indiana man has died following a small plane crash near a mid-Michigan airport.

The Clinton County sheriff’s office says Monday that 27-year-old Zechariah Bennett died Saturday.

Six men were aboard the single-engine plane which crashed about 9 a.m. Thursday outside Capital Region International Airport in DeWitt Township, outside Lansing. The plane earlier had left Indy South Greenwood Airport near Indianapolis.

Larry Inman

Work has started on gathering petition signatures toward possibly recalling a Michigan lawmaker facing federal charges of trading votes for campaign money.

Republican Rep. Larry Inman has denied any wrongdoing and has rebuffed a formal call from the Michigan House that he resign from his Traverse City-area seat.

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The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to look at a misdemeanor conviction that raises key questions about free speech.

Keith Wood was distributing pamphlets in 2015 outside the Mecosta County courthouse in Big Rapids. He told people they could choose their conscience over the law if they were picked to serve on a jury.

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A Democratic Michigan lawmaker has removed a sign proclaiming her office to be “gun-free” after the House speaker wrote to her to do so.

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A lawsuit contends that some changes made to Michigan’s auto insurance law are unconstitutional.

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Police are investigating after motorists traveling through a Detroit suburb were stunned to see a pornographic video playing on an electronic billboard.

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Fiat Chrysler has agreed to pay $40 million to settle a complaint by securities regulators that it misled investors by overstating monthly sales numbers.