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September's Democratic presidential debate has been narrowed to one night only, as more candidates have called it quits altogether.

vaping products
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Vape shop owners and advocates expressed their frustrations Thursday with an upcoming state ban on flavored vaping products.           


Michigan House of Representatives
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Marijuana sold in stores would have to have labels warning pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers about the health risks for their fetuses and children under legislation passed Tuesday by the Michigan House.

Gretchen Whitmer, Mike Shirkey, Lee Chatfield
WKAR-MSU

UPDATED at 4:00 p.m.: Negotiations to come up with a long-term plan to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads have been put on hold. Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican Legislative leadership announced Monday that their main priority is the budget. 


Michigan Capitol
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The race would decide which party controlled the Michigan Senate. Right to Life — the state’s leading anti-abortion group — backed the Democrat.


Michigan Capitol
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Republican legislative leaders agreed to a budget framework Thursday and intend to begin passing spending bills next week despite not having a deal with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Michigan State University outdoor sign
File photo / WKAR-MSU

The Education Department is fining Michigan State University a record $4.5 million and demanding sweeping changes after determining that it failed to respond to sexual assault complaints against Larry Nassar, a former sports doctor at the school who also worked at USA Gymnastics.


Michigan Capital
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Michigan will get $27.9 million in federal funds to help families and communities deal with the opioid crisis.

vaping products
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is moving to make Michigan the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

Larry Inman
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A Michigan lawmaker has returned to session for the first time in months after being charged with trading votes for campaign money.

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A state lawmaker wants to make sure Michigan doesn’t have any privately run prisons.


Larry Inman
http://gophouse.org/

State Representative Larry Inman’s lawyers have asked a court to toss federal bribery charges that could land him in prison for 20 years.  Inman is trying to fend off claims that he asked unions for campaign donations in exchange for votes. 


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The Michigan Department of Corrections is reviewing how its mail policy is applied after inmates at a state prison were prevented from reading five news articles published by the Lansing State Journal.

Elissa Slotkin takes questions from the audience in Howell at her third official town hall. She demurred, when asked to take a position on an impeachment inquiry now that 137 House Democrats support impeachment or an inquiry.
Abigail Censky, WKAR

Over the August recess the number of Democrats in the House of Representatives in favor of impeachment or an impeachment inquiry has increased to more than half of the chamber’s Democrats. But most of the Democrats who have signed on to support an inquiry are from solidly blue districts. WKAR’s politics reporter Abigail Censky talked with WKAR Host Karel Vega about what Democrats from republican leaning districts in Michigan are thinking.


Last week, the Trump administration changed the Title X program, which helps fund access to reproductive care for low income women. The new rule mandates clinics can’t talk to patients about abortion and still receive funding.  Planned Parenthood clinics across the country withdrew from the program in response to the changes. Now, stakeholders in Michigan are disagreeing about how the rule change will impact Michigan.

 


 

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