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A new national poll finds some high-profile Republicans – including President Trump – struggling against Democratic candidates in Michigan.

   

The respected Quinnipiac University poll finds the top six Democratic presidential contenders defeating President Trump in both Michigan and Pennsylvania, though half of those results were within the surveys’ margin of error.

 

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of a ballot drive to overhaul Michigan's lobbying rules say they will begin gathering signatures right away after clearing a procedural step.

The Board of State Canvassers on Wednesday approved a summary of the proposed constitutional amendment to appear on the heading of a petition sponsored by the Coalition to Close Lansing Loopholes.

The panel also OK'd the petition form.

The proposal would ban free food and drink for state elected officials and require former lawmakers to wait two years to become lobbyists.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Marijuana sold in Michigan shops will have to have labels warning pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers about the health risks for their fetuses and infants under newly enacted laws. Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist signed the two bills Wednesday because Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was out of the state.

The labels must be placed on legal recreational and medical marijuana products.

They will warn that use by pregnant or breastfeeding women may result in fetal injury, preterm birth, low birth weight or development problems for children.

GOP Leader Nixes Bill To Process Influx Of Absentee Ballots

Feb 19, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A top Republican lawmaker is opposing legislation that would ease Michigan election clerks' ability to process an expected influx of absentee ballots, saying it would set a "dangerous precedent."

Sanders Expands Operation In Michigan 3 Weeks Before Primary

Feb 18, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is expanding his campaign's operations in Michigan three weeks before the state's Democratic primary. 

Group Works To Protect Michigan Lighthouse

Feb 18, 2020
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FRANKFORT, Mich. (AP) — An organization responsible for maintaining a historic Michigan lighthouse hopes that improving the site's shoreline protection system will minimize damage from Lake Michigan's high water levels.

High water is causing problems for properties all along Michigan's shoreline, including the Point Betsie Lighthouse on the northeastern shore of Lake Michigan.

A crack in the cement barrier intended to prevent erosion in front of the lighthouse is a high priority.

GM Plans To Pull Out Of Australia, New Zealand And Thailand

Feb 17, 2020
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DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it's pulling out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don't produce adequate returns on investments, dismaying officials concerned over job losses.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is urging businesses to give their workers the day off on Election Day by making it a company holiday.

Michigan Man Serving Up To 60 Years For Pot Seeks Release

Feb 15, 2020
Michigan Dept. of Corrections

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man sentenced to up to 60 years in prison in 1996 for a marijuana dealing conviction is hoping to cut his remaining time behind bars.

Judge Rules On Michigan's Sex Offender Registry Challenge

Feb 15, 2020
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DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge has told state officials that the Michigan legislature needs to bring portions of its sex offender registry law into compliance with constitutional requirements.

Water levels are rising along Michigan’s shorelines. It’s a fact that has dominated the headlines recently – including stories of people’s houses potentially falling into the Great Lakes. But for those living in landlocked areas of the state, you might not realize that those costal problems affect you too.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, MLive’s Cheyna Roth and WDET’s Jake Neher take a statewide look at the rising waters.

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The conviction Friday of a former Michigan State University gymnastics coach of lying to police when she denied that two teen athletes told her of sexual abuse by disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar in 1997 is the latest fallout from the scandal that has rocked the school.

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Road damage from the overflowing Great Lakes and other waterways may carry a whopping price tag for Michigan. Brad Wieferich of the state Department of Transportation said Monday about 40 locations have been hit especially hard.

He says initial estimates suggest about $5 million will be needed for immediate fixes. But the costs of long-term repairs and upgrades could reach $100 million. Erosion and flooding are posing challenges across much of the Great Lakes region.

New Cruise Ship Scheduled To Visit Great Lakes In 2022

Feb 10, 2020
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A cruise ship currently being built in Norway is scheduled to visit the Great Lakes, including a stop at Traverse City in northern Michigan eight times starting January 2022.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that the Discovery Center & Pier about a year ago announced plans to transform a former coal dock in Michigan into a site that ships could use to land passengers.

Peters Airs 1st Ad In Michigan U.S. Senate Race; It Touts Military Creds

Feb 9, 2020
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Days after voting to convict President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, Democratic Sen. Gary Peters is launching his first TV ad in what could be a tough re-election fight — highlighting his military service and work to help veterans.

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