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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will file a lawsuit today seeking damages from multiple drug related cases in the opioid addiction crisis.

This is the first time Michigan will take its own legal action related to alleged drug company misbehavior related to opioids.

The lawsuit will be filed in Wayne County, which has been hit particularly hard by opioid abuse.

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NILES, Mich. (AP) — A golf course in southwestern Michigan has been sold and could be turned into a residential development.

Signal Point Golf Club near Niles in Berrien County has been around since the 1960s.

It was recently sold to local real estate broker Jim Ringler and partners.

Ringler says it might remain a golf club. But he noted that Signal Point's previous owners at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, Indiana, decided to get out.

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ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say one person was killed and three more were injured early Sunday during a car crash in southwestern Michigan.

According to a statement from the St. Joseph Public Safety Department, the crash occurred before 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities believe two of the car's passengers were ejected from the vehicle during the rollover crash.

One of those people died at the location of the crash. The others were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Michigan Doubles Bonus To $10K For State-Employed Dentists

Dec 14, 2019
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials have agreed to double hiring bonuses for dentists who choose to work in state hospitals and prisons in an effort to lure them into a practice that overwhelmingly pays less than the private sector.

The Civil Service Commission voted Wednesday to add another $5,000 hiring bonus for newly hired dentists who complete a year-long probationary period, bringing the total bonus to $10,000.

Whitmer Tells Trump Michigan Will Keep Welcoming Refugees

Dec 14, 2019
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the state will continue welcoming refugees.

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Online gambling and sports betting could soon be legal in Michigan. As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about why gambling is becoming more of a sure bet at the state Capitol.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to ensure that Michigan's 6% sales and use taxes are collected on more items sold through websites such as Wayfair, Overstock and Amazon.

The laws could generate an additional $90 million in revenue per year, mostly for public schools.

The laws require “marketplace facilitators” such as eBay to remit sales and use taxes on behalf of independent sellers that work through their sites.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, a moderate Republican, says he will vote against impeaching President Donald Trump.

Upton, top Democratic target in 2020, issued a written statement Thursday calling the impeachment process “highly partisan and clearly motivated by what I believe is an attempt to overturn the last election.”

He says the time to vote on Trump is next November, not next week. Trump is accused of abusing his power by asking Ukraine to investigate his 2020 rival,

Michigan Sales Top $1.6M In First Week Of Recreational Pot

Dec 10, 2019
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Recreational marijuana sales totaled about $1.6 million in the inaugural week of business at the first retail shops in Michigan.

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CONSTANTINE, Mich. (AP) — A man who served 20 months in custody for a wrongful conviction is suing police in southwestern Michigan.

Ray McCann was repeatedly hounded by police during an investigation of a girl’s killing in St. Joseph County.

McCann denied any role in the death of the 11-year-old girl but says he felt pressured to plead no contest to perjury.

The conviction was thrown out in 2017 at the request of a prosecutor. McCann's lawsuit says his rights were violated during a “corrupt scheme” by police. Another man confessed to killing Jodi Parrack.

Michigan Nears Deal To Legalize Sports, Online Gambling

Dec 8, 2019
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are closing in on an agreement to legalize sports betting and internet gambling in Michigan, with final votes possible this coming week.

The development would be a landmark in a state with a lot of gambling options already. Those include three commercial casinos in Detroit, 24 tribal casinos across western and northern Michigan, and the Lottery.

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The state of Michigan has announced a series of meetings that have been scheduled to address the future of education in Benton Harbor.  This follows a plan announced earlier this year in which the state proposed closing Benton Harbor High School. Now an advisory committee is taking input on options.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says no public money should go to private or parochial schools --  even for the costs of complying with state mandates. 

The governor and the state schools superintendent filed a brief today with the Michigan Supreme Court.

They agree with a challenge that says the funding violates the state constitution's ban on public money going directly or indirectly to non-public schools. The only exception is to pay for transporting students.   

Trump Announces Dec. 18 Reelection Rally In Michigan

Dec 6, 2019
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump will campaign for reelection in Michigan a week before Christmas. His campaign announced Thursday that he will host a “Merry Christmas” rally on Dec. 18 in Battle Creek.

The evening event will be held at the Kellogg Arena.

Trump's announcement came a day after Vice President Mike Pence visited three cities in western Michigan.

Pence vowed that he and Trump would be in Michigan “again and again and again." Trump last visited Michigan in March, when he held a rally in Grand Rapids.

Sales Top $200,000 On Opening Day For Michigan Marijuana

Dec 3, 2019
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Marijuana sales totaled more than $200,000 on the first day of business at a handful of Michigan shops.

UPDATE: Crowds Lined Up For First Day Of Legal Marijuana Sales

Nov 30, 2019
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Crowds lined up for the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in Michigan.

Impeachment May Complicate 2020 For Lonely Michigan Moderate Fred Upton

Nov 30, 2019
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — For more than 30 years and under five presidents, Republican Rep. Fred Upton easily won reelection to his southwest Michigan House seat by touting "common-sense values" and bipartisan accomplishments.

Michigan Priest Denies Holy Communion To Gay Judge

Nov 29, 2019
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EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church in western Michigan is defending a priest’s decision to deny Holy Communion to a judge in a same-sex marriage.

Judge Sara Smolenski says the Rev. Scott Nolan privately informed her on Nov. 23, about a week after receiving Communion from him at St. Stephen Church in East Grand Rapids. She says she hadn’t been regularly attending the church for months.

Nolan says the teachings of the Catholic faith aren’t flexible. The church recognizes marriage as between a man and a woman.

Vice President Mike Pence Plans 3 Stops In Michigan

Nov 29, 2019
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has scheduled three stops next week in western and southwestern Michigan.

Pence plans to visit Grand Rapids, Portage and Holland on Wednesday, with expected meetings with religious and community leaders. The former Indiana governor also will attend a campaign rally with Sarah Sanders, President Donald Trump’s former spokeswoman.

Michigan Replacing Kiosks Where Drivers Can Renew Plates

Nov 28, 2019
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says her office is replacing self-service kiosks that are unreliable and hard to use.

Benson announced Wednesday that all 93 kiosks across Michigan will be replaced with more user-friendly stations by the end of January. The state also will add 57 machines at branch offices and grocery stores.

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Today the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services announced there has been another vaping-related death in the state.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to block the creation of a Michigan commission to draw seats in Congress and the state Legislature after the 2020 census.

Republicans sued, claiming illegal provisions in the 2018 amendment to the state constitution. The 13-member commission is an extraordinary change that will take redistricting out of the hands of lawmakers in the state Capitol.

BRIDGMAN, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police say a trooper was injured when a suspect’s car struck the officer as the driver sped away from a traffic stop.

Police say troopers had stopped a Jeep Cherokee for speeding along Interstate 94 in Berrien County about 3 a.m. Monday when its driver accelerated and raced away, leaving an officer with minor injuries.

The suspect’s vehicle continued east on I-94 in southwestern Michigan, with police in pursuit, before exiting in Bridgman and getting onto westbound lanes of I-94.

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BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 66-year-old southwestern Michigan woman was shot when a bullet tore into her home.

Benton Harbor public safety officers say the woman was lying in bed watching on TV Saturday night when a bullet went through a wall and struck her. She was taken to a hospital, where she’s in critical condition.

Police say several people were seen running from a nearby park, where the gun likely was fired. They add she doesn’t appear to have been a target.

University Of Michigan Economic Forecast

Nov 23, 2019
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A respected economic report from the University of Michigan says the state’s economy has stalled, but growth is expected to return next year.        

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has temporarily halted the sale of marijuana products intended for vaping so that they can be tested for a compound linked to lung illnesses.

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Today the Michigan Dept. of Health & Human Services announced that overdose deaths decreased slightly in 2018. It's the first decline in six years. You can read the release below. 

LANSING, Mich. – After several years of increases in overdose deaths, in 2018 Michigan experienced a decrease overall, including a slight decline in opioid-related overdose deaths, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced today. In 2018, there were 2,599 overdose deaths, 2,036 of which were opioid-related.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Egg-laying hens in Michigan will have to be housed in cage-free systems before 2025 under a new law.

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist signed the legislation Thursday because Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is on a trade trip in Israel.

The law will also prohibit non-cage-free eggs from being sold in Michigan starting in 2025.

Gilchrist says the measure will ensure Michigan’s standards for protecting animal welfare are among the strongest in the U.S. while ensuring egg producers can thrive.

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PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — State police say human remains discovered by a Michigan hunter 31 years ago have been identified as an Oklahoma woman.

First Lieutenant Chuck Christensen says that the identity was made by comparing a femur bone with a public genealogy database and interviewing family members. Marcia Bateman of Oklahoma City was 28 years old when she disappeared in 1988.

Christensen says Bateman’s death remains under investigation. He says she was “living on the street a little and somewhat transient.”

Michigan GOP Leader Uses Expletive To Call Governor 'Crazy'

Nov 22, 2019
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Republican legislative leader in Michigan apologized Thursday for using an expletive to describe Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as crazy, saying it was "disrespectful and unnecessary."

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