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Whitmer Creates Anti-Poverty Task Force

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has created a task force to develop recommendations to help lift Michigan families out of poverty. The Michigan Poverty Task Force will operate within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. It will include directors or other representatives from a number of state departments and agencies. The …

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State Targets Opioid Distributors

The State of Michigan is suing four pharmaceutical distributors for the role they allegedly played in the opioid epidemic. We become the 49th state to take such action – only Nebraska has not. Attorney General Dana Nessell blamed her predecessor, Bill Schuette, for the delay. Michigan is using a state …

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Michigan Reps Expected to Hold Party Lines on Impeachment Vote

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to hold a vote on impeachment articles against President Trump today. Michigan’s congressional delegation is expected to split along party lines. Republican First District Representative Jack Bergman announced his support for the president early on, and has not wavered. Detroit-area Democrats Haley Stevens …

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DNR Winter Land Auction Opens Today

The bidding process opens today for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources winter surplus land auction. 147 parcels of state property are being offered for sale. Only one is in the Copper Country – a 1.44-acre parcel with frontage on Otter Lake. The minimum bid has been set at $6,440. …

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Markkanen Calls for Pure Michigan Campaign Restoration

The first round of budget adjustments following Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s vetoes in late September includes money for rural hospitals, sheriff’s patrols, and isolated school districts. Those are likely to be approved this week. It does not include money for the Pure Michigan tourism campaign, which has helped drive visitors from …

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Flags at Half-Staff for Slain Police Officer

U.S. and Michigan flags at state facilities will fly at half staff today, to honor a Detroit police officer killed in the line of duty. Officer Rasheen McClain was shot November 20th, while investigating a domestic violence home invasion. Another officer, Phillippe Batoum-Bisse, was seriously injured. The man who allegedly …

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MSP Troopers Increase Road Patrols

State Police troopers will be watching extra-closely for impaired drivers over the next several days. As part of the 6-State Trooper Project, extra staff will be assigned to focus on traffic safety issues, with an emphasis on both enforcement and education. The Michigan State Police has been taking part in …

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