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Whitmer Asks MI Supreme Court to Rule on Vape Ban

As promised, Governor Gretchen Whitmer is asking the state Supreme Court to reinstate Michigan’s ban of flavored nicotine-based vaping products. Whitmer filed the request Friday. She had issued the emergency order September 4th. It took effect October 2nd, but was quickly struck down by the Michigan Court of Claims. Whitmer …

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Term Limit Modification Discussions Intensify

Talks on relaxing Michigan’s legislative term limits continue in Lansing. House and Senate leaders have been meeting with officials from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Voters Not Politicians – the group that led the recent drive to reform legislative districting. Participants say nothing has yet been decided, but it …

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State House Committee OK’s Handgun Rule Rollbacks

A State House committee has passed a group of bills designed to loosen controls on handguns. The Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee advanced the measures yesterday. They would allow concealed carry in hospitals, daycares and churches, make concealed pistol licenses optional, and relax restrictions on carrying handguns in vehicles. …

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Pickford Teen Dies from Crash Injuries

A Pickford teenager has died from injuries sustained in a single vehicle crash on Saturday. Chippewa County Sheriff’s deputies say a car driven by 18-year-old Joshua Patrick Goodell drifted off the side of M-48 southeast of Pickford around 3:30 in the morning, and hit a culvert. The impact threw the …

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DNR Recruiting Conservation Officers

The application window is now open for the next Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer academy. Conservation officers are certified police officers with authority to enforce all of Michigan’s laws. They focus on laws related to fish and wildlife, state parks, trails and forests, and outdoor recreation activities. They …

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SCOTUS Overturns Michigan Gerrymandering Order

A federal appeals court order that some of Michigan’s legislative districts be redrawn has been overturned by the United States Supreme Court. Writing for the 5-4 majority, Chief Justice John Roberts didn’t clear Michigan Republicans of unfairly setting the boundaries of nearly three dozen districts to give their party the …

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Flags at Half Staff as Milliken Mourned

Flags at Michigan state facilities will remain at half staff through November 1st in honor of the late former Governor William Milliken. Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered that the observance run 14 days – one day for each year Milliken served as governor. Milliken passed away Friday at his home in …

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Counseling Bill Breezes Through State Senate

Michigan’s 10,000 Licensed Professional Counselors will be able to continue their practices under legislation that unanimously passed the Michigan Senate yesterday. The measure to assure that LPCs would be able to continue to counsel patients had unanimously passed a House vote last week. At issue were new guidelines from the …

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No Change in Michigan’s Unemployment Rate

Michigan’s unemployment rate held steady in September. Seasonally adjusted figures released by the state’s Department of Management and Budget pegged the rate at 4.2 percent. That’s seven-tenths of a point above the national average, and three-tenths of a point higher than a year ago. Statistics used were collected before the …

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