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Terri Lynn Land
1:06 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

In Michigan, A Low-Key Campaign For A High-Stakes Senate Seat

Terri Lynn Land walks in the Labor Day Parade in Romeo, Mich., on Sept. 1. Land has made some public appearances like this one but overall is running a low-key race in the state.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 2:33 pm

Republicans see a chance for a takeover of the Senate this November, and they are hoping the path to victory leads through Michigan. That's where six-term Democratic Sen. Carl Levin is retiring.

Even though Democrats dominate the state in the presidential elections, the GOP does much better in midterms when voter turnout is lower.

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Michigan Prisons
10:17 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Attorney General to investigate Michigan food service worker accused in ‘murder-for-hire’ plot

State Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office will investigate a possible murder-for-hire plot involving a prison food service worker.

Michigan State Police suspects an Aramark employee of approaching an inmate of an Upper Peninsula prison about having another inmate killed.

The Detroit Free Press first reported the story last week. Now the attorney general’s office says it will launch its own investigation into the incident. It says the local State Police post in Sault Ste. Marie requested the investigation.

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Around Michigan & State Government
1:47 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Michigan Legislature not likely to get much done before the election

This is the last week the state Legislature is scheduled to meet before the November election. Lawmakers probably won’t take up any controversial bills until their “lame duck” session in December.

Supporters of legislation to add LBGT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law are still optimistic lawmakers will pass it before the end of the year.

“I’m pretty heartened by the openness that (state House Speaker Jase Bolger) has shown to us in having those discussions,” said Shelli Weisberg with the Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

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Around Michigan & State Government
6:36 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

'Murder for hire' accusation: the latest scandal for food service operator in Michigan's prisons

Gov. Rick Snyder is staying silent on the latest scandal related to the state’s prison food service contract. That’s while the matter is under investigation.

Last year, Michigan privatized its prison food services and hired Philadelphia-based Aramark to handle them.

The Detroit Free Press reports Michigan State Police suspects an Aramark food service worker of trying to conspire with an inmate to have another inmate killed.

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Auto Industry
6:23 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Cadillac Packs Its Bags And Heads To New York City

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 6:14 pm

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