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6:01 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Governor willing to talk about taking on Detroit Public School debt

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

Gov. Rick Snyder says he’s open to the idea of the state taking over debt from Detroit Public Schools (DPS).

A long-awaited report released this week by the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren recommended the move. It urges the state to assume hundreds of millions of dollars in DPS debt.

The governor has stopped short of endorsing the plan – but says he’ll consider it.

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5:46 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

An effort in Lansing hopes to rid Michigan of outdated laws

Michigan law prohibits selling dyed chicks.

No swearing in front of women or children, and don’t you dare sell dyed chicks or bunnies!

Those are just a couple of the extremely old laws still on the book in Michigan.

There’s an effort underway now in Lansing to scrub some of these outdated laws away – an effort to shrink the size of the state’s criminal code.

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4:52 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Democratic lawmakers propose bills to repeal same-sex marriage ban in Michigan

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 12:33 pm

Democratic lawmakers in Lansing are proposing a group of bills that would repeal Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.

This legislation comes a little over a month before the Supreme Court will take up the Michigan case on the legality of same sex marriage.

State Rep. Jeremy Moss, D-Southfield, says they are introducing these bills now because Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of 300 same sex couples who were married in Michigan.

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4:37 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Moms Demand Gun Action wants stricter gun laws to reduce violence against women

Earlier this month, we spoke with gun instructor Rick Ector about the increase in the number of women in Michigan with concealed pistol licenses, or CPLs.

Kristen Moore of the Michigan Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America wanted to continue the conversation by exploring the role that firearms play in violence against women.

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