Around Michigan & State Government

Coverage from across Michigan and  the state Capitol with the Michigan Public Radio Network and Interlochen Public Radio.


10:23 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Harsher penalties for attacking sports referees approved by Michigan Senate panel

Credit Brandon Giesbrecht/Flickr /

People who attack sports referees would face tougher penalties under legislation in the state Senate.

Under the bills, a person would face up to three years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000 for attacking a referee. View the bills here and here.

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4:27 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Attorney says Michigan isn't doing enough to protect teens in prison

Prison bars.

If you are a 17-year-old and you break a law here in Michigan, you’re going to be tried as an adult.

Michigan is one of nine states that tries 17-year-olds as adults.

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Broadband Access
1:05 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Internet not getting faster in rural northern Michigan

The FCC has published a map that shows lack of broadband service in the U.S. by county. Blue areas do not have access under the new standard, 25 Mbps/3Mbps.

The federal government wants faster Internet connections nationwide and has raised the minimum speed for what it considers broadband. That is unlikely to help the thousands of people in northern Michigan who have something like dial-up service and have for years.

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4:12 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Homeland Security funding battle could impact Michigan municipalities

Speaker of the House John Boehner

The showdown between President Obama and House Republicans continues as the Department of Homeland Security budget is still not securely funded.

The budget has been attached to Republican's efforts to undo President Obama's executive actions on immigration reform. If Congress can't find a way to divide the two, the funding for Homeland Security will expire tomorrow night at midnight.

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3:54 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Detroit bankruptcy leaders provide advice for city's future

There was a big stop on the Detroit post-bankruptcy "tour" this week.

Former Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, now-retired federal bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes, and Chief U.S. District Judge Gerald Rhodes all sat together at Crain's Newsmakers of the Year lunch to share their insights and hopes for the future.

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