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Multi-million-dollar Michigan computer system continues to fail abused, neglected kids

The $231 million computer system used to track Michigan’s child abuse and neglect cases is so ineffective that it should be scrapped just five...

11 drone sightings threaten Michigan prison security

Updated, 4:58 p.m. on March 20 Almost a dozen drones were sighted near or over state prisons between 2017 and 2018, according to information obtained...
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Whitmer: Process ‘underway’ to ax marijuana convictions

As legalized, recreational marijuana takes hold in Michigan, forgiving the crimes of those convicted in the past remains a big priority for advocates. Expunging...

Benson made $370K in 2018, calls on lawmakers to release finances

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Thursday voluntarily released a personal finance disclosure and other materials as part of a Sunshine Week effort....

Gov. gets 1st bill, would add back Northern Michigan judge

The Legislature on Thursday sent its first bill to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer — a plan to restore the 95-A District Court in Menominee County. Whitmer...

Detroit chamber CEO: ‘Growing split’ with GOP, biz community on roads

Sandy Baruah, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, said on Thursday that his organization believes Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $2.5 billion roads proposal...

National org: Michigan FOIA bills ‘good starting point’ for transparency

As the Michigan Legislature considers bills to open up the Legislature and governor’s office to public records requests, national advocates say it would be...
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Stacey Abrams to keynote annual Mackinac Policy Conference

Stacey Abrams, a rising star in the national Democratic Party, will be in Michigan this spring. Abrams, who narrowly lost her race for Georgia...

GOP Senate passes up chance to reject Whitmer’s cabinet

What could have been partisan warfare settled into a fairly routine appointment process for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her new administration. Michigan Senate Republicans had...

Michigan House OKs $10M for wrongful imprisonment fund

The nation’s longest-serving exoneree may now be paid more than $2 million the state of Michigan owes him after he served 46 years behind...

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