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A campaign to amend the Michigan Constitution is asking a judge to order a state board to certify its question for the November ballot.

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The president of the University of Southern California, C.L. Max Nikias, is stepping down, according to an announcement by the university's Board of Trustees. The resignation comes as USC is embroiled in a series of scandals that have tarnished the public image of the prestigious private institution in Los Angeles.

Bay mussels in Washington's Puget Sound have tested positive for trace amounts of oxycodone, providing more evidence that the opioid prescription medication is truly ubiquitous.

Researchers at the Puget Sound Institute who analyzed the mussels said the discovery of pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs in harbors in the Seattle and Bremerton areas is not uncommon — but the organization noted this is the first time that opioids have been found in local shellfish.

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The White House had an unexpected visitor this week, actor Sylvester Stallone. He stood by President Trump as the president announced a posthumous pardon for legendary boxer Jack Johnson.

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A campaign to amend the Michigan Constitution is asking a judge to order a state board to certify its question for the November ballot.


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Bills in the state house would update Michigan’s HIV laws.


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A package of bills in the state house aims to professionalize adult entertainment clubs.


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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality met Tuesday with members of the EPA at a national summit focused on PFAs, a chemical contaminant found at sites around the state.


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Governor Rick Snyder has approved six-month ban on ships dropping anchor in the Straits of Mackinac.


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Legislation aimed at curbing sexual assault in Michigan passed the state House today. The bills were introduced in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.


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Michigan is expecting to see high gas prices this summer, as well as an increase in demand for electricity and natural gases.


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Bills in response to the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal crossed a major hurdle Wednesday. After weeks of testimony, most of the bills were passed out of committee.

Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.

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The three panels would include members from different industries and business sectors in the state.

Republicans say this will give citizens more of a say in the state's environmental policy.

Democrats like Yousef Rabhi say the bills would give industry too much say.

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A $315 million surplus is causing tension between local and state government officials.

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