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State lawmakers starting to plan ways to help furloughed federal employees

Lawmakers in Lansing are contemplating ways to help furloughed federal employees get by until the government reopens. There are thousands of federal employees in Michigan that haven’t been paid since December.

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Russell Baker, the Pulitzer Prize winning writer who penned thousands of columns for the New York Times, and hosted the PBS television program "Masterpiece Theatre," died Monday at his home in Leesburg, Va. He was 93.

An American accused by Russian prosecutors of spying has appeared in a Moscow court in an unsuccessful attempt to get bail while he awaits trial. Paul Whelan was arrested at the end of last month.

For one Native American tribe whose land straddles the U.S.-Mexico border, President Trump's proposed border wall would, literally, divide its people.

The Tohono O'odham Nation stretches through the desert from just south of Casa Grande in southern Arizona to the U.S. border — and then beyond, into the Mexican state of Sonora. This means that if Trump gets his $5.7 billion border wall, it would cut right through the tribe's land.

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Flint warming centers are at capacity but are still willing to let people in for shelter against the cold.

 


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“Old friends in a new home” is the way University of Michigan Museum of Natural History officials like to describe the new facility opening to the public this Spring.

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Lawmakers in Lansing are contemplating ways to help furloughed federal employees get by until the government reopens.

There are thousands of federal employees in Michigan that haven’t been paid since December.

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Monday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer pledged to keep bottled water donations flowing to Flint.

Trust in what’s coming out of the tap remains a big issue in Flint.

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Michigan’s Supreme Court is back in session Wednesday with a new member and a new leader.  Justice Bridget McCormack is a Democrat. But she was elected by her mostly Republican fellow justices to be the new chief of the court.

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The Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners approved a policy Wednesday to allow people to say a prayer at the start of their general meetings.

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John Engler is out, and engineer Satish Udpa is in as Michigan State University’s new interim president. Starting immediately. Engler wanted his resignation to be effective starting January 23rd, but the university’s board of trustees had other plans.


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The National Weather Service reports state-wide frigid temperatures and scattered snow over the weekend. Michigan State Police offers advice on staying warm and safe during the bitter cold.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the federal government needs to let Michigan help federal employees who are still working but aren’t being paid.

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The new Michigan Secretary of State filed a brief Thursday asking a federal court for a stay of proceedings in a trial over whether Michigan Republicans gerrymandered political districts in 2011.


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