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2018 Farm Bill passes congress, heads to President Trump

The 2018 Farm Bill has passed out of Congress and is headed to the President's desk.

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A former Army Green Beret officer who was awarded the Silver Star, the nation's third highest award for valor, for his actions in a fierce 2010 battle in Marjah, Afghanistan, was notified last week he is being charged by the Army with premeditated murder.

That officer is Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, a 2008 West Point graduate. The victim was an unarmed Afghan whom Golsteyn suspected of being a Taliban fighter who made a bomb that killed two Marines from his unit in the Marjah fighting.

The German government has agreed to make a one-time payment to Kindertransport survivors — mostly Jewish children who were evacuated to Britain and other places to escape the Nazi's wrath on the precipice of World War II.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., says he will introduce federal legislation this week that would require more transparency surrounding states' Medicaid drug decisions. The bill comes in response to a recent investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and NPR.

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Mental health advocacy groups are raising concerns about a package of bills that would give the Michigan State Police access to patient prescription information.


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The public comment period for the controversial plan to create a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac to house the Line 5 pipeline closes at midnight Tuesday.


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Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law controversial changes to minimum wage and earned sick time measures.

In September, the Legislature adopted measures that were headed for the November ballot.

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The MSU Board of Trustees held its first meeting after the school’s controversial decision to cut the Healing Assistance Fund for victims of Larry Nassar Friday.

Michigan DNR helping to preserve Michigan grasslands

Dec 14, 2018
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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is teaming up with a wildlife conservation group to offer residents and organizations the opportunity to sponsor a grassland. The DNR says grasslands need to be protected from the encroachment of trees, invasive plants, and development.

MichMash: Petitions

Dec 14, 2018
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Republicans state lawmakers are moving forward with measures that would make it more difficult to put questions on a statewide ballot. As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about why that idea could backfire on the GOP.

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Governor Snyder had to replace one of his appointees to the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority.

The authority will oversee the construction and operation of a tunnel for a new oil pipeline in the straits.

Saturday, December 15, is the deadline for Michiganders eligible to sign up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

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State and federal agencies have unveiled a new set of tools for managing invasive species in the Great Lakes basin.


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The 2018 Farm Bill has passed out of Congress and is headed to the President's desk.


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