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Grand Jury Indicts Russians Linked To Interference In 2016 Election

Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET A federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russians and three Russian entities in connection with the attack on the 2016 presidential election. The defendants are "accused of violating U.S. criminal laws in order to interfere with U.S. elections and political processes," according to a statement from the special counsel's office. The indictment charges them with "conspiracy to defraud the United States, three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud,...

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Teachers don’t have to wait if they want to drop out of their union. That ruling was handed down Wednesday by the Michigan Court of Appeals. The court said the Michigan Education Association can’t force teachers who want to leave to wait until an August “opt-out period.”

           

The ruling would also apply to other unions that would want to restrict when members could exit.

 

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Student enrollment has been on a steady decline across Michigan since 2010.

New data from the Michigan Department of Education show the trend has continued into the 2016-2017 school year.

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The Air Force said it will not comply with a new Michigan safe water law because it says it is discriminatory.

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Scientists are launching an exploratory mission into the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in search of undiscovered shipwrecks.

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Grayling is expected to get an economic boost within the next couple years from a new particleboard plant.

The project is expected to create 700 temporary construction jobs, 200 full-time jobs in the plant, and hundreds of new jobs in the local forestry and transportation industries.

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Cities statewide have been struggling financially, according to the Michigan Municipal League.

The league is proposing legislative solutions to help balance municipal budgets.

Matt Bach is with the Michigan Municipal League. He said city revenue has not tracked with the economy.

“People might think ‘oh the economy is getting better there is more jobs, there are more things happening.’ Which is true, Michigan’s economy is improving, but Michigan’s cities aren’t seeing that because of the way things are structured. The cities aren’t seeing that growth.”

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Major worker shortages in the tool and die industry could spell trouble for auto manufacturing in the US.

A recent study from the Center for Automotive Research says more than three-quarters of workers in the tool and die industry are 45 years or older.

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The state legislature is resurrecting legislation to end mandatory, unlimited medical benefits for car crash victims. 

Proponents of the current system say the law makes sure victims are taken care of. But Republicans have been trying for years to scale back the coverage for catastrophic car crash victims.

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After stops and starts, the state Legislature has finally adopted a bill to send $100 million dollars to Flint to replace lead pipes and other water infrastructure.

The U.S. Supreme Court will be asked to review a case claiming the Michigan Emergency Manager Law violates the federal Voting Rights Act.

The move comes after a decision this week by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission to order an amicus brief be filed with the nation’s high court reviewing a lawsuit against the Governor’s office.

Agustin Arbulu is the Director of the Michigan Office of Civil Rights. He said the lawsuit against the Governor’s office claims voter’s rights are being violated.

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