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Second Annual Women’s March in Lansing focused on getting women elected

Thousands of people flooded the state Capitol lawn today to participate in the second-annual Women’s March. Last year’s rally theme was mostly resistance against the new Donald Trump presidency. This year, the focus was on voting and running for office.

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Michigan police and the state Department of Transportation are working to stop wrong-way drivers.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the Transportation Department has been installing better signs, new lane guides and modifying exit ramps. Officials are concentrating efforts in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

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An advisory panel is calling for stepped-up efforts to prevent the spread of a deadly disease among Michigan deer.

The Chronic Wasting Disease Working Group recently presented a set of recommendations to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, a policymaking group whose members are appointed by the governor.

The commission assembled experts from around the U.S. to review the latest science and management developments on the disease.

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When I heard Friday that Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees was meeting behind closed doors with President Lou Anna Simon, I assumed this was to accept or compel her resignation. After the revelation that she had known at least something about the allegations against sports medicine Dr. Larry Nassar for years, I thought there was no other option.

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The Detroit Medical Center is still trying to reach a new contract with some unionized workers at its five Detroit hospitals, after service and maintenance workers overwhelmingly rejected a tentative contract agreement earlier this month.

Those workers, who range from janitorial staff to equipment technicians, say the first deal offered by the DMC’s for-profit owner, Tenet Health Care, was simply “inadequate.”

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Most Michiganders haven’t felt the impact of the federal government shutdown.

But that may change soon.

For the most part, it will be another 30 days or more before some of the state government’s major programs that rely on federal funds start seeing that money running out.

State officials say, if the shutdown persists, it may force them to prioritize food assistance programs like school lunches, meals on wheels and the WIC program.   

Other programs may run out of money sooner.

On the page, it looks like "indict" and "edict" should sound a lot alike. And yet, when you say these two words out loud, it's like being trapped in an episode of the Patty Duke Show

Don't feel embarrassed if you've ever mispronounced "indict" to sound more like "edict" or "verdict." Your only fault was the assumption that English always makes sense.

Why does our language insist on making things so complicated? In this case, the answer comes with some interesting stories about the history of spelling.


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A Michigan State University trustee is calling for the university president to resign over the school's handling of the sexual assault scandal involving former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

Mitch Lyons issued a statement Saturday breaking with fellow board members who said a day earlier they supported President Lou Anna Simon.

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DETROIT (AP) - A federal judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit over Michigan's ban on straight-party voting.

The decision Friday means Judge Gershwin Drain will hold a trial on whether the law violates the rights of black voters, who typically vote Democratic. The decision wasn't a big surprise: The same judge expressed concern and suspended the ban before the 2016 election.

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Michigan fares well in a new study of science and math investment in the USA. 

But the state’s future may not be as clear.

The National Science Foundation report  says the U.S. remains the global leader in science and technology, with China making significant gains.

France Cordova is the director of the National Science Foundation. She says Michigan is playing an important role in supporting the nation’s science and technology economy, with the state’s greatest strength being its highly skilled workforce.

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Brian Breslin will not seek re-election this year as a Michigan State University trustee.

  Sarah Anderson, spokeswoman for the Michigan Republican Party, says Breslin has informed party officials. Voters choose candidates who are nominated by political parties.

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