state government

9:19 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Michigan Lawmakers Approve $215-Million for Road Repair, Construction

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Money will be split between road agencies hit hard by winter and road construction projects around state
LANSING, MI -- A compromise supplemental spending plan advancing through the Michigan Legislature includes $100 million to help state and local road agencies fill potholes this spring and another $115 million for infrastructure construction projects. The deal, finalized late Tuesday after negotiations between the House, Senate and governor's office, was approved around noon Wednesday by a six-member conference committee.
7:49 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

House Approves Bill Making it Easier for Phone Companies to Drop Landline Service

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Senate must agree to changes before the bill can go to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature
Supporters say the change is needed to allow them to invest in more modern means of communication as droves of customers abandon their landline plans, but AARP Michigan and others are concerned residents will be left without reliable access to phone, medical alert and alarm services.
7:30 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Governor Snyder to Make Another Push for Road Funding

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The road construction industry is also trying to turn up the heat on lawmakers to approve money for road repair
Lansing Gov. Rick Snyders administration is using driver frustration with potholes and the prospect of more roadway craters this spring to try to prod lawmakers into dedicating more money toward fixing roads.
8:34 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Report Finds Failure to Reset Motion Sensors Led to Prisoner Escape

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Michigan Department of Corrections also finds informal prisoner counts were not done on day of Michael Elliot's escape
A review of a quadruple murderer's escape from the Ionia Correctional Facility revealed staff failed to reset motion sensor alarms in the area where Michael Elliot pried open two fences - using a pair of hobby craft scissors and his belt buckle - until about an hour and a half after he escaped.
7:28 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Michigan Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Juvenile Lifers

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Justices will hear arguments in three separate "lifer" cases
The Michigan Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today as justices consider whether hundreds of offenders serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for violent crimes they committed as minors deserve a second look -- and the opportunity to prove they deserve a second chance.