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SW Michigan
1:46 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Wolf hunting bill clears the state House

Wolves on Isle Royale in 2006 (hunting would not be allowed there even if the state law is approved)
Credit John Vucetich/Michigan Technological University / AP Photo

It looks increasingly like Michigan voters will not get to decide whether or not wolves can be hunted in the Upper Peninsula. The state House has approved a bill that would let the Natural Resources Commission decide which species can be hunted. The Gongwer News Service says supporters of hunting say that’s the best way to control the wolf population.

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12:41 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Nursing shortage still looms in Michigan

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Problems persist in getting new nurses as one in three Registered Nurses in Michigan is approaching retirement age
  • Source: Bridgemi
  • | Via: Center for Michigan
In 2007, warning of a nurse shortage in Michigan and long admission waiting lists for nursing schools, then- Gov. Jennifer Granholm proclaimed: "Something's wrong with this picture and we are going to fix it." Well, not exactly. Six years and millions of dollars later, there are renewed warnings of impending nursing shortages.
12:36 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Michigan Supreme Court rejects appeal of ruling that allows domestic partner benefits for state employees

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Supreme Court did not elaborate on decision not to hear the case
LANSING - The Michigan Supreme Court denied a request by Attorney General Bill Schuette to overturn a Court of Appeals ruling allowing state employees to receive benefits for domestic partners. The Civil Service Commission, which has authority over policy regarding state employees, approved benefits for unrelated people living with state employees.
7:36 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Michigan House Committee considers merits of taxing Internet purchases

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Michigan treasury estimates $460-million in sales taxes from remote Internet purchases will go uncollected this fiscal year
Lansing - Internet retailers that have a physical presence or affiliated companies in Michigan would have to collect sales taxes on purchases under legislative proposals debated Wednesday in a House committee. The House Tax Policy Committee held public testimony on GOP-sponsored legislation that would change the definition of legal presence for out-of-state companies that sell merchandise toMichiganians on the Web.
7:28 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Audit raises concerns about use of antipsychotic drugs at home for vets

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Home in Grand Rapids hasn't had an on-site psychiatrist since 2011
LANSING - Residents at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans are given antipsychotic drugs at a far higher rate than residents of Michigan nursing homes, yet the home has no staff psychiatrist, according to a state audit released today. The report by Auditor General Thomas McTavish says 40.9% of the home's 509 residents were given antipsychotic drugs.

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