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It was four months after he gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and only four weeks after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday honoring the life and work of one of the most dedicated and celebrated leaders of the civil rights movement. It falls on the third Monday of each January to mark King’s birthday, which is January 15. This year, he would have been 90 years old.

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The technicians who maintain the nation’s air traffic system warn the ongoing partial federal government shutdown is affecting air safety.

A weekend offer that President Donald Trump says is a compromise with Democrats doesn't appear to be on track to ending the partial government shutdown, now in Day 31.

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U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin is co-sponsoring a bill that would allow federal workers to borrow money from their retirement accounts without penalty during the partial government shutdown.

Black Legacy Coalition called for changes at the Charles H. Wright Museum at a press conference Monday
The Black Legacy Coalition

A coalition of Detroit organizations continues to challenge an exhibit planned for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

The Black Legacy Coalition wants the museum's Board of Trustees to reconsider an exhibit featuring Thomas Jefferson’s plantation that's set to open in March.

Sen. Jim Ananich, the next Minority Leader in Michigan's Senate.
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Democrats in the state Senate want to change a controversial law that passed during last year’s lame duck session.

The bill was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder in late December. It changes the requirements for collecting signatures to get a measure on the ballot. Democrats say it makes the process too difficult.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Michigan connections

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There will be lectures, marches, and celebrations across the state recognizing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today. The federal holiday marks King’s birthday, January 15th.

The nation celebrates it on the third Monday of January. This year, he would have been ninety years old.

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Over the weekend, parts of Michigan recorded temperatures well below zero.

The bitter cold temps come as many Michiganders are struggling to get help from the state to keep the heat on in their homes.

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People heading to the North American International Auto Show will be able to see some ready- or nearly -ready-to-buy cars, as well as concepts. 

Some of the concepts are electrics. Car companies say electrification is likely to significantly change how cars look both inside and outside.

Karim Habib is executive design director for Infiniti, which is showing a concept electric car, the QX Inspiration, at the show. 

He says electric cars don't have big engines in the front. That's because batteries, typically underneath, power the car.

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The state of Michigan is withdrawing from two lawsuits challenging federal environmental regulations. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office filed motions to withdraw from the cases Friday.

The lawsuits date back a couple of years to when Republican Bill Schuette served as Michigan Attorney General. Schuette lost an election for governor in 2018, the same election cycle when Nessel, a Democrat, was elected attorney general.

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This week, a state Senate committee will take up legislation to put limits on police seizures of private property.

Under current law, police agencies in Michigan can take property from criminal suspects, even if they are never convicted of a crime.    

There’s legislation in both the Michigan House and Senate that would require a conviction to seize property, including cars and other valuables worth less than $50,000.

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