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William G. Milliken, Michigan's longest serving governor, is dead at 97

William G. Milliken, who led the state from 1969 to 1983, died on Friday at the age of 97. He was sometimes referred to as Michigan's "gentleman" governor. He is widely remembered as a gracious person, who treated everyone with respect. And he was known for his devotion to the kind of bipartisan leadership that has become increasingly rare in today's divisive political atmosphere. His former policy advisor Bill Rustem described the beliefs that drove Milliken's public life: "The importance of...

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Here's what you need to know about the UAW-GM deal

The UAW has been striking since September 16.
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GM employee and union member Nicole Henning will head to the picket line on Thursday as she has for the past five weeks. 

The Lansing Delta Township Assembly worker gets the 8 p.m. to midnight shift. She says everyone is working hard to keep up their morale.

"It's cold out there now," says Henning. "It's weird, because the first few weeks, it was warm out, we still wore T-shirts. And now people are pulling out their winter coats and burning a lot of wood and trying to make it through the night."

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has launched a new initiative to guide the state's transformation to cleaner energy. It's called MI Power Grid. 

The Michigan Public Service Commission is in charge of the initiative. 

MPSC Chair Sally Talberg says part of MI Power Grid will be focused on energy customers, to help them benefit from the transition, and reduce their energy use and costs.

Unless you've managed to avoid all sources of media, you've probably heard or read the word "whistleblower" once or twice in the past couple of months.

Whistleblowers have been making headlines a lot lately, both in sports and in politics.


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The longest United Auto Workers national strike against General Motors in nearly 50 years is done.

Well, not exactly.

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Wayne County is in the middle of an effort to reduce its jail population, and it’s just received some early data to help guide that effort.

The county is teaming up with the New York-based Vera Institute of Justice to figure out who goes to jail, and who might not need to be there.

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Today on Stateside, more people will be eligible for welfare benefits like food stamps and cash assistance under new rules rolled out by Governor Gretchen Whitmer this week. Plus, the budget for the Pure Michigan tourism campaign was zeroed out in a line-item veto. We'll talk about the campaign's effectiveness, as well as the politics over its funding. 

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The findings of a $100,000 study were improperly influenced by lobbyists. That’s according to a new state Auditor General report.

According to emails and documents obtained by the Detroit Free Press, the Michigan Aggregates Association was a primary gravel lobbying firm that influenced the study.

Common loon is one of the climate endangered species in Michigan.
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More than 50 percent of Michigan’s birds could go extinct if nothing is done to combat climate change.

That's according to a report from the Audubon Society.

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This fall California Governor Gavin Newsome signed a law that will allow college athletes to sell their names, images, and likenesses to whoever wants to buy them.

True, it’s just California, where only four Power-Five schools play; the law won’t take effect until 2023; and the measure addresses just one aspect of the complicated relationship between athletes and their schools.

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