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October marks the start of a new flu season, with a rise in likely cases already showing up in Louisiana and other spots, federal statistics show.

The advice from federal health officials remains clear and consistent: Get the flu vaccine as soon as possible, especially if you're pregnant or have asthma or another underlying condition that makes you more likely to catch a bad case.

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A state lawmaker says Michigan should expand its hate crime law.

State Senator Adam Hollier says the law should also cover violence or intimidation based on a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity. He says the threats against LGBT people are real, and range from threats and assault to murder.

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With a chill in the air, seasonal gourds decorating doorsteps, and candy lining store shelves — all signs are pointing to the fact that it's nearly Halloween. And what better way to celebrate than listening to chilling tales — both real and mythical — about our beloved state?

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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.

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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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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.

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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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