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Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder may soon be forced to talk about his decisions during the Flint water crisis.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied Snyder’s and former state Treasurer Andy Dillon’s efforts to be shielded from being disposed for a civil lawsuit.

Snyder and Dillon argued that they can't be forced to sit through depositions, while they're still trying to get dismissed from lawsuits based on governmental immunity.

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A federal appeals court has handed a victory to Detroit public school students suing for the “right to literacy.”

One of the attorneys in the case called the ruling “historic.”

The 2016 lawsuit was filed against the state of Michigan on behalf of students from several of Detroit’s worst performing schools.

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The Michigan Supreme Court is mulling over whether to allow a lawsuit to move forward against the state and several former government officials tied to the Flint water crisis.

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Office of Governor Rick Snyder.

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he has turned down a fellowship at Harvard University following social media backlash over his administration's role in the Flint water crisis.

He tweeted Wednesday that being a senior research fellow would have been too "disruptive" because of "our current political environment and its lack of civility."

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Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is taking on a new role: senior research fellow at Harvard. The school's Taubman Center for State and Local Government made the announcement in a press release Sunday. His appointment began July 1.

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder named Harvard fellow

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is headed to Harvard University to teach, study and write on subjects related to state and local government.

Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government announced that Snyder begins work on Monday as a senior research fellow. His fellowship is with the school's Taubman Center for State and Local Government.

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Gov. Rick Snyder

Authorities investigating Flint's water crisis have seized from storage the state-owned mobile devices of former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and 65 other current or former officials.

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A federal judge has reinserted former Governor Rick Snyder as a defendant in a massive civil lawsuit.

The suit seeks damages related to the Flint water crisis.

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says a law passed last year to build an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Mackinac Straits is unconstitutional.

One of the first things Gov. Gretchen Whitmer did when she took office in January was to ask for an attorney general’s opinion on the law, which former Gov. Rick Snyder pushed through in the waning days of the legislature.

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Michigan’s Attorney General’s office has sent new documents to a congressional committee investigating the Flint water crisis.

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A new report says the State of Michigan did not thoroughly review Enbridge’s ability to cover costs in the case of a spill from its twin Line 5 oil pipelines before it signed an agreement with the company. The pipelines run underneath the Straits of Mackinac.

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that will commit up to $52 million of state money for upgrades to the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie

Governor Snyder is among many in Michigan who have said upgrading the locks is a priority for the state. Snyder highlighted their importance in a statement Wednesday. 

"The Soo Locks are essential to our economy and national security. The time is long overdue for construction to begin on the new lock. I’m pleased that the work is finally getting underway and hope that Congress quickly provides the rest of the funds needed to complete the project," Snyder said.

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Michigan environmentalists are urging Governor Rick Snyder to veto a bill that would give the Legislature the ability to intervene in state lawsuits.

House Bill 6553 passed during the final week of the Lame Duck session.

Peggy Case is the president of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation. She doesn’t think the state government has done enough to protect the environment while Republicans have held top offices in Lansing.

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Gov. Rick Snyder is moving into his final week on the job, but he’s still got a lot left to do.

Last week, the legislature sent the governor the last of more than 400 bills and resolutions passed during their lame duck session after the November election.

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Less than two weeks from now, Rick Snyder will be just another former Michigan governor.

He says he’ll return to a vague future that could include advising start-ups and doing a little teaching at his alma mater in Ann Arbor. From there, he’ll have a front-row seat to watch his successor, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, and her allies try to overturn the worst aspects of his tenure as they see them, anyway.

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After eight years on the job, Rick Snyder will soon end his time as Michigan’s governor. On New Year’s Day, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will be sworn in to take over from the Republican who billed himself as One Tough Nerd.

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Michigan’s jobless rate is hanging below 4 percent.

Michigan’s November unemployment rate remained unchanged from the previous month at 3.9 percent.  The nation’s jobless rate was also flat last month.

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Gov. Rick Snyder will consider whether to add another performance rating system for Michigan schools. A bill with an A through F grading system is a final procedural action away from Snyder’s desk.

Schools would not receive an overall grade. Instead, they would be graded in different areas like student growth in math and graduation rates.

State Representative Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw) is a bill sponsor. He’s been working on this for six years.

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Gov. Rick Snyder has replaced two thirds of the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority members just days before the group is expected to approve a controversial tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

The decision came after Snyder’s previous appointee, Mike Zimmer, resigned from the authority citing a possible legal conflict. Zimmer is the second appointee to resign.

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Michigan’s outgoing governor is trying to convince his counterpart in Illinois to support a project aimed at keeping asian carp out of Lake Michigan.

Asian carp are seen as a threat to the Great Lakes fishing industry. The invasive fish has moved up from the Deep South along the Mississippi River basin, reaching a point several miles from Lake Michigan.

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Governor Rick Snyder spoke at the Detroit Economic Club on Friday afternoon following Tuesday’s election of Michigan’s next governor, Gretchen Whitmer.

Snyder began the event by reflecting on his time as governor, which began in 2011. He said he was proud of his accomplishments as governor, but urged the audience to keep working towards improving Michigan – and cautioned that people needed to cooperate in order to see positive change in the state.

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Gov. Rick Snyder is making an endorsement in one of Michigan’s most divisive contests.

The governor endorsed Lt. Gov. Brian Calley in the Republican primary.  But since the August primary, Snyder has refused to get involved in this year’s race for governor between Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer.

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Governor Rick Snyder announced Wednesday that his administration has reached an agreement with Enbridge Energy to replace Line 5, the 65 year old twin pipelines that run under the Straits of Mackinac connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. 

The agreement calls for a new pipeline that would run through a tunnel dug below the lake bed. 

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Governor Rick Snyder still can’t build a bridge between a union and a construction trade association to end a roadwork stoppage across the state.

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Governor Rick Snyder announced Friday the state will stop asking job applicants and people seeking certain occupational licenses to check a box if they have been convicted of a felony.

He also will sign an executive order directing state departments and agencies to remove the felony question box from applications for state employment.

He said the types of state licenses affected include those for plumbers, electricians, barbers and cosmetologists.

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On August 7, Attorney General Bill Schuette won the four-way race to be the gubernatorial candidate for the Republicans.

The following day, there was a unity rally in Grand Rapids in an effort to bring the party together after a fractious primary race.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, the leading opponent in the primary race, showed up to offer his endorsement. Schuette’s team declined his offer.

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Governor Rick Snyder is not endorsing a candidate for governor. Attorney General Bill Schuette won his party’s nomination after Tuesday’s primary. Schuette went up against Snyder’s own Lieutenant Governor, Brian Calley.

Snyder and Schuette have had a fraught relationship. Schuette is currently prosecuting several people in Snyder’s administration over the Flint Water Crisis, and Snyder backed Calley during the primary.

But now, Snyder says he’s just going to focus on being a governor.

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U.S. District Judge Judith Levy ruled Wednesday that a class action lawsuit in the Flint water crisis can move forward.  

But the judge dismissed Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder from the litigation. 

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Governor Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder is calling a request for the FBI to investigate Michigan attorney general Bill Schuette "a serious matter."

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Recent blogs from the free-market think tank the Mackinac Center for Public Policy applauded Governor Snyder's $10 million cut to what it calls "the state’s corporate and industrial handout complex." 

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