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Attorneys are asking a judge to set aside nearly a third of the proposed $641 million civil settlement tied to the Flint water crisis for lawyer fees.

They made the request in a court filing this week.  

The State of Michigan and the city of Flint, along with a Flint engineering firm and a Flint hospital, agreed to put up the money as part of an agreement to settle legal damage claims tied to the city’s water crisis.

29 Michigan workers died on the job in 2015

Dec 31, 2015
Construction area with hard hat sign
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An annual report from the Michigan Occupation Safety and Health Administration says 29 workers lost their lives on job sites this year.

The most recent death involved a 17-year-old farm hand who was found unresponsive a short time after arriving for work. 

MIOSHA said atmospheric testing showed high levels of carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide, possibly from a steam generator near where the teenager was working.

The Commonwealth Fund

Michigan will be part of the federal government’s health insurance exchange, instead of being a partner in a joint effort.

That’s because the state Senate began its spring break yesterday without meeting a deadline to vote on accepting federal funds for the project.

Republicans in the state Senate defied the wishes of Governor Snyder and a lot of business groups by refusing federal funding for a joint federal-state health insurance exchange.

That’s where customers will go to comparison shop for coverage. Instead, Michigan customers will shop on the federal government’s exchange.

New Michigan Laws Increase Arson Penalties

Jan 3, 2013
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Four new laws are going into effect in 2013 that will dramatically increase penalties for arson in Michigan.

The laws revise sentencing guidelines to give courts more latitude to hand down longer prison terms.