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A federal prosecutor who quit his job to run for Michigan attorney general has filed a lawsuit to try to get on the November ballot.

Chris Graveline (GRAV'-uh-lin) of suburban Detroit wants to run as an independent, but he didn't get enough signatures by the July 19 deadline.

He and some supporters filed a lawsuit Friday, arguing that the rules for independent candidates are unconstitutional. Graveline says Michigan law allows political parties to nominate candidates in August without forcing them to gather signatures.

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Dr. Larry Nassar has been sentenced to decades in prison for sexual abuses. Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon resigned shortly thereafter. In her place, MSU’s board of trustees unanimously voted in Former Michigan Gov. John Engler. All of this as the Michigan Attorney General begins an investigation into what MSU new about Dr. Nassar’s conduct. WGVU spoke one-on-one with Attorney General Bill Schuette.

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Attorneys general from three states say a $275 million federal plan for keeping Asian carp from migrating into the Great Lakes is too pricey and rejects the most effective solution.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is recommending technologies such as electric barriers and water cannons at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, which stands between the carp-infested Illinois River and Lake Michigan.

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State Attorney General Bill Schuette says the Legislature cannot fund projects from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund that have not been recommended by the fund.

In an opinion released Monday and dated Nov. 3, Schuette also says lawmakers lack the authority to require the fund to spend a mandated amount of development funds on a specific type of development.

The opinion was issued in response to questions from a state senator and the director of the state Department of Natural Resources.

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A Republican legislative leader is running to be Michigan's next attorney general.

House Speaker Tom Leonard announced his candidacy Thursday, saying he will "make Michigan stronger and safer."

He's the second Republican to enter the race, joining state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker. Republicans and Democrats will choose their attorney general candidates at conventions next summer.

The 36-year-old Leonard has led the House since January and is in his final House term due to term limits. He previously worked as an assistant prosecutor in Genesee County.

Grand Rapids native and former U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles Jr. stood outside his former high school Ottawa Hills and officially announced his candidacy for Michigan Attorney General on Thursday. Appointed by President Barack Obama, a personal friend and fellow Harvard Law School graduate, Miles served five years as a United States attorney in the Western District of Michigan.

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Jan 23, 2017

A judge has told Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to butt out of an ongoing dispute over home delivery of water in Flint.

The U.S. attorney assigned to Michigan's Western District plans to step down from his post later this month. 

Patrick Miles Jr. has announced his resignation at the end of President Barack Obama's administration. It will be effective at noon on Jan. 20.

The 49-year-old Miles spent 21 years in private law practice as a business attorney in Grand Rapids. He has been U.S. attorney for western Michigan since 2012.

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Michigan's attorney general has charged six more state employees with crimes related to the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint.

The Flint Journal reports a judge Friday authorized the charges filed by the office of Bill Schuette. He plans to formally announce the charges at a morning news conference. All are charged with misconduct in office, willful neglect of duty and various conspiracy counts.

The poor, majority black city of 100,000 used the Flint River for tap water for 18 months to save money.

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Michigan is getting $17.2 million after drugmaker Pfizer Inc. agreed to resolve allegations that one of its companies failed to give Medicaid the same discounts it provided to private purchasers of a heartburn treatment.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Wednesday detailed the state's portion of the settlement that totals nearly $785 million.

The tentative deal that resolves allegations filed by two whistleblowers was first announced in February, but final approval was announced Wednesday by the U.S. attorney's office in Boston.

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