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The special election to replace a Michigan state senator convicted of theft has been set.

Gov. Rick Snyder says residents of the 2nd district of Michigan can vote for in the race during a special primary election on Aug. 7 and a general election on Nov. 6. The deadline to file for candidacy is April 24.

Earlier this month former Sen. Bert Johnson resigned after pleading guilty in federal court to conspiring to steal money. The Democrat from Highland Park was convicted of funneling $23,000 to a no-show employee on the state payroll.

He will be sentenced in August.

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The 7th round of North American Free Trade Agreement talks have come to an end. One renegotiation sticking point involves automotive production and what is called the “country of origin” provision. Can U.S. demands be met? WGVU recently spoke with an automotive analyst and the Consul General of Canada to find out.

Under the rules of origin, Douglas George, Consul General of Canada explains NAFTA trade bloc partner products must contain 62.5 percent of regional content in order to qualify for no tariff.

“Which is the highest in any trade agreement in the world.”

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Michigan legislators are moving to bar juvenile sexual offenders from attending the same school district as their victims.

The state House voted 106-1 Thursday to require schools to remove students who commit criminal sexual conduct against another pupil in the same school district.

The bipartisan bill is being touted as a victory for safeguarding the protection and healing of school-aged victims of sexual assault. Current law only addresses expulsions for sexual assaults committed on school grounds.

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Five states have enacted “Red Flag” laws also known as Extreme Risk Protection Orders. The law allows law enforcement to temporarily take guns away from people a judge decides is a community threat.

As Michigan lawmakers and the governor consider gun laws a poll of Michigan voters weighs in.

Five states have enacted “Red Flag” laws; California, Connecticut, Indiana, Oregon and Washington. Will Michigan be next?

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President Donald Trump isn't budging on his international tariff stance so far despite remarkably public pleadings from House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican allies to back off his threat and avoid a possible trade war.

Trump says, "We're not backing down." But he's holding open the possibility of exempting longstanding friends Canada and Mexico if they agree to better terms for the U.S. in revising the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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President Donald Trump says "we're not backing down" on his push to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum despite criticism from fellow Republicans. WGVU’s Patrick Center spoke with an economics professor about those tariffs - and the potential for a trade war – and what its impact could have on Michigan consumers and industry.

“Here in Michigan we make cars. We’re good a t making cars. We make a lot of them.”

Dr. Paul Isely is currently the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

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In a recent poll commissioned by Michigan NORML, which is the Michigan Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, indicates a majority of state voters are in favor of legalizing marijuana.

Latest Epic-MRA poll: breaking down the numbers

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Lansing-based EPIC-MRA released its February statewide survey of 600 voters who say they’ll likely head to the polls in the November 2018 election.

Of those 600 voters, 42-percent consider themselves Democrats, 39-percent identify Republican and 13-percent claimed to be Independent. The remaining 7-percent are undecided or categorized as “other/refused.”

The all were asked if they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of prominent gubernatorial candidates.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Calley's campaign director is turning down a $150,000 contract to help with Flint's economic development, saying doing both jobs would be a detriment to Flint and himself.

Matthew Gibb declined the offer in a letter to Mayor Karen Weaver Wednesday, after the city council approved the contract Monday night.

A Flint receivership board appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder could have approved the contract next week, raising questions about the propriety since Calley, the lieutenant governor, is a part of Snyder's administration.

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Michigan residents will get a $25 tax cut per individual within a few years under legislation signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Republican governor signed the bills Wednesday at his Capitol office in Lansing. GOP legislative leaders who pushed for the tax relief joined him for the bill-signing event.

The measure also clarifies that Michigan's personal tax exemption continues, after concerns were raised that the recent federal tax cuts could eliminate it due to how the state code is linked to the U.S. code.

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