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Whitmer wraps up “unusual process” by signing budget

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a 68 (b) billion dollar state budget just before the new fiscal year begins tomorrow. The budget process this year was swift, secretive, and successful at getting a plan finalized just before the deadline. Governor Whitmer said she’s pleased Democrats and Republicans agreed to NOT cut funds for schools and local governments. The budget also includes money to help workers train for careers in skilled trades, and to help reduce African-American infant...

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State officials say more than 60-thousand residents have applied to Michigan’s new free tuition program for frontline workers. The program covers community college tuition for workers who served on the front lines during the pandemic. Kerry Ebersole heads the state’s Sixty by 30 program, which aims to increase the number of residents with post-secondary certificates to 60% by 2030. She says the huge number of applicants is a good sign. 

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Michigan’s Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would make it a felony to request an absentee ballot under someone else’s name, as the state prepares for a presidential election in which a record number of people are expected to vote by mail.

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hasn’t said whether she intends to sign or veto the measure, which now has cleared both houses of the Republican-led Legislature.

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The lifetime ban from receiving food benefits for those with more than one drug-related felony conviction could be lifted under a bill that passed the Michigan Senate on Wednesday.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a 68 (b) billion dollar state budget just before the new fiscal year begins tomorrow.

The budget process this year was swift, secretive, and successful at getting a plan finalized just before the deadline.

       Governor Whitmer said she’s pleased Democrats and Republicans agreed to NOT cut funds for schools and local governments. The budget also includes money to help workers train for careers in skilled trades, and to help reduce African-American infant mortality.

Lake Michigan drownings surge to new high in 2020

Sep 30, 2020
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Drownings in Lake Michigan have reached record levels with at least 53 people dead so far this year, according to a water safety advocacy group.

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, a nonprofit that tracks Great Lakes drownings, said that compares with 48 drownings in 2019 and 42 in 2018.

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he believes that President Vladimir Putin had him poisoned with a rare nerve agent.

With just a month remaining in the presidential campaign, former Vice President Joe Biden's team is launching in-person canvassing in key states.

The effort will start this weekend, the Democratic campaign said, with several hundred volunteers canvassing in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Michigan and Nevada.

The move is a reversal for the Biden campaign, which suspended face-to-face canvassing in the spring because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic and, apart from distributing mailers, stuck to that stance in the following months.

In the first presidential debate, President Trump was asked if he would refrain from declaring victory until the election has been independently certified. He refused to make that commitment.

Atlantic writer Barton Gellman was not surprised.

Yoel Roth spends a lot of time thinking about what could go wrong on Twitter. It's his job, as the social media company's head of site integrity.

"Having a vivid imagination is key," he told NPR. "None of the threats are off-limits."

A Pennsylvania court has introduced a strict new rule to voters in what is perhaps the most important swing state in the United States.

The state sends out an extra "secrecy" envelope with all its mail ballots. And the court has now decided that if voters forget to include that envelope when they return their ballots — an error that's being termed a "naked ballot" — their votes will be automatically void.

The disproportionate harm people of color have suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic serves as an "appalling reminder of the deep inequities" of the American health care system and demands congressional remedies, according to a new Senate committee report.

In Virginia's Executive Mansion, grand rooms are filled with oil paintings and roped-off period furniture. Visitors could go the entire trip without seeing a smaller, more modest brick building tucked to the side of the home.

But for more than 50 years, enslaved people served governors from the kitchen quarter — those governors who uprooted enslaved people from across the state to the capital in Richmond, Va.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended a ban on cruises from U.S. ports. The new "no sail" order, issued late Wednesday, expires Oct. 31.

President Trump's selection of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg came just 38 days before the presidential election on Nov. 3.

The move to have her on the court by then has ignited a major partisan battle on Capitol Hill.

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State officials say more than 60-thousand residents have applied to Michigan’s new free tuition program for frontline workers. The program covers community college tuition for workers who served on the front lines during the pandemic. Kerry Ebersole heads the state’s Sixty by 30 program, which aims to increase the number of residents with post-secondary certificates to 60% by 2030. She says the huge number of applicants is a good sign. 

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