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One of the nation's largest labor unions is unveiling plans to invest $150 million in a nationwide campaign to help defeat President Donald Trump. The sweeping effort is focused on eight battleground states and voters of color who typically don't vote. The investment marks the largest voter engagement and turnout operation in the history of the Service Employees International Union, which claims nearly 2 million members. The campaign will span 40 states and target 6 million voters focused largely in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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For the second time this month, Michigan's Republican-led Senate has blocked one of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's appointments to the state commission that regulates hunting and fishing. The Senate on Thursday rejected George Heartwell, a former mayor of Grand Rapids. Gun-rights groups opposed his nomination in part because, as mayor, he backed an ordinance banning guns in public buildings and was a member of a gun-control group co-founded by former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Heartwell, who no longer hunts but fishes, has said he supports the Second Amendment and hunting.

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A split Michigan Senate has approved changes to the process by which hospitals can do multi-million dollar construction or renovation projects. Senators also voted Wednesday to exempt hospitals from needing state regulatory approval to add psychiatric beds. The Republican-sponsored bills go to the House for consideration next. The legislation would change what's known as the certificate of need program, which is intended to ensure only needed health services are added in Michigan.

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Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration is asking for a quick court ruling on the legality of Michigan's Medicaid work requirements. The state hopes to avoid sending notices to more than 80,000 people who didn't comply in the first month of the rules. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services filed a motion Tuesday with U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington - 11 days after a federal appeals court affirmed Boasberg's decision to invalidate Arkansas' work requirements.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the state will have a mobility officer to coordinate all initiatives related to self-driving and connected cars. It's an effort she says will ensure that Michigan is the go-to place for testing and producing vehicles of the future. Whitmer signed an executive directive on Tuesday at an auto summit in Detroit to create the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. The office will be led by a chief mobility officer whose name probably will be announced in April.

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The president and CEO of one of the nation's largest marathons says a late University of Michigan doctor performed an inappropriate act on him during a medical examination in the 1970s. Dr. James Barahal joins a chorus of former students by accusing Dr. Robert E. Anderson of assault. Barahal heads up the Honolulu Marathon and is a longtime physician. He told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Monday that Anderson gave him a digital rectal exam when the then-medical student visited the student health center in 1975 complaining of a sore throat.

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Michigan Republican congressman Fred Upton says he will seek re-election to his Sixth Congressional District seat. In announcing his re-election bid Monday, Upton says there is "unfinished" business that has to be completed, including fighting the opioid epidemic and immigration reform. The 66-year-old Upton Upton was being watched closely as a potential House retiree as Republicans struggle to try regaining the chamber majority in the November elections. He entered the House in 1987.

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Several men alleging sexual abuse by a deceased University of Michigan doctor have retained law firms that are representing accusers who sued Michigan State University and Ohio State University in similar cases, attorneys said Monday. Dr. Robert Anderson, who died in 2008, is accused of assaulting patients and school athletes during medical exams. It's unclear if the University of Michigan will see the magnitude of lawsuits facing Ohio State, which are pending, and Michigan State, which settled for $500 million.á

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The federal government has awarded grants totaling more than $1.8 million for projects designed to reduce nutrient pollution that helps cause harmful algae blooms in the Great Lakes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the grants Monday. Regional administrator Kurt Thiede says the money is being divided among five organizations that will use market-based approaches for targeting runoff of nutrients such as phosphorus. The funding will come from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a program that deals with some of the lakes' most persistent environmental problems.

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A university in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has opened a 2,600-square-foot-facility for hands-on experience and research related to the cannabis industry. The Mining Journal reports that the ribbon cutting for Lake Superior State University's Cannabis Center of Excellence was Friday. University officials say the idea is to train undergraduate students as "job-ready chemists" with' "innovative experience." The school announced a cannabis chemistry program last year. Michigan allows marijuana for medicinal and recreational use, which became legal in December.

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