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Here's what we're following on today's rundown: a federal appeals court will not reinstate Trump’s revised travel ban; a shake up at the USDA could hurt rural America; and the body slamming of a reporter in Montana may be part of a bigger pattern of hostility toward journalists.

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Public News Service - MI: Budget Policy & Priorities

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's alleged use of personal email for state business is at the center of a lawsuit filed this week. (billschuette.com)

LANSING, Mich. - The state's top law-enforcement official is facing legal troubles, with his office accused of violating the Freedom of Information Act. The lawsuit filed Tuesday comes after the attorney general's office rejected a public-records request for the private email messages of Republican

The fate of healthcare for millions of Michiganders could come down to a vote in Congress on Thursday. (Architect of the Capitol)

LANSING, Mich. – As President Donald Trump makes a last push to Congress to get his healthcare proposal across the finish line in the U.S. House, policy experts in Michigan are raising red flags. More than 650,000 people are enrolled in the state's Healthy Michigan expanded Medicaid plan, with

A new poll shows little public support for a plan to repeal the Michigan state income tax. (Phillip Hoffmeister/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich – Michigan lawmakers looking to phase out the state's income tax over time without a plan to replace it won't find much support from their constituents, according to a new survey. The poll, commissioned by the Michigan League for Public Policy, found that nearly three-quarters

Expanding Medicaid has helped the financial health of Michigan's hospitals. (MetalliX/morguefile)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Healthy Michigan Plan is living up to its name when it comes to the financial well-being of the state's hospitals, according to a new study from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. The report found that uncompensated care, which includes both charity

Michigan lawmakers return to work the second week of January. (MittenStatePhototog/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – At a time when political friction is high, Michigan state leaders are being applauded for coming together to help children and families. The lame duck legislative session just wrapped up with passage of several measures, including a supplemental budget bill (SB 800) that wil

Michigan has set aside about $27 million for pipe replacement in Flint. (Pixababy)

FLINT, Mich. -- Volunteers with AARP Michigan are going the extra mile to help Flint residents impacted by the city's water crisis. As work continues to replace lead service lines between streets and homes, dozens of volunteers are going door-to-door, getting consent forms signed to help expedite th

Research shows racial disparities exist in Michigan in reading proficiency, school discipline, and graduation rates. (U.S. Dept. of Education)

LANSING, Mich. – As hundreds of Michiganders gathered at a forum Monday to discuss poverty and racial inequity, a new report examines persistent racial disparities in educational opportunities for Michigan kids. The forum was sponsored by the Michigan League for Public Policy, which also rele

In Michigan, 62 percent of university students are graduating with debt averaging close to $30,000. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan college students are digging into the fall semester, but eventually many will be digging themselves out of a mountain of debt. A report released today by the Michigan League for Public Policy shows 62 percent of university students in Michigan are graduating with de

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