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An $80 million powerball winner purchased the lucky ticket at a party store in Suttons Bay, Michigan announced on Saturday, Sept. 21.

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New legislation in the Michigan House would create a program for importing pharmaceutical drugs from Canada.

Lawmakers behind the bill say the goal is to give state residents access to prescription drugs that can be found more cheaply in Canada.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake)
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The Legislature has sent a K-12 schools budget to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The bill was adopted with the support of Republicans and Democrats, but the budget has a lot less money then what the governor recommended for special education and at-risk students.

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This week on Points North, a private prison in Baldwin will hold immigrants convicted of crimes. Some nearby residents argue it will bring jobs to the area, while others want nothing to do with it.

Plus hear about a legal scholar turned writer whose stories brought her back to northern Michigan.

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In less than two weeks, a prison housing immigrants will open in northern Michigan. 

Private prison operator GEO Group won the contract from the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to hold inmates convicted of federal crimes at their North Lake Correctional Facility in Baldwin. 

Today on Stateside, as a federal corruption probe into the United Auto Workers union focuses on UAW president Gary Jones, some in the union are reportedly questioning his future there. Plus, a doctor warns caution in the new era of legal cannabis.

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  Republicans and Democrats in the state House have come to an agreement on the state’s K-12 education budget.

Michigan pot use at a 35-year high

Sep 19, 2019

A new survey says marijuana use among 19 to 22 year olds is the highest it's been in 35 years.

An annual survey from the University of Michigan follows 12th graders after graduation, both in and out of college, to study trends in drug and alcohol use. 

 

Today on Stateside, what you need to know about the outbreak of a deadly mosquito-borne virus in Michigan. Plus, the growing number of cities in Michigan designating themselves "promise zones" and offering tuition assistance to their high school graduates.  

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Flavored vaping products will be banned in Michigan under emergency rules that were issued by the state Department of Health and Human Services Wednesday.

Brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers have 14 days to remove flavored vaping products from their inventories that are available to the public, accofding to the department.

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Discussions to bring sports betting and online gaming to the state are on hold until Michigan has a budget.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has been given the go ahead for subpoenas against the MeToo Kits company. 

Passenger traffic soars in Traverse City

Sep 17, 2019
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Passenger traffic at Cherry Capital Airport increased each month this summer due to a strong marketing campaign and new nonstop flights.

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Plans to make Michigan a sports betting state are moving through the state Legislature. A package of bills is scheduled to be voted out of a House committee Tuesday.

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Prosecutors say State Rep. Larry Inman’s (R-Williamsburg) alleged bribery attempt is not protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Inman's legal team claims that campaign contributions are protected under the First Amendment, after the Citizens United decision in the U.S. Supreme Court from 2010.

The planet Saturn resumes direct motion on Wednesday this week, after nearly five months in apparent retrograde, or westward, motion. Saturn appears to make a retrograde every year, and since it’s the slowest moving of the naked-eye planets, ancient astrologers always associated Saturn with the boundaries of time.

Today on Stateside, after signs that a compromise on road funding might be on the horizon, negotiations over the state budget between Republican lawmakers and the governor stall again. Plus, Michigan food isn’t known for its tropical flavors, but we’ve got a cocktail might convince you otherwise.

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Court-appointed attorneys defend people who can’t pay for a lawyer of their own, but the state didn’t give those attorneys a fair shot to defend their clients, according to the ACLU.

That means more convictions and harsher sentences that could have been avoided, says the ACLU. More state funding and training for those lawyers is meant to balance the scales.

(Editor's note: We recommend you listen to the story before reading.)

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This week on Points North, we dive into how the state is trying to help underpaid and overworked court-appointed attorneys. Plus a former employee of the Traverse City State Hospital reflects on 30 years on the job.

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Michigan has multiple steps it can take to ensure there’s enough energy for homes and businesses if  the state has another polar vortex this winter.

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island was built in 1887. It was sold this week to an investment firm based out of Denver.
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The historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island has been sold. The hotel made the announcement Tuesday.

 

Michigan continues to launch into space industry

Sep 11, 2019
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Rockets that carry satellites into space may soon take off from Northern Michigan.

The Michigan Launch Alliance is currently eyeing various locations across the state, including up north.

“Michigan is a logical choice due to its Northern Latitude,” says Sean McDaniel, CEO of Traverse City-based Atlas Space Operations. 

A launch site was the main topic at the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association conference that took place on Monday and Tuesday in Traverse City.

A democratic state lawmaker wants the state Capitol to reverse its ban on signs. The Capitol currently prohibits protestors and other people from bringing signs into the building.

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Some Michigan lawmakers think women need to be warned of the potential dangers of using marijuana while pregnant.

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