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Measure would compensate wrongfully convicted prisoners

LANSING — There’s no way for a state to give back time — sometimes decades — to people who served in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. Read More

Drones seem to be everywhere — and here’s why

Businesses are still determining uses for unmanned aerial vehicles.

LANSING — Seems like every day we’re hearing something new about drones, whether it’s military use of drones overseas, Amazon floating the idea of creating a drone delivery system, journalists using drones to report stories — or even just a neighbor down the street who bought a drone for fun. Read More

State groups strengthen police, community ties

LANSING — As communities across the country confront mistrust between police and citizens, organizations across Michigan are working to build relationships officials hope can avoid unrest. Read More

New rule, broad outreach could increase vaccinations

Kent County makes effort to educate parents.

LANSING — The percentage of parents in Michigan who opt out of vaccinations for their children is more than three times the national average, but the numbers vary greatly depending on where you’re looking. Read More

There are a few winners in wake of state’s budget crunch

Despite slashes that could reach $200M, Snyder’s plan does benefit some programs.

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal came on the heels of an executive order that cut $106 million from the current budget, and legislators are now considering slashing $100 million more to address an unexpected deficit. Read More

Brick-and-mortar businesses welcome online sales tax

Senate Fiscal Agency projects the law will bring in $50M in new revenue annually.

LANSING — Many businesses across Michigan will benefit from a new law that subjects online retailers such as Amazon and Overstock.com to the same 6 percent sales tax that “brick-and-mortar” businesses collect from consumers. Read More