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LANSING, MI (AP)--   The State Board of Canvassers has approved a petition to recall Governor Rick Snyder, but denied the majority of proposals related to Flint's lead-tainted water crisis.

The board was split across party lines Monday on one proposal to recall Snyder for acknowledging he had "failed" the people of Flint in his State of the State Address. The measure has failed because a vote of 3-1 is needed to approve ballot language.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Victims' rights advocates say Michigan lags behind some other states when it comes to laws meant to keep guns from domestic abusers. 

More than a dozen states have taken steps in the past two years to strengthen laws that would keep guns from domestic abusers. But Michigan State University legal expert April Zeoli says Michigan has no law to ensure those barred by a judge from owning guns in domestic violence cases don't have them.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A bill meant to clarify what civic and school officials can tell residents about local ballot measures is moving forward in the state House. 

School districts and local governments have been bashing a new law that limits what they can say about local proposals 60 days ahead of an election. They’re calling it a “gag order.”

House Bill 5219 cleared a state House panel on Wednesday with new language meant to ease concerns from local leaders. It now says officials can give information – as long as it’s “factual and strictly neutral.”

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Laws enacted by Governor Rick Snyder will let Michigan residents have their emergency contact information linked to their driver's license or state ID.  

The bills signed Tuesday are intended to help police responding to an accident quickly identify a victim's emergency contact through state records. Supporters say it also will comfort families of people with dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Mark Bialek / detroitnews.com

FLINT, MI (AP)--   The former state-appointed emergency manager for Flint when its water source was switched in 2014 isn't expected to testify at a U.S. House committee hearing on the city's crisis with lead-tainted water.

Detroit Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Zdrodowski tells The Associated Press in an email that Darnell Earley declined an invitation to testify Wednesday before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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