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Governor Rick Snyder’s administration and Republicans in the Legislature are at odds over how to pay for the Medicaid program.

The state currently uses a small tax on health insurance claims to get federal matching money to fund health care services.

The state tried other approaches, and, after a few misfires, that satisfied a requirement that the mechanism to get federal money must be “broad-based.”

But the claims tax is opposed by many Republicans and business leaders, who say it drives up the cost of health coverage.

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Officials say the newest phase in a multi-year cleanup of dioxin contamination downstream of the Dow Chemical Co. plant in Midland should get underway next year and cost about $6 million.

Discharges from the plant in the last century boosted levels of dioxins in the Tittabawassee and Saginaw rivers and their floodplains.

Dioxins are highly toxic chemicals that can cause serious health problems including cancer.

Cleanup has been underway since 2012 on a 21-mile section of the Tittabawassee floodplain.

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Tuesday, September 27th @ 9 PM on WGVU-HD, FRONTLINE Premieres The Choice 2016 - The Dueling Stories of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as They Compete for the Presidency.    

WGVU spoke with co-producer, Mike Wiser.

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Michigan could benefit from cleaner energy. That was the message of a report released Monday on model scenarios about Michigan’s energy future.

The Michigan Agency for Energy’s report details what could happen in Michigan under the Clean Power Plan – and without it.

The Clean Power Plan is the Obama administration’s plan for reducing carbon pollution. Michigan is among the 29 states and state agencies suing to block it.

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An advisor to President Obama on matters of race and policing met with Grand Rapids community leaders Monday morning. 

Leighton Watson says he’s disappointed to hear that communities of color in Grand Rapids are struggling with the same issues as people in Charlotte, Ferguson and New York.

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These Women Discovered It Wasn't Just Fat: It Was Lipedema

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Judy Maggiore remembers looking in the mirror in college, perplexed by her body's disproportion.

"I was skinny. I was a stick. The upper part of my body was really, really thin. You could see my ribs!" exclaims Maggiore. "But from the waist down, it was like there were two of me or something."

Tree-trunk-like legs and a slim upper body are the signature characteristic of a lipedema patient. You can starve yourself and exercise for hours a day and the fat will not regress. But Maggiore didn't know that at the time. She swore off bathing suits and hit the gym fanatically.

First, a story:

Late one night, a man searches for something in a parking lot. On his hands and knees, he crawls around a bright circle of light created by a streetlamp overhead.

A woman passes, stops, takes in the scene.

"What are you looking for? Can I help?"

"My car keys. Any chance you've seen them?"

"You dropped them right around here?"

"Oh, no. I dropped them way over there," he says, gesturing vaguely to some faraway spot on the other side of the lot.

"Then why are you looking here?"

The man pauses to consider the question.

The Senate will be voting on Wednesday on whether to override one of President Obama's veto for the first time in his presidency.

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) would give families of Sept. 11 victims the right to sue Saudi Arabia for aiding or financing the terrorism attacks. The House is likely to take up the same vote by the end of this week.

Alabama Republican Chief Justice Roy Moore is fighting to keep his job. He's accused of violating judicial ethics for telling local judges they were bound by Alabama's gay marriage ban — and not the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

His trial is set to start Wednesday. He's been suspended pending the trial, and faces removal from the bench.

A fire department battalion chief described as a "rising star" by his department was killed in an explosion in the Bronx on Tuesday morning. At least 12 other people were injured in the blast.

A doctor who treats infertility in New York City says he has helped a couple have the first baby purposefully created with DNA from three different adults.

John Zhang of the New Hope Fertility Center in Manhattan traveled to Mexico earlier this year to perform a procedure for a couple from Jordan that enabled them to have the baby in May, according to a clinic spokesman.

Eating well has many known benefits. But a good diet may not be able to counteract all the ill effects of stress on our bodies.

A new study, published in Molecular Psychiatry, suggests stress can override the benefits of making better food choices.

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Governor Rick Snyder’s administration and Republicans in the Legislature are at odds over how to pay for the Medicaid program.

The state currently uses a small tax on health insurance claims to get federal matching money to fund health care services.

The state tried other approaches, and, after a few misfires, that satisfied a requirement that the mechanism to get federal money must be “broad-based.”

But the claims tax is opposed by many Republicans and business leaders, who say it drives up the cost of health coverage.

There are two "firsts" in the list of highest-paid comedians that was put out by Forbes on Tuesday: For the first time in a decade, someone other than Jerry Seinfeld tops the rankings; and a woman is in the top 10 for the first time, according to Forbes' tally.

Jean Shepard, one of the first women to find success in country music as a solo act, died Sunday at age 82. Shepard was a feisty, straight-shooting singer who created a career in an industry where she had few female role models.

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