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3 Michigan congressmen at baseball field during shooting

Jun 14, 2017

Three Republican members of Michigan's congressional delegation were among lawmakers who were practicing baseball when a gunman opened fire at the field in suburban Washington. U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop gave an eyewitness account Wednesday to Detroit radio station WWJ. He says many more people would have been shot if security staff hadn't returned fire. Bishop says he was at home plate when the gunman approached with a rifle. 

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot. Bishop says Scalise was a "sitting duck" on second base. Bishop says fellow

The race is on for Michigan’s 3rd District in 2018, as a local Grand Rapids native announced his candidacy for Congress. Democrat Jeff Thomas of Grand Rapids is the owner of a web design and development business and also runs a local non-profit that looks to improve the effectiveness of the charitable food distribution system.

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President Jimmy Carter is this year’s recipient of the Gerald R. Ford medal for distinguished public service. In Washington D.C. from the Capitol Hill Club, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation presented former U.S. President Jimmy Carter with the Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

Monday evening during the annual reception and dinner, guests witness Carter accepting the medal from his Atlanta, Georgia office via video.

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President Donald Trump says America's withdrawal from the Paris climate change accord, “Is less about the climate and more about other countries obtaining a financial advantage over the United States."

The President would later say the U.S. could try to re-enter the international climate agreement sealed in Paris if the deal were more favorable to Americans.

Last week prior to U.S. Representative Justin Amash’s town hall meeting held at Grand Rapids’ Ottawa Hills High School, WGVU spoke with the Cascade Township republican about the President’s decision.

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U.S. Representative Justin Amash is home this week visiting Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. He’s hosting a town hall meeting tonight in Battle Creek. Last night the Cascade Township republican held a public forum at Grand Rapid’s Ottawa Hills High School auditorium. Before the event began, WGVU sat down for a one-on-one interview with Congressman Amash discussing health care and how he approaches his constituents attending what have lately become heated town hall meetings.

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Alarmed by the number of motorists staring at their screens instead of the road, lawmakers are proposing to make Michigan the 15th state to ban driving while holding a hand-held phone.

Police and safety advocates say the current prohibition against texting and driving is outdated, vague and difficult to enforce.

To save lives, they contend, a blanket ban on hand-held devices should be considered - with exceptions for hands-free technology.

Nearly 12,800 crashes in Michigan last year involved distracted driving, a 70 percent spike from 2015.

Bills passed in the Michigan Senate are aimed at keeping kids in school and curbing truancy problems.

The legislation approved Thursday would prohibit schools from suspending or expelling kids solely for missing class and require schools to notify parents to attend a meeting in regards to a child's irregular attendance.

The bills would require school boards to include sufficient data about truancy, chronic absences and disciplinary absences in their annual expulsion reports.

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A business group is again initiating legislation to repeal Michigan's decades-old prevailing wage law.

The law requires workers on state-financed building projects to be paid higher wages based on local union contracts and is supported by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Board of State Canvassers said Monday it will consider the form of Protecting Michigan Taxpayers' petition at a meeting Thursday.

If the ballot committee collects roughly 252,000 valid voter signatures, the legislation would go to the GOP-led Legislature.

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Republican legislative leaders remain committed to closing the pension system to new teachers and instead giving them a 401(k) after getting mixed news about tax revenues.

Legislative fiscal agencies say school aid collections will be between $286 million and $364 million higher this fiscal year and next than was projected in January.

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Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has secured the endorsement of a 14,000-member labor union days after U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee decided not to run for governor in 2018.

The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights backed Whitmer Thursday - a positive sign for her campaign as it seeks to coalesce support.

Executive Secretary-Treasurer Mike Jackson calls Whitmer, a former legislative leader from East Lansing, a "proven fighter" who "has been in the trenches on the side of skilled trades workers countless times."

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