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President-elect Donald Trump has selected a charter school advocate and GOP donor from Michigan to be education secretary.

Betsy DeVos becomes the second woman chosen to fill a spot in Trump's Cabinet. Earlier Wednesday, Trump named South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Both selections require Senate confirmation.

Trump calls DeVos "a brilliant and passionate education advocate."

Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat.
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Two former legislative aides who were fired by their then-bosses Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat will get a settlement from the state.

The money will come from the current Appropriations’ budget. In July of 2015, two aides say they were wrongfully fired by former Representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat.

This was around the time Courser and Gamrat were involved in a sex scandal cover-up. The House of Representatives has agreed to pay $515,000 total to the two aides and their attorneys.

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Lawmakers are working to help schools with the recent hike in the cost of EpiPens.

In 2013, a new law required schools to have two auto-injectors of epinephrine on site at all times. Epinephrine is the drug used to treat a variety of allergic reactions.

The newly introduced bill would allow schools to get a prescription for epinephrine and give out the drug with a syringe by a trained staff member.

Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat.
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A judge has dismissed a misconduct charge against a former Michigan state lawmaker who quit office amid a sex scandal last year.

Republican Todd Courser still faces a perjury charge in the case in Ingham County Circuit Court.

The Detroit News reports that Judge William Collette dismissed the misconduct in office charge Thursday. MLive.com reports that Courser's attorney, Matthew DePerno, argued that there was no criminal element to the charge related to an alleged violation of a state House rule.

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Republicans fared well across west Michigan. Much of the same held true along the lakeshore.

WGVU takes a closer look at those races from Holland to Montague.

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It was a three candidate race in Michigan’s 73rd district, but the Republican incumbent, Rep. Chris Afendoulis, was the clear winner with 64 percent of the vote over Democrat Deb Havens, The Grand Rapids small business co-owner and Certified Public Accountant says he’s helped to improve wages and he’s looking forward to working with his Senate partners and the Governor over the next two years.

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Republican Rob VerHeulen of Walker won the majority of the vote in Michigan’s 74th House District. The incumbent won 65 percent of the vote. Democratic challenger, Robin Bigger won 31 percent. VerHeulen tells us he’ll maintain the course allowing businesses and individuals to flourish across the state.

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In Allegan County, incumbent Republican Mary Whiteford handily defeated Democrat John Andrysiak with 67 percent of the vote. Whiteford won a Special Election win earlier this year filling the rest of Cindy Gamrat’s term expiring at the end of this year.

“From day one I had to be boots on the ground representing my district and do the job that I was first elected to do. So, I’m just so relieved and honored that I was re-elected so that I can serve an entire term of two years and just keep working hard.”

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Republican Rep. Roger Victory has won his third term serving Michigan’s 88th House District. The Hudsonville resident won with three quarters of the vote defeating Democratic challenger Kim Nagy 75 to 25 percent.

Victory tells us he has more work to do in Lansing.

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Tim Meyer (D-Grand Haven)

Democrat Tim Meyer is a small business owner with locations in Holland and Grand Haven. He’s been twice appointed to the Grand Haven Central Business District Development Authority board and worked in national and local campaigns. This is the second time he’s sought political office. This time Meyer is making a run for Michigan’s 89th House district seat in Lansing.

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