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Listen: Remembering Bill Bonds

Former WXYZ-TV Channel 7 anchor and Detroit news legend, Bill Bonds, passed away last weekend. WEMU remembers him as the dominant force that he was in Southeast Michigan for nearly thirty years. Today he will be memorialized fondly as he is laid to rest. I had an opportunity to sit down with a longtime coworker of Mr. Bonds, Eastern Michigan University's VP for Communications Walter Kraft, to talk about his life and legacy.
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Today, details of the Obama administration's plan known as the Postsecondary Institutional Ratings System, or PIRS, finally saw the light of day. The idea, in this incarnation, was just under three years old.

The president announced its conception during his State of the Union address in 2012.

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A proposed tax hike aimed at improving Michigan's transportation infrastructure and schools is heading to voters. 

          

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Legislation to ease medical marijuana restrictions in Michigan will have to wait until 2015. Listen below as Jake Neher explains why. 

 

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A new brownfield plan could help Ypsilanti attract developers to the Water Street project.


Two very different holiday displays will share the grounds of the Michigan State Capitol next week: a traditional Christian Nativity and an exhibit by the Satanic Temple. The situation has brought controversy — and energized Christians who realized that a planned Nativity was in danger of being canceled.

The story drew intense attention after it emerged that there was a chance the Capitol grounds might host only a Satanic holiday display during the Christmas season, because plans for a Christian display didn't take into account Michigan's rules.

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Once again, there is plenty of Hollywood news to cover! David Fair and Russ Collins have that and previews of this week's movie offerings in 'Cinema Chat'. 

  

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Ypsilanti City Council is back to full strength. 


American Alan Gross had spent more than five years in a Cuban prison, where he lost five teeth, 100 pounds and much of the sight in his right eye. He could barely walk because of chronic pain and was, his wife Judy Gross said in June, "despondent and very hopeless" because he had 10 years to go in his sentence for crimes against the Cuban state. Then, on Tuesday, his lawyer, Scott Gilbert, told him in a phone call that he was going home.

There was a long pause, his spokeswoman Jill Zuckman said today in Washington, and then Gross said, "I'll believe it when I see it."

On Tuesday, President Obama picked up the phone and talked to Cuban President Raul Castro.

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Awareness of a serious environmental and health threat is beginning to come to the fore. Serious damage is possible when we use Coal Tar Sealants on our driveways and parking lots. That's the focus of this week's edition of Issues of the Environment.


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