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Straits of Mackinac
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Governor Rick Snyder has approved a six-month ban on ships dropping anchor in the Straits of Mackinac.  It’s a response to a mishap in April that caused a mineral oil spill and damage to Enbridge Line 5.


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A petition drive aimed at ending gerrymandering in Michigan has turned in it's signatures but, for now, it remains in flux.  We now know how the legislature wants to spend a $315-million dollar windfall in the new state budget.  Those are just a few of the topics covered in 89.1 WEMU's 'The State of Politics' this week. 


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Driverless technology is here!  Two fully-automated, 11-passenger, all-electric shuttles manufactured by French firm NAVYA will soon begin transporting University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff on a non-stop two-mile route between the Lurie Engineering Center and the North Campus Research Complex. As it grows, this paradigm-shifting technology promises to change our world in many ways.  In the May edition of 89.1 WEMU's 'The Green Room,' we examine its potential to help, or hurt, in our challenge to reign in the energy costs and emissions of our transportation sector.


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The bloom season is just beginning at Ann Arbor’s historic peony garden in the Nichols Arboretum.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry visited the garden and has details…


Ann Arbor Summer Festival

The 35th season of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival kicks off June 5th, and the festival's executive director Mike Michelon joined 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry for this week's Art and Soul to talk about the many different events on the schedule for this year.


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Bills in response to the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal crossed a major hurdle yesterday.  After weeks of testimony, most of the bills were passed out of committee.  Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.  


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Miranda warnings to suspects who are arrested and questioned are not complete unless officers include the detail that attorneys can be in the room before and during interrogations.  That decision came yesterday from the state Court of Appeals.


Ann Arbor Summer Festival
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Mike Michelon, Executive Director of The Ann Arbor Summer Festival made a stop by the WEMU studio to discuss the 2018 Ann Arbor Summer and talk about all bringing all the Ann Arbor favorites together with some fresh surprises and spectacle.


734 Brewing Company
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Craft beer has become a major industry in Michigan, but it's been mostly run by white males.  A new brewery opening in Ypsilanti's Depot Town seeks to change that.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly sit down with Alex Merz, Brian Jones-Chance, and Patrick Echlin, co-founders of 734 Brewing Company, which opens for business on June 2.


Kirtland's warbler
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Thanks to efforts over several decades, the Kirtland's warbler, a rare bird native to Michigan forests, may be removed from the endangered species list.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Juliet Berger, an ornithologist for the City of Ann Arbor and President of the Washtenaw Audubon Society, about what the future holds for this avian species.


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The people of Ireland voted by a landslide to change their socially conservative country's constitution and legalize abortion, according to exit polls.

An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll late Friday suggested a "stunning victory" of 68 percent to 32 percent. "Yes" voters want to repeal the eighth amendment, which was voted into the constitution through a public referendum in 1983 and bans nearly all abortion.

If Stonehenge Monument were an ice cream, it would be a delicious bowl of vanilla blended with bits of oats and hazelnuts and honey swirls.

At least according to Hannah Spiegelman, a small-batch ice cream maker in Baltimore who explores the sweet — as well as salty, spicy and even a little nutty — sides of historical people and places through A Sweet History, her blog, Instagram feed and occasional pop-up stand of the same name.

Add another twist to a topsy-turvy week of diplomacy with North Korea. South Korea's presidential Blue House announced Saturday that earlier in the day, President Moon Jae-in held a secret summit meeting with North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, in an effort to keep diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang alive.

"The two leaders frankly exchanged their opinions on implementing the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration [which the two struck in April at their first historic summit] and for the successful staging of a U.S.-NK summit," Blue House spokesman Yoon Young-chan said.

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