LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has used his pardon powers to clear the drunken driving conviction of a Detroit-area lawyer who serves on a state economic board.

Snyder knows Alan Gocha Jr., but he says they never discussed the pardon. Snyder says he followed the recommendation of the Michigan parole board.

 Gocha won't comment. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to driving while impaired in Oakland County's Bloomfield Township. Gocha is a lawyer for the maker of 5-hour Energy drinks. He says the conviction was affecting his work and international travel.

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Are today's children spending too much time indoors and online? Might a year-round, outdoors education serve them well? Find out as The Green Room explores 'Learning Without Walls.' 


Michigan families could lose their cash assistance if one or more of their children persistently miss school. That’s under a bill approved by the state House on Thursday.

The Michigan Department of Human Services (MDHS) already cuts off welfare payments due to child truancy. House Bill 4041 would put that policy into state law.

Courtesy of the artist

Aguankó, the internationally recognized Afro-Cuban jazz group led by Alberto Nacif will share lively Latin melodies at WEMU’s next free Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz Show, Friday April 10th.  We will return to Rush Street, and get the music going at 5:01 PM sharp.

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The 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival is underway and advocates for the arts hit Washington to fight for greater federal support. Those are just a few of the topics highlighted in this week's 'Cinema Chat' with David Fair and Russ Collins. 


Of course there's more than 8 reasons, but here's a fun list of some great things you can find in and around Ypsilanti, from our friends at Visit Ypsi.

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission hopes to help local governments draft non-discrimination laws.

The commission has released a model civil rights ordinance communities can use as a template for their own laws.

Courtesy Arbor Brewing Company

A conversation with Jarett Diamond, Director of the Green Brewery Project.  


As 2015 develops, so will WEMU’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. We began broadcasting at 10 watts to EMU dormitories in 1965 and are now the award-winning and nationally recognized NPR, news, jazz and blues service you know and depend on.

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  There were celebrations in four Michigan counties where a year ago same-sex couples crowded into courthouses to get married. That was right after a federal judge struck down Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.

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