Tickets To The 2017 WEMU Blues Barbecue With Laith Al-Saadi June 1st

For a gift of $200 to WEMU, you and a guest can join the whole WEMU crew with a pair of tickets for the Blues Barbecue Thursday, June 1st, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m . featuring Laith Al-Saadi . The concert and picnic will be held outside of the EMU Convocation Center patio (inside in case of rain). Note: due to the potential for record attendance, tickets will be mailed after pledge is paid instead of the traditional names at the door. Please indicate the barbecue as your premium choice when you make your gift as this is a ticket event, rather than a bonus.

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Controversial legislation on state regulatory rules is making its way through the legislature. 


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State lawmakers are quickly pushing through female genital mutilation legislation.  About two weeks ago, a Senate committee passed legislation that would make performing female genital mutilation a fifteen year felony.


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