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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.


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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. 


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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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Activating the circuitry of the Amygdala may be the key to help battle addictions.

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City of Ann Arbor plans to issue 86 body-worn cameras to the Ann Arbor Police Department.

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The Red Thumb Reminder is designed to keep drivers from texting while behind the wheel.

State officials are reporting what they say is a small natural gas leak in a pipeline in the Upper Peninsula that’s owned by Enbridge Energy.

Brad Wurfel of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says the leak near Manistique was discovered, reported, and fixed by Enbridge. He says there was a small amount of liquid natural gas
released, but it quickly evaporated. 

“The good news is there’s no lingering environmental damage to discuss with this incident,” he said. 

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources cautions against knee-jerk solutions to curbing wildlife populations.

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A group of semi-truck drivers made some noise Tuesday outside the state Capitol.

Several 18-wheelers circled the building with horns blaring to protest legislation that would increase fines and fees for overweight vehicles. It’s likely to be part of a compromise plan to increase funding to fix Michigan’s roads.

Supporters of a religious freedom bill in the state Legislature are pushing back against recent criticism. The legislation is meant to protect religious practices against state and local government interference.

Opponents of House Bill 5958 say it would make it easier for people and businesses to discriminate. For example, they claim emergency medical workers could legally refuse to treat LGBT people.

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The west side of downtown Ann Arbor may see a new trail, thanks to a group of University of Michigan graduate students.

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Residents will no longer need to face flooding and frequent repairs.

As the investigation into what happened continues, Ann Arbor officials release the names of the officers involved.

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The state Senate will meet for a rare Monday session to kick off the final week of the Legislature’s “lame duck” session.

The goal is to get a head start on finding a compromise plan to boost road funding. 

State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, says he also wants to hold votes this week on easing legislative term limits.

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Whitmore Lake considers Dexter Community as a new annexation partner.

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ACLU of Michigan stipulates how they think the cameras should be used, and for how long the footage is archived.

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State Senate approves increasing penalties for coercing abortion

Coercing someone to have an abortion would carry tougher penalties under bills approved by the state Senate on Thursday. The crime could result in criminal penalties under Senate Bills 1156 and 1157.

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State Legislature getting ready to hammer out compromise on road funding

The state Legislature is taking steps to hammer out a road funding compromise in the final days of its 2014 session.

The House and Senate passed plans that are drastically different. The Senate approved legislation that would essentially double the state's gas tax to pay for road improvements. The House plan would divert revenues from schools and local governments and would not raise any taxes.

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It's all about the playwright at Ann Arbor's newest theater non-profit. 


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A former Eastern Michigan University professor and the co-founder of an Ann Arbor based business will be joining EMU's Board of Regents.

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Detroit officially exits bankruptcy

At the stroke of midnight, the city of Detroit officially exits of bankruptcy. Governor Rick Snyder has signed the order terminating the city’s emergency manager, and officially transferring control to the mayor and the city council.

The action is something of a formality since Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has had control over most day-to-day operations for months now.

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