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Michigan and Louisiana are the only two states that don’t apply their public records laws to the legislature and the governor’s office.  A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers have rolled out bills to change that. 


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As the temperature dips back below the freezing mark, slippery driving becomes more of a concern.  But walking can also be a challenge once you get out of your vehicle.


Lisa Barry

If you're sensitive to a lack of sunshine, you may be glad that January is over.


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In August of 2016,  University of Michigan Energy Institute scientists, led by John DeCicco, released an 8-year study.  It estimated powering an American vehicle with ethanol made from corn increased carbon pollution more than using gasoline.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment,” David Fair talks with Professor DeCicco about the findings and what it means to future policy.


Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice
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The Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice in Ann Arbor is preparing to help those who may be affected by President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration. 


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder says President Trump has opened a “much-needed” national conversation on immigration with his order that limits travel from seven majority-Muslim nations.


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Efforts to build a state law enforcement memorial has received a boost. 

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Lawmakers are considering a repeal of a law that allows the state to shut down low-performing schools. 


  Grab your sweetheart and join us Saturday, February 11 from 7am to 1pm as the staff of 89.1 WEMU take over the Northside Grill for “the love of WEMU.”

 Meet your favorite on-air personalities as we show you to your table, pour your coffee, and collect all the tips for the day (don’t worry though — we’ll leave the cooking to the Northside).    

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The Presidents of the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University are standing with international students amid President Trump's Executive Order on immigration.  


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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell joined with 160-others in the U-S House in sponsoring legislation taking aim at the Executive Order on immigration and refugee policy. The 12th District Democrat joined WEMU's David Fair this morning to discuss what's next. 


Immigration
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Attorneys in Michigan and elsewhere are still trying to get information about and access to people detained at ports of entry. 


Lisa Barry

A US Supreme Court Justice and a judge from Germany's highest court kicked off the University of Michigan's year-long bicentennial celebration.


EMU
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Eastern Michigan University's President, Dr. James Smith, sent an email to all EMU students and employees reiterating the message that "The University will continue to support international students without regard to their immigration status." A similar message was sent out by University of Michigan's President Saturday. The full text of Dr. Smith's message can be found below:

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The city of Ann Arbor will roll out  the lethal portion of its deer management plan today. As sharpshooters take to city parks and nature areas, and a few selected sites on the University of Michigan campus, the group Friends of Ann Arbor Wildlife in Nature, or FAAWN,  will march and protest.


Rebekah Warren
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Two proposalsaimed at eliminating Michigan's income tax have come before the state Legislature. WEMU's David Fair speaks to state Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) about her thoughts on these proposals.


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State officials say any federal investigation will not turn up widespread vote fraud in Michigan, despite unsubstantiated accusations by President Trump that millions of people voted illegally.  


The Arts Alliance of Washtenaw County is have a special ceremony and celebration next Sunday and awarding three medals for Arts, Science and Humanities and two 21st Century Awards. Ann Arbor musician and recent finalist on the TV show "The Voice," Laith Al-Saadi is winning the Spotlight Artist Award, and I spoke to him about that and the importance of the arts in our community as well as what life is like since his TV show experience.  

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This week on Art & Soul, local journalist and blogger Jenn McKee joins me along with Guy Sanville from the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea and playwright Brian Letscher about the performing arts in our  area.


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After months of being criticized for charging students with misconduct for actions taken during a sit-in protest on campus, Eastern Michigan University is opening up about the issue. 
 


Michigan Theater
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The 2017 Oscar nominations have been announced, and the Sundance Film Festival is in full swing!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director and CEO Russ Collins about the movie business and the films available to you this weekend.


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Amid efforts in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the deadline to register for the health insurance marketplace  is January 31st.  


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about how the state handles juvenile life without parole cases.  


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Ypsilanti’s Ugly Mug is becoming Cross Street Coffee.  Even though they haven’t officially changed the signage outside, there have been upgrades made to the interior. 


Lisa Barry

Beatriz Vargas is the general manager of Maiz Mexican Cantina in Ypsilanti and came up with an idea to build a wall of stories and sentiments about what it means to immigrants. 

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