Pure Michigan
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A federal lawsuit is challenging the right of regional tourism bureaus to charge room fees for travel campaigns, such as Pure Michigan.  

Eastern Michigan University welcomed new President James Smith for his first official day on the job Friday.


4th of July Parade
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This 4th of July holiday will be celebrated locally with traditional events, including parades and fireworks.


The governors of the Great Lakes states, and the premiere of Ontario, Canada  unanimously agreed earlier this month to allow a Wisconsin city to withdraw large amounts of water from Lake Michigan. It is a first and it raises the question, "is it a precedent that poses a threat to the Great Lakes?"  In search of an answer, Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak alks with Marc Smith, Policy Director of the Great Lakes Resource Center of the National Wildlife Federation  

Ypsilanti residents will decide in August whether to approve a 2.3 millage to pay off debt from the Water Street Project. Officials from both sides made their case to residents last night.

The Washtenaw County Health Department has confirmed that a second local person has been infected with the Zika virus after traveling to an area where the condition is active. 

The City of Ann Arbor

After weeks of delays, the Ann Arbor Veterans Memorial Park Pool is open for business.

Oil Pipeline
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A federal appeals court says an Enbridge oil pipeline that runs through a northern Michigan national forest does not need a new permit to continue operating.

Humane Society of Huron Valley

There's been an increase recently in the number of cats with Feline Leukemia Virus, which weakens their immune system and often causes cancer.

Because of the increase, the Humane Society of Huron Valley in Ann Arbor is taking in more cats with the disease and is looking for homes for them instead of having them euthanized.

I spoke with the society's marketing director Wendy Welch about what they're doing to help cats suffering from the disease.

Washtenaw Community College

Washtenaw Community College has extended a contract with President Rose Bellanca until 2019. 


Michigan Theater
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The Fourth of July is almost here, which means fireworks, barbecues, and a trip to the movies!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the film business and all the movies coming to theaters this Independence Day weekend.

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Fireworks are a part of many people's 4th of July celebrations, whether it's watching a professional show or lighting some off in the neighborhood.  Here's what's scheduled in our area and what is legally allowed. 

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Eastern Michigan University held a farewell reception for interim president Donald Loppnow


Howard Bunsis
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Some faculty members at Eastern Michigan University are upset with the administration's decision to layoff ten employees and eliminate 40 other vacant campus jobs. 

University of Michigan Health System

The University of Michigan Health System has started using a new, smaller pacemaker to treat patients with heart conditions.

Ypsilanti officials are pushing to convince voters to pass a 2.3 mil on the August ballot to pay down debt on Water Street.



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Fracking, to say the least, is a controversial method of energy resource extraction.  Those who implement the practice contend it's more efficient, effective, and is not an environmental hazard.  There are many who disagree, particularly when it comes to environmental impact.  In this week’s, “Issues of the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair discusses fracking and the effort to put it to a vote of the people with LuAnne Kozma, the ‎campaign director at The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan​. 

Eastern Michigan University
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Eastern Michigan University announced layoffs and other cuts to help balance its 2017 fiscal year budget

Red Cross
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Michigan is sending help to West Virginia in the aftermath of deadly flooding in West Virginia.  

Arts funding is the focus of a town hall with Washtenaw County candidates Wednesday evening.


Bill Schuette
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says lawyers hired by Governor Rick Snyder at public expense are delaying progress in the criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis

Brian Banks
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Legal troubles are piling for a Detroit-area state lawmaker.  Representative Brian Banks faces new felony charges that he submitted fake paycheck records to get a loan. 

Drinking Water
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The University of Michigan's Department of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health plans to test the drinking water on campus.  

Lisa Barry

School is out for most of Michigan, but many local school officials are still hard at work determining what's next for their district.

For some, that means looking for ways to improve the bottom line.

I spoke with Ypsilanti Community Schools' Superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson about how his district is looking after his first year on the job.

Hospital Room
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Even with good health insurance, it costs most people more that $1,000 for a hospital stay.  A new local study looks at the rising cost of what patients are paying for hospital treatments.