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Michigan’s 0.08 percent blood-alcohol level is set to expire next year.  But a bill is on its way to the governor’s desk to prevent that.


Elijah Cummings
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The ranking Democrat on the US House Oversight Committee wants to subpoena Governor Rick Snyder.  Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) says the governor has not been forthcoming about when he first knew about a fatal outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County.


Zingerman's
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Zingerman’s Roadhouse is open for business this morning.  A carbon monoxide leak on Tuesday forced evacuation of the restaurant.

Water
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A water main break in Oakland County has prompted officials to issue a boil water advisory for about a dozen communities.  

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Michigan needs to create more opportunities for kids of color.  That’s according to advocates after a new report was released Tuesday.  The report shows that African-American kids in Michigan fare worse in areas like education than in any other state.


Michigan Supreme Court
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A state appeals court says a former tribal police chief who pleaded guilty to fraud charges can’t run for state or local political offices.  The case will now go to the state Supreme Court.


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29 year-old Eddie Curlin was arraigned in a Washtenaw County District Court for racist messages found at Eastern Michigan University last year.  The former student is currently serving a one-to-five year prison sentence for another unrelated case. 

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Police have charged a suspect they believe is responsible for a series of incidents involving racist graffiti on Eastern Michigan University’s campus last year.


Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative joins WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor.  Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged.


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Being a mom is hard, regardless of who you are or what your background may be.  It’s even harder for those who may not have the support they need.

In our ongoing series “Hidden in Plain Sight,” 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you to the Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti--a comprehensive teen health center, also providing special care and programs for young mothers.


Rape Kit
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Michigan is on its way to tracking sexual assault kits.  The legislation is in response to major backlogs of sexual assault kit processing.


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Eastern Michigan University wants to make sure it protects freedom of speech on campus.  As a result, today, during its Board of Regents meeting, it updated its free speech and speaker policy.
 


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Can you train your brain to be more positive? Psychologist Elisha Goldstein, co-founder of the Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles, is coming to Ann Arbor in early November, and he thinks you can with a bit of practice. In this week’s "Art and Soul," 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry speaks with him to learn more.


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the flicks you can check out in theaters this weekend.


Promise-Zone Bills Headed To the Governor’s Desk

Oct 19, 2017
Graduation
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The Michigan Legislature may create five new “Promise Zones.”  Those are special cities and communities that provide free college tuition for high school graduates. 


Parking Tickets
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Bills to forgive Michigan’s controversial driver responsibility fees have cleared a state House committee.  But, they’ve hit a roadblock.  They’re opposed by Governor Rick Snyder’s Treasury department.


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To help end domestic violence, the Southeast Michigan Coalition Against Domestic Violence was launched today during a roundtable at the SafeHouse Center in Ann Arbor. 


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Washington Street in Ypsilanti is becoming home to a number of new businesses.  In this week's 'On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion learns more about new business development from Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly and the owners of 17 North, Melinda Ann O'Neill and Brad Angle.


Michigan Stadium
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If you’ve ever been to a football game at Michigan Stadium, you may have noticed the abundance of trash that is generated.  Throughout the game, workers rush to empty full garbage and recycle bins.  After the game, you will find tons of trash on the ground.  In this week’s “Issues of the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair talks with Paul Dunlop, Senior Facility Manager, Michigan Stadium-Crisler Center, about the plan to make game days, zero-waste events. 


Cannabis
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Getting into the medical marijuana game may require hundreds of thousands of dollars in liquid assets. 


Jocelyn Benson
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The 2010 Democratic candidate for Michigan Secretary of State says she will try again in 2018. 


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"Me too."

Just two words are being used on social media as a way for women--and some men--to share that they've been sexually harassed or assaulted.  It's a national conversation that began following the growing number of complaints of sexual harassment or abuse against Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Barbara Niess-May, the executive director of Safe House Center, which provides support for women who've been abused, about the discussion in Washtenaw County.


From October 11th-14th, Americans for the Arts held its Executive Leadership Forum in Toledo, Ohio.  Arts organizations from around the country were represented to discuss successes and challenges in furthering the creative industries.  Get an inside look as to what lessons were learned and can be put to use in Ann Arbor and southeast Michigan.  Deb Polich is President and CEO of the Arts Alliance, WEMU's partner in "creative:impact," and she shares her experiences at the forum with our own David Fair. 


Amazon
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The retail giant Amazon is looking for a second home.  And that could mean thousands of jobs, and a new economic anchor for a city.  But cities like Denver and Atlanta are competing, but as we hear from Rick Pluta, leaders in some smaller cities think they have a shot – if only they can get Amazon’s attention.


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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s close to a final decision on what disciplinary action – if any – will be taken against the leader of the Michigan State Police over a controversial Facebook post. 

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