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Law enforcement and school officials say they have a plan to save children’s lives.  They unveiled a proposal Thursday that calls for $120 million from the state to make Michigan schools safer.


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The state medical marijuana board has deadlocked on the first two applications for licenses.


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This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts activities in Washtenaw County.  Local writer and reviewer Jenn McKee joins 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry and special guest playwright David MacGregor to talk about his new play opening soon at Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea.


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The Spring 2018 Pledge Drive has wrapped up, so let's unwind with some good movies!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movie news and all of the films you check out this weekend.


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The state Legislature began discussions Wednesday on the newest plan to make people work for Medicaid.


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The state House has approved a bill to require vehicles to keep a distance of at least three feet when passing bicyclists. 


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Dave Strenski from Solar Ypsi has used his hobby to help make Ypsilanti a "solar city."  On this week's On The Ground Ypsilanti, Patrick Campion sits down with Dave and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly to talk about his efforts so far, the big grant they're helping Ypsi to secure, and what he hopes for as a brighter future in the city. 


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Michigan lawmakers are comfortable with the state’s current driverless vehicle laws.  


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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a budget bill that accelerates spending on road repairs in time to help with the spring and summer construction season. 


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As part of a budget restructuring plan, Eastern Michigan University will cut four of its sports teams.  Softball, men's swimming and diving, women's tennis, and wrestling are the teams that will be eliminated this year.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan covered the announcement this morning at Eastern's Convocation Center.


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Eastern Michigan University has announced the elimination of four sports from their intercollegiate athletic program at the conclusion of the spring season as part of the University’s budget restructuring efforts.


Michigan Capitol
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Lawmakers in Lansing have been working on legislation in response to the Larry Nassar case.  And while they’re at it, some say they might want to clarify who counts as a victim when it comes to giving impact statements at a defendant’s sentencing.


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You might soon be able to register to vote from the comfort of your home.  Lawmakers in the state Senate passed a bill Thursday for online voter registration.


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Ann Arbor Public Schools students hosted a town hall Thursday evening to continue the discussion on the need for better gun control laws in the country.  Over 50 people attended the peaceful town hall.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.


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Thriving at work is crucial to many people's sense of well-being.  People are spending more and more time in the workplace and Dr. Gretchen Spreitzer, faculty director for the Center For Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, says it is ever more important to who we are as individuals to feel fulfilled at work.  She says we spend so much time on the job now, it's about more than just earning a paycheck for many people.


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Eastern Michigan University’s professor’s union held a rally on campus Thursday to protest budget cuts and the school’s plan to privatize its parking services.


Michigan Capitol
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The state Senate passed legislation sponsors say will increase the rights of victims of sexual assault.


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State schools superintendent Brian Whiston is stepping down to concentrate on his battle with cancer.


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University of Michigan Natural History Museum curators are hoping for a “Wow” experience for visitors when the new museum opens next year.


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Washtenaw County students took part in a school walkout this morning that was held across the country.  Students are demanding better gun control laws after 17 people were killed in Florida last month during a school shooting.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there when students walked out and has the story.


Michigan State Senate
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Bills to address campus sexual misconduct have stalled in the state Senate.


Prisons
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An effective food system in the state’s prisons should go beyond just feeding prisoners.  That’s the message of some lawmakers in the state Senate.


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In this week's #OTGYpsi, Patrick Campion and Brianna Kelly sit down with Decky Alexander from Eastern Michigan University.  The conversation is about how Washtenaw Community College and EMU seek opportunities to "get involved."  You can find Concentrate Media's full article here.  

  

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Another candidate has entered the race to become the next Mayor of Ypsilanti.  Former Ypsilanti City Councilwoman Anne Brown becomes the second to announce a bid to succeed current and outgoing Mayor Amanda Edmonds.  Democratic 2nd Ward city councilwoman Beth Bashert announced her candidacy prior to Edmonds announcing her decision not to seek a second term in office. 

              

Eastern Michigan University has sent a 17-student contingent to Washington D.C. for National Arts Advocacy Day.  It's part education and part functional plea for continuing investment in the arts and arts education.  What are the hopes and expectations?  That's the focus this week on 89.1 WEMU's "creative:impact." 


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