The state Senate is one step closer to confirming Gov. Rick Snyder’s appointment of a former Consumers Energy lobbyist to a panel that regulates utilities.

A group of unions has launched a petition drive to double Michigan’s corporate income tax and use the additional revenue for roads. 

Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University has finalized the purchase of the Holy Trinity Chapel on West Forest Avenue in Ypsilanti for $940,000. The university plans to use the site as the new home for The Honors College. That college has doubled in size since 2011 and now has a total of fourteen hundred students. The last time EMU bought an off-campus building was in 2009 when it acquired Fletcher Elementary School.    

A federal appeals court says US marshals in Detroit were on the wrong side of the law when they tried to deny a newspaper access to booking photos of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and police officers accused of corruption. 

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Enbridge Energy is sponsoring new efforts to monitor waters above its aging pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

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It's an annual sky show, the Perseid Meteor Showers should be at their peak visibility tonight.

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If you were hoping to take a super cool selfie at a University of Michigan football game this fall, you'll have to do so without the help of a selfie stick!  

Photographer Art Kane took the most wonderful photograph in jazz history. It was taken on this date in 1958. It features 57 of the best jazz musicians and the image has come to be called, ‘A Great Day In Harlem’.

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With less than a month before most students in Washtenaw County go back to school, public health officials recommend parents to get their children immunized.  

Melissa Gilbert, who gained fame playing Laura Ingalls on TV’s Little House on the Prairie, says she’s running for a mid-Michigan congressional seat as a Democrat.

EMU's Interim President, Kim Schatzel, issued a campus wide announcement this morning saying that, after extensive research, the university's administration has decided to remove the Hurons logo from marching band uniforms.

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Two Ypsilanti children decided to start a lemonade stand to raise money, but the funds won't go to buy toys or anything like that.

The University of Michigan will hold an event on Sunday, August 16 from 4 to 7 p..m. at U-M's Alumni Building, 200 E. Fletcher in Ann Arbor

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The Lake Erie algae blooms in 2015  are already bigger than those in 2014. What has been done? What needs to be done? Will it get done? Find out in this month's edition of 89.1 WEMU's '1st Friday Focus on the Environment.' 

Eastern Michigan University

  Eastern Michigan University has been named 'Best in the Midwest' by the Princeton Review for the 13th year in a row. The Princeton Review cited EMU's "excellent academic offerings" as well as students' satisfaction with the campus as two major reasons for earning the title. EMU was one of only 15 schools in Michigan to make the list.  EMU's spokesman Geoff Larcom says they're happy to make the list again. "This is a validation of the academics and the faculty at EMU and a nice honor to have." Larcom says they're already thinking about how they can  improve to ensure the EMU earns the awar

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There is a potential summer blockbuster, a Woody Allen offering and a multitude of film choices to consider  for your weekend plans. David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director, Russ Collins have the previews for you in this week's 'Cinema Chat.'

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Voters have sent Incumbent Ann Arbor City Councilman Stephen Kunselman to defeat.   

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Voters in Ann Arbor's 5th Ward have decided to send Chip Smith  to city council. Smith beat the incumbent, Mike Anglin by more than 300 votes. 

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Ann Arbor City Council Incumbent, John "Jack" Eaton, cruises to a 4th Ward win in the primary.  

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It's another two year term representing the 1st Ward on Ann Arbor City Council   for Sabra Briere. 

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A new "medicinal garden" just opened at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor to showcase the connection between plants and medicine.  

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 It took two years and $55 million in renovations for the Taubman Health Sciences Library to re-open on the U of M campus.  The over 143,000 square foot library has gone digital and students can write on erasable walls and tables.  

 From now until August 7th United Way of Washtenaw County needs your help to collect schools supplies for their "Stuff the Bus" campaign.  


You get a business deal with the Tubby Submarine sandwich company buying the Livonia based "Just Baked" cupcake maker.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though several "Just Baked" franchises including the one in Ann Arbor are not part of the deal.  

We’re just a day away from another election day in Washtenaw county.  This primary election will only affect those who are registered to vote in Ann Arbor. There will be a total of 8 council candidates in 4 races on August ballot. Here you will find information from WEMU's Jorge Avellan on each of the contested races.