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Michigan League of Conservation Voters / www.michiganlcv.org

Lisa Wozniak explores issues facing the Great Lakes in the near and long term. Her guest on 89.1 WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment is Mike Shriberg, the newly appointed Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center. 


Legislation that would allow faith-based adoption agencies to refuse to work with LGBT couples or anyone else based on moral or religious grounds is headed to the floor of the state House.

Michigan’s film credits are a step closer to being eliminated by the state Legislature. A House panel approved a bill Wednesday that would end the program on October 1st.

The vote was largely party-line, with almost all Republicans voting in favor and most Democrats voting against. The legislation now heads to the House floor.

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All the movie news and previews you need to know for the weekend!  Cinema Chat with David Fair and Russ Collins. Listen below. 


David Yapp has opened a new store in downtown Ypsilanti. It's aim is get the community more involved in cycling at an affordable price, and to benefit the environment. How? find out in this week's installment of 'Issues of the Environment.'  


Gov. Rick Snyder is getting some tough questions about the May ballot proposal to boost road funding at his education and economic summit this week in Detroit.


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Office of Debbie Dingell

  Patrick Campion sat down with Michigan's 12th District Representative, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, to discuss the Protecting Our Great Lakes Act and the funding deadline for the Department of Homeland Security.  


Jim McGuire / courtesy of the artist

Throughout 2015, The Ark will present many special concerts to celebrate their 50th Anniversary.  The first of these is this Sunday at the Power Center, featuring the husband and wife banjo duo of Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.  


The state House has adopted legislation that would exempt air-, spring-, and gas-powered guns from Michigan firearms laws.

The legislation is backed by the NRA. Supporters says Michigan’s rules are stricter and out of step with most other states and the federal government.

State lawmakers have approved diverting surplus school aid revenues to help close a $400 million dollar budget hole.

The legislation would shift $250 million dollars in money originally earmarked for the state’s School Aid Fund.  Another bill in the package would make cuts to several state departments.

WEMU is pleased to present the trio of saxophonist-flutist Doug Horn, vibraphonist Cary Kocher and bassist Kurt Krahnke for our next free Sesi Motors "5:01 Jazz Show" on Friday, March 6th.  Music starts promptly at 5 and goes until 7 - a great time to celebrate with jazz-loving friends after work.

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Michigan Theater Director and CEO Russ Collins joins David Fair for a a wrap-up of the Academy Awards and a preview of this week’s film offerings. That includes the Will Smith movie “Focus”,  the Olivia Wilde vehicle “The Lazarus Effect” and a a very special screening from the New York Film Critics…Find out about that event, and more.


Glances at Nature / Audobon Guide

The number of Bald Eagles in Michigan is on the rebound, from 85 pairs in 1970 to 750 pairs today, and they can be seen in all areas of Washtenaw County. Bald Eagles were greatly endangered and facing extinction due to habitat loss, DDT (a now-banned insecticide), and hunting, but they have come back due to conservation measures.

Listen as we talk to Rachelle Roake, Conservation Science Coordinator of Michigan Audubon to discuss the comeback of bald eagles in our county, and recent University of Michigan findings that they are contaminated with flame retardants despite the phase-out of these compounds.

State lawmakers say Michigan set the stage for states like Wisconsin to consider right-to-work laws.

Thousands of protesters gathered at the Wisconsin state Capitol on Tuesday as lawmakers there held a hearing on the measure. It would ban requirements that workers pay union dues as a condition of employment.

  

Michigan state Representative Brad Jacobsen (R-Oxford) says he and his Republican colleagues showed other Midwest states it could be done.

Ypsilanti Freighthouse
ypsifreighthouse.org

With four days left, The Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse have $2,000 left to raise.


Bitter cold weather and snow continues to cause Michigan schools to cancel days.

Many Michigan school districts have already called off classes for six or more days. That’s the limit on how many days schools can close without tacking on extra time at the end of the school year.

Business Leaders For Michigan

A survey of Michigan business owners shows optimism about the state and national economies. The forecast by the Business Leaders for Michigan says almost half of the state’s largest employers plan to boost hiring this year.

"I still think of myself," Gonyea says, "as a Detroit guy who happened to go to Washington" — and from there to New Hampshire, Nevada and Texas, where he recorded the plaintive mooing of a roaming cow with a connection to Gov. Rick Perry.

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Retired federal law enforcement officials would be able to carry concealed weapons in “no carry zones” under a bill approved by the state Senate. The bill got overwhelming bipartisan support.

“No carry zones” include places such as schools, day care centers, taverns, hospitals, and sports arenas where concealed weapons are prohibited.

Supporters say former federal agents face extraordinary danger.

Michigan Theater / michtheater.org

The movie awards season is reaching a crescendo. In 'Cinema Chat' this week, David Fair and Russ Collins cover your movie options for the weekend, with a particular eye towards Academy award nominated films. 


DTE Energy / www.dteenergy.com

What role will renewable resources play in Michigan's energy future? In this week's 'Issues of the Environment,'  We get the perspective from DTE Energy. Listen below as WEMU's David Fair talks with DTE Energy President and Chief Operating Officer, Steve Kurmas. 


Casey Blickenstaff of the Eastern Echo reports:

  A state Senate panel will take up a bill on Tuesday that would allow college graduates to claim a tax credit based on student loan interest payments.

Supporters say skyrocketing student loan debt is causing recent grads to move out of Michigan.


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