Michigan may have to pay up to $2 million in legal fees related to the case that struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

The six attorneys who successfully challenged the ban want the state to reimburse them for their legal costs. They say they worked thousands of hours on the case – which was ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mlive looks into the million-dollar State Theatre renovations to restore its art deco feel, tentatively slated to begin in the summer or fall of 2016.

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Are you a coffee shop frequenter or do you prefer a fast food restaurant? A University of Michigan researcher has codified the "cool factor" of both types of places. While coffee shops and fast food restaurants have both enjoyed strong employment growth in recent years - 2 to 3 times faster than the economy overall.

New York state recently announced an increase in the minimum wage for fast food workers, to $15 an hour. It's the fruit of a three-year labor campaign. But there's another group of workers out there that hasn't had a real wage increase in decades. Right now, at preschool programs around the country, teachers are tapping infinite reserves of patience to keep the peace among children at various stages of development and need. They're also providing meals, wiping noses and delivering a curriculum in math and reading that will get the kids ready for school.

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Nurses looking to upgrade their education now have a new online option at Eastern Michigan University.  

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  Goats on a golf course!

The University of Michigan's Radrick Farms Golf Course recently turned to an environmentally safe method to clear out some problem areas near the course infested with invasive plant species such as poison ivy, buckthorn and honeysuckle. They rented ten goats from a nearby farm and let them eat away the problem.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Paul Scott, the general manager of the course, and you can hear the interview here:

A union-led petition drive is trying to increase the state’s Corporate Income Tax rate from 6 percent to 11 percent. The revenue would be used to fix roads.

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The Legislature is on a summer break until mid-August. The House and the Senate both adjourned today (Tue.) with no quorums and no votes on road funding.

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The Michigan Medical Marihuana Review Board Monday delayed any decision on adding autism to the list of conditions in which medical marijuana could be an approved treatment.

A new bill in the state House would require schools to adopt policies on social media interactions between students and school employees. Supporters of House Bill 4791 say social media can be a great tool for teachers to communicate with students.

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Hazen Schumacher passed away this Saturday morning in Ann Arbor. 

  The name Hazen Schumacher means many things to many people.  He was a family man first of all – loving husband, father and grandfather.  As a public figure Hazen is remembered with respect at The University of Michigan as a professor of communications and as one of the early pioneers of WUOM, now known as Michigan Radio.  Along with providing guidance to WUOM management, Hazen Schumacher brought national recognition to the station for his syndicated program Jazz Revisited.  It was distributed by WUOM and NPR from 1967 through 1997.  

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Governor Rick Snyder says he hasn’t given up on getting a deal for more than a $1 billion dollars in new road revenue through the Legislature. Lawmakers adjourned this week without voting on a roads package.

Tens of thousands of people are coming from across the country to visit Ann Arbor's annual Art Fairs. And while most fair-goers are interested in seeing what sort of artwork and other items people have brought with them, there's another issue at hand once it all wraps up.

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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department is warning residents to be on the lookout for a new phone scam. In this latest one, a person calls claiming they're a lawyer trying to collect on a defaulted loan.

Former Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin has found a new job. San Jose State University has named her its Interim President, effective August 18. 

The state of Michigan is terminating its contract with Aramark to provide prison food services.

State lawmakers could consider adding new penalties for universities that hike tuition above the state’s cap on tuition increases. This year, lawmakers set that cap at 3.2 percent.

Oakland University this week decided to join Eastern Michigan University in blowing past the cap. OU will hike tuition 8.48 percent, and EMU will raise tuition 7.8 percent.

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed bills into law meant to prevent financial emergencies in schools.

The state and intermediate schools districts (ISDs) now have more power to step in sooner when schools show signs of financial trouble.

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Find out how deeply Michigan's environmental and economic future  are tied to the health and abundance of our waters. 

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Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum fills in for Russ Collins to discuss all of your movie option for holiday weekend. 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued  the new "Clean Water Rule." How does it impact Michigan and Washtenaw County? Find out in this 89.1 WEMU's 'Issues of the Environment.' 


Today's US Supreme court ruling was based in part on the case of a Michigan couple, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse.  Both nurses, they had gone to court hoping to formally adopt they children they are raising together.  We spoke to them in Ann Arbor this afternoon when the decision was announced this morning.

Michigan US Senator Gary Peters is joining those in support of today's US Supreme court decision upholding same sex marriage.  Senator Peters said "every year, we move closer and closer to fulfilling the ideals our nation was founded on-equality, freedom and justice."  You can listen to the entire interview here: 

Our friends at Creative Voice explore Motawi Tileworks studio in Ann Arbor to get a behind the scenes look at how Motawi creates the WEMU commemorative handmade tiles. Check out their tilemaking process:

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Some consider breastfeeding to be one of the best ways to promote both human and environmental health. In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores the benefits and challenges of ensuring that all babies have access to breastmilk.