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WEMU's All Things Considered local host is Lisa Barry who anchors all local news segments during the program.

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Southeast Michigan just had its first major snowstorm of the season, and Washtenaw County road crews have been working around the clock.  WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County Road Commission director Jim Harmon about the progress made on the current road conditions.


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There's nothing like a good flick to chase away the winter blues!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movie news and all of the new films hitting theaters this weekend.


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With several inches of new snow on the ground, there will be a lot of shoveling and clearing of snow-clogged driveways and sidewalks going on.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry spoke with a Michigan Medicine cardiologist about the best way to make sure that gets done safely.


Opioid Bills Head To Governor Snyder's Desk

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Legislation aimed at curbing the state’s opioid crisis is on its way to the governor.


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Money might be on the way to help fight perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in Michigan. 


All public school districts, and a long list of private and parochial schools, are closed today in Washtenaw County. There are closures in Livingston, Monroe, Wayne and Oakland counties, as well. More than 700 in total. Click through for a full listing. 

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As you can imagine, the Washtenaw County Road Commission is busy clearing snow from the roads to make this evening's and tomorrow morning's commute a smooth one. 
 


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Lisa Barry

Animal abuse is a worldwide problem affecting millions.  But an Ann Arbor woman is working to bring an end to the torture and killing of dogs hoping the impact will be felt both locally and globally.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry shares her story of hope and rescue.


Food Waste
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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Noelle Bowman, Solid Waste Program Specialist for Washtenaw County, about the magnitude of food waste, especially during the holidays.  She addresses some of the causes and offers tips for prevention and local resources for wasting less. 


Michigan State Senate
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Democratic lawmakers are trying once again to repeal the state’s “Right to Work” law.  Five years ago, a Republican-led Legislature made Right to Work the law of the state.  It prohibits contracts that make union membership a condition of employment. 


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The Legislature has sent Governor Rick Snyder a set of local retirement bills that passed by wide margins once they were stripped of controversial provisions. 


How much would you pay to avoid traffic jams on your daily commute? $10? $20? How about $40?

That's how much a tollway in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., charged for a short time last week. Outraged commuters call it highway robbery.

But transportation officials say the high-priced toll is less about money and more about changing commuter behavior and reducing congestion, and commuters all across the country might soon see more tolls in the future.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. would negotiate with North Korea without demanding that the country first agree to nuclear disarmament. This marks a significant change in a approach for Tillerson, who has spent much of this year working on the pressure campaign to cut off financial resources for the North Korean nuclear program.

When you're facing a major life change, it helps to talk to someone who has already been through it. All Things Considered is connecting people on either side of a shared experience, and they're letting us eavesdrop on their conversations in our series Been There.

North Carolina band Blame the Youth has been playing together in and around Charlotte for three years.

An international team of scientists have announced the discovery of a previously unknown species of prehistoric penguin.

The bird waddled around off the east coast of New Zealand between 55 and 60 million years ago. And it was a giant as far as penguins go. The researchers estimate that it probably weighed about 220 pounds and was around 5 feet 10 inches tall.

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Flipping through O Magazine this month, we saw a blurb that read reckless decorating.

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And we laughed and thought, like, what does that mean, mixing tinsel and garland?

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A union-led petition drive is launching today to protect the state’s prevailing wage law from a different petition drive.  This could lead to dueling ballot questions next November.


Straits of Mackinac
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Members of a pipeline advisory board are criticizing a deal Governor Snyder struck with the energy company, Enbridge.  They are calling for the line to be temporarily shut down.


Tom Leonard
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State House Speaker Tom Leonard says it’s time for Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon to step down.  It’s part of the growing chorus of criticism of how MSU has handled a sex assault scandal.


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The Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning. Among the nominees is Christopher Plummer for a role he played as a last-minute replacement for Kevin Spacey. NPR's Camila Domonoske reports.

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