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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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Marijuana-infused beer, wine, and spirits would be outlawed under a bill adopted by the State Senate.  The Senate vote took place with an eye toward the November ballot.


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For the first time, the U.S. military is speaking publicly about what it's doing to address potential health risks to troops who operate certain powerful shoulder-mounted weapons.

These bazooka-like weapons produce forceful explosions just inches from the operator's head.

Americans are rediscovering the coldest aisle in the supermarket.

According to a new report, sales of frozen foods, including vegetables and prepared foods, are now on the rise following a multi-year slump.

The uptick is new — and modest. But growth "is accelerating as consumers begin to see freezing as a way to preserve food with fewer negatives," concludes a report from RBC Capital Markets.

Living With Wellness

Dealing with a chronic illness can be difficult for the patient, as well as friends and family members.

This week on Art and Soul: The Art of Well Being, 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry speaks with an Ann Arbor physician Dr. Janet Greenhut and artist Idelle Hammond-Sass about local workshops they conduct called Living Well With Illness.


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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair sits down with Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins to talk about the all of the new films hitting the silver screen this weekend.  Plus, they talk about the latest news out of Cinetopia!


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As contract negotiations continue for the University of Michigan lecturer's union, a "protest picnic" is planned for this afternoon in advance of today's Board of Regents meeting.


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A Hillsdale couple is suing Eastern Michigan University for violating the Open Meetings Act when eliminating four athletic programs.  Douglas and Mary Willer both have undergraduate and graduate degrees from EMU, are athletic boosters and Doug is a member of the Eastern Michigan University Athletics Hall of Fame after twice being named an All-American wrestler.  Learn more in this conversation with the Willer's attorney. 


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Governor Rick Snyder and state lawmakers have an extra $315 million to work with as they finalize the new budget.  


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More than 300 victims of sexual assault are one step closer to a multi-million-dollar settlement with Michigan State University.  The lawsuit is over the school’s handling of former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar, who sexually assaulted his patients for decades.


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In North Carolina today, thousands of teachers descended upon the state capitol.

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UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: (Chanting) Remember, remember, we vote in November.

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So Which Is It, Yanny Or Laurel?

May 16, 2018

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We all know that America is a divided country. Well, this week, it became a little more divided thanks to this word.

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COMPUTER-GENERATED VOICE: Laurel.

SHAPIRO: Obviously Yanny.

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It's Laurel.

City of Saline

The City of Saline has issued a city-wide boil water advisory.
 


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Each year, the Ypsilanti area holds "Ypsilanti P.R.I.D.E. Day," which encourages residents to promote local businesses and beautify their neighborhoods.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly chat with Barbara Davenport, vice president of foundation and leadership for the Ann Arbor-Ypsi Regional Chamber, and Ypsi Baseball Project founder Conan Malmer about this year's cleanup event, which is now called "Ypsilanti Proud."


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Washtenaw County has always taken its environment seriously.  Now, it is the first county in Michigan to be certified as a community wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair chats with Mary Lapp, team leader of the Washtenaw Wilderness Community Wildlife Habitat, about what it takes for a community to receive such an honor.


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Victims of certain crimes in Michigan could become harder to track down – and advocates say that’s for their own safety.  Legislation that passed the state Senate would let victims keep their addresses confidential.


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The Michigan Supreme Court has called a halt to a petition campaign to repeal wage protections for workers on government-funded construction projects. 


When Henrietta Lacks was dying of cancer in 1951, her cells were harvested without her knowledge. They became crucial to scientific research and her story became a best-seller. Since then, Lacks has become one of the most powerful symbols for informed consent in the history of science.

On Monday, when the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., honored Lacks by installing a painting of her just inside one of its main entrances, three of Lacks' grandchildren were there.

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Now that the Supreme Court says it's OK, states are free to legalize betting on sports if they want to. As a once under-the-table economy moves into the open, it creates some large business opportunities — and the potential for millions in new tax revenues.

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