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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, and mental health care will be a main topic.


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A state legislator from Washtenaw County is advocating a revisit of the emergency manager law after Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Darnell Earley’s resignation announcement Tuesday morning.


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Legislation meant to stop teacher “sickout” protests is one step closer to becoming law. 


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An overhaul of Michigan’s child foster care system is showing results, and the state is moving closer to ending a federal judge’s oversight.   

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A state House panel has approved raising speed limits on some Michigan roadways. 

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Scientists still can't predict an earthquake. The U.S. government, however, has a warning system in the works that it hopes could quickly send out a widespread alarm before most people feel a rumble — and save lives when seconds count.

The recently upgraded network of seismometers and computers, known as ShakeAlert, is advancing through the prototype-testing stage, Sally Jewell, secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, said at a news conference Tuesday.

Emad, a Damascus native, says he is starting to feel at home in the northwestern Dutch city of Haarlem. The 25-year-old comes on foot to meet me at the city's train station, where I traveled from Paris to meet him in November.

"It's fascinating, it reminds me a lot of Damascus," he says. "Because it has the old city, then it goes modern and it goes to old buildings [again]. So it gives me a warm feeling to be here."

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It's been a month since armed militants took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, and even though the leaders of that occupation have been arrested, the community of Harney County finds itself deeply divided.

That anger erupted on Monday in the form of a huge shouting match on the steps of the county courthouse in Burns, Ore. It's a small town of about 2,700 people, so it's not every day that you see 400 or 500 people out on the street, screaming at each other.

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The ongoing Flint water crisis is causing many people to take a closer look at where their water comes from.  

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The issue for faculty is the school’s continuing partnership with the Education Achievement Authority. In December 2014, EMU Regents said they would withdraw from the EAA if a faculty review found the district had failed to improve.


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It looks like state lawmakers have reached a compromise to increase speed limits on many Michigan roadways.  A state House panel plans to vote on the plan today. 


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The Washtenaw County Department of Elections is encouraging residents to sign-up to be an election inspector. 


First Voting Set To Begin In Iowa Caucuses

Feb 1, 2016
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In Flint, Mich., families are using bottled water to do everything — from cooking to bathing.

The tap water is still unsafe to drink after government officials allowed corroded lead pipes to poison the water.

People in Flint have lots of questions for those officials. Perhaps the biggest is the one Hattie Collins has.

"When are you gonna fix it? And I mean fix it right," she says.

Like many — perhaps most — Americans, I've never been to Iowa. But I and much of my generation learned a lot about Iowans years ago from a classic American musical. I knew from the age of 8 that Iowans are stubborn. I learned that from the song "Iowa Stubborn" in Broadway's The Music Man. My folks had seen the show and told me how, when traveling salesman Harold Hill got to River City, Iowa, everybody followed him around because he was an outsider — but they were kind of weird and standoffish.

Starting in 2016, the federal health law requires small employers to offer their full-time workers health insurance. In anticipation of the change, some fast-food restaurants looked to get around the law by making more workers part time. Now some owners are rethinking that approach.

At a Burger King off Highway 99 in California's Central Valley, a half-dozen workers in black uniforms scurry around, grabbing packets of ketchup and stuffing paper bags with french fries.

The World Health Organization announced Monday a public health emergency. The cause for alarm is the cluster of birth defects among babies born to mothers infected with the Zika virus, which has spread rapidly through Brazil and much of Latin America since 2015.

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For the first time, the government is allowing scientists to edit the DNA inside human embryos. As NPR's health correspondent, Rob Stein, reports, that's extremely controversial.

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The Iowa Caucus is taking place today, so WEMU spoke to political expert Edward Sidlow from Eastern Michigan University about how it could impact Michigan.


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The smoking ban in Ann Arbor is expanding to include more parks.

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