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NPR brings you news from around the country and the world.  Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne take you around the globe for the stories you'll be talking about all day.  While they are out traveling, David Greene can be heard as regular substitute host. 

WEMU features include Green Room, Issues of the Environment and Cinema Chat.  Heard regularly on Morning Edition are some of the most familiar voices including news analyst Cokie Roberts and sport commentator Frank Deford as well as the special series StoryCorps, which travels the country recording America's oral history.

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This morning, members of Congress gathered on Capitol Hill for a major speech.

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Netanyahu Speech: The View From Israel

Mar 3, 2015
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And now news of the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress who will not be running for re-election next year. Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski made that surprise announcement yesterday in her hometown of Baltimore.

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Pilots Jump At The Chance To Land On Ice

Mar 2, 2015
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Russia is not a place where people commonly fill the streets in protest. And yet yesterday, the boulevard that runs between the Moscow River and the Kremlin was choked with an enormous crowd.

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And for more on Netanyahu's trip to Washington, we turn to Cokie Roberts as we do most Mondays. Good morning.

COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, Renee.

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.

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To decrease its carbon footprint, the Climate Action Plan of Ann Arbor calls for increasing walking, biking and public transit.  But heavy precipitation events have increased 37% in the Midwest in the last century, and keeping pathways clear can be a challenge.  In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” we explore local attempts to make sustainable travel viable, year-round.


Science Says The Dress Is Blue

Feb 27, 2015
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Good morning, I'm David Greene, thinking maybe we should reconsider how we use our time. A debate about the color of a dress on the Internet has been consuming people, including people in this studio.

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Definitely looks black and blue to me.

Nation Riveted By Llamas On The Loose

Feb 27, 2015
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Britain Tries To Counter Extremists' Appeal

Feb 27, 2015
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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.

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