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Rushing to establish the rules of the road for the upcoming national elections, federal courts in recent weeks have issued a cascade of decisions rolling back restrictive voting laws enacted in the aftermath of a major Supreme Court decision.

In 2013, the high court struck down a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. No longer would areas of the country with a history of discrimination in voting be required to pre-clear all changes in voting laws and procedures.

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On this week's Art and Soul, the culinary arts M-Live reporter Jessica Webster and I talk about the bounty of summer produce now becoming available and grown locally.

We also discuss an upcoming celebration at the vegan restaurant "The Lunch Room" in Ann Arbor's Kerrytown market.


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Eastern Michigan University released new e-mails about the possible sale of its Kresge Environmental Center, also known as Fish Lake in Lapeer.


Voters in Washtenaw county as well as in the Detroit area, will be voting on the expansion of mass transit in the region in this November's election. 

Olympic fans, prepare to watch hookers in a scrum who hope not to end up in the sin bin.

The lexicon of rugby, and the men's game itself, return to Olympic competition after a 92-year absence. The return in Rio also involves a couple of debuts: It's the first Olympic appearance for women in the sport, and a first for Rugby Sevens. It's a seven-on-seven game. Traditional rugby has 13 or 15 a side.

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There's still plenty of movies left to see at your local art house and multiplex this summer.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the films coming to the big screen this weekend.


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A community favorite was honored with  the unveiling of a memorial sculpture Wednesday evening at the  Ann Arbor Farmer's Market


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Actor Melissa Gilbert has won the Democratic nomination to run in Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District – but no longer wants it.  


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Michigan crime victims will soon have an easier time keeping track of offenders. 


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Rules and tradition matter.  That’s the gist of what the state Court of Appeals said when it reversed assault and firearms convictions against a northern Michigan man.   


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Words can hurt... so an Ypsilanti couple is holding a "social art happening" on Friday to put a face with the pain.

I spoke with Nick and Yen Azzaro, who are organizing "Sticks and Stones," a public art piece at the intersection of Washington and Ferris Streets in Ypsilanti Friday evening.


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Bees have always been beneficial to our ecosystem, but their numbers have declined significantly in recent years.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Eileen Dickinson, representative for the group "Bee Town Ann Arbor," about ways to protect the bee population.


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It was light voter turnout for the primary elections in Washtenaw County. County elections director Ed Golembiewski had predicted 20-to-25% turnout among the more than 272,000 registered voters.  In the end, under 18% cast a ballot. 

When Turkish officials visited Washington this week, one of their first stops was the Justice Department. They are trying to make the case that the U.S. should extradite a key suspect in last month's failed coup attempt.

Following those talks with the Justice Department, three Turkish lawmakers had tough words about Fethullah Gulen, the aging cleric who lives in rural eastern Pennsylvania and whose followers have been rounded up in Turkey in the wake of the coup.

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