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Governor Rick Snyder’s administration and Republicans in the Legislature are at odds over how to pay for the Medicaid program.

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Three Michigan politicians will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention this week.  

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Federal agencies could soon catch up to Washtenaw County when it comes to hiring individuals who have been incarcerated.


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President Obama flew from Washington to Flint Wednesday to meet with families affected by the city’s drinking water crisis, to check in on relief efforts, and to reassure residents that their problems are fixable, even if it’s not right away.

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver will return to Lansing for a second day today to meet with legislative leaders.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is taking aim at free trade deals like NAFTA and the recent Trans Pacific Partnership. He says they’ve cost the country millions of jobs. And he says it’s a critical difference between him and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


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Governor Rick Snyder is asking the Obama Administration to change its mind and declare a major disaster in Flint.  

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has announced his office will investigate the Flint water crisis.  

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Almost everyone  has been touched by cancer either themselves or through a friend or family member.  A renowned University of Michigan cancer researcher, Dr. Max Wicha was just appointed to the National Cancer Advisory board by President Barack Obama.  

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Watch President Obama join in on "Sweet Home Chicago" at In Performance at the White House: Red, White & Blues, courtesy of PBS.

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President Barack Obama's executive action protects up to five million undocumented immigrants from deportation for at least two years. It's unclear how the local immigrant population will react.

President Obama will address the nation tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 9:00 PM ET from the White House.

He will outline his administration's strategy for fighting the militant group, ISIS. WEMU will provide live anchored special coverage hosted by NPR's Robert Siegel that will include the President's speech and analysis.

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Zingerman' Co-founder Honored With 'Champions Of Change' Award  

The White House today will honor Paul Saginaw at a ceremony in Washington. he is among those being recognized with a 'Champions of Change' award.

Saginaw is co-founder of the Zingerman's community of businesses. During a visit to Ann Arbor in April, President Barack Obama praised Saginaw for paying his restaurant workers above minimum wage.  

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President Barack Obama got a positive response from University of Michigan students as he discussed a hike in the minimum wage.

President Obama To Visit Ann Arbor Wednesday

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President Barack Obama will visit Ann Arbor next week to tout his plan for hiking the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

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  Governor Rick Snyder says he is eager to get a decision from the federal government on his plan to boost immigration in Detroit.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's planned fundraising swing through Michigan is drawing criticism from Democrats.  Christie is raising money as chairman of the Republican Governors Association and is scheduled to attend association fundraisers in Michigan Wednesday.

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So, what's a dropped vowel among friends?   Aretha Franklin says she has no beef with President Barack Obama - even though he botched the spelling of her signature song last week.

People concerned about climate change watching the State of the Union address at Arbor Brewing Company Tuesday night gave President Barack Obama generally positive reviews. 

Clean Water Action hosted about 25 people at a viewing party. 

Eric Keller is an campaign organizer for the group.  Keller says he likes the fact Obama outlined ways he will bypass congressional gridlock.  He gave Obama high marks for re-affirming that the climate change debate is over and calling on reduction in carbon.

Eric Harrington however says he was disappointed.  Of particular concern to him was Obama promoting natural gas.  Harrington says overall Obama could have done a lot more to get us to the place we need to be going.

Veteran Jordan Paul Redwine missed the beginning of the speech but says he was particularly touched by Cory Remsburg being recognized at the end of the address.

Obama also received applause for comments regarding unemployment insurance, a hike in minimum wage, health care, and supporting veterans.

— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him

State of the Union

Feb 11, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address, the first address of his second term on WEMU. You can listen in on the coverage here on 89.1 FM (or online) and follow the live-blog in real time, below.