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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has joined a lawsuit filed by 10 states challenging a federal rule that says schools must respect the self-declared gender identity of students.  That includes allowing transgender students to choose which restrooms and locker rooms they will use.   


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Governor Rick Snyder wants Congress to go to work now on finding money to upgrade the Soo Locks – even though no one knows yet how much it’s going to cost. 


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Governor Rick Snyder now says it’s possible he deleted some e-mails related to Flint, even though he earlier told a congressional committee that he had not. 


Gretchen Driskell
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Former Republican Governor William Milliken is formally endorsing Democratic State Representative Gretchen Driskell.

 

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A Democrat on the legislative committee looking into the Flint water crisis says Governor Rick Snyder and former state-appointed emergency managers should be called in to testify.  


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Michigan health and environmental department chiefs went before Congress yesterday to explain the state’s response to the Flint water crisis to members of Congress.  


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State lawmakers will spend the early part of this week digging into the Flint water crisis.

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Someone should resign.  That was the message delivered Thursday by members of a congressional oversight panel looking into the drinking water crisis in Flint. 


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The charge has been leveled that state and federal officials put salvaging their careers ahead of making sure kids in Flint had safe drinking water. 


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A congressional panel will continue its look into the Flint water crisis with another round of hearings this week.


Melissa Gilbert, who gained fame playing Laura Ingalls on TV’s Little House on the Prairie, says she’s running for a mid-Michigan congressional seat as a Democrat.

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Retiring Congressman John Dingell headlined today's Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber lunch meeting.

Dingell says organizations like chambers of commerce are an important part of the community, offering the chance for people to speak with elected officials and make sure government is running as it should.

Dingell has announced he won't seek re-election when his current term is up.  His wife, Debbie, is running to replace him in the 12th Congressional district, as is Ypsilanti resident Terry Bowman who's running as a Republican.

State of Michigan Senator Rebekah Warren has announced today on 89.1 WEMU she will officially launch a Congressional Exploratory Committee for the seat being vacated by Representative John Dingell.

Warren made the announcement herself Friday morning during the Morning Edition with 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair. Listen to Warren’s announcement above.

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Former Democratic State Representative Pam Byrnes is taking on Republican Tim Walberg for his 7th Congressional District seat this fall.  

WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Byrnes about her background, her campaign, and why she's running.


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  Due to inaction on the part of the US Congress, student loan interest rates have doubled. Unless congress takes action upon returning from summer recess, those rates will stick for any student taking out a loan after July 1st of this year. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, eastern Michigan University officials hope congress will return loan rates to lower levels but, either way, will be there to provide counsel to students.

Earth Day is Sunday

Apr 20, 2012

Congressman John Dingell talks with WEMU's David Fair about new congressional battles to protect the environment.