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President Trump’s declaration that opioid abuse is a national emergency comes without a lot of new resources for states to deal with the health threat.  


Health Care
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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s concerned that President Trump’s decision to end subsidies that help low-income families pay for health insurance could make rates unaffordable.


Tim Kelly
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A state Representative could be headed to the White House. 


Pat Miles
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Another Democrat entered the ring for Michigan’s Attorney General Thursday. 


Dave Trott
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Republican Congressman Dave Trott says he will not seek reelection next year and will retire after four years in Congress.  Trott says he always intended for his congressional career to be brief. 


Michigan Capitol
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The state Legislature has returned to work and upon arrival discovered they would not be alone.


Joan Larsen
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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen faced members of the US Senate Wednesday as she seeks a promotion to the federal bench.  Larsen said she’s beholden to the rule of law and not the president who nominated her.


Immigration
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Governor Rick Snyder is asking Congress to act to protect people from deportation who were brought to the country illegally as children.  The governor was responding to President Trump’s announcement that the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will end in six months. 


Homeland Security
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The Trump administration will lift a ban on the military giving some surplus equipment to police departments, and some members of Michigan law enforcement are welcoming the change.


Michigan Sea Grant
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Back in March, the Trump Administration issued its budget recommendations that included a more 30% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency.  As part of the funding reductions, the Sea Grant program faced potential elimination.  As WEMU’s David Fair found out, the director of the Michigan Sea Grant Program has maintained faith the work will continue with financial support. For the latest, listen to this week’s “Issues of the Environment” conversation with Dr. James Diana


Voting Booth
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The Michigan Secretary of State is willing to turn over some voter information to a federal commission.


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A doctor from Saginaw Township is the first candidate for governor to file petition signatures to appear on the ballot next year. 


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder spoke out against a toxic political culture that he says it’s getting in the way of practical problem-solving.

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Formerly the US attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, and now a professor for the University of Michigan Law School, Barbara McQuade spoke with 89.1 FM WEMU’s Lisa Barry about what she called "the chaos in Washington" and the importance of diversity.


Joan Larsen
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen has been chosen by President Trump to serve on the Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals.  Trump once put Larsen on his list of judges and lawyers he would consider naming to the US Supreme Court. 


Gerald Anderson
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Coal remains an important component of Michigan’s energy mix.  That is changing and, in the foreseeable future, the use of coal is likely to become obsolete.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair explores the energy future in a two-part conversation with DTE Energy chairman and CEO Gerry Anderson.


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Carbon taxes are a seemingly simple way to deal with the climate crisis. As the price of fossil fuels goes up, consumption goes down.   But fears of negative economic impacts have kept the idea from moving forward in the U.S.  Now, a group of leading Republican elders has a proposal that goes a step further.  They call it “Carbon Dividends,” because the taxes collected are returned to the public.  What is the local reaction?  In this installment of WEMU’s “Green Room” series, Barbara Lucas sets out to find out.


Washtenaw Economic Club
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Nearly 10,000 new jobs could be added to Washtenaw County's economy over the next year.


Immigrants' March
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A peaceful “Immigrants' March” is planned for Saturday in Ann Arbor.  The march and rally will serve as a protest to recent immigration raids and arrests in Washtenaw County by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.  


Meals on Wheels
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Proposed federal budget cuts are threatening some services hundreds of Washtenaw County residents depend on.

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President Donald Trump announced today in Ypsilanti Township that he will roll back emission standards set by the Obama administration for the auto industry. 


Transparency
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It’s Sunshine Week – a time of year when issues of transparency and open government are put front and center.


Donald Trump
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Preparations are underway in Ypsilanti Township, in advance of a visit Wednesday by President Donald Trump.


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder met Monday with the premier of Ontario to talk about regional cooperation.  They say the Michigan-Ontario relationship should serve as an example as federal lawmakers consider big changes to trade and travel rules. 


Lansing Democrats Introduce Paid Sick Leave Bills

Mar 2, 2017
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Democrats in Lansing and President Donald Trump may have finally found an issue they can agree on – paid sick leave. 


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