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10:01 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

State board says PTSD patients should be able to use medical marijuana

Dakota Serna served in the Marines during the Iraq War. He says memories of seeing friends and children killed left him suicidal after he came home. Serna says the only thing that has helped him get his life back on track is using marijuana. 

Jake Neher reports.

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Michigan News
9:59 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

State Lawmakers Target Sale to and Possession of E-Cigarrettes to Minors

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State Senate votes to ban e-cigarette sales to minors

It could soon be illegal to sell electronic cigarettes to children in Michigan. The state Senate unanimously passed legislation Thursday meant to keep the smokeless devices out of the hands of minors. 

So-called "e-cigarettes" deliver a nicotine-laced vapor, but don't contain tobacco. That means the state cannot currently regulate them along with regular cigarettes and other tobacco products.

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Cinema Chat
8:17 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Cinema Chat: Post Academy Awards Edition

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 There is plenty of Hollywood and movie related news this week, and there are some new films showing this weekend. 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO, Russ Collins, have the breakdown for you.

It's Cinema Chat and you can listen right here:

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Community
7:22 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Video Series from Ann Arbor Sesquicentennial Now Available Online

The Ann Arbor District Library is offering a rare glimpse into the city's past through a series of video tapes made during Ann Arbor's sesquicentennial celebration in 1974. 

Amy Cantu is Productions Librarian for the Ann Arbor District Library.  She says the video tapes were converted to a more modern format and are now available online to honor the city's 190th birthday.

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Community
7:08 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

EMU LGBT Resource Center Director Optimistic about Gay Marriage Trial Outcome

Jayne Rowse, April DeBoer and the children they are raising together. The couple seeks to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage and to adopt the children.
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The end is near for the trial involving a Hazel Park couple who want Michigan's ban on gay marriage overturned, but the issue itself is far from being settled.

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Community
6:31 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Ann Arbor Saline Road Project Coming Soon

Plenty of potholes line Ann Arbor Saline Road near I-94.
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Potholes line roads throughout the area, but one particularly rough stretch will be the site of major improvements.   Construction starts at the end of the month on the stretch of Ann Arbor Saline Road near I-94.

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Community
4:12 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Ann Arbor Officials Use Social Media to Highlight Pothole Concerns

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A simple post on Facebook and Twitter highlights how big a problem Ann Arbor and the rest of the area are facing in dealing with potholes this winter.

Ann Arbor tries to fill potholes within 24 business hours of notification, but officials admit this year they are struggling in meeting that goal.

You can report a pothole to Ann Arbor by calling 99-HOLES.

(h/t City of Ann Arbor)

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Michigan News
8:42 am
Thu March 6, 2014

GM's New Chief Expected To Speak At University of Michigan Commencement

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      A person familiar with the event says that new General Motors chief executive Mary Barra is expected to speak at the University of Michigan's spring commencement in May.      The person asked not to be identified Wednesday because the speaker hasn't been officially announced. Barra is the first woman to head a major U.S. automaker.

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Michigan News
8:36 am
Thu March 6, 2014

You Can Buy a Piece of Elmore Leonard's Life

Leonard in 1989
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        Books, furnishings and other contents from the suburban Detroit home of the late author Elmore Leonard are being sold at a three-day estate sale. The sale at the home in Oakland County's Bloomfield Township runs Thursday through Saturday. A listing on the website EstateSales.net says items include first edition "and/or signed books, furniture, lamps, linens, rugs, garden accessories, outdoor furniture and more."

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Michigan News
8:06 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Michigan Edging Toward Year-Round School

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Lawmakers in the state House have approved a $2 million program to encourage schools to go year-round. Schools in mostly low-income areas could get money from the state to add air-conditioning and other things allowing them to operate in the summer.

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Michigan News
8:05 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Detroit Mayor Pushing for Scrap Metal Legislation

An AC unit stripped for scrap
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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan hopes to renew state lawmakers’ interest in curbing scrap metal theft across the state. Duggan met with Democrats and Republicans in the state House on Wednesday.     

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Michigan News
8:02 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Road Funding, Medicaid at Heart of Budget Impasse

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The state House and Senate have not been able to agree on a mid-year budget bill. 

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Michigan News
8:01 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

AUDIO: Michigan Supreme Court to Decide the Fate of 350 Juvenile Lifers

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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether more than 350 inmates sent to prison for murder as juveniles for life without parole will get a chance someday at freedom.

Rick Pluta reports on the upcoming Supreme Court decision regarding the fate of 350 juvenile lifers

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WEMU News
7:21 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Speaking Out on Cut in Great Lakes Restoration Funding

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The Michigan League of Conservation Voters is criticizing President Barack Obama's decision to cut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. 

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WEMU News
4:56 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Public Forums Explain ALICE Active Shooter Training

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Parents and the Washtenaw County community at large have the chance to learn more about Active Shooter training designed to ensure a uniform response to those types of threats county-wide.

A pair of public forums this month will introduce the public to the ALICE active shooter training model that’s been adopted locally.  ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.

The intense ALICE training model was adopted in response to a dramatic increase in school violence and school shootings across the nation.

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Michigan News
2:39 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Texting While Driving On the Rise In Michigan

Many localities have enacted ordinances to ban texting while driving
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 A poll reports a doubling in the percentage of Michigan drivers who acknowledge they text or use email while behind the wheel since the previous survey two years earlier.

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Community
2:25 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Saline Far From Alone in Facing Issues Around Heroin, Substance Abuse

Prescription drug abuse continues to rise
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A spike in heroin overdoses including several deaths followed by three teens being charged in the death of a Michigan State University student has turned the spotlight on Saline for drug use.  Washtenaw County officials however say the problem with heroin and other opiates is really a national epidemic. 

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Community
11:21 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Univeristy of Michigan Claims Outright Big Ten Title, Looking for More Basketball Success

Crisler Arena fans after a Michigan Wolverines men's basketball victory over the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball. (2008)
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The University of Michigan Men's basketball team clinched the outright regular season Big ten title with an 84-53 win at Illinois Tuesday night.  Work is still to be done with the Big Ten Basketball Tournament taking place next week in Indianapolis.  

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Michigan News
9:47 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Great Lakes levels rebounded in 2013

View from space of a cloudless summer day over the Great Lakes
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 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Great Lakes water levels rebounded sharply last year after a prolonged low period dating from the late 1990s.

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Michigan News
9:37 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Day 6 Testimony in Detroit Gay Marriage Trial

Jayne Rowse, April DeBoer and the children they are raising together. The couple seeks to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage and to adopt the children.
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 A university economist says children raised by heterosexual couples have a much greater chance of making normal progress through school than kids living with same-sex parents.

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Michigan News
9:28 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Snyder signs new sentencing rules for juveniles

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       Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law changing sentencing rules for juvenile defendants convicted of murder and other serious crimes.

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Michigan News
9:24 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Sleeping Bear Dunes wilderness bill heads to Obama

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       Congress has given final approval to a bill designating 32,000 acres of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as wilderness.      With U.S. House passage of the bill, it now heads to President Barack Obama for signature. The U.S. Senate passed it in June 2013.      The lakeshore is headquartered in Empire in the northwestern Lower Peninsula.      Hunting and fishing would be permitted in the wilderness areas.      More than 1.4 million people visited Sleeping Bear Dunes in 2011, pumping about $120 million into the local economy.      Democratic Michigan U.S.

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Michigan News
1:06 am
Wed March 5, 2014

State Senate OKs Legislation to Protect Municipalities from Tax Losses

Michigan State Capitol Building
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Legislation to repeal and replace a tax on business equipment has cleared the state Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. The bills seek to make sure local governments are not hit hard by a repeal of Michigan's Personal Property Tax (PPT). 

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Ypsilanti
11:18 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council Approves Water Street Flats Purchase Agreement

City Planner Teresa Gillotti updates Ypsilanti City Council on Water Street Flats proposal.
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Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night voted 4-3 to approve a purchase agreement for the Water Street Flats affordable housing proposal. 

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2:05 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Carl Kasell To Retire From 'Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!' This Spring

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