michigan

Pure Michigan
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The multi-million dollar Pure Michigan campaign is getting an evaluation.  The state Auditor General started a review this week.


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder has signed bills to create new business incentives in hopes of luring some very large employers to Michigan.


LGBT
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LGBT activists say the state’s civil rights law is too vague when it comes to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 


Straits of Mackinac
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Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline continues to face public scrutiny. 


Grand Rapids
Courtesy Photo / michigan.gov

Eleven former employees of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans have been charged with felonies for falsifying reports to reflect they made required patient visits when, instead, they were ignoring them. 


Unemployment
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A state agency has asked courts in three counties to dismiss 186 bench warrants against people accused of unemployment fraud.  The state could next ask for the charges to be dismissed altogether.


Job
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Michigan’s monthly jobless rate has dropped to its lowest rate in 17 years.  But, that has more to do with fewer people looking for work than new hiring.


Gretchen Driskell
Wikimedia Commons

A familiar name is throwing her hat back in the ring for a seat in Congress. 


M-22
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The state Department of Transportation is experimenting with an alternative to the well-known M-22 highway sign in northern Michigan. 


Brian Whiston
Ballotpedia / ballotpedia.org

Michigan’s education chief forecasts some contentious negotiations with federal officials on the state’s plans for identifying and helping struggling schools. 


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

The 2018 election is still a ways away.  But that hasn’t stopped plenty of hopeful candidates from throwing their hats in the ring.


Health Care
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Health care providers and patient advocates in Michigan are watching to see what’s in a re-vamped Republican health care overhaul.  The rollout is expected later this week in Washington.


Vetoed Criminal Justice Bill Getting Revived

Jul 10, 2017
Gavel
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State lawmakers are taking another run at establishing a database for criminal justice information.  The governor vetoed an earlier effort.


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

New public meetings began Thursday about the controversial Enbridge Line 5 pipeline


Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

The use of Native American logos and images for school mascots is once again in the spotlight. 


Apple
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A controversial portion of the state’s budget will be in court today.


Battle Of Public Schools Vs. The State Continues

Jul 6, 2017
Classroom
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Public schools and the state were in court over concerns with a portion of the state budget


Michigan House Democrats / http://housedems.com/state-rep-yousef-rabhi

The Rover and Nexus pipeline projects will run right through Washtenaw County, and that is raising concerns among many residents.  The 'Line 5' pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac is causing concern throughout Michigan.  In this week's edition of 'Issues of the Environment,' WEMU's David Fair discusses legislation aimed at pipeline safety and accountability with state representative Yousef Rabhi


Voting Booth
Sam Felder / flickr.com

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


License Plate
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Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill to create a “choose life” license plate.  The plate would have raised money for an anti-abortion group.


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder has a pile of bills waiting for him after the holiday. 


Great Lakes
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A report released Thursday outlines alternatives to running an energy pipeline beneath the Great Lakes.  But it also says Enbridge’s Line 5 is safe to operate for the foreseeable future. 


Flint Water
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The state of Michigan is in federal court trying to force the city of Flint to accept a deal to get safe drinking water.  


Fill the Boot
Seattle City Council / flickr.com

A ruling that outraged charities in Michigan could be overturned.  The state Senate has passed a bill to bring back roadside donation collections. 


As WEMU gets ready for our TRUEMU trip to Comerica Park to take on the Kansas City Royals, I drew up a baseball-themed playlist to get you fired up.  We enlisted the advice of fellow jazz programmers around the nation for their suggestions yielded many more creative ideas.  Adding pieces with a definite WEMU-Ann Arbor, and Detroit connection gives this list an ultra-special distinction.  I picked one song per inning as well as the seventh-inning stretch and tossed in one more in case our game requires an extra inning for a total of 11 favorites.  

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