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State officials are reporting what they say is a small natural gas leak in a pipeline in the Upper Peninsula that’s owned by Enbridge Energy.

Brad Wurfel of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says the leak near Manistique was discovered, reported, and fixed by Enbridge. He says there was a small amount of liquid natural gas
released, but it quickly evaporated. 

“The good news is there’s no lingering environmental damage to discuss with this incident,” he said. 

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A group of semi-truck drivers made some noise Tuesday outside the state Capitol.

Several 18-wheelers circled the building with horns blaring to protest legislation that would increase fines and fees for overweight vehicles. It’s likely to be part of a compromise plan to increase funding to fix Michigan’s roads.

Supporters of a religious freedom bill in the state Legislature are pushing back against recent criticism. The legislation is meant to protect religious practices against state and local government interference.

Opponents of House Bill 5958 say it would make it easier for people and businesses to discriminate. For example, they claim emergency medical workers could legally refuse to treat LGBT people.

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The state Senate will meet for a rare Monday session to kick off the final week of the Legislature’s “lame duck” session.

The goal is to get a head start on finding a compromise plan to boost road funding. 

State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, says he also wants to hold votes this week on easing legislative term limits.

  Lisa Wozniak, the Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, speaks with Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network about money that poured into our state during the latest election cycle.

The long election campaign season has come to an end, and the November 4th mid-term elections are behind us. WEMU is your source with the best local coverage on issues that matter to you, and we have provided you updates on all the elections and results right here.

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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley highlighted a change in culture in the state while speaking at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's Headline Lunch today.  He expects more progress if voters re-elect Governor Rick Snyder.


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The Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta sat down with the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Terri Lynn Land  on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 on our call-in program "Michigan Calling."

She took questions from the Michigan Public Radio Network's statewide audience. 

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The principal at Ypsilanti's Holmes Elementary School says they're making progress toward climbing out of the bottom 5 percent in the state's top-to-bottom rankings of schools.

 

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education got an update from Charles Raski and other school staffers at Monday night's meeting. 

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Audit finds problems with prisoner education programs in Michigan

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  Vice President Joe Biden will mingle with liberal activists next week at the Netroots Nation convention.

Netroots Nation says the vice president has agreed to speak at its annual political conference being held this year in Detroit. The July 17 speech will be the first time Biden has addressed the group.

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State auditors say Michigan improperly spent $160 million over three years caring for Medicaid recipients needing in-home services. 

Local governments in Michigan may get a smaller increase in state revenue sharing than hoped.

Gov. Rick Snyder proposed a 15 percent increase in statutory shared revenue. But House Republicans say a budget agreement includes a 5.5 percent boost in statutory revenue sharing for cities, townships and villages — not including $8 million for financially distressed local governments.

Municipalities also are expected to get 3 percent more next year in revenue-sharing payments guaranteed under Michigan's constitution. A House-Senate committee plans to approve the budget plan Monday.

The Snyder administration said last week revenue sharing would stay "pretty close" to what Snyder proposed. But it's looking like that may not be the case after revenue estimates were revised downward recently.

Snyder's plan to significantly boost payments to counties is intact.

A Detroit suburb is honoring seven veterans on Memorial Day whose cremated remains have been in Michigan funeral homes for years.

The Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council conducted a funeral procession Monday morning before the city's 90th annual Memorial Day parade.

It's the fourth time in the past five years the group has sought veterans who died with no money for burial as part of the Missing in America Project.

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Once again a record number of students applied to the University of Michigan.  It's the 8th consecutive year U of M's admissions office has set a record for applications received.


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Economists are projecting that the state of Michigan will collect about $873 million less in revenue this budget year and next than was projected earlier in the year.  

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A campaign to raise the minimum wage in Michigan has collected enough signatures for a ballot drive being threatened by Republican legislation.

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A 20-year-old Detroit area man is suing University of Michigan's Board of Regents after he was charged out-of-state tuition at the school's Dearborn campus. Hussein Berry filed the class-action discrimination lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Detroit. 

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This is Arson Awareness Week in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder says he wants to focus public attention on vehicle arson and the importance of preventing such behavior through a collaborative statewide effort.

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Authorities in northwest Ohio say they've broken up a cockfighting ring. 

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Authorities in Toledo have shut down two interstate highways near the Ohio-Michigan state line after finding a suspicious item along the roadway. 

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EVART, Mich. (AP) - Floodwaters are receding along rivers in Michigan's central and western Lower Peninsula, a trend that should continue with mostly dry weather in the forecast for the next several days.

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The Detroit Jazz Festival announced a slew of headliners Tuesday, including jazz icons Ramsey Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Stanley Clarke and Ron Carter, for the 35th annual festival that takes place over Labor Day weekend in downtown Detroit.

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Stage 1 of the Ann Arbor-Saline Road improvement project will get underway two weeks from today. The Washtenaw County Road Commission will complete the project in three phases. In the first phase, the southbound lanes of Ann Arbor-Saline Road will be closed between Eisenhower Parkway and the I-94 exit ramp.  The detours for this phase of the project will be as such: 

A Ready-Mix concrete company, McCoig Materials, is looking to open up a mine on a site north of Chelsea, between the Waterloo and Pinckney Recreation areas. The area has numerous bodies of water and natural areas that could be impacted by the move. McCoig wants to operate the mine for 22 to 30 years and remove 11 million tons of sand and gravel. 

This week on 89.1 WEMU's Issues of the Environment, Dr. Lynn Walter, Professor Emerita of Geology at the University of Michigan, will discuss the environmental impacts of sand mining and the controversial operation proposed for Lyndon and Scio Townships.

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