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Governor Rick Snyder was the first governor in the nation to speak out on refugees following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut.  And he may have come to regret it as he tries to clarify his position vis a vis what a lot of the nation’s other Republican governors are saying about refugees and immigration.  Rick Pluta explains.

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Some out-state school officials have offered an idea they say would win their support for a plan to rescue Detroit Public Schools.   Jake Neher reports.

PBS Newshour shines the spotlight on small-town Chelsea theater and its founder's roots.

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Now’s the time of year a few Snowy owls might arrive in Michigan, if we’re lucky.  In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores a few of Michigan’s owls:  the dangers they face, and why we should care.

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The stalemate over road funding continues in the Michigan Legislature.  Jake Neher has the details.

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The emergency manager of the Detroit school district took a trip to Lansing today to ask state lawmakers for help.  Rick Pluta has the story.

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Michigan students struggled with the state’s new standardized test.  Jake Neher explains.


Michigan education officials are moving ahead with plans to improve teacher evaluations statewide.  Jake Neher has the story.

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A state Senate committee has approved legislation that would essentially eliminate “gun-free” zones in Michigan.   Rick Pluta reports.

The United Automobile Workers union has issued a strike notice to Fiat Chrysler. In a letter to the company, the union said that any contract extensions would expire at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

If the union decides to strike, it would be the first strike targeting a Detroit automaker in eight years.

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The conversation on funding for the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority will soon come to conclusion. Ypsilanti City Council next week, is expected to make a decision on how to spend an expected surplus in property taxes from businesses in Depot Town. 

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Former University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman has been named the next president of the Association of American Universities. Coleman served as U-M's president from 2002 to 2014 and helped form numerous partnerships with other academic, business and government organizations. 

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The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded $9.65 million in grants to various cultural groups in the State. 

Groups in Washtenaw County received a total of $891,055, the third highest amount in the state of Michigan. This was approximately a 19% increase from previous year's total of $749,984 to fund arts and cultural programs in the area.

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Doctor Ben Carson took his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination to Michigan, with stops in Jackson and Spring Arbor University.

Carson, who’s faced criticism for saying he would not support putting a devout Muslim in the White House, blamed “political correctness” for the blowback.

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The number of obese adults in Michigan is up 7 percent from 15 years ago.

In Michigan, slightly more than thirty percent of adults are now medically obese, that’s a 7% increase from the year 2000. Those statistics come from an annual report compiled by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health.

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People would face criminal penalties for coercing someone to have an abortion under a bill in the state House.   

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A state House panel has approved long-stalled bills to overhaul Michigan’s medical marijuana system.   Jake Neher has the details.


Michigan Child and Adult Protective Services workers are eligible for more overtime pay after a recent arbitration decision. There are now more situations that qualify on-call employees working at home for overtime.

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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners approved a Community Support and Treatment Services budget that will allow the county to continue to offer mental health services, but it won't stop layoffs.

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Is Washtenaw County prepared to answer Governor Snyder’s call for more skilled automotive workers in Michigan? 

 Gamrat joins a Republican field that’s already five people and is expected to attract more. No Democrats have filed to run in the predominantly GOP seat in Allegan County. 

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Poverty rates in Michigan remain higher than the national average, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census. The state is still worse off than the rest of the country, but according to the Detroit News, poverty rates in Michigan have lowered nearly one percent from 2013 to last year.

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The immigration question is causing turmoil in the Republican presidential primary.  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is keeping to his staunchly pro-immigration position.  


New bills in the state House would add restrictions on abortions and protections for religious leaders who refuse to marry same-sex couples.  But, as Jake Neher reports below, the future of the bills could be hampered by the representative who introduced them.