State representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat engaged in misconduct and misused taxpayer resources. State House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) says those are preliminary findings of a House Business Office investigation into a sex-and-cover-up scandal involving the lawmakers.

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A group that had hoped to legalize marijuana in 2016 will instead promote measures to regulate Michigan’s medical marijuana system.

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The new school year begins for a lot of students - including those attending Eastern Michigan University in nearly two weeks. EMU is expecting a record class this year with close to 6,000 new students.  We sat down to talk about the upcoming year with Dr. Kim Schatzel, Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at EMU. She now serves as Eastern's president on an interim basis after President Susan Martin stepped down in July. 

Ypsilanti residents will see an increase to their water bills beginning in October. 


Michigan Attorney Bill Schuette is endorsing Jeb Bush for president in 2016. He announced on Wednesday that he’ll serve as chair for Bush’s campaign organization in Michigan.

State lawmakers are considering taxing and tracking medical marijuana in Michigan.

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New help is available for Ann Arbor parents to get ready for the upcoming school year. 


 The City of Ann Arbor is always looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly and eliminate waste. In its efforts, Recycle Ann Arbor was recently awarded $51,500 in grants by the State of Michigan for two educational programs. 

State Representative Cindy Gamrat offered a tearful public apology Fridayfor poor personal choices, but says she didn’t break any laws, and she is not about to resign. 

The state Senate is one step closer to confirming Gov. Rick Snyder’s appointment of a former Consumers Energy lobbyist to a panel that regulates utilities.

A group of unions has launched a petition drive to double Michigan’s corporate income tax and use the additional revenue for roads. 

A federal appeals court says US marshals in Detroit were on the wrong side of the law when they tried to deny a newspaper access to booking photos of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and police officers accused of corruption. 

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Enbridge Energy is sponsoring new efforts to monitor waters above its aging pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

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The new head of the Michigan Department of Education, Brian Whiston says he’ll act on his own to improve teacher evaluations if lawmakers fail to do so. The state Senate approved a bill in May meant to improve teacher evaluations and make them more uniform across the state. Senate Bill 103 has since stalled in the state House.

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With less than a month before most students in Washtenaw County go back to school, public health officials recommend parents to get their children immunized.  

Melissa Gilbert, who gained fame playing Laura Ingalls on TV’s Little House on the Prairie, says she’s running for a mid-Michigan congressional seat as a Democrat.

Unless you grew up in a black family with deep Detroit roots, I'm betting you've never heard of Black Bottom. It was a self-sustaining, all-black neighborhood that flourished on Detroit's eastern edge at the turn of the last century. It's largely forgotten today, replaced by a four-lane highway, but back then its mile-and-a-half main drag bustled with black-owned grocery stores selling produce from local black farmers.

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  After nearly two months of formal negotiations, Eastern Michigan University and the American Association of University Professors have reached a tentative contract agreement.  

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Two Ypsilanti children decided to start a lemonade stand to raise money, but the funds won't go to buy toys or anything like that.


You get a business deal with the Tubby Submarine sandwich company buying the Livonia based "Just Baked" cupcake maker.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though several "Just Baked" franchises including the one in Ann Arbor are not part of the deal.  

We’re just a day away from another election day in Washtenaw county.  This primary election will only affect those who are registered to vote in Ann Arbor. There will be a total of 8 council candidates in 4 races on August ballot. Here you will find information from WEMU's Jorge Avellan on each of the contested races.

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Dozens of protesters rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday against an aging pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.

The group delivered a letter addressed to Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette demanding that the pipeline be shut down.

“This pipeline is already one pinhole leak away from wreaking havoc upon the Great Lakes,” said Mariah Urueta, Michigan organizer for the group Food and Water Watch.

“The Straits of Mackinac is the worst possible place for an oil spill to occur.”

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The National Wildlife Federation says it’s making plans to sue the federal government. The environmental group says the US Department of Transportation is not enforcing a law that requires “worst-case” disaster plans for underwater pipelines to be on file.

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A local congresswoman is helping Congress launch an effort to help citizens prevent cancer.

Michigan may have to pay up to $2 million in legal fees related to the case that struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

The six attorneys who successfully challenged the ban want the state to reimburse them for their legal costs. They say they worked thousands of hours on the case – which was ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.