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.


That’s the advice of University of Michigan president Dr. Mark Schlissel who spoke to me in his office as he begins his second academic year as the 14th president of the University of Michigan. 

Although Football is often on the minds of University of Michigan students and alumni President Mark Schlissel says while athletics is part of their community it is not their mission.

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Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is pushing for changes in the state's special education system.

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State Representative Cindy Gamrat offered a tearful apology Tuesday morning as hearings opened on possible disciplinary action against her and Representative Todd Courser. She begged for forgiveness and asked for censure rather than being removed from office.  

The college experience began today for over 10,000 students who moved into the dorms at the University of Michigan. 

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Couldn't make it to the festival? Got a massive case of FOMO? You can catch all the highlights from WEMU hosts and staff from the 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival right here:

Mlive's Jenn McKee writes: U-M music professor emeritus George Shirley and the University Musical Society will both receive that National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government.

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There’s heated debate over the future of renewable energy policy in Michigan – and it’s not just Democrats versus Republicans.  

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Officials say a backlog of 11,000 untested rape kits is almost cleared. In some instances, the cases go back more than three decades. However, some victims will have to wait years for justice. 

The state will request a crucial waiver on Tuesday needed to prevent hundreds of thousands of Michiganders from losing their health insurance.

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Disability advocates filed a class action lawsuit against MDOT and the Washtenaw County Road Division Thursday.


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Members of Ann Arbor's renowned folk and blues scene came together Monday night to help longtime local music writer Kevin Ransom.  A set of debilitating health problems have music critic Kevin Ransom close to losing his home. 

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.