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Michigan News
1:27 am
Wed January 22, 2014

State Transportation Director Blasts Lawmakers for Shunning Road Repairs

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Michigan’s top transportation official is blasting state lawmakers for all but giving up on passing a long-term road funding fix this year.

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Statewide News
8:07 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Major Boost in Road Funding Not Likely in Michigan in 2014

State lawmakers return to Lansing this week with Governor Rick Snyder’s policy goals for 2014 in hand. But few are optimistic they’ll be able to pass legislation to boost road and infrastructure funding before the November election.

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Statewide News
8:06 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Governor calls for Civility in Martin Luther King Day Address

Snyder renews call for “civility” in MLK Day address

By Rick Pluta

Governor Rick Snyder used a Martin Luther King Day speech to call for more public civility. His remarks come as a state Republican leader continues to roil his party with comments about gay people and Muslims.

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Schools
12:09 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Avoid Borrowing to Meet Cash Flow Concerns in December

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Ann Arbor Public Schools planned to borrow money up to three times during the school year to address cash flow issues caused by a smaller fund balance than in previous years.  The district has now made it through two of the three months that were most likely to require borrowing without needing to seek outside cash. 

SEE ALSO: Ann Arbor Public Schools Parents Hopeful for Return of Tuition Based Pre-School

Chief Financial Officer Nancy Hoover says the planned use of $1.7 million in fund balance this school year, means they may still need to borrow money in June.
 
Hoover adds, the Washtenaw Intermediate School District helped the district avoid the need to borrow money in December by making a bill for transportation services not due until this month. The city of Ann Arbor also helped the district avoid the need for borrowing in December by quickly remitting some of the taxes they collect for the district. 

Hoover says the district's budget included spending $200,000 in interest payments which most of these have now been avoided.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor Public Schools not needing to borrow money last month despite concerns about cash flow issues caused by a smaller fund balance than in recent years.

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Statewide News
8:53 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Listen to the Michigan State of the State Address 2014

Governor Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder issued his 2014 State of the State Address Thursday, January 17, 2014 and 89.1 WEMU carried it live as a partnership with Michigan Public Radio Network.  This is their coverage of the event and the Democratic response.  

SEE ALSO: Washtenaw County Lawmakers Respond to Governor Rick Snyder's State of State Address

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8:38 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Harry Belafonte To Deliver Keynote Civil Rights Address Monday

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An opportunity to hear Henry Belafonte's work first hand at the Ross School of Business keynote lecture during the University of Michigan’s 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium on Monday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. in Hill Auditorium.
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Harry Belafonte isn't just known in the entertainment world as the Grammy-, Emmy-, and Tony-winning artist behind joyous calypso melodies like "Banana Boat Song (Day-O)." He is equally respected for his dedication to social justice, particularly as an advocate of civil rights and humanitarian issues. You'll have an opportunity to...
Capitol News
1:56 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Budget experts predict an extra $1.1 billion in state government revenues over 3 years

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan legislative budget experts say state government is taking in hundreds of millions of dollars more than expected eight months ago.

A report released Tuesday from the House Fiscal Agency in Lansing estimates Michigan collected $433 million more than projected in the last budget year and will collect about $327 million more this year.

The estimates are similar to ones given in December by the Senate Fiscal Agency. All told, lawmakers could have $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion more to work with than expected in May.

Legislators will meet Friday to get a consensus estimate on revenues. They're already talking about cutting taxes, though Gov. Rick Snyder has held off on calling for tax relief.

Next month, he will propose a budget for the fiscal year starting this October.

Environment
5:21 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Report Says Climate Change Tough on Michigan's Big Game Animals

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A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines the effects of climate change for Michigan's big game animals and their habitat. 

The report says deer, moose, and elk experience dire repercussions from human-induced climate change. 

Christopher Hoving is the Wildlife Adaptation Specialist at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He says that a decrease of snowfall will affect the deer population locally and regionally.

Hoving also says that the disease Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD, found in white tailed deer, is more common thanks to longer summers and warmer winters. 

From the report:

Nowhere to Run takes a comprehensive look at the best available science on climate change’s impacts on big game, covering moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and black bears. The most significant effects include:

  • Heat: Moose can become heat-stressed in warm weather, especially in summer if temperatures climb above 60 to70 degrees when moose coats are thinner. Heat stress leads to lower weights, declining pregnancy rates and increased vulnerability to predators and disease. Because of warmer fall and winter temperatures, black bears are already more active than usual during times when they normally conserve energy through hibernation, pushing fat stores to the limit.
  • Drought: More droughts have reduced aspen forests in the west, a favorite elk habitat, and many elk are not migrating as much as they traditionally have. Increasing periods of drought, more invasive plants and wildfires will alter sagebrush and grassland ecosystems, favored pronghorn habitats.
  • Parasites and disease: With less snowpack to kill ticks, moose in New Hampshire are literally being eaten alive, losing so much blood to ticks that they die of anemia. White-tailed deer are susceptible to hemorrhagic disease caused by viruses transmitted by biting midges

Nowhere to Run outlines the key steps needed to stem climate change and save big game:

  1. Address the underlying cause and cut carbon pollution 50 percent by 2030.
  2. Transition to cleaner, more secure sources of energy like offshore wind, solar power and next-generation biofuels and avoid polluting energy like coal and tar sands oil.
  3. Safeguard wildlife and their habitats by promoting climate-smart approaches to conservation.
  4. Factor a changing climate in big game plans and management.

Read the report at NWF.org/Sportsmen. Nowhere to Run is the latest in the National Wildlife Federation’s 2013 Wildlife in a Warming World series:

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

Local News
6:02 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Website Helps Celebrate University Of Michigan History

WEMU's Bob Eccles has a conversation with the folks behind the University of Michigan's Heritage Project.

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Environment
8:38 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Sustainable Food Through Aquaculture in Michigan

Indoor Aquaculture Facility
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Sustaining our food future through aquaculture.   Jim Diana is a Professor of Fisheries and Aquaculture at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources, and he's our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

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Environment
8:54 am
Thu November 29, 2012

UofM Oversees Fracking Study

The University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute is overseeing a study of the effects of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Michigan.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Education
8:43 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Bill to Help Consolidating School Districts Stalled Until Next Year

Legislation designed to give consolidating school districts in Michigan three years in which they don't have to worry about competition from new charter schools will not be considered this year.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Environment
8:38 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Report Shows How Wind Energy Displaces Greenhouse Gasses

A state environmental group is out with a report that for the first time equates the amount of wind energy produced in Michigan to the amount of greenhouse gasses it displaced.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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25X25
8:53 am
Wed September 26, 2012

25X25 Campaign Comes to UofM

University of Michigan students in the Michigan Energy Club got an update on state ballot proposal number three.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Environment
8:45 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Issues of the Environment

Some environmentalists oppose the 25X25 proposal on Michigan's November ballot.  Hear why on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Abortion, michigan legislature
10:03 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Reproductive Rights Under Attack in Michigan Legislature

ACLU and others blast new anti-abortion bills.

Recall Elections and News Dissections
7:14 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Rcalling Governors and Dissecting News

Michigan Rising
The News Dissector

Today Lynn talks to Bruce Fealk from Michigan Rising about the effort to recall Governor Snyder. She also talks to 'news dissector' Danny Schechter.

Taxes
1:50 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Tax Plan Would Hurt Cities and Schools

Snyder administration wants to get rid of personal property tax on businesses.

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Public Affairs
1:40 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

The Lynn Rivers Show

Michigan's medical marijuana law. 
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In 2008, Michigan voters approved the use of medical marijuana.  Since then, the state's attorneys general have been fighting to keep the law from taking full effect. 

Transportation
1:51 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

State Residents Willing to Pay More for Transportation

New poll shows Michigan voters are willing to pay higher taxes for transportation.

Public Affairs
9:22 am
Tue February 14, 2012

The Lynn Rivers Show

This week, the Lynn Rivers Show focuses on the financial plight of Michigan's cities.  

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