michigan

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Rules and tradition matter.  That’s the gist of what the state Court of Appeals said when it reversed assault and firearms convictions against a northern Michigan man.   


Communities around the WEMU listening area went to the polls Tuesday to vote on city council members and local leaders, millages for community renewals, and expanding services in Washtenaw County.  Stay tuned with 89.1 WEMU and hear reactions and full results during Morning Edition with WEMU's David Fair from 5am-9am Wednesday Morning. Here you'll find the results as they become available.


Pence Stumps For Trump In Grand Rapids

Jul 29, 2016
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Donald Trump running mate Governor Mike Pence was in Grand Rapids Thursday.


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A state panel will be named soon to look into improving Michigan’s dismal literacy rate.  Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive order Wednesday creating the new PreK-12 Literacy Commission. 


Michigan Casinos Working To End Human Trafficking

Jul 28, 2016
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A southwest Michigan casino is trying to help fight human trafficking. 


Gun Lake Tribe
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An agreement about casino profits has been struck between a West Michigan tribe and the state government. 


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Michigan author Patti Smith explains the 45-year history of Ann Arbor's original food co-op, which began in 1971.  Her new book, titled A History of Ann Arbor's Food Co-op, explains how the community-based food market evolved from a volunteer collection of six items for sale to where it is today.


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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has taken the first step to appeal a court decision that lifted the state’s ban on voters using the straight-ticket option to vote for an entire party’s slate of candidates on the November ballot. 


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Three Michigan politicians will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention this week.  


School Districts Receive Waivers To Start Early

Jul 22, 2016
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Students might need to change their Labor Day weekend plans.  This fall, 50 school districts will have a new, earlier start date.  


Voting Booths
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Voters in Michigan will be allowed to use the straight-ticket voting option on the November ballot. 


David Leyton
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The Genesee County prosecutor is asking judges to make sure two dozen felons sentenced as juveniles to life without parole don’t have a chance at freedom.  That’s despite two US Supreme Court decisions that struck down juvenile lifer laws like Michigan’s.

Waste Management Task Force Holds A Public Meeting

Jul 21, 2016
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People voiced concerns about possible alternatives to garbage dumps at a public hearing today. 


Unemployment
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Michigan’s monthly job rate has dropped slightly.  But it’s not because more people are working.  


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Plans are getting underway to send less trash to landfills in Michigan and find more ways to reuse it.  A state Department of Environmental Quality task force plans a hearing today in Lansing to gather ideas from the public.  

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A Republican state lawmaker says police officers who are guilty of misconduct should not be allowed to resign and hide their records from future employers. 


Michigan Supreme Court
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Governor Rick Snyder has asked the Michigan Supreme Court to tell him whether a part of the new state budget complies with the state constitution.


Cell Phone
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A new law will help victims of domestic violence separate their cell phone contracts from their accused abusers.


6th Circuit Court of Appeals
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The US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals says booking photos in federal cases are not automatically available to the public.  


Rick Jones
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Legislation to make attacks on LGBT people a hate crime in Michigan was rolled out Wednesday with the support of at least two Republican state lawmakers. 


Voting Booths
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Democrats are calling for an amendment to the state constitution they say will make voting easier in Michigan. 


Wayne County
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Michigan’s largest county has formed a special unit focused on solving and prosecuting crimes against LGBT people. 


MI Legalize
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The state has asked a court to dismiss a legal challenge filed by the campaign to legalize marijuana in Michigan.


Vaccine
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A legal challenge has been filed against a state rule that requires counseling for parents who have a religious objection to vaccinating their children.  


Gender neutral restroom
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has joined a lawsuit filed by 10 states challenging a federal rule that says schools must respect the self-declared gender identity of students.  That includes allowing transgender students to choose which restrooms and locker rooms they will use.   


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