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State legislators and the federal government are moving toward regulation of electronic cigarettes, and a local health expert says it's important to know the potential dangers of "vaping".

E-cigarettes heat up liquid nicotine to create the vapor that's inhaled. 

University of Michigan dietician Sue Ryskamp says liquid nicotine can be harmful.

"If it comes out too quickly it can result in acute nicotine toxicity, from either the direct skin contact, eye exposure, ingestion or inhalation," Ryskamp says.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is not happy with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that Michigan's voter-approved ban on the use of race as a factor in college admissions is constitutional.

Mark Fancher is ACLU staff attorney for the Racial Justice Project.

"If you want to advocate for affirmative action, now, into the foreseeable future,  it's necessary to seek a referendum," Fancher says, "to have the Constitutional provision repealed, to mount a campaign, and then to win."

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It's Earth Day, and there's a Climate Action Rally happening this afternoon on the University of Michigan campus.

Michigan Clean Water Action, Ann Arbor 350 and organizing for Action-Michigan are hosting the rally. 

Clean Water Action Campaigns Director Eric Keller says it's one of many events taking place across the state today.

"People are coming together as individuals and communities to act on climate," Keller says, "and to protect everything that the earth has to offer, and to protect the Great Lakes today."

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A student task force has found that the University of Michigan failed to explain a years long delay between the alleged sexual assault of a student by former football player Brendan Gibbons and his expulsion in December.

The Central Student Government examined the school's student sexual misconduct policy and released its task force's findings Sunday.  Central Student Government President Michael Proppe says one finding really stuck out.

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Fans interested in attending the Manchester United-Real Madrid game at Michigan Stadium will likely need to turn to the secondary market if they don't have tickets yet.

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Two of the biggest teams in soccer will meet this summer at Michigan Stadium.  Manchester United will take on Real Madrid in Ann Arbor on August 2nd, as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup.  

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University of Michigan students have been hard at work the last six weeks in a studio at the back of the university’s public safety building preparing for Ann Arbor’s foolish weekend.  Most of the large puppets that are the heart of Sunday’s Festifools come from students most of who aren’t art students.

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Expect plenty of foolishness in Ann Arbor this weekend, with FoolMoon Friday night, and Festifools taking over Main Street Sunday afternoon.  Several hundred illuminated decorations are expected to be part of the FoolMoon processionals Friday evening around eight.   

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President Barack Obama got a positive response from University of Michigan students as he discussed a hike in the minimum wage.


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President Barack Obama is in Ann Arbor, where he'll push his proposal to increase the federal minimum wage.

The President stopped at Zingerman's on his way to the University of Michigan's Intramural Building, where he is said to have ordered a #2 Rueben sandwich.

The President backs a proposal to gradually hike the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley is covering the President's visit.  Stay tuned for details throughout the afternoon.

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A 5 year $25 million dollar federal grant will help the University of Michigan lead a team of other universities and national laboratories conduct research and develop new technologies to work towards nuclear non-proliferation.  The National Nuclear Security Administration is funding the effort. Ronald Gilgenbach is chair of Michigan's Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences. Gilgenbach says the grant should benefit the community by bringing more graduate students to campus.


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Ann Arbor's normal game day parking restrictions will be in place on Saturday.  That's because the University of Michigan Mott Spring Football Scrimmage is scheduled for 2 PM.

Parking and vendor operations will be similar to a football Saturday game day in Ann Arbor, with special event no-parking restrictions in effect that day.

Admission to the spring game is free.  Complete details here.

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       ANN ARBOR - President Barack Obama plans to visit Michigan on Wednesday to discuss his proposal to raise the national minimum wage.

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         DETROIT  - Mayor Mike Duggan and Shell are scheduled to recognize students from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor who are building energy efficient vehicles as part of a global competition.

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The University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute is launching a study to determine how best to help people in the Great Lakes region deal with changing water levels.

Institute Director Donald Scavia said two main areas of concern came out of this week's conference of the Environmental Law and Policy Center at U-of-M:  If lake levels keep dropping, how to stop that; and, how to help residents deal with changing water levels.

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       ANN ARBOR  - Anti-Israel protesters are in the second week of a sit-in at the offices of the University of Michigan student government to protest its failure to vote on a resolution calling for a boycott over Israel's treatment of the Palestinians.

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The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has released a free phone app designed to promote student wellness and campus health events. 

The Ann Arbor News reports that the app also includes news alerts and inspirational messages. It has a one-touch dial button that links students with a responder if there is an emergency.

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The American Red Cross was on the scene of a fire at a University of Michigan sorority house early Tuesday morning. No one was hurt and the cause of the fire at the Alpha Gamma Delta house is still under investigation.

Ann Arbor area bars and restaurants were busier than normal at lunchtime today, as the University of Michigan began play in the Big Ten Basketball tournament.  Michigan escaped their first Big Ten Basketball Tournament game with a 64-63 win over Illinois.

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The Great Lakes pushed within a couple of points from setting a new record for the percent of frozen surface.  The 95 percent frozen mark set a record in 1979, now appears to be safe, and a University of Michigan scientist doesn’t believe there will be lasting weather impacts from the large amounts of ice, either. 

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Michigan is highlighting a rare disease Tuesday in the hopes more doctors will be able to identify the issue.

Just under 1,000 patients are on Fibromuscular Dysplaisia registries.  

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - General Motors Co.'s chief executive Mary Barra is expected to get an honorary degree when she speaks at the University of Michigan's spring commencement. The university says in a story posted on its website today that Barra will speak at the May 3 event at Michigan Stadium. The Ann Arbor News reported the confirmation earlier in the day. Barra is expected to get an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree. The school's Board of Regents votes March 20 on whether to confer the degree. Five others are recommended for honorary degrees.

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University of Michigan researchers have found that the cost of treating children with congenital heart defects varies greatly across U-S Hospitals. Sara K. Pasquali is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan.

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      A person familiar with the event says that new General Motors chief executive Mary Barra is expected to speak at the University of Michigan's spring commencement in May.      The person asked not to be identified Wednesday because the speaker hasn't been officially announced. Barra is the first woman to head a major U.S. automaker.

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The University of Michigan Men's basketball team clinched the outright regular season Big ten title with an 84-53 win at Illinois Tuesday night.  Work is still to be done with the Big Ten Basketball Tournament taking place next week in Indianapolis.  

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