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Later today, the state of Oklahoma may execute Julius Jones. Mr. Jones was found guilty of the 1999 murder of a man named Paul Howell. He has consistently denied he did it, and many people believe he was wrongly convicted.

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Washtenaw County have been trending up for awhile and have gotten worse in the past couple of weeks, according to Susan Ringler-Cerniglia, communications and health promotion administrator for the Washtenaw County Public Health Department. 

She talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry about the latest involving the pandemic in the local community.


Updated November 17, 2021 at 12:05 PM ET

More than 100,000 people died over a 12-month period from fatal drug overdoses for the first time in U.S. history, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

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The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has reshaped the course of justice over the past 80 years. It has fought for school desegregation and the right to vote. Now it's preparing to change leaders. Here's NPR's Carrie Johnson.

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Two federal health agencies are independently considering a very big question - should all American adults get COVID booster shots?

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In its second year, Ypsilanti youth arts nonprofit "Elevation Youth Corp" is planning to support the community with winter coats for those in need. WEMU's Lisa Barry and Sarah Rigg from On the Ground Ypsi talk with Yolanda Ragland, executive director of the group, about their satisfying first year and what lies ahead.


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Researchers say they've recovered a mineral from deep inside the Earth — one they thought would never see the light of day.

Scientists at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, named the mineral "davemaoite," after Ho-kwang "Dave" Mao, a retired experimental geophysicist whose influence on the field is still felt today.

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A semi-finalist for the 2022 Grammy Award for Music Educators, Yael Rothfeld, a music teacher at Ann Arbor’s Thurston Elementary, believes she wins every day because she gets to the joys of music. Get ready to be inspired by her passion when she joins "creative:impact" host Deb Polich of Creative Washtenaw.


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Updated November 16, 2021 at 12:40 PM ET

For the first time in its history, Boston is inaugurating a newly-elected mayor on Tuesday who is not a white man. Michelle Wu – who's Asian American — is the first woman and first person of color elected to lead the city. While many are hailing it as a major turning point, others see it as more of a disappointment that the three Black candidates in the race couldn't even come close.

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Most of California is still in extreme drought. The governor asked residents to conserve water. That mostly failed, but one town did get it done. Here's Ezra David Romero of member station KQED.

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