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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an order that will allow Detroit’s casinos to re-open next week, but at a reduced capacity.  It could also force many bars and restaurants in northwest lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula to shut down Friday.  We have more from Rick Pluta.

Micah Bartelme
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As Ann Arbor bars and restaurants prepare to reopen after being closed by the pandemic since mid-March, things will definitely be different.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Micah Bartelme, principal and CEO of BarStar Group, which owns and operates several Ann Arbor area bars and restaurants, including Nightcap, LoFi, and Babs Underground in the downtown area.  Also a board member of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, he talks about the far-reaching effects the global health crisis has had on the Ann Arbor restaurant scene.

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The coronavirus pandemic is taking its toll on many people’s mental health.

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Even before the governor ordered Michigan bars and restaurants to close to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Ann Arbor Distilling Company started switching operations from craft cocktail ingredients to making hand sanitizer.  WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke to Michael Fox, director of sales and distributions for the distillery, which is making and giving away hand sanitizer and taking pride in helping the local and statewide community.

Liquor Stores Can Sell Liquor Back To The State

Apr 14, 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order that will provide financial relief for bars and restaurants.  WEMU’s Jorge Avellan tells us how this could benefit businesses in Washtenaw County during the coronavirus crisis. 

Alcohol Use Is On The Rise Due To Pandemic

Apr 9, 2020

The University of Michigan’s Addiction Center says alcohol use could become an issue for some during the coronavirus pandemic.  

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The state Legislature returned last week to open its 100th session.

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Marijuana-infused beer, wine, and spirits would be outlawed under a bill adopted by the State Senate.  The Senate vote took place with an eye toward the November ballot.

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Governor Rick Snyder has a pile of bills waiting for him after the holiday. 

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Legislators worked late into the evening Wednesday as the end of this session draws closer.

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The National Weather Service has issued A heat advisory to be in effect until 10pm Friday night. Heat indexes today and on Friday will exceed 100-degrees. The temperatures are expected to remain in the 90's Saturday and Sunday, too. If you plan on attending the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair during the next few days, you may want to consider some tips.


Ann Arbor's city council is getting closer to regulating the operation of pedal pubs in the downtown area. 


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Despite continuing efforts to making driving more safe for motorists, the number of traffic fatalities are on the rise in our state.

Try These Michigan Craft Beers At Your Holiday Dinner

Nov 24, 2015
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While the food takes center stage during Thanksgiving, no meal is truly complete without the right beverage. WEMU's Amanda LeClaire spoke with a local beer geek about how to find the right brew for the holiday.