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City of Ypsilanti

The City of Ypsilanti is one step closer to protecting residents who have been convicted of misdemeanor crimes.  

For Rent
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A state lawmaker from Ann Arbor has called for adding a new protection for people seeking housing in Michigan.  He says people should not be denied a house or apartment based on where they get the money to pay the rent.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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Finding an apartment or house to rent is a difficult and stressful task in and of itself.  Add discrimination to the mix, and it becomes a nightmare.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan visited an Ann Arbor woman who has lived that experience.   


Mckinley

Thousands of Starbucks stores, including in Washtenaw County, closed down Tuesday afternoon for special employee training.


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court says religious schools cannot claim a blanket exemption from being sued for violating anti-discrimination laws.


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Senator Bernie Sanders made a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton at the University of Michigan.  


Straight ticket voting
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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. 


Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility
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The US Justice Department is suing the Michigan Department of Corrections for discriminating against women who work at its only prison for female inmates, which happens to be in Washtenaw County. 


Fair Housing Center
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Ypsilanti Township's housing policies are drawing criticism from a local non-profit organization.

LGBT Pride
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The campaign to expand equal protection rights in the state constitution to include women and LGBT people can start collecting petition signatures.  


LGBT Pride
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A state elections board is expected to determine today whether a petition campaign to add LGBT and gender protections to the Michigan Constitution is ready to go.  Rick Pluta has more.


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  Ann Arbor's Jim Toy Community Center is applauding Michigan business leaders for pushing for changes to state law to protect against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Center President Sandi Smith says under current state law, a person can be fired because they're gay or transgendered. 

The Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition has been pushing state legislators to make changes in the law to prevent that kind of workplace bias.