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League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area
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This week on "In The Public Interest," our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89,1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to league member Mary Seelhorst about a bill now being considered by Congress that provides a number of protections for voters.


Gary Peters
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President Donald Trump delivered the second State of the Union address of his tenure on Tuesday night.  Michigan Democrat, Senator Gary Peters attended then joined WEMU's David Fair Wednesday morning to discuss  trade, immigration, water protections and infrastructure in the post-address Congress. 


Climate Assessment
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The federal government released its National Climate Assessment in November of 2018, and it has revealed some very troubling facts about the state of climate change.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," Kris Olsson from the Ann Arbor chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby shares her thoughts on the report and some possible solutions with WEMU's Patrick Campion.


Shutdown
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Lawmakers in Lansing are contemplating ways to help furloughed federal employees get by until the government reopens.  There are thousands of federal employees in Michigan that haven’t been paid since December.


Opioids
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Legislation awaiting President Trump’s signature would provide more support for people struggling with opioid addiction. 


Farmers Market
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About 50 farmers markets across Michigan are at risk of losing their ability to offer SNAP benefits, formerly food stamps, to customers. 


Road Construction
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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a budget bill that accelerates spending on road repairs in time to help with the spring and summer construction season. 


Air Pollution
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The federal government plans to end the Clean Power Plan, and that may have negative consequences on the environment.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Kindra Weid, Coalition Coordinator for MI Air MI Health, about how Southeast Michigan's air quality could be impacted by this executive action.


WiFi
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Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow says getting high speed internet to rural communities in Michigan is a priority for her.


Doctor
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State officials and health care providers called on Washington lawmakers to keep the state’s Medicaid expansion Monday.


Michigan State Police
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

The Michigan State Police is getting money for a few initiatives – including help with rape kit testing. 

9/11 Memorial
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This Sunday marks the 15-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.  The events of that fateful day still inform our lives today, and in a myriad of ways.  It has certainly spawned improvements to our security here in our community.


U.S. Capitol
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A congressional panel will continue its look into the Flint water crisis with another round of hearings this week.


Soo Locks
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Governor Rick Snyder says he intends to step up efforts to convince Congress to fund an expansion of the Soo Locks.   We have more from Rick Pluta.


Healthy Michigan
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Hundreds of thousands of low-income Michiganders will be able to stay on the state’s expanded Medicaid program.  Jake Neher explains.


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Local medical marijuana advocates are cheering the U.S. House for approving a measure that would prevent the DEA from using federal funds to conduct raids on licensed medical marijuana operations.

3rd Coast Compassion Center co-founder Jamie Lowell says it's a historic vote, but he'll also be watching the state legislature as it considers legislation that would affect the industry. 

Charmie Gholson founded Michigan Moms United, and says she was elated to see the bi-partisan effort to reign in the DEA.