Gretchen Whitmer

Toll Booth
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The state will hire a firm to study the possibility of changing some freeways in Michigan to toll roads.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


Michigan Capitol
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature’s Republican leaders have reached a deal to address a shortfall in the current budget caused by COVID-19 and its impact on the state’s economy.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has rolled out more police reform plans.  As we hear from Rick Pluta, the plans include a ban on chokeholds and requiring other officers to intervene where they see misconduct.


Charles Wilson
Charles Wilson

Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when slavery was abolished in the United States and has been declared a day of celebration in Michigan by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

WEMU's Lisa Barry has been sharing what several local African Americans in Washtenaw County think about the day or how they may be celebrating.  In this edition, we hear from Charles Wilson, who works for the Washtenaw County Health Department and supervises the community health promotion division.


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Friday, June 19th has been declared "Juneteenth Celebration Day" in Michigan by Governor Gretchen Whitmer commemorating the day in 1865 when slavery was abolished in the United States.  Following the deaths of several African Americans by police, a light has been shone nationwide on the problem of systemic racism in our country.

WEMU's Lisa Barry is talking--mostly listening--to a number of community voices about what Juneteenth means to them, beginning with Alize Asberry Payne, the Racial Equity Officer for Washtenaw County.


Gretchen Whitmer
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It's been nearly three months since Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued her first executive order to "stay home" to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan.  Even though the number of cases are declining, the pandemic has had a negative economic impact on many areas of the state budget and residents of the state.  WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with the governor, who talked about the many different issues she is trying to deal with as a result of the current global health crisis.


Micah Bartelme
Micah Bartelme

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.


Ann Arbor District Library
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With the doors closed on all its branches since mid-March, the Ann Arbor District Library System will gradually reopen over the coming weeks.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with library director Josie Parker about how that will take place and what library users can expect as they ease back into normal operations.


Sandro Cinti
Michigan Medicine / uofmhealth.org

As the number of cases of COVID-19 in Washtenaw County continue to decline, and testing opportunities increase, Michigan Medicine infectious disease specialist Dr. Sandro Cinti says it is still important that extra precautions continue to be taken to avoid getting the virus, especially for high-risk people.  He shares an update on the pandemic with WEMU's Lisa Barry.


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A Michigan Court of Claims judge has ruled Governor Gretchen Whitmer has the power to declare consecutive states of emergency without waiting for the Legislature's approval. 

MI Nurses Association

The Michigan Nurses Association is filing a legal brief in support of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Stay At Home Order.


Gretchen Whitmer
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she has health and safety concerns about future protests at the state Capitol.  As we hear from Rick Pluta, the next known demonstration is supposed to happen Thursday.


Michigan Capitol
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The Legislature’s Republican leaders are suing Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  They say she’s exceeded her emergency authority to deal with the COVID-19 health crisis and violated the state constitution.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says protests at the state Capitol where demonstrators displayed Confederate flags and swastikas don’t represent most Michiganders.  She defended the state and her efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 on national television.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


Michigan Capitol
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued new executive orders Thursday to extend Michigan’s COVID-19 state of emergency for another four weeks.  That was after Republicans in the Legislature refused her request to extend the emergency through May 28th.  The Legislature’s Republican leaders say they are ready to go to court to block future use of the emergency powers the governor has exercised to address the coronavirus crisis.  We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer rolled out a plan Wednesday to help health care staff, retail workers, and delivery people pay for college or job training.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


Sandro Cinti
Michigan Medicine / uofmhealth.org

Michigan Medicine infectious disease specialist Dr. Sandro Cinti says we have "undoubtedly flattened" the coronavirus curve, as they see more patients being discharged than admitted for the disease.  He spoke to WEMU's Lisa Barry about his concerns though that reopening the economy too soon might cause another increase in the number of cases.


Michigan State Senate
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The state Senate was in Lansing Tuesday and, as we hear from Rick Pluta, the Republican-controlled chamber adopted resolutions asking Governor Gretchen Whitmer to reconsider aspects of her stay-at-home orders.


Bob Quinn
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Now that the "stay home stay safe" executive order has been extended by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to mid-May, many people may be having a difficult time dealing with the extended restrictions.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Bob Quinn, professor emeritus of management and organizations and one of the co-founders of the Center for Positive Organizations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, who offers wise advice for dealing with what he called "the biggest event of our lifetime."


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to outline plans Friday to lift some travel restrictions and to allow some businesses to resume operating – even if it’s at just partial capacity.  Many Republicans in the Legislature have been unhappy with how Whitmer’s used her authority during the COVID-19 crisis.  GOP leaders have called a special Friday session to vote on measures to place new restrictions on her emergency powers. Rick Pluta reports.


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Ridership at the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, also known as The Ride, has drastically decreased during the coronavirus pandemic.  


Gretchen Whitmer
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says details will be released soon on her plans to re-start parts of the state’s economy.  As we hear from Rick Pluta, Whitmer says she wants the plans to allow more activities to resume in phases.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she will announce plans soon to allow some businesses to re-open and to permit more public gatherings.  As we hear from Rick Pluta, Whitmer says the state is preparing the next phase of its response to the COVID-19 emergency.


COVID-19
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says her strict stay-at-home order and the shutdown of many businesses appears to be slowing the spread of COVID-19.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


Debbie Dingell
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This week, several plans have been introduced to restart the national and state economy.  WEMU's David Fair caught up with 12th Congresswoman Debbie Dingell to get the latest from Washington and its impacts on Michigan and Washtenaw County. 


Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended the emergency child care services executive order for essential workers.  


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s expanded stay-at-home order has passionate supporters and ardent critics.  It’s being challenged in federal court.  And foes of the order are planning a rally today at the state Capitol.  Their plan is to have a caravan of cars and trucks drive around the four blocks that surround the building.  That will allow them to register their objections without violating the order.  We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta. 


Theo Eggermont
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The Centers for Disease Control continues to recommend wearing gloves and masks while in public.  More and more people are following recommended guidelines.  However, getting rid of those personal protective equipment (PPE) items is often being done improperly.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Washtenaw County Public Works manager Theo Eggermont about proper disposal to protect public health and the environment.  


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. 


Michigan State Senate
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The state Senate leader says he wants to start planning now to allow some businesses to resume operations amid the coronavirus crisis.  Rick Pluta reports.


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