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Saying it will be his mission to make sure "the heart of the environmental movement is beating strongly," Conan Smith is the new CEO of the Michigan Environmental Council.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talked with Smith about his new position.


Ypsilanti's first same sex married couple recalls their wedding process on the 15th Anniversary of the first legal same-sex marriage in the United States.  Lisa and Beth Bashert have been together for over 30 years, first having the legal right to get married in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 2014.  That right has changed a few times since then, and the Ypsilanti mayor and her legal partner say it's been an emotional and legal roller coaster as they struggle to marry the person they love. 

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A lawmaker in Michigan wants to start a task force aimed at helping curb the state’s lead problem.  The task force would not just be focused on lead in the water.


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A federal judge says Michigan has to hold a special election in 2020 for certain state Senate districts.  And the Legislature and governor have to come up with new political lines for the US House, state Senate, and state House districts by August.

A federal panel of judges says the district lines were originally drawn in favor of Republicans.


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More money could be added to the state’s wrongful conviction fund.  Lawmakers on Thursday sent a bill to add $10 million to the fund to the governor’s desk.


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The state House Transportation Committee meets today to continue hearings on fixing roads. 


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A recent report says improvements are needed to the state’s system that protects children from abuse and neglect. 


As one case of suspected measles in Washtenaw County has turned out not to be an actual case, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Susan Ringler-Cerniglia from the county health department and learned there is a new confirmed case in the county. 

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A state commission says a judge in Livingston County should lose her job due to serious misconduct on the bench. 


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to fix the state’s roads in a single budget is getting pushback.  The head of the Republicans in the Senate has his own ideas for how to handle a new roads policy.


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Former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon was in court today and will return to continue the hearing today.  A judge is deciding whether Simon should stand trial for charges that she lied to law enforcement.


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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has released a new report regarding how climate change may affect the health of Michiganders.  Juanita Constible, Senior Advocate for the NRDC's Climate and Health, Climate & Clean Energy Program, presents details on this report with WEMU's David Fair in this week's "Issues of the Environment."


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A state agency has issued its first official advice to help businesses that want to get into the marijuana business.  That’s after voters legalized marijuana in Michigan last November.  


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President Donald Trump revved up his supporters in Grand Rapids last night on issues ranging from the Mueller investigation…to health care….to immigration.


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Proposed new standards for teaching history and social studies in Michigan would include references to abortion, climate change, and gay rights.  The new standards have been at the center of political battles at the elected state Board of Education.


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Michigan will move on its own to establish state drinking water standards for PFAS chemicals.  That order came yesterday from Governor Gretchen Whitmer.


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A federal judge says a computer program that’s supposed to help ensure Michigan kids in foster care are safe is a failure.  Governor Whitmer says it will be fixed or replaced.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to stop using school aid fund dollars for higher education could hit a roadblock.


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Gretchen Whitmer is only the second female governor in Michigan history, and, as the mother of two daughters, knows the importance of strong female leaders.

She spoke to 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry about improving history for women during this month dedicated to highlighting the contributions of women in history and contemporary society.


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Some Republican lawmakers in Lansing want to shorten the time period when a pregnant woman can get an abortion.  A bill in the Senate would make it a felony to perform abortions after 20 weeks of the probable conception.


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18th District State Senator Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) is looking to renew a debate in the state Legislature on a tax policy that helps working poor people keep more of their earnings.


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It started last October.  More than 70 police officers, special agents, and government officials executed search warrants on each of the seven Catholic dioceses in Michigan simultaneously.  They loaded vehicles with boxes and filing cabinets – everything they could find related to potential sexual abuse by priests who have worked in Michigan from 1950 until now.  Attorney General Dana Nessel says Michigan is the first state to execute a search warrant on the Church in this way.  Now, Nessel says she expects her office’s investigation to last at least two years.   


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Michigan could become a completely hands-free driving state.  A new bill in the state House comes after Governor Gretchen Whitmer made distracted driving a priority during her State of the State address.


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During her State of the State address, Governor Gretchen Whitmer presented proposals regarding better education, infrastructure, clean water, and equal rights for the LGBTQ community. 52nd District State Representative Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township)  shared her impressions today with WEMU's David Fair.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer set some big goals in her first State of the State Address Tuesday night.  She’s calling for major investments in infrastructure, education, and clean water, among other things.  But Republicans are skeptical about the costs of her ideas.  As Jake Neher reports, the speech represents a bold vision for Michigan that’s already sparking partisan divisions.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer will give her first State of the State address tonight.


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State lawmakers are trying to once again raise the age of who is considered an ‘adult’ in the criminal justice system.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s plans to restructure the state Department of Environmental Quality could be over.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order to restructure the Department of Environmental Quality could be overturned before any changes are made.


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A lawsuit contesting how Michigan has drawn its political district lines is headed for trial.  A 3-judge panel denied an attempt by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and the League of Women Voters of Michigan to settle the case out of court.


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