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Abortion
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Abortion has moved to the forefront of national politics.  Where lawmakers stand on the issue has become a litmus test when determining if someone is a Republican or Democrat.  But it hasn’t always been this way.  As part of a joint project with the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, Cheyna Roth reports, the political shift started around 1980...


Michigan Supreme Court
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This week, the Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments on a debate that started during a contentious and busy lame duck session last year.  Whether or not the state’s highest court will actually step in with a ruling remains to be seen.

As Cheyna Roth reports, the battle is over whether it was okay for the Republican-led Legislature to adopt and then quickly amend minimum wage and paid sick leave ballot initiatives.


Foster Care
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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.


Michigan State Senate
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Democrats in the state Senate plan to try and undo a controversial bill that passed during last year’s lame duck session.


Bonnifer Ballard
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Protecting Michigan's drinking water has becoming even more of a priority in the past year.  However, during the Michigan Legislature's lame-duck session, former Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a measure making protection more difficult. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks about this legislation, and its impacts, with Bonnifer Ballard, executive director of the American Water Works Association's Michigan section.


Michigan Capitol
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The Michigan Legislature will gavel in for its 100th session this week.  Lawmakers say they have one multi-billion dollar issue to tackle first.


Gretchen Whitmer
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Michigan officially has a new governor.  Gretchen Whitmer was sworn in Tuesday on the Capitol steps. 


Rick Snyder
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The board assembled to advise Governor Rick Snyder on pipeline safety in the state of Michigan held its last meeting Monday. 


Food Waste
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When Thanksgiving dinner is done and eaten, family and friends go home with leftovers.  Still, it's likely you'll end up with food you have to throw away.  It's food waste, and it's a problem.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County solid waste specialist Noelle Bowman about the best ways to reduce food waste.


Gretchen Whitmer
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Michigan’s new Governor-elect is already making plans for her administration.


Pipeline Advisory Board Sees Tunnel Plan

Oct 15, 2018

Governor Snyder’s office says a ruling by the US Coast Guard will better protect the Great Lakes from oil spills. 

Ballot Box
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If you want to have a say in deciding Michigan’s next governor, you must register to vote by today.  Governor Rick Snyder is unable to run again due to term limits.  That makes this the first time in eight years Michigan residents have a governor’s ballot without an incumbent.


Straits of Mackinac
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A controversial pipeline that carries crude oil and natural gas liquids under the Straits of Mackinac is on its way toward being decommissioned.  Sort of.


Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
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The governor wants to make sure state departments and local agencies can respond to areas contaminated with PFAS chemicals as quickly as possible.  The industrial chemicals have been found in more than 30 locations across the state.  Governor Rick Snyder has issued a directive calling on state departments and agencies to create a readiness and response plan.


Construction
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Governor Rick Snyder still can’t build a bridge between a union and a construction trade association to end a road work stoppage across the state.


Gretchen Whitmer
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Former top-level state officials with the Snyder, Engler, and Milliken administrations are among a group of Republicans and independents publicly endorsing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer for governor.


Child Protective Services
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Governor Rick Snyder has put together a team he says will help fix the state Child Protective Services program.  This comes after a state audit revealed CPS failed to follow a plethora of state requirements.


Michigan Republican Party
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The Michigan Republican party has it’s ticket finalized for the November election.  While multiple people called for unity, there is still some discontent within the party.

Dairy
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Michigan dairy farmers are getting a $510 million boost.  Two new dairy processing facilities are scheduled to be built in St. Johns, north of Lansing.  The plants are expected to create more than 250 new jobs.


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Environmentalists are exceedingly unhappy about Enbridge Energy's safety measure proposals for oil pipelines running through the Straits of Mackinac.  WEMU's David Fair talks with two such leaders about those concerns.  Lisa Wozniak is executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters and Liz Kirkwood serves as executive director of FLOW, an acronym for "For Love Of Water." 


Rick Snyder
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Michigan has about 150 new laws.  Governor Rick Snyder finished going through a pile of bills that were sent to him before the Legislature went on its summer break.


Straits of Mackinac
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A new bill by state lawmakers would prohibit any anchor dropping in the Straits of Mackinac.  This comes after an anchor damaged an oil and gas pipeline.


League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area

This week on our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by league member Paige Nong to talk about raising awareness and participation in the upcoming primary election on August 7th.


Opioids
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Michigan patients now have less access to opioids for severe pain.  This is the final law to take effect in a package of bills signed last year.


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder will tour Ypsilanti Community High School today.


Water
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A new state rule requires local water systems to get rid of all their lead service lines over the next 20 years.  These are the types of pipes that contributed to the Flint water crisis.


Great Lakes
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Environmental groups say legislation headed for Governor Rick Snyder’s desk would hurt the Great Lakes.  The groups plan to urge the governor to veto the bill.


Planned Parenthood
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The Legislature has sent Governor Rick Snyder the new state budget, including a provision that attempts to cut funding to Planned Parenthood.


Rachael Denhollander
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A new law extends the statute of limitations for victims of sexual assaults to file lawsuits and for suspects to face prosecution.  It was signed Tuesday by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley while Governor Rick Snyder is out of the country.


Brian Calley
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Touting the improvements made in Michigan under Governor Rick Snyder's leadership, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley will speak about why he should be the state's next governor at the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Regional Chamber luncheon Thursday, June 7th.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke to the lieutenant governor about his vision for the state.


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