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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
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

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
Courtesy Photo / Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Regional Chamber

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.


Mackinac Bridge
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Environmental groups are using a large gathering of Michigan’s political and business leaders on Mackinac Island to pressure the state to shut down Enbridge Energy’s Line 5


Soo Locks
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Michigan has earmarked $50 million as a down payment towards the billion dollar cost of upgrading the Soo Locks.  Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders announced it will be part of the new state budget


Straits of Mackinac
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Governor Rick Snyder has approved a six-month ban on ships dropping anchor in the Straits of Mackinac.  It’s a response to a mishap in April that caused a mineral oil spill and damage to Enbridge Line 5.


Mining
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Environmental groups want Governor Rick Snyder to say “no” to legislation on his desk.  They’re concerned about bills that would change some oversight requirements for state mines.


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The State of Michigan gets a $315-million dollar windfall.  That money will be used in a budget that should be finalized in early June.  Working out the sticking points on Medicaid reform may take much longer.  Those are just two of the topics covered in 89.1 WEMU's 'The State of Politics." 


Money
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Governor Rick Snyder and state lawmakers have an extra $315 million to work with as they finalize the new budget.  


Ballot Box
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Governor Rick Snyder has signed bills that would make it tougher and more expensive for losing candidates to call a recount of the results. 


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