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Nessel: Civil rights panel not bound by ex-AG's LGBTQ opinion

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says the state Civil Rights Commission is not bound by her predecessor's determination that LGBTQ people are not protected by an anti-discrimination law.

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Mornings in Michigan: The early birder gets the warblers, chickadees, and orioles

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Today on Stateside, how the passage of an act prohibiting the federal government from punishing banks that accept money from marijuana businesses would impact licensed dispensaries in Michigan. Plus, a conversation with the bishop-elect of Michigan's Episcopal church, who is the first openly-gay woman to lead an Episcopal diocese in the United States. 

Over one thousand protesters gathered on the Capitol lawn Tuesday.
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan’s education advocates need to put pressure on state lawmakers. That’s in order to make sure schools are properly funded.

Whitmer joined more than one thousand education advocates that were protesting on the Capitol lawn Tuesday. The state school aid budget is still being worked out by lawmakers in the state Legislature. But protesters at the Capitol want to make sure that the final product has enough money for K-12 schools.

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Violinist Maureen Choi is a Michigander making international waves. Her band the Maureen Choi Quartet fuses a blend of styles to create a sound that some describe as "Spanish chamber jazz."

But Choi doesn’t like putting her work into a box. She describes her compositions as a blend of Western classical music, jazz, music from the Spanish diaspora, and Western chamber music concepts.

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Ann Arbor Public Schools has released more information about lead found in the drinking water at local public schools. The district tested 1,426 drinking water sources at 32 different schools, and found that 91.6% met or exceeded AAPS standards.

The district standard for lead in drinking water is 5 parts per billion, and the federal standard is 15 parts per billion. The district standard was raised in October 2018 after parents expressed concerns.

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Michigan legislators may soon vote to slap a warning label on marijuana products aimed at pregnant and nursing mothers. 

While it is discouraged by medical professionals, some women use cannabis products during pregnancy to ease the effects of morning sickness. 

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A travelling exhibit from Dearborn, documenting the experiences of Iraqi and Syrian refugees and immigrants is being showcased at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration until Labor Day.

“What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria” tells the stories of families and individuals that sought refuge and safety in the United States after fleeing the Iraq war in 2003, and the war in Syria beginning in 2010.

Half a century ago, hundreds of pairs of piping plovers lived in the Great Lakes. But by the 1980s, they were on the verge of extinction and only a dozen pairs remained.

Over time, wildlife biologists have helped increase the population. But it’s still well below a stable number and each year there’s a new threat.

 

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Detroit and Lansing are among ten U.S. cities picked to be part of an effort to improve economic mobility.

Foundations linked to billionaires Michael Bloomberg, Bill Gates, and Steve Ballmer are behind the effort to improve the future of America’s children.

Michigan Radio’s Mornings in Michigan series has been awarded a National Edward R. Murrow Award. The series installment, “The early birder gets the warblers, chickadees, and orioles,” was given the honor for excellence in sound in the large market radio category. Winners in the excellence in sound category demonstrate creative use of sound to tell a story.

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A federal judge says the University of Michigan is wasting public money and shielding its president from appearing in court in a sexual misconduct case.

Judge Arthur Tarnow called for U of M president Mark Schlissel to appear for a public settlement conference in a case involving a U of M graduate student.

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