Study: Gerrymandering gave Republicans an advantage in last year's election

Republicans won 22 seats in Congress more than they should, and gerrymandering is to blame. That’s according to a new study analyzed by the Associated Press. The study also concluded that Michigan is one of the states where gerrymandering had the greatest influence in last November’s election. Gerrymandering’ means to manipulate the boundaries of a district in order to favor a political party or class. The study analyzed 435 U.S. House races and 4700 state legislative races nationally from...

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Officials say a fire at a mulch manufacturing facility in southwestern Michigan has been contained and could take a week to burn itself out. The fire started Monday afternoon in Mottville Township, near the Indiana state line, and about two dozen fire departments from Michigan and Indiana responded. Authorities say flames engulfed more than a dozen acres and continued to burn on Tuesday morning. 

Flint extends contract for water supply

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Flint has extended its water contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority to September as the impoverished Michigan city struggles to recover from a lead-tainted water crisis. The city council approved the short-term contract Monday, following a meeting filled with heated exchanges.

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A doctor from Saginaw Township is the first candidate for governor to file petition signatures to appear on the ballot next year.

Doctor Jim Hines filed more than 22 thousand signatures to appear on the August 2018 Republican primary ballot.

Hines says he’s a fan of President Trump and Governor Rick Snyder, who were also political novices when they first ran for their jobs.

“And as I travel the state, I’m finding a lot of interest for someone who does not have a   long political history and wants to put people first.”

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A state board formed to hand out marijuana licenses held its first meeting today.

The board was created to supervise a re-vamped state medical marijuana program. The members will issue potentially lucrative licenses to patients, growers and retailers in the state.

   A majority of the meeting was taken up by public comment.

Allison Ireton is an attorney in Ann Arbor. She represents some people who hope to open grow shops. She says the board needs to come up with guidance while people wait for the application process to open.

  

Michigan lawmaker's bill would ban use of Redskins mascot

Jun 26, 2017

A Michigan lawmaker has introduced legislation that would ban the use of the Redskins mascot for public schools in the state. Republican state Sen. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City serves Michigan's 37th Senate District, which covers the northwest part of the Lower Peninsula and the eastern part of the Upper Peninsula. His district includes five tribal governments and Schmidt says his legislation was crafted with their help. 

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The White House announced Monday night that it sees signs that the Syrian government is preparing to launch another chemical weapons attack in its war against insurgents. The White House press office released this statement:

"The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children. The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack.

The first book of the Harry Potter series went on sale in the U.K. 20 years ago today. It offers a convenient excuse to reacquaint yourself with a world before anyone on this side of the Atlantic had heard of muggles, horcruxes or pensieves, before tourists would crowd into London's Kings Cross railway station simply to peer wistfully at the space between Platforms Nine and Ten.

Here's the first story NPR ever aired about Harry Potter — a wonderful piece by the late Margot Adler, from All Things Considered in 1998.

Some gems, from that bygone era:

Transportation Security Administration agents at Logan Airport's Terminal C in Boston snapped to attention Sunday, when they came across a live 20-pound lobster lurking in a cooler among the checked luggage.

"The lobster was screened and allowed to continue on its way," TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy tells NPR in an email.

He tweeted about it Monday saying, "@TSA officers are skilled at screening all sorts of items in checked baggage...including this 20+ pound lobster at @BostonLogan."

Google will no longer scan emails in Gmail accounts in order sell targeted advertising, the company said Friday.

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Congressional forecasters say a Senate bill that aims to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026.

That's only slightly fewer uninsured than a version passed by the House in May.

Advances in technology have made it much easier, faster and less expensive to do whole genome sequencing — to spell out all three billion letters in a person's genetic code. Falling costs have given rise to speculation that it could soon become a routine part of medical care, perhaps as routine as checking your blood pressure.

But will such tests, which can be done for as little as $1,000, prove useful, or needlessly scary?

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A doctor from Saginaw Township is the first candidate for governor to file petition signatures to appear on the ballot next year.

Doctor Jim Hines filed more than 22 thousand signatures to appear on the August 2018 Republican primary ballot.

Hines says he’s a fan of President Trump and Governor Rick Snyder, who were also political novices when they first ran for their jobs.

“And as I travel the state, I’m finding a lot of interest for someone who does not have a   long political history and wants to put people first.”

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A state board formed to hand out marijuana licenses held its first meeting today.

The board was created to supervise a re-vamped state medical marijuana program. The members will issue potentially lucrative licenses to patients, growers and retailers in the state.

   A majority of the meeting was taken up by public comment.

Allison Ireton is an attorney in Ann Arbor. She represents some people who hope to open grow shops. She says the board needs to come up with guidance while people wait for the application process to open.

  

Support for same-sex marriage is growing — even among groups traditionally opposed to it — according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. The report, based on a survey conducted earlier this month, suggests public opinion is shifting quickly, two years after the Supreme Court's Obergefell v.

Passengers at Boston's Logan International Airport were surfing their phones and drinking coffee, waiting to board a flight to Aruba recently when a JetBlue agent came on the loudspeaker, announcing: "Today, we do have a unique way of boarding."

On flights to the Caribbean island, JetBlue is experimenting with facial recognition software that acts as a boarding pass. The airline says it's about convenience. For the federal government, it's also about national security. But for privacy activists, it's an intrusive form of surveillance.

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