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ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   A new report says cleaning up some of the Great Lakes region's most heavily polluted areas has led to billions of dollars' worth of economic development and brought communities closer together. 

The study released Tuesday was conducted by the International Association for Great Lakes Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

It reviews efforts to restore harbors, river mouths and other spots that were contaminated with toxic wastes during the industrial boom era.

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   Experts are meeting in Ann Arbor this week to discuss a tsunami warning system for the Great Lakes. 

Scientists say tsunamis happen on the lakes, although many are too small to notice. In fact, the lakes average 106 such events a year.

In the oceans, tsunamis are caused by earthquakes. Great Lakes tsunamis result from rapid changes in barometric pressure associated with fast-moving weather systems. Scientists call them "meteotsunamis." In some cases, people standing on piers or swimming along shorelines have been swept to their deaths.

ANN ARBOR, MI--   Police in Ann Arbor are investigating a report of a white man who threatened to set a Muslim student on fire if she didn't remove her hijab. 

The incident near the University of Michigan was reported to have happened Friday evening.

Ann Arbor police Sgt. Patrick Maguire said Saturday the department is "investigating it actively ... and soliciting information from anyone who may have witnessed anything."

A hijab is a headscarf worn by some Muslim women. A crime alert issued by the university said the woman took off her hijab and left the area.

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   Marijuana's benefits were lauded by users and activists during a rally at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 

The Ann Arbor News reports that Saturday's 45th annual Hash Bash was attended by an estimated 8,000 people on the school's campus.

Actor-musician Tommy Chong returned to the event and spoke about how marijuana kept his appetite healthy during cancer treatments.

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   Members of Congress from Great Lakes states want more federal support of research on the region's fish populations.  

Legislation introduced Tuesday would authorize continuous funding of the U.S. Geological Survey's Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor.

The center has staff and field stations in Michigan, New York, Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin. It has five large research vessels and conducts fish science assessments in each lake. It has supported efforts to restore native prey fish and control invasive species such as sea lamprey.

MI governor hospitalized

Feb 5, 2015

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has been hospitalized with a blood clot in his right leg, about a month after tearing his Achilles tendon while jogging.

Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel says the 56-year-old governor was admitted to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital near Ann Arbor late Thursday morning. The governor had noticed swelling in his leg, and doctors determined it was a blood clot.

Snyder has been recovering for about a month from a torn right Achilles tendon he sustained while vacationing in Florida.

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ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   Michigan teenager carrying his 7-year-old brother on his back has battled heat, rain, fatigue and more to finish a 40-mile walk to raise awareness about cerebral palsy. 

Fourteen-year-old Hunter Gandee walked from his junior high school not far from the Ohio boundary to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He carried his brother, Braden, throughout the two-day journey.

On Sunday, they strolled up a winding road toward the university's wrestling center. Asked how he felt, Braden said simply: "Tired."

POTUS stumps in Michigan for minimum wage hike

Apr 3, 2014
Melanie Kruvelis / Michigan Radio

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   President Obama made a stop in Michigan Wednesday to call for an increase in the federal minimum wage. He also endorsed a petition campaign to raise the Michigan minimum wage. 

The President made a stop at Zingerman’s, an Ann Arbor deli known for its generous wages and its pricey-but-popular sandwiches. Afterwards, he told a crowd at the University of Michigan that boosting wages would also help boost the economy.             

“Fair wages and higher profits are not mutually exclusive. They can go hand in hand,” he said.

President to tout minimum wage hike in Ann Arbor

Apr 1, 2014

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   President Barack Obama plans to visit Michigan on Wednesday to discuss his proposal to raise the national minimum wage. 

The White House on Monday released details of the planned afternoon event at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Obama has endorsed a bill to gradually raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2016. Senate Democrats are planning votes on a bill, but Republicans are working to block it.

The president told Congress in his State of the Union Address that raising the minimum wage "will help families."

Chilling temperatures create Lake Michigan record

Mar 12, 2014

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   Lake Michigan's ice cover has set a record. 

The federal government's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor reports that ice spread across 93.29 percent of the lake's surface area on Saturday. That eclipsed the previous high of 93.1 percent in 1977.