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This "optimized" Michigan road trip will take you 40-50 hours to complete

According to Randy Olson, 2,098 miles and 43 stops is the perfect road trip around Michigan. Olson – who’s about to graduate from Michigan State University with a doctorate in computer science – used his computer magic to create what he calls, “Pure Michigan Road Trip, Optimized.”
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Democrats in the Michigan House of Representatives are introducing bills to repeal the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. This has about as much chance of becoming law as I have of becoming starting forward for the Detroit Pistons.

Republicans have large majorities in both the house and the senate, and they’d never support this. 

This weekend marked the one-year anniversary of the DeBoer decision that briefly legalized same-sex marriage in Michigan in March 2014. To that end, there were some three-hundred one-year wedding anniversaries celebrated around the state yesterday.

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Five years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, enrollment by Michigan residents has surpassed projections.

According to Marianne Udow-Phillips, director of the University of Michigan's Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT), nearly 1 million Michigan residents signed up for health care in the last enrollment period. Almost 600,000 of those enrollees took advantage of Healthy Michigan, the state's Medicaid expansion program. 

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Aaron Dworkin, founder of the nationally recognized Sphinx organization – which runs scholarships and competitions for black and Latino students in classical music – is leaving to become the new dean of the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theater & Dance. 

"Sphinx has really been my life's work," says Dworkin, who's passing the baton to his wife and Sphinx's current artistic director, Afa Dworkin. 

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Michigan’s urban communities aren’t the only places lacking when it comes to having access to fresh, healthy foods.

A new report from the Food Trust says residents in some of the state’s rural areas are limited when it comes to grocery stores and other sources for fresh meats and produce.

"Even the most euphemistic terms we have for where the toilet is, can sometimes not feel quite euphemistic enough."

That's what University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan said on "That's What They Say." 

And it's true: We have lots of different names for the place where we perform that private function. 

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The Michigan state police picked more than 80 public, private and charter schools to share $4 million as part of the Competitive School Safety Grant Program.

Nancy Becker-Bennett, director of the MSP’s grants and community services division, said schools all over the state applied for the program.

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A bus company in Detroit sees a future for the city where every kid can get a ride to their after-school programs, and then back to their door for free. 

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A University of Michigan and VA Ann Arbor hospital study suggests simple measures could reduce multi-drug-resistant infections in nursing homes.

Dr. Lona Mody says there's much at stake for nursing home residents, as well as others.

"Nursing home patients may be transferred back to the hospital for a problem or for an acute illness,  and bring that organism with them to the hospital," says Mody.

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Twelve people died in collisions between cars and trains in Michigan last year. 

That's a big increase from last year, when three people were killed in such collisions.

Sam Crowl is with Michigan Operation Lifesaver, a railroad safety group.

He says one issue may be that some trains now travel as fast as 110 miles per hour.

"It's hard to tell how fast that train's traveling when it's coming right at you," says Crowl. "It will clear the crossing in less than a minute. So there's no reason to try to take a chance to beat the train and get killed."

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