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In this morning's news...

Temporary Ban on Federal Funds for Stem Cell Research Lifted

As Michigan Radio's Rina Miller reports, many Michigan scientists are welcoming news that an appeals court lifted a temporary ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Scientists working on stem cells have been under a cloud of uncertainty since President George W. Bush vetoed legislation that would have expanded the research.

Illinois Gets a Leak of Its Own

Enbridge Energy, the company responsible for the oil spill in the Kalamazoo River, says one of its pipelines in Illinois has leaked oil onto a roadway and into a retention pond. Village officials in Romeoville, Illinois say they haven't yet determined the cause of the leak which occurred yesterday afternoon. Enbridge says they shut down the pipeline quickly. Businesses close to the leak were evacuated.

As Seen on TV

The race to become Michigan's next Governor has now come to your television. Yesterday, the state Democratic Party began airing a TV ad attacking GOP candidate for Governor Rick Sndyer. As the Detroit Free Press reports, the ad "portrays Snyder's tenure at Gateway (he was on the board for more than a decade and briefly served as CEO) in the worst possible light, suggesting the company closed factories, lost money and was "sold to the Taiwanese" on his watch."

Zoe Clark is Michigan Public's Political Director. In this role, Clark guides coverage of the state Capitol, elections, and policy debates.