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In our previous 18-installments on the Ann Arbor area’s 1, 4 dioxane plume, we’ve heard from citizens, scientists, and government officials; both locally and from other dioxane sites around the country. Meanwhile, requests for interviews with the “Responsible Party”—Gelman Sciences, Pall Corporation or Danaher, are all met with silence.  In this episode of “The Green Room,” we learn, that wasn’t always the case. 


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State lawmakers are trying to increase the availability of healthy foods in Michigan.   


Jennifer Granholm
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Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has emerged as one of the top campaign surrogates for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.  Granholm has been a Clinton supporter since her first presidential run in 2008.  Now, she’s been named a co-chair of the Clinton transition team.  Granholm spoke with Michigan Public Radio’s state Capitol bureau chief, Rick Pluta, about her responsibilities and the presidential campaign.


6th Circuit Court of Appeals
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A federal appeals court took aim Thursday at Michigan’s sex offender registry law.  The court ruled on a narrow legal issue but suggested the law may be unconstitutional.


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On this week's Art & Soul, Lisa Barry and Jenn McKee are joined by the conductor of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Arie Lipsky, and talk about the symphony's upcoming season which begins Saturday September 10th at Hill Auditorium.

The Symphony will begin its performance with the Shostakovich Festive Overture, which will include a rarely-heard optional brass ensemble played by area high school students from Huron, Pioneer, and Skyline.

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August can still bring hot and wet weather, so why not spend it in a nice, cool movie theater?  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the films heading to the big screen this weekend.


Ypsilanti Heritage Festival

The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival is happening this coming Friday through Sunday in Riverside Park and includes a wide range of activities from historic building tours to the annual duck drop.

Former Ypsilanti Mayor and festival committee member Cheryl Farmer explains the festival began in the late 70's...


Money
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More local government leaders are feeling insecure about their fiscal health than in years past.  A new study shows the first decline in feelings about fiscal health since the end of the Great Recession in 2010. 


Hillary Clinton
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Small businesses are a priority.  That’s the message Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is sending to Michigan voters.  Clinton released a plan for small businesses Tuesday. 


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Ypsilanti Community Schools superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson is entering his sophomore season in the position and says he's looking forward to raising his batting average.  

That means making some positive changes and continuing the momentum they have so far and approving student achievement and overall morale.


Graduation
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The high cost of a "higher education" may not be paying off, according to a Washington, D.C. non-partisan think tank.  This is especially true for Michigan colleges.


Allen Elementary
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A vacant Ypsilanti Community Schools building will serve as temporary home for more than 400 displaced students from Allen Elementary in the Ann Arbor School District. 

Washtenaw County
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If you ever wanted to serve on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, now may be your chance to get on the board quickly. 


Melissa Gilbert
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Michigan Republicans have not given up on efforts to keep Democrat Melissa Gilbert on the November ballot despite her wishes and those of her party.


Trump/Pence
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is boosting his presence in Michigan.  Michigan's campaign for Trump is expanding from one to seven senior staffers.  


Many factors have shaped jazz in Ann Arbor, but trumpeter and educator Louis Smith has to be at the top of the list for modern jazz and education.  Sean Dobbins, Rick Roe, Justin Walter and Ingrid Racine will testify to his grace, wisdom, strength and total honesty as a teacher.  He encouraged a professional attitude and exponential musical growth from middle school students.  His students could play rings around others years older!

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Over forty thousand people are expected to attend the Thunder Over Michigan air show this weekend.  In addition to providing entertainment, it will also help the local economy.


Opioids
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Opioid tracking in Michigan is getting an overhaul in the future.  A state task force has been working on using millions of dollars to put a dent in Michigan’s opioid drug problem.  A big portion of the money and resources will go toward a new opioid tracking system. 


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When considering the expanding 1,4 dioxane plume in groundwater in the Ann Arbor area, money plays a significant role. Further determinations need to be made on how best to clean up the pollution. In this 18th installment on the dioxane plume, Barbara Lucas explores what the clean-up goals should be, how much money is needed and who should pay. 

 


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This week on Art and Soul: The Art of Better Living, I speak with the co-founder of Zingerman's, and the publisher of several books, Ari Weinzweig.

He has a new book out titled "The Power of Beliefs in Business," but the lengthy book has information and insights that can be applied to everyone's everyday life as well.

Weinzweig says the way to create a self-fulfilling positive cycle in our lives starts with our beliefs.


Michigan Theater
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The summer may be winding down, but there's still a lot going on at your local movie theater.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the flicks heading to the big screen this weekend.


Straight ticket voting
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Michigan voters will still be able to vote for a political party’s entire slate of candidates with a single mark on the ballot, under a ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court.


Cannabis
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If it has roots and leaves in Michigan, it’s a plant.  That’s the legal definition now that the Michigan Court of Appeals has made a ruling in a medical marijuana case. 


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Washtenaw County's Michigan Works office, along with other local groups, created an employment program to help keep young people busy during the summer.  The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Community Engagement Department is one of the locations where some of those teens are working.


Conan Smith
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Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith is stepping down from the board to seek another job with the county.

I spoke with Smith to about his decision to leave and his plans to pursue a new job as Washtenaw County's Director of Community and Economic Development.


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