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Ann Arbor
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Ann Arbor's city council is expected to appoint a new 1st ward council member tonight.


Texting While Driving
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Even though it's illegal in Michigan, a high percent of young adult drivers admit to using social media while driving.


   At least three lawsuits have now been filed related to Green Party nominee Jill Stein’s effort to force a recount of the ballots cast in Michigan’s presidential election.

Susan Pearlman

An Ann Arbor woman expressing her support for the LGBT community is getting support from neighbors after receiving an anonymous letter concerning her public display of support.

 


89.1 WEMU

On this week's Art & Soul: The Culinary Arts, I talk with Jessica Webster, life and culture reporter for MLive.com and host of The In Crowd on 89.1 WEMU, about 50 things you need to eat and drink in Ann Arbor.

Classroom
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Teacher retirement changes are charging through the legislature.  A Senate committee held a meeting on the legislation today Wednesday.


Deer
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Another planned deer cull in Ann Arbor continues to generate controversy.  Last winter, 63 animals were killed in an effort to thin the herd in the city. This year, city council has authorized the killing of up to 100 more animals and the sterilization of up to 60 female deer.  That plan was approved on a 9-2 vote.  David Fair’s guest on this week’s edition of WEMU’s "Issues of the Environment" is Mayor Christopher Taylor, who voted against the cull. 


Michigan Republicans
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This afternoon marks the deadline for Green Party nominee Jill Stein’s campaign to ask for a recount of the ballots cast in Michigan’s presidential election. 


Michigan State Senate
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Lawmakers could be making changes to Governor Rick Snyder’s mission to scale back the use of tax incentives to attract jobs and investment.  Two packages of bills offering incentives to businesses passed in the Senate Tuesday.


Shop Small
U.S. Small Business Adminstration / sba.gov

Black Friday continues to play a big role in our local economy.  But another shopping day is also becoming very popular.


Black Friday
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Black Friday actually started on Wednesday for one area woman who works and shops in Ann Arbor.  That means Thanksgiving dinner has been pushed back a day to accommodate her holiday shopping tradition.


Homeless Man
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'Tis the season for time with family, friends, and loved ones.  It is a shared time of year in which the most fortunate among us feast together and then lay our full bellies and contented hearts to comfortably rest in the warmth of our homes.  There are too many among us that don't experience the holidays, or any days, in that way.


Blood Bag
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For football fans, there is a great deal of excitement and anticipation for Saturday's Michigan-Ohio State game in Columbus with both teams vying for a spot in the College Football Playoffs.  But there is another contest taking place between the schools that actually can make the difference between life and death.


Michigan Theater
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After finishing your Thanksgiving turkey, how about a movie and popcorn this weekend? There are a number of new movie options for you to choose from. Also, in this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater executive director and CEO Russ Collins also make their predictions for the Michigan-Ohio State game on Saturday! Who do you think will win? 


Thanksgiving
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While many families will be feasting on Thanksgiving Day, there are hungry people going without. It is also a holiday in which a lot of food waste is generated. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Noelle Bowman, solid waste specialist for Washtenaw County, about the best ways to help others and responsibly deal with those Thanksgiving leftovers.


James Smith
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Between several instances of racist graffiti on campus and student and community protests, it's been a tumultuous start for the new president of Eastern Michigan University.  James Smith plans to connect with the community moving forward.


USA Gymnastics
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A former USA Gymnastics doctor and Michigan State University professor has been charged with criminal sexual assault.  Dr. Larry Nassar was arraigned Tuesday on three counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the first degree for allegedly abusing a girl under 13 years old. 


Debbie Dingell

There was a groundbreaking ceremony Monday at the former Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti Township which will soon be a center for driverless vehicle testing, the American Center for Mobility.

Among the elected officials on hand for the ceremony was 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.  She says the facility will be a great step forward for Michigan and the auto industry.


Amtrak
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With the Thanksgiving Day holiday a few days away, it's the busiest travel week of the year.  Local Amtrak train service will be at max capacity.


Ann Arbor
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A big construction project started today in Ann Arbor to rebuild a local road.  It's expected to last until August of next year.


University of Michigan
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Predictions for the future of Michigan's economy remain upbeat, despite political uncertainty in Washington, according to a University of Michigan report.


John Petelka / 89.1 WEMU

Ahead of his new album,  "A World That's Bigger," Washtenaw County songwriter Mike Vial stops by the WEMU studios for exclusive live music performances and conversation.

Roundabout
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The Washtenaw County Road Commission is ramping up its efforts to educate the public on roundabouts.  


Smoking By Expectant Mothers Sees A Spike

Nov 18, 2016
Cigarette
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More Michigan mothers are smoking while pregnant.  A new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy shows between 2008 and 2014 the rate of expectant mothers smoking increased by 18% in Michigan.


Lead Test
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Every infant and toddler in Michigan should be tested for lead.  That’s one of the recommendations of a state task force looking for ways to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. 


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