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The state has unveiled its interim rules for people who want to apply for a license to grow, transport, and sell medical marijuana.  These rules will launch the first phase of a state-approved marijuana industry. 


Ann Arbor City Council and the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners meet this week and each will have discussions, and potentially take action, on the controversial Broadway development proposal.  That's just one of many topics covered by WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative in this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 

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From nature walks to dinosaur bones, most people are familiar with many of the opportunities to see animals in the Ann Arbor area.  But did you know on the southwest side of the city there are dozens of unique animals to see and learn about?

As part of our ongoing "Hidden in Plain Sight" series, 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you to the “Creature Conservancy.”

In November 2016, Eastern Michigan University entered into a Master Service Agreement with Academic Partnerships.  According to the contract, which has an effective date of 09/01/2016, AP will act as the marketing arm for EMU’s online degree programs.  Payment to AP is made in the form of revenue sharing: 50% of revenue derived from students who enroll in specific online programs over the next five years will go to AP (47% in the case of EMU’s RN-BSN program).  Online program management providers are not a new phenomenon in higher education, nor are online only programs (EMU had 19 fully online programs prior to this agreement).  This contract, however, has raised many questions across the campus community.  What is Academic Partnerships?  How did EMU come to the decision to enter into this contract? Why are the faculty unions now publicly expressing concerns over this contract?  What happens next? 

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Local governments and police and firefighter unions are keeping a close eye on hearings to begin this week at the state Capitol.  GOP leaders are proposing more aggressive state oversight of local retirement funds. 


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On Monday of this week, the state of Michigan made an agreement with Enbridge Inc. to allow the energy company to conduct its own safety study of the pipelines running through the Straits of Mackinac, albeit with some supervision. WEMU talks with Lisa Wozniak of the Michigan League of Conservation voter sand Liz Kirkwood of For Love Of Water (FLOW) about why they believe, that's not good enough. 


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It looks like the Legislature will spend much of December fighting over an overhaul of how the state oversees local retirement funds. 


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As the clock ticks towards the expiration of a development proposal for the Water Street property in Ypsilanti, 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to Ypsilanti Community and Economic Director Beth Ernat.


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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the new and returning films you can catch on the big screen this weekend.  Plus, get the latest on next week's grand re-opening of the State Theatre!


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Hundreds of police officers and firefighters converged Wednesday on the state Capitol.  They rallied to protect retirement benefits.


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Take A Tour Through One Of The World's Most Extensive Jazz Libraries

Our friends at Concentrate Media put together a great video featuring our extensive music collection through a tour with WEMU's Micheal Jewett.

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One of the things we do at the Indicator is steal stuff we like from other podcasts. Today, we're stealing from Tyler Cowen. He's an economist and public intellectual who has his own podcast (of course).

It's an interview show, and in the middle of every episode Tyler does this thing we love: He goes through a list of subjects and asks the guest to say whether each subject is overrated or underrated, and to explain why.

President Trump has formally told NASA to send U.S. astronauts back to the moon.

"The directive I'm signing today will refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery," he said.

Standing at the president's side as he signed "Space Policy Directive 1" on Monday was Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt, one of the last two humans to ever walk on the moon, in a mission that took place 45 years ago this week.

Throughout history, being on the receiving end of anything involving cavitation, a miniscule underwater implosion, has been bad news. Millions of years before humans discovered cavitation — and promptly began avoiding it, given its tendency to chew up machinery — the phenomenon has provided the shockwave and awe behind a punch so ridiculously violent that it's made the mantis shrimp a honey badger-esque Internet mascot.

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