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To kick-off a week long of Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, Eastern Michigan University hosted a march earlier this afternoon.  Check out the photos in the slideshow above.

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This week, Art and Soul is about the visual arts scene in Washtenaw County. 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by CultureSource executive director and Chair of the Michigan Arts Council Omari Rush, and special guest Srimoyee Mitra director of the Stamps Gallery, part of the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design.


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Dozens of Ypsilanti High School and Middle School students will be treated to a special film opening next month thanks to a local fundraising campaign that exceeded expectations.


"The federal government must take bold action to address inequitable funding in our nation's public schools."

So begins a list of recommendations released Thursday by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an independent, bipartisan agency created by Congress in 1957 to investigate civil rights complaints. Thursday's report comes after a lengthy investigation into how America's schools are funded and why so many that serve poor and minority students aren't getting the resources they say they need.

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A continuity and a break: That's the history of The Bad Plus in a nutshell. An acoustic piano trio with the combustion properties of a post-punk band, it emerged in the early 2000s to an uproar — its surging attack and shrewd repertoire were framed as a radical split from the jazz tradition. Gradually a more perceptive view emerged, one that acknowledged where the band was really coming from.

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Students, staff and faculty will honor an historic civil rights event today. It is the kick-off to a series of events celebrating the the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The theme for this year's MLK Day celebrations at EMU is "Live the Legacy: Look Back, Be Present, Move Forward." 

    

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The Legislature is back in session for 2018, and an early priority is dealing with taxes.  Talks are underway to figure out how to make sure the federal tax overhaul doesn’t cause a spike in state income taxes.


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Prevailing wage will likely be a hot topic in Lansing this year.  That’s the state law that requires workers get paid union-rate wages for state construction projects.


James Brown once said, "I've only got seventh grade education, but I have a doctorate in funk, and I like to put that to good use."

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The federal government plans to end the Clean Power Plan, and that may have negative consequences on the environment.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Kindra Weid, Coalition Coordinator for MI Air MI Health, about how Southeast Michigan's air quality could be impacted by this executive action.


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Rachael Denhollander was 15 the first time she went to see Larry Nassar, then the doctor for USA Gymnastics. Denhollander didn't tell anyone of authority about how he sexually assaulted her until years later, in 2004, when she was working as a gymnastics coach.

Nassar has admitted to sexually assaulting minors. He has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for charges related to child pornography, but has not yet been sentenced in a state case for sexually assaulting the athletes.

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The federal government is now in a partial shutdown after Congress failed to pass a stopgap measure to keep funding going ahead of a midnight deadline.

It's an unprecedented situation given that shutdowns usually happen in times of divided government. But this is the first time it's happened with one party controlling both Congress and the White House.

The Senate is set to hold a vote before midnight on Friday on the bill the House passed last night to avert a government shutdown. If it passes, the government will remain funded for the next four weeks.

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