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Preserving natural parks has been a part of Washtenaw County's environmental mission, and a tax millage has made that possible.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to James D’Amour, Executive Committee Vice Chair for the Sierra Club of Huron Valley's Michigan Chapter, about how the funding model for the program could change. 


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The President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion at Eastern Michigan University has issued preliminary recommendations that aim to improve race relations on campus. 
 


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The resignation of Congressman John Conyers will leave the seat vacant until it is filled by a special election. 

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Michigan Medicine is a renowned medical center, lauded for its research, teaching and quality of care.  It is also at the fore of recognizing the healing powers of art.  89.1 WEMU's David Fair and President of the Arts Alliance, Deb Polich explore the innovative and expanding "Gifts of Art" program and the impact it's having on patients, doctors, nurses, and hospital staff.  The director of the Gifts of Art program is Elaine Sims and she is the guest on this week's edition of 'creative:impact." 


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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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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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Weeks after a deadlocked and disputed presidential election, a special court declared incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez the winner by a razor-thin margin.

In a nationwide television broadcast, Electoral court president David Matamoros declared Hernandez the winner over his television star rival Salvador Nasralla, saying "We have fulfilled our obligation [and] we wish for there to be peace in our county."

The official winning margin was just 1.53 percentage points — 42.95 for Hernandez, 41.42 for Nasralla.

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced Sunday that he would put his team up for sale at the end of the season after the National Football League said it was opening an investigation into accusations of workplace misconduct against him.

"I believe that it is time to turn the franchise over to new ownership," Richardson, 81, said in a statement on the team's website. "Therefore, I will put the team up for sale at the end of this NFL season."

Merely Torres-Garcia has been living in a hotel room in Hartford, Conn., with her husband and two kids after losing part of her house in Puerto Rico to Hurricane Maria. She said spending the Christmas season in the northeastern cold has been hard for her family. But on Saturday night, in the noisy atrium of Hartford City Hall, it felt a little bit like Christmas on the island.

"My kids are happy. We feel like home in here right now," she said.

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