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Final Day of WEMU's Pledge Drive - Isn't It Grand?

It's Day Eight of WEMU's spring on-air pledge drive. Huge thanks to everyone who has helped us raise over $100,000 to this point.

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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about all of the new and returning films coming to the big screen this weekend.  Plus, special guest Leslie Raymond joins them to discuss this year's Ann Arbor Film Festival!

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The state House has adopted bills that would allow prisoners in advanced stages of illness, including cancer and dementia to be paroled for medical reasons.

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The Michigan Department of Corrections defended its plans to change how it feeds prisoners.  Department officials testified Wednesday in front of a Senate committee.  The state wants to end its use of private vendors for food services.

Riverside Arts Center
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The Riverside Arts Center has been a fixture in Ypsilanti, and the people who run it want to make it into something much more.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to the Riverside Arts Center's executive director Emily Tuesday and program manager Trevor Stone about the facility's latest projects.

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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Dr. Charles Simmons, Professor Emeritus of Journalism and Law at Eastern Michigan University, about EMU's upcoming EcoJustice and Activism Conference.

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Abdul El-Sayed is the first Democrat to turn in his signatures to be on the 2018 ballot for governor.  He faces potential challenges down the road.

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James Davis Jr., the 19 year-old CMU student accused of shooting and killing his parents on campus on Friday, was formally arraigned in court Tuesday.


Lisa Barry

Since most parking on the Eastern Michigan University campus is within Ypsilanti city limits, the city council will be asked to give final approval to the privatization of university parking at tonight's meeting.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Ward 2 councilwoman Beth Bashert about the planned vote.

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Residents who live in the Ypsilanti area now have an official process they can follow to file mail delivery complaints with the U.S. Post Office


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WEMU Receives 2017 Public Radio Station Of The Year Award

For two out of the last three years, 89.1 WEMU has been recognized as the 2017 Public Radio Station of the Year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for Public Radio Group 1, as well as several merit and best in category awards.

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A single four-letter word — added to a provision of the tax code — has professional sports leagues scrambling, as teams face what could be millions of dollars in new taxes.


The revision changed a section of the tax code that applies to "like-kind exchanges." Under the old law, farmers, manufacturers and other businesses could swap certain "property" assets — such as trucks and machinery — without immediately paying taxes on the difference in value.

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