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Issues Of The Environment: Improving Water Quality In Ypsilanti Township’s Ford Lake

After decades of foul-smelling and toxin-producing algae blooms, Ford Lake has enjoyed several bloom-less years. In this week’s “Issues of the Environment” David Fair talks to the man who figured out how to prevent the blooms. Listen to the conversation with Dr. John Lehman, professor in the University of Michigan’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, about his work to improve water quality on the 975-acre, man-made lake.

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It has been a rather warm 2017 summer.  So far, there have been four Air Quality Alert, or Ozone Action Days, recorded.  These are days that pose heightened environmental and public health risks.  In this week’s “Issues of the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair learns more about the region's air quality in a conversation with the Senior Meteorologist for the Michigan Departmentt of Environmental Quality - Air Quality Division, Jim Haywood


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If you want to win $700,000, you might be in luck--if you know how to keep invasive carp out of the Great Lakes


For months now, the GOP push to replace the Affordable Care Act has consumed Washington.

Still, for many consumers, the top concern has been the rising cost of prescription drugs. And that brings us to the topic of pharmacy benefit managers.

PBMs, as they're known, are not well understood and often go unnoticed.

Given how important they are to the prescription drug pricing pipeline, we wanted to remedy that.

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On the road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, Melvin Parson inherited a small garden patch in Ann Arbor from a friend who had recently passed away.  That sparked his interest in agriculture.  As he looked into it, he noticed a lack of diversity in those selling and buying fresh produce inspiring him to one day create a world-class urban farm.

89-1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry met Melvin at his current garden location in Ypsilanti Township and shares his story…

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The state needs to improve its oversight when it comes to the Flint water crisis.  That is a finding by the Michigan Auditor General released in a report Monday.


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It is the first total eclipse happening in nearly 40 years but will only be partially visible from Southeast Michigan.  I spoke with Eastern Michigan University professor and director of Sherzer Observatory Norbert Vance about what we can expect to see and experience when the eclipse occurs on August 21st.

The Governor Heads To China For Seventh Time

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The governor is in China today.  He left the country Sunday and is expected to return a week from Tuesday. 


Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative joins WEMU's David Fair  for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor. Mary Morgan  provides news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged. 


In the rural West, the jailed rancher Cliven Bundy and his militia followers were early and savvy users of social media. Bundy is the man who inspired two armed standoffs against federal agents over control of U.S. public lands.

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Brady Dolan of Ann Arbor is 13 years old and has been creating and building with dominoes since he was 6.  He and fellow members of the “Incredible Science Machine” team are competing Saturday, July 29th at Trillium Academy in Taylor and hoping to set some American domino building records.

Brady and his mother Annemarie Dolan joined 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry in-studio to talk about his craft and do a building… and knocking down demonstration!

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Police in Kissimmee, Fla., just south of Orlando, reported late Friday that two officers there had been shot.

Officer Matthew Baxter, a 3-year veteran of the department, was killed, and Sgt. Sam Howard, a 10-year veteran, was in "grave critical condition," Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O'Dell told reporters early Saturday.

Baxter was married to another officer and had three children. Howard is also married and a father.

On Friday, three well-known charities — the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Susan G. Komen — announced they are canceling plans for fundraising events at President Trump's Palm Beach country club, Mar-a-Lago.

The three joined a growing list of nonprofits that have severed ties with the exclusive, Trump-owned resort. Others include the Cleveland Clinic and the American Cancer Society.

The day of the long-awaited coast-to-coast solar eclipse has all but arrived — and if history is any guide, it's likely that somebody's eyes are going to get hurt.

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