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The Women's March returns again this year to Washtenaw County.  Events will be held in both Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.


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This week’s Art & Soul is the Art of Well Being.  Good communication creates better relationships, and, whether it’s business or personal, good relationships help our sense of well being.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks to public speaker and author Michael Angelo Caruso about communicating and connecting with others.


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A new report says it costs at least $9,600 to properly educate a student in Michigan’s public schools.  The goal of the study is to force a conversation on overhauling school funding. 


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The state Legislature went over the governor’s head Wednesday.  It approved a veto override – something that hasn’t happened in Michigan since 2002.


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When people go shopping, they usually take home a receipt.  But did you know those receipts could be hazardous to your health?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's Patrick Campion speaks to Lauren Olson, Science Campaign Director for Healthy Stuff at the Ecology Center, about the discovery of dangerous chemicals found in store receipts.


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More warm weather is on the way for Washtenaw County, and that could be bad news for local roadways.


On January 29th, The Arts Alliance will hold its annual event dedicated to honoring those making contributions in the creative sector.  In this week's "creative:impact," you'll hear from the recipients of the 2018 "Excellence in Philanthropy Medal." 


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Whether it's "Me Too" or "Time's Up," men and women have been sharing different messages lately by wearing a special pin or button.  It was one year ago when Kate Lind of Ann Arbor co-created a special button in advance of last year’s women's march that was worn by people all over the world.

Now she has created a new button for this year's upcoming march and joined 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry to talk about that and other efforts she's highlighting with wearable buttons.


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The 2018 North American International Auto Show is hosting its media days in Detroit, and this is the role Washtenaw County is playing at the show.


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The Legislature is once again at odds with the governor.  This time, it’s over what to do about the new federal tax law.


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As part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at Eastern Michigan University, MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid served as the keynote speaker. 
 


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While we're spending a lot of our time and energy surviving the January winter weather, there is a lot going on in the sky above us.

Local amateur astronomer and member of the University of Michigan Lowbrow Astronomers Dr. Brian Ottum spoke to 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry about the local siting of a rare blue comet and the upcoming blue moon and lunar eclipse.


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


Ann Arbor Distillery Company

Perhaps you've seen the Arbor and Fox River brands on the local liquor store shelves.  They are brands of Vodka, gin and bourbon that have a worldly taste, but a hometown heritage.  You see, these spirits are produced and distributed from a facility right in Ann Arbor.  As 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan reports, the Ann Arbor Distilling Company is another local treasure practically hidden in plain sight.


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On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we're recalling a visit the iconic civil rights leader made to the University of Michigan over fifty years ago.


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Sexual harassment by public officials is one of the topics lawmakers are looking to tackle this term. 


Press releases from both EMU-AAUP and Eastern Michigan University  have confirmed that arbitration, initiated after disputes surrounding the Academic Partnerships contract, has ended.  The arbitrator decided not to grant any of the relief requested after determining that EMU was not in violation of any workplace agreements detailed in the original grievance.  

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The state got an idea Thursday of how much money it could have for the next couple of years. 


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A lot is going on the movie world, including the results of the 2018 Golden Globes!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movie news and all of the new films coming to the big screen this weekend.


Ann Arbor Restaurant Week

Ann Arbor’s “foodie” enthusiasts are looking forward to the start of Restaurant Week on Sunday, January 14th and runs through the 19th.  57 restaurants will be participating in the twice-yearly event featuring one week of one-price dining.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke with Maura Thomson, the executive director of the Ann Arbor Main Street Association, which organized the event.


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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.


Eastern Michigan University
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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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