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The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board and teachers union have reached an agreement, just before the start of the 2015-2016 school year slated to begin on Tuesday, September 8th.

Chris Collins, artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival joined me Friday to describe many 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival highlights.  

His philosophies as both a jazz educator and musician come to full expression over the four music-filled days.  From the opening multi-media presentation of "Benny's Threads" in tribute to Benny Goodman to the closing concert by Pat Metheny with a string orchestra honoring the late bassist Ebehard Weber, Chris Collins and his team have created a jazz festival unlike any other in the world.  

ADA Reimagine Washtenaw
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Disability advocates filed a class action lawsuit against MDOT and the Washtenaw County Road Division Thursday.

  

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Michigan Theater Program Director Ruth Lednicer fills in for Russ Collins this week on "Cinema Chat." Find out what movies you may want to see by listeneing to her conversation with 89.1 WEMU's David Fair. 

  

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Rain Gardens are often beautiful. While they may look similar to a typical residential garden, there are important difference. This week, we take a look at the Washtenaw County Rain Garden, and the coordinator, Susan Bryan to discuss those matters in this weeks Issues of the Environment.


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Americans spend less of their household budget on food than do citizens of any other country.  Should we spend more, to reduce long-term impacts to the planet?  How do we decide what products are “greenest,” anyway?  In this installment of 89.1 WEMU’s  The Green Room, Barbara Lucas explores two perspectives regarding the sustainability of foods grown right here in Michigan.


Juvenile Prisoner Michigan
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A lawsuit claiming juvenile inmates were sexually assaulted and harassed while being housed as adults has been dismissed.

 Plaintiffs claim guards failed to protect their safety in prison. 

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Programs aiming to help low-income students and military veterans are growing at Eastern Michigan University. 

Kevin Ransom Ann Arbor
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Members of Ann Arbor's renowned folk and blues scene came together Monday night to help longtime local music writer Kevin Ransom.  A set of debilitating health problems have music critic Kevin Ransom close to losing his home. 

State representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat engaged in misconduct and misused taxpayer resources. State House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) says those are preliminary findings of a House Business Office investigation into a sex-and-cover-up scandal involving the lawmakers.

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A group that had hoped to legalize marijuana in 2016 will instead promote measures to regulate Michigan’s medical marijuana system.


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Something happened.

In my radio career I have been fortunate enough to interview hundreds of people from all walks of life (an interview with Jimmy Carter from not too long ago has been on my mind this week). 

Five community artists (including visual, literary, and performing artists) have been selected to take “residence” at UMS performances, using these experiences as a resource to support the creation of new work or to fuel a new artistic journey.

Ypsilanti residents will see an increase to their water bills beginning in October. 

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Michigan Attorney Bill Schuette is endorsing Jeb Bush for president in 2016. He announced on Wednesday that he’ll serve as chair for Bush’s campaign organization in Michigan.

State lawmakers are considering taxing and tracking medical marijuana in Michigan.

Jo Mathis / Ann Arbor Public Schools

New help is available for Ann Arbor parents to get ready for the upcoming school year. 

State Representative Cindy Gamrat offered a tearful public apology Fridayfor poor personal choices, but says she didn’t break any laws, and she is not about to resign. 

The state Senate is one step closer to confirming Gov. Rick Snyder’s appointment of a former Consumers Energy lobbyist to a panel that regulates utilities.

A group of unions has launched a petition drive to double Michigan’s corporate income tax and use the additional revenue for roads. 

Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University has finalized the purchase of the Holy Trinity Chapel on West Forest Avenue in Ypsilanti for $940,000. The university plans to use the site as the new home for The Honors College. That college has doubled in size since 2011 and now has a total of fourteen hundred students. The last time EMU bought an off-campus building was in 2009 when it acquired Fletcher Elementary School.    

A federal appeals court says US marshals in Detroit were on the wrong side of the law when they tried to deny a newspaper access to booking photos of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and police officers accused of corruption. 

Mackinac Pipeline
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Enbridge Energy is sponsoring new efforts to monitor waters above its aging pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

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It's an annual sky show, the Perseid Meteor Showers should be at their peak visibility tonight.

Selfie Stick
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If you were hoping to take a super cool selfie at a University of Michigan football game this fall, you'll have to do so without the help of a selfie stick!  

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