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The Ann Arbor Police Department continues to look for ways to improve community relations.  It hopes a television show that airs on the local access channel CTN can contribute to that. 


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Two bills to help Flint recover from the water crisis are making their way through the legislature.  Both bills passed through the Senate Thursday with a near-unanimous vote.  

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As concern rises and detection methods improve, 1,4-Dioxane is being discovered in water sources across the country. Central to formulating remediation plans is determination of the safe level of exposure to this probable human carcinogen. What constitutes a true hazard as opposed to an “acceptable risk?”  Barbara Lucas goes in search of the answer in this 24th installment in our series on the Ann Arbor area’s 1.4 Dioxane Plume in “The Green Room.” 

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The business value of joy.

Richard Sheridan is the owner of Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor and the author of a book called "Joy, Inc." He started working as a computer programmer before he could even drive a car back in the early '70s.  He got a couple of degrees in computer science and computer engineering at the University of Michigan and settled in the area which he says is a great area to run a software business.

He talks about what lead him to write the book "Joy, Inc."  He also talks about what it takes to build an intentionally joyful culture and taking a different approach to running a business that gives employees satisfaction.

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The leaves are changing and so are your options for what to see at your local movie theater.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the flicks coming to the big screen this weekend.

Recently, there have been concerns that DTE has not been adequately engaged in the public input portion of the NEXUS natural gas pipeline project.  

In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Steven Hohf, manager of natural gas analytics for DTE Energy. They discuss environmental concerns, energy questions and why DTE has decided the proposed NEXUS natural gas pipeline is necessary. 

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Lawmakers have come up with what they are calling an action plan for Flint. 

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Michigan’s monthly jobless rate has edged upward -- not because more people have lost jobs, but because more people are looking for work.  

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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has conditionally appointed a county administrator. 


Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton faced off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, have annotated the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

Follow highlights of the debate in NPR's updating news story here. 


Note: This page will update automatically as the debate proceeds. We will work to correct the transcript as it comes in, but due to the live nature of the event, there may be some discrepancies.


How big of a role does texting play in your life?

I talked with Anne Curzan, a professor of English language and literature, linguistics, and education from the University of Michigan about how it's changing the way we write and communicate.

Curzan says texting has become "the wild west of the written language," and she sees it as another genre of writing.

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The Legislature is going to work on toughening standards for lead in drinking water, although finishing the job may have to wait until next year.

Senator Tim Kaine Talks Poverty And Jobs In Detroit

Oct 19, 2016
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Senator Tim Kaine was in Detroit Tuesday.  The running mate of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke at the non-profit Focus: HOPE.

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A new light-up street party called "ypsiGLOW" will be taking place in downtown Ypsilanti on October 27th.

The creators of Festifools and FoolMoon helped create the glowout block party for every age.

I spoke with Shary Brown, the president of Wonderfool Productions, and Adriana Zardus, the company's production coordinator, about how this event is intended to get the community involved on another level where people are creating the event themselves.

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A team from the University of Michigan lead the recovery of a nearly complete "ice age" mastodon from Michigan's thumb area.

U of M paleontologist Dan Fisher says it was 11 to 13-thousand years old and quite large...

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright made a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton this morning in Ann Arbor.

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At a September work session, Ann Arbor City Council members asked city staff if the current water treatment plant could accommodate equipment to remove 1,4 dioxane,  just in case it becomes necessary in the future.  In this installment of 89.1 WEMU’s “The Green Room,” we look at what such a water treatment process looks like in action.

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The campaign to outlaw fracking in Michigan is asking the state Court of Appeals to strike down a 180-day time limit on collecting petition signatures to put a question on the ballot. 

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The Michigan State Police is getting money for a few initiatives – including help with rape kit testing. 

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After resigning from the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners to apply for a full time job with the county, Conan Smith has now withdrawn from consideration for that position as well.

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This week on Art & Soul: The Visual Arts, the director of community engagement for the Ann Arbor Art Center Omari Rush and I talk about a number of events going on in our community.

There is a new event called "YpsiGLOW," taking place in Ypsilanti later this month.

That's where the conversation begins...

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New information has been revealed regarding the future of Eastern Michigan University's Kresge Environmental Center, also known as Fish Lake.

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The fall pledge drive just wrapped up, so let's unwind with a trip to your local movie house.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the films coming to the silver screen this weekend.

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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office held the third in its community education series  at Mill Creek Middle School in Dexter on Wednesday evening.  The overall idea is to improve the department's relationship with the community by informing offering insights into how the Sheriff's office operates.

Lawsuits Surrounding The Flint Water Crisis Pile Up

Oct 13, 2016
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A new case accuses Governor Rick Snyder of wrongfully using tax dollars to fund his criminal defense related to the Flint water crisis.