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Eight blocks from where the Ann Arbor Art Fair begins its second day today, there's a mini "pop-up" art fair taking place on the front lawn of a home on the old west side.


Unemployment
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A state agency has asked courts in three counties to dismiss 186 bench warrants against people accused of unemployment fraud.  The state could next ask for the charges to be dismissed altogether.


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Representatives from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority met with City of Ypsilanti officials today to discuss concerns that senior citizens living at the Cross Street Village apartments have about possibly losing their affordable housing units.


Frank Anderson
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This week, "Art and Soul" is the art of well-being.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by University of Michigan Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. Frank Anderson, who is also the director of Global Initiatives for the department and co-founder of Ann Arbor Open Meditation.  Dr. Anderson talks about why he co-founded the meditation center and the many benefits of meditation.


The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that the matriarch of one jazz' greatest families has passed.

Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater marketing manager Sarah Erlewine about the movie business and all the of films you can check out during this Ann Arbor Art Fair weekend.


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

The 58th annual Ann Arbor Art Fair opens today.  I visited with some of the artists as they were setting up and says everyone is excited to show and sell their work.


Gretchen Driskell
Gretchen Driskell

The former mayor of Saline and two-term State Representative Gretchen Driskell formally announced Wednesday she is running for Congress again in 2018.  She's running for the 7th Congressional District seat against incumbent Tim Wahlberg.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to Driskell about her campaign announcement.


Ann Arbor
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As you start making plans to attend the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair that starts today and runs through Sunday, you may want to keep in mind what your transportation options are.  


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Michigan’s monthly jobless rate has dropped to its lowest rate in 17 years.  But, that has more to do with fewer people looking for work than new hiring.


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

J.T. Abernathy has been a potter for 71 years.  The 94 year-old Ann Arbor man hasn't missed an Ann Arbor Art Fair since it first began in 1960.  I visited him at the Ann Arbor Potters Guild to talk to him about his work and his Art Fair memories.


Solar Array
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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," we talk with Jennifer Young, Project Manager at Michigan Interfaith Power and Light.  The group is working to get houses of worship in Ann Arbor to 'go solar.' 


Gretchen Driskell
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A familiar name is throwing her hat back in the ring for a seat in Congress. 


The time has arrived. The series of four fairs that comprise the Ann Arbor Art Fair officially opens on Thursday. Participants and fair officials wil spend today setting up. As a result, a number of streets in Ann Arbor are now closed to traffic. 

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Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative will join WEMU's David Fair  for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor. Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged. Today marked the first such conversation, touching on a variety of topics and opportunities. 


Ann Arbor Townie Street Party
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Art Fair Week kicks off in Ann Arbor tonight with the Townie Street Party.


Medical Marijuana
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Ann Arbor's city council will meet tonight, and medical marijuana will be on the agenda.  


M-22
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The state Department of Transportation is experimenting with an alternative to the well-known M-22 highway sign in northern Michigan. 


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It's said music has healing powers, and, later this month, the Ypsilanti Community Schools is having a special event intended to both entertain and improve the health of the community.  

We spoke with YCS superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson and Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney, CEO and Medical Director of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America/Michigan Chapter, about the upcoming "Jazz in the Parking Lot" event.   


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This week's "Art and Soul" is all about the visual arts.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry sits down with Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center and with a local artist who's emerging from the local art scene.


Ballot Box
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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has approved language for a 1 mill tax proposal that will appear on the November ballot.  But amendments were made to the public safety and mental health services proposal before it was approved.
 


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the new and returning films playing at your local movie house this weekend.  Plus, Russ gives an update on the State Theatre renovation project.


Washtenaw County
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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote tonight on language for a proposal for the November ballot.  


Cross Street Village
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A community protest is planned for this afternoon to show support for senior citizens living at Cross Street Village in Ypsilanti.  This is an emotional situation impacting affordable housing for local seniors. 


Anson Brown Building
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Call it arson.  That’s the conclusion of an investigation into the fire at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store back in May.  There is now a cash reward for information that helps solve the crime. 


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