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McNamara Building
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A rally is being held in Detroit today to show support for an immigrant who has been living in Ann Arbor and now faces the possibility of deportation. 

Jeanice Swift
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor public school officials want to make sure everyone associated with the district feels safe and secure in light of recent national and local developments affecting people of different nationalities and genders.


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A fire early this morning forced evacuation of a residence hall on the Eastern Michigan University campus. According to EMU Vice President of Communications Walter Kraft, the incident was first reported in a first floor lounge of Phelps Hall shortly before 1:20 this morning.

Joan Belgrave
Marilyn Gouin / 89.1 WEMU

About 13 years ago, a prodigal daughter returned to Ann Arbor.  Singer Joan Bow grew up in Ann Arbor but decided to make her musical mark in Los Angeles.  She returned to our community and immediately impressed us with her vocal prowess and poise.  One of those most impressed was Detroit trumpet legend, Marcus Belgrave.  Today we know her as Joan Belgrave.  The two married about 11 years ago and were a dynamic musical presence in Ann Arbor, Detroit, and New York City.  

Any discussion of African-American culture and history in Ann Arbor should reference the revered vocalist and educator Dr. Willis C. Patterson.  WEMU was honored to host Dr. Patterson as he talked about natural gifts as a singer, his passions for African-American Art Song and sacred music as well his legacy as an educator in public schools, community centers and at The University of Michigan.  After his retirement from the university, he continued to lead the all-volunteer community choir that he founded, The Our Own Thing Chorale.  As he will be stepping down from leading the chorale later this year, it was most timely that Dr. Patterson visited WEMU.

Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder says the state will wait until May at the earliest to decide whether to close any of the state’s lowest-performing schools. 


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

Every parcel slated for development comes with a host of environmental considerations, from stormwater control to cleanup of soil contamination.  Two of the considerations most hotly debated in the Ann Arbor area are greenspace and density.  In this month’s “Green Room” segment we look at the question, “How does density impact our quality of life, and the health of our environment?”  


89.1 WEMU

On this week's Art & Soul, I am joined by local journalist and blogger Jenn McKee and the Executive Director of the 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Leslie Raymond.


Residents and city officials are on alert in Ypsilanti. Today, Ypsilanti's expanded human rights ordinance takes effect. Among other things, it offers more protections to undocumented immigrants. Meantime, several residents have reached out to city officials, and WEMU, reporting sightings of federal immigration enforcement officials working in the area.  CLICK THROUGH FOR UPDATE:


Michigan Theater
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The 2017 Academy Awards are just a few days away.  Who will be the big winners, and what will be the big surprises?  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater spokesperson Amanda Bynum about the movie business and the films coming to your local movie theaters this weekend.


Ypsilanti
Courtesy Photo / City of Ypsilanti

The City of Ypsilanti's expanded human rights ordinance now protects immigration and gender identity.  


Michigan House of Representatives
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There won’t be an income tax cut anytime soon in Michigan. 

Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

A former sports doctor for Michigan State University and the US Olympics gymnastics team faces 22 more felony sexual assault charges, as levied by Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette. 


US Supreme Court
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A girl and her dog Wonder are one step closer to victory in their lawsuit against her former school. 


City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor's City Council has postponed its vote on a new immigration ordinance.

Office of Governor Rick Snyder

Governor Rick Snyder won’t support a plan to roll back the state income tax rate without a matching plan to cut spending.


Citizens Climate Lobby, Ann Arbor Chapter

Concerns about federal leadership and proposed rollbacks in environmental protections have led to increased levels of activism.  In this week’s edition of "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with Ginny Rogers, leader of the Ann Arbor chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby, about the challenges ahead. 


Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan / umich.edu

A survey of local officials across the state finds wide interest in overhauling Michigan’s emergency manager law


Money
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Lawmakers in Lansing might not try to do away with the state income tax after all, but they are still looking to reduce it. 


Ann Arbor Public Schools

The Ann Arbor Public School District is taking additional steps to address parent and student concerns about immigration.

Brownfield
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Legislation that would give companies building on blighted and undesirable land a tax break is swiftly making its way through the Senate.  But it could be headed for a roadblock.  


The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor

The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor is celebrating its 100th anniversary with an exhibit at the Ann Arbor Downtown Public Library.


Organissimo
Courtesy photo

5:01 Jazz on Friday, March 3rd will be a spectacular jazz, blues, and pop music party when Organissimo presents their Ann Arbor CD release party for “B3tles – A Soulful Tribute to the Fab Four.” Get to the usual location, Rush Street Nightclub – 314 South Main Street – by 5 PM to grab a great seat for the free show. 

President
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Michigan receives frequent visits from presidential candidates, and the state has a storied relationship with many who have won the nation’s highest office. 


MI-ITA
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Governor Rick Snyder is making a push toward fixing Michigan’s infrastructure.  One statewide construction agency is trying to figure out the most cost effective way to fix the roads, bridges, and sewers. 


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