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Roger Rayle / Scio Citizens for Safe Water

Local citizens and scientists have amassed large amounts of information on Ann Arbor’s 1,4-Dioxane plume. Locally sourced information has been invaluable since University of Michigan student Dan Bicknell first discovered the plume.  It has continued with 23 years of data collection by Roger Rayle of Scio Residents for Safe Water.  Has the information been put to good use?  Has it informed decision-makers?  In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas continues her exploration of this ongoing issue. 


Construction Barrels
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Everyone knows the change of seasons in Michigan means an increase in road construction.  A couple of new projects will likely mean bigger headaches for local commuters.


"Swoosh"
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Many colleges around the country are being criticized for spending too much money on athletics, including right here in Washtenaw County.  A recent sports contract will bring in millions to one institution.


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Drinking water samples from more than three dozen homes in Ann Arbor and Scio Township will be tested for 1,4 dioxane. 


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Major changes will take place this Sunday, May 1st at The Ride in Washtenaw County.  


This is the first edition of the Art and Soul "performing arts" on 89.1 WEMU.

We join local arts and journalist blogger Jenn McKee to talk about the many performing arts activities going on in our community.

We are also joined by a special guest Eastern Michigan University professor and composer Ryan Lewis who wrote the music for "Irrational," a rock musical by David Wells about the Pythagorean cult and the discovery of irrational numbers.


Eastern Michigan University officials have reached out to alumni and friends of EMU to clarify the future of sports at the University.

Michigan Theater
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Same great movie news, different morning host.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Patrick Campion fills in for David Fair and talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the film business and all the movies heading to the big screen this weekend.


Michigan Court of Appeals
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The University of Michigan Board of Regents, and other public university boards, are allowed to meet behind closed doors as long as they’re not taking formal votes, according to a decision just handed down by the Michigan Court of Appeals.


Karen Weaver
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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver will return to Lansing for a second day today to meet with legislative leaders.


Washtenaw Community College

Washtenaw Community College is freezing tuition levels for some of its students.

Michigan State House of Representatives
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The Michigan House Elections Committee has passed legislation to change how much time petition organizers have to gather voter signatures.

 

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Thousands and thousands of college students leave Washtenaw County to go back home during the summer.  That change has a local impact.


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A state House committee will review a bill Wednesday which will limit the time frame to gather petition signatures to 180 days.

 

 

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Candidates for the Michigan House of Representatives 54th District seat debated at Eastern Michigan University Tuesday night.

 

 

 

 

Dr. David Schwab, Research Scientist for the UM Graham Sustainability Institute Water Center, discusses his latest findings about the extensive spills that will happen if Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac ruptures and how that oil would spread through the Great Lakes.


Duo Security

Ann Arbor-based Duo Security is getting a $2.5 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.


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Five major health risks in Michigan will increase due to climate change.


 

 

Ypsilanti Community Schools

Ypsilanti Community Schools' Grizzly Robotics team will compete in a national  contest this week. 


University of Michigan

To spank or not spank your children:  It's a debate that has gone on among parents for years, but there's a new study that weighs in heavily on one side.

89.1 WEMU and Sesi Motors present the 5:01 First Friday Series dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Jan Winkelman. Join us for a 5:01 celebration of music featuring the Los Gatos at Rush Street in Ann Arbor on May 8th at 5:01 pm sharp.

 

Courtesy photo / Eastern Michigan University

You're the head of athletics at a mid-major university, and the football team has been struggling.  29 years without a conference title, 21 years since the last winning season.  Conversations on campus range from eliminating football to dropping a level to Division II. That's the situation facing Eastern Michigan University's Athletic Director.  How does she respond?  We find out. 


Howard Bunsis EMU
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If HBO has it right, the Eastern Michigan University Department of Athletics has lost well over $50 million over the past two years.  That doesn't sit well with many on campus.  Now that the program "Real Sports" on HBO has highlighted EMU sports, the conversation is expanding nationwide.  We caught up with the vocal critic of athletic spending highlighted in the cable news report, Howard Bunsis.  


Ypsilanti's Water Street
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Ypsilanti officials want to clarify details of a lawsuit filed against the owner of a sculpture park at the Water Street Redevelopment Project.

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