No longer our own Southeastern Michigan Secret, Sean Dobbins is set to make the national release of his album "Journey" on the Detroit Music Factory Records label.

I spoke with Sean just before his appearance at our Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz show.  He explained how the CD is a journey through songs that shaped his early life and took on greater meaning over the years.  


A crowd gathered at the Riverside Arts Center in downtown Ypsilanti last night to voice concerns about the proposed merger of local convention and Visitors Bureaus into one county-wide entity.


College students and university employees are being warned to keep an eye out for phishing scams and other bogus e-mails. Fraudsters often target academic institutions during the fall with online scams and bogus e-mails to try to trick people into giving up personal information.

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BMSB is the acronym for the brown marmorated stink bug, a non-native species that's become a serious agricultural pest in the U.S.

89.1 WEMU's 50th Anniversary celebration continues tonight. A live taping of the news quiz show, 'Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!'  takes place at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. As a little preview, and a little treat for those without tickets to the sold-out show, David Fair hosted  WWDTM host Peter Sagal on-air this morning. Hear the conversation below.

Hollywood news, local movie news, movie previews and some special events. It's all here in this week's 'Cinema  Chat' with David Fair and Russ Collins. 

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Proposals in Lansing would alter existing net-metering laws. Envireonmentalists and proponents of expanded use of renewable energies believe if the measures become law, it will set back gains being made in solar energy growth. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," David Fair talks with Solar Ypsi founder Dave Strenski about the local implications. 

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The conversation on funding for the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority will soon come to conclusion. Ypsilanti City Council next week, is expected to make a decision on how to spend an expected surplus in property taxes from businesses in Depot Town. 


Eastern Michigan University hosted a public informational session on Dating and Sexual Violence called "Got Consent?"  They invited Washtenaw County assistant prosecutors Arianne Slay and Mark Kneisel to discuss how the criminal justice system operates and the role victims play in police investigations.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation is getting ready to celebrate its 25th anniversary and as part of it its focusing on specific areas of education by investing $350,000 in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, in an effort to create hands-on experience labs in those areas for middle schools. 

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Former University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman has been named the next president of the Association of American Universities. Coleman served as U-M's president from 2002 to 2014 and helped form numerous partnerships with other academic, business and government organizations. 

Ypsilanti Housing Commission

The Ypsilanti Housing Commission has received $90,000 from the Kresge Foundation and other groups like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, KeyBank and Goldman Sachs. The funds will allow help provide a social worker to work one-on-one with low income families in need. 

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The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded $9.65 million in grants to various cultural groups in the State. 

Groups in Washtenaw County received a total of $891,055, the third highest amount in the state of Michigan. This was approximately a 19% increase from previous year's total of $749,984 to fund arts and cultural programs in the area.

City Manager Ralph Lange says to maintain Ypsilanti’s roads, not including reconstructing or building new, it would cost the city roughly $2.5 million per year. He says that amount of money is simply not available.

"We just don’t have enough money to put two and a half million dollars in the roads every year.”

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Ideas for video games to organic farms have become a reality through online crowd funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. A University of Michigan grad has now found success through crowd funding for a women's winter coat designed for city life.



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The Ypsilanti Song Fest returned with another eclectic line-up of singer/songwriters.  This year's headliner was veteran folk artist Marshall Crenshaw.  

Ahead of his Song Fest set  Bona Sera Cafe, Crenshaw stopped by the WEMU studios for a live interview and performance.

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Whether honeybees or native bees, local or global—bees are in trouble.  And since nearly a hundred of our crops are pollinated by them, their trouble is our trouble! What can we do?  In this installment of 89.1 WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas talks with a few of the many people in our local area working to save bees.

Eastern Michigan University

 Eastern Michigan University on Friday will host a social justice forum and workshops.

A Day in Social Justice is a one day forum addressing issues like class, race, sexism, and education.

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Doctor Ben Carson took his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination to Michigan, with stops in Jackson and Spring Arbor University.

Carson, who’s faced criticism for saying he would not support putting a devout Muslim in the White House, blamed “political correctness” for the blowback.

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660 white crosses have been put on display in front of the Ypsilanti Township Civic Center by the Veteran's Refuge Network. 


Each cross represents the number of military veterans who will commit suicide in September.  That's nearly 22 suicides each day, according to the organization.

Lincoln Consolidated Schools

Superintendent Ellen Bonter of the Lincoln Consolidated Schools has announced her resignation as of Monday, Sept. 21. Bonter served as the district's superintendent since 2011.

Brick Elementary School principal, David Northrop will serve as interim superintendent after being appointed by the Board of Education until the Human Resources Department fills the vacancy. 

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The number of obese adults in Michigan is up 7 percent from 15 years ago.

In Michigan, slightly more than thirty percent of adults are now medically obese, that’s a 7% increase from the year 2000. Those statistics come from an annual report compiled by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health. / City of Ann Arbor

Plans to redevelop an affordable housing building in Ann Arbor for more than $6.5 million have received the green light by the Ann Arbor city council.  

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People would face criminal penalties for coercing someone to have an abortion under a bill in the state House.