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Lisa Barry and Jenn McKee
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Ann Arbor still has plenty of summer activities left for you, especially in the realm of performing arts.

This week, blogger Jenn McKee and I spoke with Ann Arbor Summer Festival executive director Amy Nesbitt about David Dimitri's "one-man circus" which is coming to Ann Arbor in August.


Pence Stumps For Trump In Grand Rapids

Jul 29, 2016
Mike Pence
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Donald Trump running mate Governor Mike Pence was in Grand Rapids Thursday.


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Environmental Protection Agency risk assessments indicate that the drinking water concentration representing a one in a 100,000 cancer risk level for 1,4-dioxane is 3.5 parts per billion, and for a one in a million cancer risk it is .35 ppb.  Only three states still have double-digit drinking water guidelines for dioxane:  New York, South Carolina, and Michigan.  Obviously, what is “safe” is subject to subject to interpretation, and is influenced by many variables.  But there is growing awareness that what is safe for you, may not be safe for your children or grandchildren. 


Michigan Theater
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The dog days of summer keep on coming, but so do the movies at 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 flicks heading to the big screen this weekend.


Sidewalk
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A charter amendment proposal to renew a sidewalk repair and bridge construction millage will appear on the ballot next week in Ann Arbor.  


Vote Here
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Three Washtenaw County townships will be voting on three separate millage issues next week.  


National Health Service Corps

The National Health Service Corps is helping bring in doctors to medically underserved areas of Washtenaw County through a special program.

 


Child Reading
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A state panel will be named soon to look into improving Michigan’s dismal literacy rate.  Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive order Wednesday creating the new PreK-12 Literacy Commission. 


Michigan Casinos Working To End Human Trafficking

Jul 28, 2016
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A southwest Michigan casino is trying to help fight human trafficking. 


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With the increase in social media, is the art of interpersonal communication being lost?

I spoke with Michael Angelo Caruso, an expert on human communication, about some of the strategies that can be used to deepen relationships.


Asphalt
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The city of Ann Arbor recently passed a ban on coal tar sealants for repairing asphalt.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Rebecca Esselman, watershed planner for the Huron River Watershed Council, about the environment impacts of the ban and why Michigan should consider expanding the ban statewide.


Gun Lake Tribe
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An agreement about casino profits has been struck between a West Michigan tribe and the state government. 


Lisa Barry

Michigan author Patti Smith explains the 45-year history of Ann Arbor's original food co-op, which began in 1971.  Her new book, titled A History of Ann Arbor's Food Co-op, explains how the community-based food market evolved from a volunteer collection of six items for sale to where it is today.


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Ann Arbor residents are being asked to weigh in on the city's "Parks and Open Space Plan" concerning the future of the city's parks and recreation system.   


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The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area will host a forum tonight for the Democratic candidates running for State Representative of the 54th District.

 


Straight ticket voting
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has taken the first step to appeal a court decision that lifted the state’s ban on voters using the straight-ticket option to vote for an entire party’s slate of candidates on the November ballot. 


Ann Arbor School Board Slate
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Jeff Gaynor, Harmony Mitchell, and Hunter Van Valkenburgh have announced their candidacy for the Ann Arbor Schools Board of Education as a slate. 


Kevin Jardine

Kevin Jardine is running to represent Michigan's 54th District in the State House.  This is Kevin's submission to the WEMU "Soapbox Summer" series.


Roundabout
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As more and more roundabouts are added on local roadways, Washtenaw County officials want to make sure motorists are clear on how to use them.  


Air Conditioner
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Recent, extremely, hot weather means high energy bills and stress on local utilities.  Here's what can be done to lower costs and avoid any heat-related utility problems.


Washtenaw County Democratic Party

Delegates from across the country are in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, and Washtenaw County is represented.

 


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Three Michigan politicians will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention this week.  


Gregory Peoples

Gregory Peoples is running to represent Michigan's 54th District in the State House.  This is Gregory's submission for WEMU's "Soapbox Summer" series.


Kevin Leeser

Kevin Leeser is running to represent the city's 5th Ward on Ann Arbor City Council.  This is Kevin's submission for WEMU's "Soapbox Summer" series.


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More than 500 people attended Thursday night's town hall forum on policing and community relations at Eastern Michigan University.  It was moderated by WEMU.  Panelists included a representative from Black Lives Matter, the ACLU of Michigan, and the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's office. It also featured the organizers of the event, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton and 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. 


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