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Motorists could have some trouble getting around Ann Arbor this Sunday.

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The State of Michigan gets a $315-million dollar windfall.  That money will be used in a budget that should be finalized in early June.  Working out the sticking points on Medicaid reform may take much longer.  Those are just two of the topics covered in 89.1 WEMU's 'The State of Politics." 


Beer
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Marijuana-infused beer, wine, and spirits would be outlawed under a bill adopted by the State Senate.  The Senate vote took place with an eye toward the November ballot.


Living With Wellness

Dealing with a chronic illness can be difficult for the patient, as well as friends and family members.

This week on Art and Soul: The Art of Well Being, 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry speaks with an Ann Arbor physician Dr. Janet Greenhut and artist Idelle Hammond-Sass about local workshops they conduct called Living Well With Illness.


Cinetopia
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair sits down with Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins to talk about the all of the new films hitting the silver screen this weekend.  Plus, they talk about the latest news out of Cinetopia!


LEO
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As contract negotiations continue for the University of Michigan lecturer's union, a "protest picnic" is planned for this afternoon in advance of today's Board of Regents meeting.


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A Hillsdale couple is suing Eastern Michigan University for violating the Open Meetings Act when eliminating four athletic programs.  Douglas and Mary Willer both have undergraduate and graduate degrees from EMU, are athletic boosters and Doug is a member of the Eastern Michigan University Athletics Hall of Fame after twice being named an All-American wrestler.  Learn more in this conversation with the Willer's attorney. 


Money
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Governor Rick Snyder and state lawmakers have an extra $315 million to work with as they finalize the new budget.  


Michigan State University
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More than 300 victims of sexual assault are one step closer to a multi-million-dollar settlement with Michigan State University.  The lawsuit is over the school’s handling of former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar, who sexually assaulted his patients for decades.


City of Saline

The City of Saline has issued a city-wide boil water advisory.
 


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WEMU is proud to partner with Sadaf Ali's CTAT 334 class on this year's semester long student reporting projects.  Nathan Johnson produced this report on The Thurston Players.


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Each year, the Ypsilanti area holds "Ypsilanti P.R.I.D.E. Day," which encourages residents to promote local businesses and beautify their neighborhoods.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly chat with Barbara Davenport, vice president of foundation and leadership for the Ann Arbor-Ypsi Regional Chamber, and Ypsi Baseball Project founder Conan Malmer about this year's cleanup event, which is now called "Ypsilanti Proud."


Washtenaw Wilderness
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Washtenaw County has always taken its environment seriously.  Now, it is the first county in Michigan to be certified as a community wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair chats with Mary Lapp, team leader of the Washtenaw Wilderness Community Wildlife Habitat, about what it takes for a community to receive such an honor.


Michigan State Senate
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Victims of certain crimes in Michigan could become harder to track down – and advocates say that’s for their own safety.  Legislation that passed the state Senate would let victims keep their addresses confidential.


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court has called a halt to a petition campaign to repeal wage protections for workers on government-funded construction projects. 


A lot of people work are working hard to make sure you never know they are there.  They work lighting, costuming, sound, stage maintenance, and projection at the film and live events you attend.  It is an important component of the area's cultural sector and the focus on this week's "creative:impact" on 89,1 WEMU. 


Straits of Mackinac
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Members of a state board in charge of the safety of pipelines say they’re not alarmed by a recent coolant spill into the Straits of Mackinac.  A coolant spill in the Straits of Mackinac did not harm the Great Lakes.  That’s according to the Coast Guard and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.


Michigan Poor People's Campaign
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A new campaign says it’s going to make the government pay attention to the struggles of poor people.  The Michigan Poor People’s Campaign launched on Monday at the state Capitol.


Construction
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Construction worker unions have asked the Michigan Supreme Court to put the brakes on sending a petition-initiated question to the Legislature.  The unions say the petition campaign broke the rules.  


Ann Arbor City Council takes up the issue of affordable housing again tonight.  The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber will take up the issue on Wednesday.  In this week's edition of WEMU's "Civic Matters," we also focus on other civic engagement opportunities on the issues of voting, suicide prevention and protecting and celebrating the Huron River. 

Michigan Supreme Court
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Construction workers unions plan to file an emergency motion Monday with the Michigan Supreme Court.  They want to block a question that would end protections for union-level wages from going to the Legislature.


Adrianne Taylor

A 9 year-old boy from Ypsilanti will be honored this Saturday at a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation summit. 
 


Governor
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The four Republicans and three Democrats running for governor appeared together for the first time yesterday.  Arguments about ethics and racism broke out at the forum.


Ellen Fischer

The Early College Alliance program at Eastern Michigan University is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.


Lisa Barry

In this edition of Art and Soul, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, executive director of CultureSource and chair of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.  Local artist John Gutoskey joins the conversation to talk about his upcoming show, "Pulse Nightclub 49 Elegies."


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