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Immigrants' March
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A peaceful “Immigrants' March” is planned for Saturday in Ann Arbor.  The march and rally will serve as a protest to recent immigration raids and arrests in Washtenaw County by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.  


Ann Arbor Police believe there has been a break in the case of a recent bomb threat made against an Ann Arbor Jewish School.


Great Lakes
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The Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor could soon see a boost in funding.


Opioids
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Governor Rick Snyder says current efforts to curb opioid abuse and addiction in Michigan aren’t working as nearly 2,000 people a year in the state die from overdoses. 


Police Car
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Legislation meant to improve law enforcement hiring practices made it through the state Senate Thursday.


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This week on Art & Soul, I am joined by local arts blogger and journalist Jen McKee to talk about performing arts in our community.

We discuss what is happening in the theater scene, including shows such as Brian Cox’s Clutter and the Encore Musical Theatre Company’s developmental premiere Into The Wild.


WEMU's Spring Pledge Drive ended with a bang, so let's celebrate with some movies!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and the films available to you this weekend.  


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Women have played an important part in Ypsilanti’s 200 year-old industrial heritage.  During the late 19th century and early 20th century, women were hard at work in mills throughout the region. They worked for low wages while often standing for long hours in silence.  We took a history tour to reveal how important women were in developing a future for the Ypsilanti area. 


Flint Water
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Federal money to upgrade water systems is on a fast track toward Flint.  The state House has agreed to spend $100 million dollars from the EPA and kick in another $20 million from the state. 


Nurses Rally On Capitol For Safe Patient Care Act

Mar 23, 2017
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Hundreds of nurses marched from the Lansing Center to the state Capitol Wednesday.  They want to urge the legislature to introduce a Safe Patient Care Act


We're in the final hours of WEMU's spring pledge drive, with about $10,000 to go to reach our goal of $200,000.  To everyone who has called, emailed, and mailed donations we thank you so much.  If you haven't made your pledge yet, there's still time.

Vaccination
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Doctors, parents and public health experts gathered in Lansing with one simple message – vaccinate your children. 


Heather Lyke
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Eastern Michigan University is in the market for a new athletic director.  Heather Lyke is expected to be introduced in a press conference later today as the new A-D at Pitt

Responsive Radio

Mar 20, 2017

  Late last week and this weekend, the world of music lost two giants:  bluesman, James Cotton, and one of the primary architects of rock and roll, the iconic Chuck Berry.  Both had legendary careers that influenced thousands of musicians that came after them, including Keb' Mo and the Rolling Stones.

Within minutes of learning of these deaths, WEMU was on the air and online with tributes to these extraordinary artists; tributes that would not have been possible or that would have been delayed if we were not live and responsive on the air.

Meals on Wheels
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Proposed federal budget cuts are threatening some services hundreds of Washtenaw County residents depend on.

The Administration's FY 2018 budget blueprint released yesterday proposes to elimnate the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) end future funding for public broadcasting. This step by the Administration is one of the first in a long process to decide funding levels for the federal government. Ultimately,  Congress will make final decisions on continuing the annual federal investment in WEMU and the public broadcasting system. We recognize the seriousness of this moment and also know of the long-standing, bipartisan congressional support for public broadcasting.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
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The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is in full force in Washtenaw County.


Health Care
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Pressure’s growing on Michigan’s congressional Republicans who have to make a decision whether to support a healthcare overhaul that could be voted on next week. 


Freedom of Information Act
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Transparency in state government was up for a vote Thursday in Lansing.  The state House approved a package of bills that would open up the governor’s office and the legislature to freedom of information requests.


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This week, I talk with Dr. Scott Sonenshein, a member of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Center for Positive Organization’s Research Advisory Board and currently a professor at Rice University about the concept of "stretching" when it comes to our minds and how we can create more satisfying lives by being happy with what we already have versus always trying to get more.

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President Donald Trump announced today in Ypsilanti Township that he will roll back emission standards set by the Obama administration for the auto industry. 


Transparency
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It’s Sunshine Week – a time of year when issues of transparency and open government are put front and center.


Water
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Some state lawmakers got an early peek at Governor Rick Snyder’s new lead rules that are supposed to be rolled out this week.  A top state environmental official shared some details in testimony before a state House budget subcommittee.

For a gift of $200, you and a guest can join the whole WEMU crew for the Blues Barbecue Thursday, June 1st, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. featuring Laith Al-Saadi The concert and picnic will be held outside of the EMU Convocation Center patio (inside in case of rain).  Note: due to the potential for record attendance, tickets will be mailed after pledge is paid instead of the traditional names at the door.  Please indicate the barbecue as your premium choice when you make your gift. 

Islam
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Local and federal authorities are still investigating a Saturday fire that destroyed the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti located in Pittsfield Township


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