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Mark Styker at the Detroit Free Press writes:

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Some terrific art films are opening in town this weekend, some classics return to the big screen and Robert Redford debuts his new movie at the multiplex. Find out about all of that and more in this weeks "Cinema Chat' with David Fair and Russ Collins. 


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Officials say a backlog of 11,000 untested rape kits is almost cleared. In some instances, the cases go back more than three decades. However, some victims will have to wait years for justice. 


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Democrats in the state House won’t support big budget cuts for roads if it’s not clear where they’d come from.


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Maybe you're aware (or maybe you're not) that burger you're having for lunch, or that steak you had for dinner could  impact the environment. I spoke to Nicolette Hahn Niman a rancher, lawyer, author, mother and University of Michigan law school graduate about her upcoming presentation about the "sustainability of beef" at Zingerman's on September 13th.


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An upcoming program in Washtenaw County  offers an opportunity for education and more productive engagement in environmental stewardship. In this week's edition of Issues of the Environment, we discuss the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program with Jason Frenzel of the Huron River Watershed Council. 


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Michigan intends to develop its own plan to comply with federal rules to reduce greenhouse gasses. Rick Pluta reports.


We hone in on the terrific regional ‪‎jazz‬ talent you can hear this weekend at The Detroit International Jazz Festival - like Robert Hurst, Evan Perri, Wendell Harrison, Sean Dobbins and many other hometown heroes all week.

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Kevin Leeser filed and got approved for what's known as a "declaration of intent" of write-in candidacy. Leeser will run against candidate Chip Smith in Ann Arbor's 5th Ward city council general election in November.


The state will request a crucial waiver on Tuesday needed to prevent hundreds of thousands of Michiganders from losing their health insurance.

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Ann Arbor City Administrator Steve Powers has announced he will turn in a letter of resignation on September 15th.

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The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board and teachers union have reached an agreement, just before the start of the 2015-2016 school year slated to begin on Tuesday, September 8th.

Chris Collins, artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival joined me Friday to describe many 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival highlights.  

His philosophies as both a jazz educator and musician come to full expression over the four music-filled days.  From the opening multi-media presentation of "Benny's Threads" in tribute to Benny Goodman to the closing concert by Pat Metheny with a string orchestra honoring the late bassist Ebehard Weber, Chris Collins and his team have created a jazz festival unlike any other in the world.  

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Disability advocates filed a class action lawsuit against MDOT and the Washtenaw County Road Division Thursday.

  

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Michigan Theater Program Director Ruth Lednicer fills in for Russ Collins this week on "Cinema Chat." Find out what movies you may want to see by listeneing to her conversation with 89.1 WEMU's David Fair. 

  

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Rain Gardens are often beautiful. While they may look similar to a typical residential garden, there are important difference. This week, we take a look at the Washtenaw County Rain Garden, and the coordinator, Susan Bryan to discuss those matters in this weeks Issues of the Environment.


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Americans spend less of their household budget on food than do citizens of any other country.  Should we spend more, to reduce long-term impacts to the planet?  How do we decide what products are “greenest,” anyway?  In this installment of 89.1 WEMU’s  The Green Room, Barbara Lucas explores two perspectives regarding the sustainability of foods grown right here in Michigan.


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A lawsuit claiming juvenile inmates were sexually assaulted and harassed while being housed as adults has been dismissed.

 Plaintiffs claim guards failed to protect their safety in prison. 

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Programs aiming to help low-income students and military veterans are growing at Eastern Michigan University. 

Kevin Ransom Ann Arbor
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Members of Ann Arbor's renowned folk and blues scene came together Monday night to help longtime local music writer Kevin Ransom.  A set of debilitating health problems have music critic Kevin Ransom close to losing his home. 

State representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat engaged in misconduct and misused taxpayer resources. State House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) says those are preliminary findings of a House Business Office investigation into a sex-and-cover-up scandal involving the lawmakers.

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A group that had hoped to legalize marijuana in 2016 will instead promote measures to regulate Michigan’s medical marijuana system.


M. GOUIN

Something happened.

In my radio career I have been fortunate enough to interview hundreds of people from all walks of life (an interview with Jimmy Carter from not too long ago has been on my mind this week). 

Five community artists (including visual, literary, and performing artists) have been selected to take “residence” at UMS performances, using these experiences as a resource to support the creation of new work or to fuel a new artistic journey.

Ypsilanti residents will see an increase to their water bills beginning in October. 

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