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Michigan License Plate
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Controversial legislation surrounding license plate fundraising is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.


Airmen Of Note Airs Memorial Day On WEMU

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The premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force, The Airmen of Note, can be hear on WEMU this Memorial Day from 9am-12pm Eastern.  Highlights include Cyrus Chestnut, Steve Turre, and Terrel Stafford.

Ellen McDonald

Because natural burial has environmental benefits over conventional burial, it is often favored by those who like to “go green.”  But it also can appeal for other, more conservative reasons.  It’s the choice of some independently-minded rural folks, and to many religious traditionalists.  Additionally, it can help out the local businesses that serve the growing demand.  In this installment episode of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas looks at natural burial benefits that go “beyond green.” 


Neutral Zone

This week’s Art and Soul is about the performance arts in our community.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry sits down with local journalist and A2 Addict blogger Jenn McKee and Neutral Zone Adult Music Coordinator Charlie Reischl to talk about the “Live on Washington” event in Ann Arbor that is going on Saturday June 3rd from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Part of the purpose of the event is to give teens at Neutral Zone an opportunity to put together a major music event.


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair catches up with Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins and covers all the movies you can check out this Memorial Day weekend.  Plus, you'll get the latest on the Cinetopia Film Festival, which is only a week away!


michigan capitol
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A state House committee held its first hearing Wednesday on legislation that would outlaw “sanctuary cities” in Michigan.  The bills would ban local ordinances and rules that police officers says cannot ask about the immigration status of a suspect or a witness unless it’s tied to their investigation. 


Dog
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If you want to take your favorite dog out to eat with you, you might soon be in luck. 


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The LPGA Volvik Championship is in full swing at the Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor.  We spoke with one of the golfers who is from Washtenaw County.
 


Sava's Restaurant

Three employees were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials at Sava's Restaurant on South State Street Wednesday.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talked with Sava's Restaurant owner Sava Lelcaj-Sarah about what happened this morning and how this will impact her business and other restaurants in the community.


Ticks
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Did you know the summer of 2016 was the first in which Lyme disease is thought to have originated in Washtenaw County?  It was.  Now, 2017 is predicted to be a particularly bad year for ticks.  In this week’s edition of WEMU’s "Issues of the Environment," David Fair explores why that is and what you can do about it with a medical entomologist from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.


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A showdown is brewing in Lansing over the fate of teacher retirements.  


Lisa Barry

The city of Ypsilanti is using a new and slightly unusual method to landscape grassy areas and several city parks.


Michigan Senate
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A portion of the state Senate budget is getting pushback from the Michigan Crime Victims Services Commission


Michigan Hall of Justice
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The Michigan Court of Appeals has put a lawsuit regarding state money for private schools on hold while it decides who can be part of it. 


Lisa Barry

As schools and the education system continue to evolve, what’s being taught in the classroom has come a long way from just reading, writing and arithmetic.

We visited a local high school where students can make use of “The Learning Studio,” where an Ypsilanti photographer is combining community experience with public education, creating new opportunities for students.


Zingtrain

There are many things we can do to take care of our health from eating right to exercising, but there is growing research on the therapeutic benefits of laughter in medicine.

We spoke with Ann Arbor Integrative Medicine Dr. Jay Sandweiss, who is sharing his knowledge of how a daily dose of “mindful laughter” can prevent and improve at least 21 different aspects of your health as part of the Zingtrain Speaker Series on Wednesday, May 24th.

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The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development will host its fourth annual legislative forum tonight at Eastern Michigan University.


Math
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Hundreds of grade school students are gathered on Eastern Michigan University's campus today, learning about mathematics and show what they already know through competition. 

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Every year, a number of surveys are released naming Ann Arbor as one of the best places to live in America.  The University of Michigan is an obvious draw to the city.  But,  Ann Arbor has much more than just the school to offer.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan went out to explore why some residents have chosen to make Ann Arbor home.  He returned with what is, essentially, a love letter to the city and its people.  


Gavel
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A blind Michigan man wants to go to law school, but says he can’t because the admissions test is discriminatory.  Now he’s asking the US Supreme Court to accept his lawsuit against the makers of the test. 


Erin Kido
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Eastern Michigan has named Erin Kido as its 2nd interim athletic director in the past two months. 

Michigan House of Representatives
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Controversial legislation on state regulatory rules is making its way through the legislature. 


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Two more petition campaigns were given the go-ahead Thursday by a state elections panel to start collecting signatures, including one to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan. 


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the films you can check out at your local theater this weekend.  Plus, get the latest details on this year's Cinetopia Film Festival.


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This week, Art and Soul talks about the art of well-being.  Lisa Barry sits down with Dr. David Mayer - an associate professor in the management and organizations area at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and the University Center for Positive Organizations.

Dr. Mayer recently wrote an article titled, “Want to be happier and more successful? Learn to like other people.”


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