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Governor Rick Snyder says disagreements over tax cuts and spending priorities won’t get in the way of wrapping up the state budget in a little over a month.

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A group of about twenty Eastern Michigan University part-time lecturers and their supporters rallied before the university's Board of Regents meeting today to protest possible cuts. 


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Whether you realize it or not, science plays a big part in our everyday lives.  To help raise awareness and ensure scientific research continues to be publicly-funded, communities across the country, including several in Washtenaw County, are holding “Marches for Science” on April 22nd.

Lisa Barry spoke with two Eastern Michigan University professors, Dr. Amy Flanagan-Johnson who teaches chemistry, and Dr. Katherine Ryker who teaches Earth Science, about the need to march.

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Remember when people use to turn to their record player to enjoy music?  Holding the sleeve and looking through booklets as the record played is an experience that slowly started to fade for some as technology improved.  But as 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan reports, records are becoming more and more popular again these days, especially with events like National Record Store Day that will be celebrated April 22 in areas like Washtenaw County.


One of April’s musical highlights is Mr. B’s Boogie and Blues Piano Celebration.  20 years ago, beloved blues and boogie-woogie pianist Mr. B teamed up with his mentor, pianist Bob Seeley and two more pianists for an evening of different piano combinations at a house concert.  The event sparked a dream that Mr. B made come true one year later.  Starting in 1998, the celebration expanded to The Ark for a big concert.  Over the years, the boogie-woogie, jazz and blues piano bash has grown beyond Ann Arbor to include venues in Detroit and Monroe.  The 20th Anniversary festivities start Friday, April 21st at The Detroit Institute of Arts, continue Saturday at The Ark and conclude on the 23rd at The Monroe County Public Library. 

On this week’s Art & Soul: The Art of Better Living, Lisa Barry talks to Claire Weiner and Dr. Libby Robinson from the Ann Arbor Center For Mindfulness about the benefits of mindfulness and what exactly that means.


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movies available to you over the weekend. Additionally, they look back at Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns's return to Ann Arbor. 


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Part-Time lecturers at Eastern Michigan University held a sit-in outside the university's president's office to protest possible cuts reported by their union.


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Eastern Michigan University is receiving $200,000 to help renovate some its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, facilities.

Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder plans to take executive action on tougher standards for lead in drinking water in the face of foot-dragging by the Legislature.


Leslie Science & Nature Center

This Saturday, April 22nd is officially "Earth Day."  But the Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival is taking place on Sunday, April 23rd at the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry recently visited Leslie and learned about the plans for the festival and spoke to a number of kid day campers who shared great knowledge about the environment and the benefits of Earth Day.


Gerald Anderson
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Coal remains an important component of Michigan’s energy mix.  That is changing and, in the foreseeable future, the use of coal is likely to become obsolete.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair explores the energy future in a two-part conversation with DTE Energy chairman and CEO Gerry Anderson.


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Washtenaw County administrator Greg Dill is going head-to-head with the city of Ann Arbor's administrator, Howard Lazarus.  


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Past and present public policies have a major impact on the disparities in child well-being in Michigan.  That’s according to a report released Tuesday by the Michigan League for Public Policy.


Michigan House of Representatives
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State lawmakers are back at the Capitol following their spring break.  One job facing them is ending a standoff over money to help Macomb County deal with a giant sinkhole. 


Lisa Barry

In an effort to improve "immigration instability," the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will take a first look at a series of resolutions and policies during its Wednesday night meeting April 19th.

Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith was directly involved in the creation of the policies, which, he says, are intended to make sure local communities are secure and stable.


A quiet force for good.  A gifted and intuitive communicator.  A treasured member of Detroit’s creative community.  A jazz lover, enthusiast, scholar, and promoter.  All of these phrases describe W. Kim Heron, recipient of the 2017 Detroit Jazz Hero Award presented tonight at Cliff Bell’s Jazz Club by the Jazz Journalist’s Association (JJA).

WEMU is hosting our Jazz Brunch featuring performances by the Rick Roe Trio with live music, great food and an awesome view. Don’t forget to bring your friends and family to this special Sunday Brunch!

A gift of $300 gets you entrance for two. The Rick Roe Trio entertains at an elegant Sunday morning brunch (May 21 from 10:30am – 1:00pm) at this Ann Arbor landmark. Seating is limited.

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There’s a new office overseeing Michigan’s medical marijuana program. 

Last October, WEMU offered "An Hour With Linda Yohn and WEMU" as a silent auction prize at the Riverside Arts Center fundraising party.  The recipient of the hour was bassist Eric Walters who loves playing all styles of music on acoustic bass.  In his hour of music and conversation, Eric touched on swing, bebop, blues, Henry Ford's plan for automotive plants around Michigan mill towns, the legacy of Ypsilanti's public school music teachers and experiencing live big band music in Eastern Michigan University's Pease Auditorium.

Mlive reports that Pittsfield Township Police have arrested two people they believe were involved in the break-in of Chad Carr's family home.

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As the tax filing deadline approaches, hundreds of protests will take place around the country. 


Many schools in Michigan have grappled with whether they should dump Native American mascots and nicknames.  Plenty of things can stand in the way: history, tradition, emotion.  But one Michigan tribe wants to make sure money isn’t the barrier to change.


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Spring is a busy time for visual arts activities in Washtenaw County,  In this week's Art and Soul, I talk to Omari Rush, director of external relations at the Ann Arbor Art Center, about the latest events coming up in your area involving the visual arts.


Biggest Rubiks Cube
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Have you ever been able to solve a Rubik’s cube?  You can now give it a try with one of the world’s largest versions of the cube-puzzle in Ann Arbor.

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