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WEMU is pleased to present the trio of saxophonist-flutist Doug Horn, vibraphonist Cary Kocher and bassist Kurt Krahnke for our next free Sesi Motors "5:01 Jazz Show" on Friday, March 6th.  Music starts promptly at 5 and goes until 7 - a great time to celebrate with jazz-loving friends after work.

Michigan Theater / michtheater.org

Michigan Theater Director and CEO Russ Collins joins David Fair for a a wrap-up of the Academy Awards and a preview of this week’s film offerings. That includes the Will Smith movie “Focus”,  the Olivia Wilde vehicle “The Lazarus Effect” and a a very special screening from the New York Film Critics…Find out about that event, and more.


Glances at Nature / Audobon Guide

The number of Bald Eagles in Michigan is on the rebound, from 85 pairs in 1970 to 750 pairs today, and they can be seen in all areas of Washtenaw County. Bald Eagles were greatly endangered and facing extinction due to habitat loss, DDT (a now-banned insecticide), and hunting, but they have come back due to conservation measures.

Listen as we talk to Rachelle Roake, Conservation Science Coordinator of Michigan Audubon to discuss the comeback of bald eagles in our county, and recent University of Michigan findings that they are contaminated with flame retardants despite the phase-out of these compounds.

State lawmakers say Michigan set the stage for states like Wisconsin to consider right-to-work laws.

Thousands of protesters gathered at the Wisconsin state Capitol on Tuesday as lawmakers there held a hearing on the measure. It would ban requirements that workers pay union dues as a condition of employment.

  

Michigan state Representative Brad Jacobsen (R-Oxford) says he and his Republican colleagues showed other Midwest states it could be done.

Ypsilanti Freighthouse
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With four days left, The Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse have $2,000 left to raise.


Bitter cold weather and snow continues to cause Michigan schools to cancel days.

Many Michigan school districts have already called off classes for six or more days. That’s the limit on how many days schools can close without tacking on extra time at the end of the school year.

Business Leaders For Michigan

A survey of Michigan business owners shows optimism about the state and national economies. The forecast by the Business Leaders for Michigan says almost half of the state’s largest employers plan to boost hiring this year.

"I still think of myself," Gonyea says, "as a Detroit guy who happened to go to Washington" — and from there to New Hampshire, Nevada and Texas, where he recorded the plaintive mooing of a roaming cow with a connection to Gov. Rick Perry.

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Retired federal law enforcement officials would be able to carry concealed weapons in “no carry zones” under a bill approved by the state Senate. The bill got overwhelming bipartisan support.

“No carry zones” include places such as schools, day care centers, taverns, hospitals, and sports arenas where concealed weapons are prohibited.

Supporters say former federal agents face extraordinary danger.

Michigan Theater / michtheater.org

The movie awards season is reaching a crescendo. In 'Cinema Chat' this week, David Fair and Russ Collins cover your movie options for the weekend, with a particular eye towards Academy award nominated films. 


DTE Energy / www.dteenergy.com

What role will renewable resources play in Michigan's energy future? In this week's 'Issues of the Environment,'  We get the perspective from DTE Energy. Listen below as WEMU's David Fair talks with DTE Energy President and Chief Operating Officer, Steve Kurmas. 


Casey Blickenstaff of the Eastern Echo reports:

  A state Senate panel will take up a bill on Tuesday that would allow college graduates to claim a tax credit based on student loan interest payments.

Supporters say skyrocketing student loan debt is causing recent grads to move out of Michigan.


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On March 11th, the Ann Arbor Board of Education is expected to approve a three-year contract with a new bussing provider. Get the details in this conversation with AAPS Executive Director of Communications, Liz Nowland-Margolis. 


A group of state lawmakers will try again to make major changes to Michigan’s medical marijuana law. Republican state Representative Lisa Lyons is sponsoring a bill that would allow patients to use non-smokable forms of cannabis – such as baked goods or oils

Governor Rick Snyder has signed a budget-cutting executive order, and presented a spending plan for the coming fiscal year. Schools, universities, and local governments were spared cuts as part the order to help clear away a deficit.


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The deadline to sign up is February 15, 2015.

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  The state Senate is urging Congress to end endangered and threatened species protections for gray wolves in Michigan. It passed the resolution Tuesday on a mostly party-line vote.

Michigan has been debating for about two years whether to allow a wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula. That question was recently put to rest when a federal judge ordered Michigan wolves back on the endangered species list, along with wolves in two other states.

Washtenaw County's efforts to end homelessness are meeting with some success. Local officials have released the results of last month's Point In Time count of the local homeless population. The report indicates that the number of homeless individuals has dropped significantly from 2013.

    

A state appeals court judge has ruled there was no violation of Michigan’s open meetings act when the state Capitol was closed while the Legislature debated and voted on a right-to-work law. Judge Deborah Servitto dismissed the lawsuit without allowing the case to go to trial.

Democratic lawmakers and union activists filed the challenge. They wanted the law thrown out because two years ago, Republican leaders and the State Police ordered the doors to the Capitol locked as the Legislature debated and voted on the controversial legislation.

  Democratic state lawmakers are again hoping to allow no-reason absentee voting in Michigan.

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has said recently that more people who have died or moved out of state must be removed from the state’s voter registration database before lawmakers will agree to stop putting conditions on who can vote absentee.

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MLK Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech has become the shorthand of the Civil Rights Movement - but we might never have heard it, if it were not for another man, who’s largely been forgotten by history: Bayard Rustin.Tonight at 7pm, we'll explore the life and legacy of Mr. Rustin, a black, gay, Quaker who brought Gandhian non-violent protest to the Civil Rights movement in America.

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