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C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

An Ann Arbor hospital is garnering national recognition for its work in a few different medical areas, 


Plastic Bags
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Washtenaw County's "eco-fee" for using plastic or paper bags from retail grocery stores is scheduled to go into effect on Earth Day in 2017. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County solid waste specialist Noelle Bowman about the new ordinance and whether state lawmakers will actually allow for its implementation. 


Jorge Avellan

Late Tuesday night, Ypsilanti City Council approved a $14 million budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. 

 


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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a $617 million dollar bailout of the Detroit Public Schools – which he says represents a fresh start for the financially and academically struggling district.


Eastern Michigan University
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 Eastern Michigan University’s Board of Regents yesterday passed a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st. As part of the spending measure, the Regents approved a contract with food vendor Chartwells. The decision to privatize the school’s dining services did not come about without some criticism.


Lisa Barry

When we think about the five senses - sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell - these experiences are different for each of us.

Michelle Krell Kydd is a trained "nose" in fragrance and flavors and editor of the blog Glass Petal Smoke.

I spoke to her about an upcoming event she is hosting that focuses on the sometimes controversial aroma of patchouli.


Lake Michigan
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There’s a vote today in Chicago by the Great Lakes states on whether Waukesha-Wisconsin will be allowed to divert millions of gallons of water from Lake Michigan.  


ER Entrance
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A new University of Michigan study shows that counseling during an emergency room visit can decrease violent behaviors among young people from high-risk neighborhoods.  


the green room
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"Declare the Pall-Gelman 1, 4 dioxane plume a federal Superfund site."  That’s the message from the Sierra Club of Huron Valley.  The Sierra Club has passed a resolution urging the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County to seek Superfund designation from the US Environmental Protection Agency. 

Jo Mathis / AAPS District News

The Ann Arbor School District and the Ann Arbor District Library are separating, but say a strong partnership will continue.  The two organizations yesterday announced the Ann Arbor schools will no longer have a financial interest in the district library.  The school board and library board have each approved a three million dollar exchange of assets that fully releases the school district from its interest in the downtown library branch. 

Washtenaw County Road Commission

Washtenaw County drivers will soon get have another roundabout to negotiate.  Its aim is to help improve safety on the road.


Eastern Michigan University
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The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents will vote Tuesday on privatizing dining services with food vendor Chartwells. the move is part of the school's overall budget for the news fiscal year that begins July 1st, which is to be adopted by the board at the meeting.


City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti City Council members will vote later today on the city’s budget for the next fiscal year.


The proposal agreement with Chartwells Higher Education to provide residential, retail and catering food services will be presented to the EMU Board of Regents Tuesday (June 21) at its regular meeting. The agreement could take effect as soon as July 1, 2016.

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti City Council members will meet tomorrow to vote on the city’s budget for next fiscal year.


WikiCommons

Ann Arbor's city council will meet tonight, and solar power will be on the agenda.

 


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On June 14th a resolution was passed by the Scio Township Board of Trustees aimed at addressing the 1, 4 dioxane plume that has spread from the old Gelman Sciences facility on Wagner Road. It seeks Superfund designation from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners and City of Ann Arbor are considering similar resolutions.  A meeting is being arranged between all government entities involved, at the local, state and federal levels. Until that meeting takes place, there are many unknowns and much speculation.  In this week’s 'The Green Room' segment, we look at one perspective.


MI Legalize
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The campaign trying to legalize marijuana in Michigan has filed a lawsuit challenging the state's six-month time limit to gather petition signatures.


Unemployment
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The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved a general fund budget of $1.94 billion for next school year.


Alzheimer's Association

June is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month.  It's a disease that affects more than 5.3 million individuals in the United States, and Washtenaw County is not the exception.

 


U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
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The US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a First Amendment case filed against the Allegan Police Department by a group that tried to stage an anti-Islamic event at a high school. 


Ann Arbor Public Schools
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The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education has ratified a tentative agreement with teachers, office professionals, and para-educator employees. 


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For 40 years Bob Quinn has been interested in change - Positive change.

He's a professor at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, the author of 18 books and one of the co-founders of the University of Michigan's Center for Positive Organizations.

The University of Michigan Men's Glee Club is the focus of a documentary called "Love, Life, & Loss" airing tonight on Detroit Public Television.

The film focuses on the club's efforts to get people talking about race relations and social justice by pairing orchestral music with the reported last words of 7 unarmed black men that were shot to death.

Michigan Theater
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The Cinetopia Film Festival has wrapped and was a massive success!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater program director Ruth Lednicer about Cinetopia and all the movies coming to the big screen this weekend.


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