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Eastern Echo

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
DTE Energy Co. / dteenergy.com

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.


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

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


Courtesy photo
Michigan League for Public Policy / http://www.mlpp.org/

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
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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.

Laurie Avocado
Wikimedia Commons

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.

Protest
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

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.


Niki Williams / nikivoyeur.com

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
Joseph Xu / University of Michigan - College of Engineering

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.

Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about some new and returning films available to you over the holiday weekend.


Allen Elementary School
Courtesy Photo / a2schools.org

It was like the first day of school for 400 Ann Arbor Public Schools students Wednesday morning.  


Michigan Supreme Court
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Michigan Supreme Court today will consider whether conversations with an attorney trigger the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act.


Town Hall
Kelby Carr / flickr.com

Town hall conversations are taking place in Washtenaw County this week to give citizens a chance to interact with their elected officials.


Petition
Elizabeth Jenkins / flickr.com

The “Citizens for Ypsi” committee is trying to get the Water Street Debt Retirement Millage back on the ballot after voters turned away a similar tax issue last summer.  


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Michigan is updating what state officials call a useful tool for fighting the opioid epidemic.  The problematic state drug monitoring program has gotten a significant facelift.  The system is used primarily by law enforcement and doctors to flag potential prescription drug abuse and better treat patients.  


Bert Johnson
Michigan State Senate / senatedems.com

A raid on State Senator Bert Johnson’s home and Lansing office has culminated in a federal indictment.  A grand jury returned charges of theft and conspiracy against the Detroit-area senator. 


Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

A left-leaning group has filed a lawsuit to find out how often Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and his aides used private e-mail accounts to discuss public business. 


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