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Conan Smith
Metro Matters

Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith is stepping down from the board to seek another job with the county.

I spoke with Smith to about his decision to leave and his plans to pursue a new job as Washtenaw County's Director of Community and Economic Development.


Conan Smith
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

There is a hole to be filled on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.     

Jennifer Granholm
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm will have a key role in Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s potential move into the White House.  The Clinton campaign announced Tuesday that Granholm is a co-chair on Clinton’s transition team.


City of Ann Arbor

The next step was taken towards a plan to create a tunnel under the railroad tracks in Ann Arbor to provide easier access between Depot Street and the Huron River.


Flint Water Treatment Facility
Ben Gordon / flickr.com

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has spent $2 million so far in the criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis. 


Ypsilanti's Water Street
WEMU

Ypsilanti's city council voted against putting a Water Street debt millage on the November ballot.  The decision was made early this morning during a special meeting. 


WEMU

A lot of attention is being focused on a Washtenaw County senior housing complex because of malfunctioning equipment in the building that has residents feeling trapped and unsafe.  But the situation is not only affecting the elderly. 


Detroit Jazz Festival
Knight Foundation/ Creative Commons / Detroit Jazz Festival

Get on the bus with us! Golden Limousine and WEMU have partnered once again to provide round trip transportation to the 37th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival on Labor Day Weekend on Saturday- Monday. For your convenience we will have pick up locations in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District along with MLive and The Ann Arbor News are hosting a school supply drive for homeless students in the county. 


City of Ypsilanti
Courtesy Photo / City of Ypsilanti

The Ypsilanti City Council has called a special meeting for early next Tuesday to decide whether or not to put the Water Street millage issue before voters once again in November.


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Annually, the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority provides about 6.6 million rides with its fleet of 92 buses.  On May 1st of this year, major improvements were made to the system.  It's the largest expansion The Ride has seen since 1979.  So we decided to send WEMU's Jorge Avellan for a ride on a bus to see what people think about the changes.

 


Lisa Barry / WEMU

On this week's program, I talk to Omari Rush, the director of community engagement for the Ann Arbor Art Center.

The discussion included the rich and exciting art scene that continues to grow in Ypsilanti.


Heidi Grether
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder has taken hits for naming an oil company lobbyist to run the state’s environmental protection department

Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

Good communication between all parties involved is central to productive conflict resolution.  Some say it needs improving when it comes to dealing with Ann Arbor’s dioxane-contaminated groundwater. In this segment of our ongoing series, Barbara Lucas looks at the question:  “What part does communication play in how we move forward?”


Michigan Theater
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It's another hot week in August, so why not spend it in a nice, cool movie theater?  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the movies heading to your local theater this weekend.


Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

The battle surrounding straight ticket voting has taken a new turn, as Attorney General Bill Scheutte filed an emergency motion Wednesday night.


Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medical Center

The practice of "cupping" has been gaining attention due to its use by some high-profile athletes at the Olympic games. 'Cupping' is not just for Olympic athletes, it's been done in Ann Arbor for years.


Donation Bins
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Community donation bins can be of service but, if left unchecked, they can cause blight and become an  environmental problem.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Ypsilanti Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo about what her community is doing. 


Classroom
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Michigan schools need to spend more money helping students with special needs.  That’s the finding of a study commissioned by the state Legislature in 2015.  


WEMU

The Washtenaw Food Hub provides area farmers and food businesses with resources to get their products out to the public but also helps protect the environment.  So they're hoping the federal government renews the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act.  Congresswoman Debbie Dingell is helping with the project to restore local wetlands and prairies in Ann Arbor Township.

  

Tamer Shabani Photography

The annual sky show known as the "Perseid Meteor Shower" takes place this week.

I spoke with Norbert Vance, director of the Sherzer Observatory at Eastern Michigan University, about what to expect... and when...


Rick Pluta / MPRN

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump blasted incompetent politicians, unfair international trade deals, and high taxes in a speech Monday in Detroit.  The address before the Detroit Economic Club was billed as a major policy speech.


Lisa Barry

Many of Michigan's top elected officials attended an Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce luncheon, where one of the state's US Senators was the keynote speaker.


Algae Bloom
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Algae blooms have been problematic in Michigan, especially in Lake Erie.  In this month's "First Friday Focus on the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Lisa Wozniak, executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-business Association, about ways to keep algae blooms from growing out of control.


89.1 WEMU

On this week's Art and Soul, the culinary arts M-Live reporter Jessica Webster and I talk about the bounty of summer produce now becoming available and grown locally.

We also discuss an upcoming celebration at the vegan restaurant "The Lunch Room" in Ann Arbor's Kerrytown market.


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