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The State Theatre
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It's been a cold, snowy week, but the movie business remains hot!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movie news and all of the flicks you can check out at your local theater this weekend.


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

In this week's "On the Ground Ypsilanti," Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly explored the local music scene in Ypsi.  Patrick Campion sat down with her and half of the band Stormy Chromer to talk about the sounds and sense of community that define "local music" in that community.  The interview features music from Stormy Chromer, Honey Monsoon, Louis Picasso, and Lee Osler.  


Chip Smith
Ann Arbor Local Wiki / localwiki.org

In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair welcomes 5th Ward Ann Arbor City Council member Chip Smith to discuss the recent resolution to power 100% of the city's municipal government operations with clean and renewable energy sources by 2035.


Michigan State University
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Students and faculty continue to pressure on Michigan State University officials to resign.  A march was organized by members of the College of Education and School of Social Work.


Police Car
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Some state lawmakers want to end the practice of allowing police agencies to seize and hold onto cash, cars, and other assets that they think might have played a role in illegal activity.  State law allows police departments to keep seized assets even if a suspect is never charged or convicted of a crime.


Michigan Medicine

We shop online, and bank online, and now we can seek personal medical care online as well.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to a Michigan Medicine doctor about the Telehealth Program, which allows patients to get medical treatment without ever having to leave their homes.

 

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The arts create a pathway to community growth and enhanced quality of life.  That is the contention in Pittsfield Township where arts are an official part of the overall master plan.  Township Supervisor Mandy Grewal explains why including the arts is vitally important as the featured guest on this week's edition of 89.1 WEMU's "creative:impact." 


DTE Ordered To Explain Improper Power Shutoffs

Feb 6, 2018
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A state commission will take a hard look at DTE Energy’s past improper shutoffs.  The Michigan Public Service Commission will hold an evidentiary hearing against the company.


Interim Michigan State University President John Engler has instructed school employees to cooperate with investigations into campus sexual misconduct.  Michigan’s former governor began his first full day on the job as convicted MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced for sexually abusing patients. 


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There are plenty of ways to participate in local civics this week.  Tonight, Ann Arbor City Council is prepared to vote on formation of a task force to create an oversight board for the police department.  Join WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative, for a discussion on that and other important topics in this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Perhaps you’re familiar with a wine sommelier.  At most of your finer eateries, you’ll find one who can assist in selecting the best wine pairing for your meal.  These are highly trained people who have become experts in all things wine.  But, we’re betting many of you have never heard of a tea sommelier?  While rare in the United States, they do exist, and, as a matter of fact, one such person is running a successful business in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown District.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan introduces you to a certified tea sommelier, who has been publicly drafting tasty brews, while “Hidden in Plain Sight!” 


James Lower
Michigan House Republicans / gophouse.org

State lawmakers want to overhaul how three major universities select their governing bodies.  This stems from ongoing criticism of Michigan State University’s handling of sexual assault complaints.


Destination Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau / visitannarbor.org

The Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has changed its name and is rebranding itself.


Health Care
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The Washtenaw County Health Department revealed that local enrollment in health insurance is up through the Affordable Care Act.


James Clift
Michigan Environmental Council / environmentalcouncil.org

Through the course of this week, Governor Rick Snyder has released some ambitious plans for environmental policy for his final year in office.  WEMU’s David Fair caught up with James Clift, Policy Director of the Michigan Environmental Council, to discuss the plans and whether any of it will actually make it into policy. 


Michigan State University
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The pressure on Michigan State University to overhaul its administration continued last night as hundreds gathered in a town-hall style event to voice their opposition and frustration with the school.  This is the continuing response to the school’s handling of sexual assault complaints.


Water
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Governor Rick Snyder has called for an assessment on water bills to help pay for fixing pipes and other infrastructure.  A plan rolled out Thursday would add a dollar every year to most water bills for five years.


Meridian Township Apologizes For Nassar Inaction

Feb 2, 2018
Meridian Township
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Meridian Township police have offered an apology to an alleged victim of Larry Nassar.   The department says it mishandled a complaint brought against the former sports doctor in 2004. 


Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Eastern Michigan University announced last week that a credit hour shortfall has caused a $4.5 - $5.5 million budget shortfall in this fiscal year.  To remedy that, up to 60 positions (both current employees and unfilled openings) will be eliminated across campus.  EMU's faculty and lecturers' unions responded yesterday with a joint press release saying that these issues are being driven by "bad management decisions."  Patrick Campion sat down with EMU-FT President, Daric Thorne, to discuss that message and what he sees as a vision for EMU's future.  


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks with Michigan Theater and State Theatre executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the new and returning films hitting the silver screen this weekend.


Asian Carp
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Governor Rick Snyder says a new shipping lock in Joliet, Illinois is needed to stop Asian carp from making their way from the Mississippi River system to the Great Lakes.  Snyder says it’s taking too long to get the project started.


John Engler
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Former Governor John Engler spent his first day as interim president of Michigan State University dealing with campus controversy over the appointment.


Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address, and Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor was watching.  Mayor Taylor shares his perspective on the potential impacts of proposed policies introduced in the address in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair.

Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

WEMU is happy to announce that On the Ground Ypsi will continue through 2018.  We start this week's edition with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly meeting with a team of aspiring young engineers from Ypsilanti Community High School, who want to show off their skills on the national stage.


Debbie Dingell
U.S. House of Representatives / congress.gov

President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, and 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell was in attendance.  She spoke to WEMU's David Fair about her thoughts on the speech, including such issues as the automotive industry and immigration.

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