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Lou Anna Simon
Rick Pluta / MPRN

Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon delivered her first public comments since resigning in January under the hot lights of a US Senate hearing room. 


Christopher Taylor
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The 18th annual Mayor's Green Fair in Ann Arbor is coming up on Friday, June 8th! In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor about this year's event. 


Bank of Ann Arbor

Over the years, Bank of Ann Arbor has become the 2nd largest bank in Ann Arbor.  As the institution has grown, so has its investment in local music, art and cultural institutions.  There are now more than 30- such entities getting bank support from a pool of more than $5 million.  And, the president of the bank says that number will grow in the years to come.  In this week's edition of WEMU's 'creative:impact,' Tim Marshall explains why he believes corporate giving is vital to the area's cultural vibrancy. 


Lisa Barry

Michigan is known as the “Great Lakes State” with a lot of focus on water, but many people may not realize there are numerous prairie fields here including in Washtenaw County.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you to some of the area’s “large open grasslands” hidden in plain sight…


Lisa Barry

In this week's "In The Public Interest," our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Washtenaw County Elections Director Ed Golembiewski and league member Cheryl Depner.  They talk about what's involved in being a county elections inspector and other issues related to rules and regulations concerning several upcoming elections.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

A driverless shuttle is now up and running at the University of Michigan.  Mcity launched the free service this morning.
 


peoplefriendlystreets.org

In this week's "Civic Matters," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Mary Morgan from the CivCity Initiative about the latest political developments in Washtenaw County.  Among the topics discussed are the AAATA's new "People-Friendly Streets" initiative, raising parking fines in Ann Arbor, and an open house hosted by Ann Arbor's police and fire departments.


Lisa Barry

As the school year wraps up for most seniors today in Washtenaw County, one student at Ypsilanti Community High School is going home with more than just a diploma!

MPRN

Government officials, gubernatorial candidates, and business and industry leaders have spent the week on Mackinac Island.  Through the week, some policy decisions have been made and, as we head toward mid-term elections, some issues are taking definitive shape.  Rick Pluta has been covering the Regional Chamber Conference on the island and joins WEMU's David Fair for a look back at the week and a look ahead to what's to come. 


FLOW

From spills in the Straits of Mackinac, to large-scale water diversions to tainted drinking water, Michigan has plenty of issues to address and remediate.  There are questions as to whether the political landscape will allow for the development of policies to adequetly do so.  Dave Dempsey has authored 10 environmental books and served on the Michigan Environmental Council.  Now, he is Senior Advisor for FLOW.  His perspective is on tap in this month's "1st Friday Focus on the Environment." 


John Boehner
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Former US House Speaker John Boehner says the Republican Party is no more.  He said so at a conference on Mackinac Island.


Podium
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The economy, roads, education, and insurance were the issues last night at a political debate on Mackinac Island between six Republicans and Democrats running for governor.


Prison
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Michigan’s top prosecutor is on board with proposed changes to how the state parole board determines if an inmate can be released from prison.  


A free expungement workshop is taking place Saturday, June 2nd in Ypsilanti.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Johnny Epps, the service manager of the Michigan Works Washtenaw Service Center, and with Herb Fluker, a career adviser for Michigan Works, about what impact the event can have on the lives of those who participate and the overall community.


State Theatre
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Cinetopia 2018 launches tonight, and we have all of the details, including a few surprises!  That's what's in store for this week's "Cinema Chat" with WEMU's David Fair and Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins.

 


For a gift of just $400 you and a friend can take the bus to Comerica Park, suite tickets, and buffet. Plus, you'll receive a free TRUEMU souveniour, get your photo taken in the outfield - and see a great game as the Detroit Tigers take on the the Boston Red Sox on July 21. 

Mackinac Bridge
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Environmental groups are using a large gathering of Michigan’s political and business leaders on Mackinac Island to pressure the state to shut down Enbridge Energy’s Line 5


Soo Locks
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Michigan has earmarked $50 million as a down payment towards the billion dollar cost of upgrading the Soo Locks.  Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders announced it will be part of the new state budget


Money
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The state Legislature could vote to repeal the prevailing wage law as early as next week.  The Michigan Supreme Court yesterday ordered the ballot measure to move forward.  Prevailing wage requires public construction contracts pay union-level wages.


Allergies
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For those who experience seasonal allergies, this year could be particularly bad, and climate change may be partially to blame.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair sits down with Dr. Daniel Katz, postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, and they discuss the implications and where current and future research may lead. 


School Bus
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A coalition of school and police organizations are on board with legislation to keep Michigan schools safe.  State Senators introduced bipartisan bills yesterday.


Dog
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State lawmakers want to tackle animal safety.  Legislation aimed at preventing animals from dying in vehicles has passed a state Senate committee.


Mckinley

Thousands of Starbucks stores, including in Washtenaw County, closed down Tuesday afternoon for special employee training.


Ann Arbor Potters Guild

For nearly 80 years, the Ann Arbor Potters Guild has been serving the needs and interests of some of the community's most creative people. And, those artists have been serving the Guild.  It is a cooperative model that is being copied around the country because of its ongoing success.  In this week's 'creative:impact,'  Maki Lin shares the story of how the Guild is set up and built to last. 


Lisa Barry

From utility boxes to manhole covers, Ann Arbor is known for having a great deal of public art in some unusual places.

Now there’s a new work of art on the recently reconstructed Stadium Boulevard, and 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you there to meet the artist as he finished the project in a public space in Ann Arbor…


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