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Getting a good night's sleep seems to be a rare event for a lot of people.  A Michigan Medicine doctor is blaming our smart phones for the problem and is issuing a "sleep challenge!"


Donald B. Gooch / Weber's Inn

Weber’s Inn, to many, is one of Washtenaw County’s most iconic landmarks.  2017 marks its  80th anniversary.  We sent WEMU’s Jorge Avellan to find out  how Weber's has made it through eight decades of business and why it’s so special to many people.


Smart Meters Scheduled For Vote This Week

Mar 13, 2017
Smart Meter
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Utilities shouldn’t be able to penalize customers for keeping old versions of their meters.  That’s the intent of legislation in Lansing up for committee vote this week.


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The American Red Cross will be operating two overnight warming centers in Washtenaw County beginning Friday.

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It’s been a rough week for a lot of people as we continue to pick up the pieces from what is now being called a “once-in-a-century weather event.”


Power Lines
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A storm that hammered the entire state with hurricane-force winds has left behind an unprecedented number of downed poles and power lines.  And that poses a new danger for people still without power with the onset of freezing temperatures. 

FOIA
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A battle is brewing in the state legislature over government transparency for the governor and legislature.


Criminal Justice Bills Headed For Snyder’s Desk

Mar 10, 2017
Michigan House of Representatives
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Michigan is on its way toward sweeping changes in its criminal justice system.  The State House passed a large package of legislation Wednesday. 


The most significant weather event DTE Energy has experienced in its more than 100-year history. That's how the utility is characterizing Wednesday's windstorm.  

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This week on Art & Soul, I am joined by Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center and Lisa Herbert Borgsdorf, manager of public programs for the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

We discuss the visual arts activities going on right now in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti areas.


WEMU MAB Awards
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The Michigan Association of Broadcasters presented WEMU with eight awards last night at the annual Broadcast Excellence Awards event.  This record breaking number of awards for the station came just days after receiving news that WEMU had registered the largest total audience estimate in the station's history.

Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the flicks coming to the big screen this weekend.  Plus, special guest Leslie Raymond offers a preview of the 2017 Ann Arbor Film Festival!


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder will create a commission this week that has the mission of tackling the problem of lead exposure.  A top administration official says the governor will also ask the Legislature to pass a law to make the commission permanent until the problem is solved.


Gun
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A group of gun control advocates was at the state Capitol to lobby against a proposal to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit. 


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Nearly a million Michigan residents lost power in yesterday’s wind storm.  At its peak, DTE Energy reported 700,000 customers without electricity in southeast Michigan. 

There are roughly 48,000 on-site septic systems in Washtenaw County, according to the Washtenaw County Environmental Health Division.  State statistics show that at any given time 10% of those systems are leaking and in need of repair.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s David Cotton about the growing number of these systems and how to protect our land and waterways.


International Women's Day
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Today is International Women's Day, a day for worldwide reflections on the current state of women's rights and gender equality. 


Michigan Department of Education
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

There are fewer school districts in severe financial peril, according to a quarterly report compiled by the Michigan Department of Education.


Abandoned Industrial Site
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The state is close to running out of money to clean thousands of abandoned, polluted properties all across Michigan.


Ballot Box
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Lawmakers in Lansing are trying to put new restrictions on who can run in special elections.  


Lisa Barry

It's Sap Season, and Michigan ranks 5th in maple syrup production in the United States.

In Ann Arbor's "Greenbelt region," an area of protected farmland, there is a multi-generational family-owned farm which is busy this time of the year making syrup.


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Ann Arbor city council tonight will revisit an immigration ordinance after postponing a vote on the measure last month.   


A rally and march will be held this week on the Eastern Michigan University campus. It's part of International Women's Day.  


Classroom
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Students need more options outside of traditional, college-track education.  That’s the thought behind new legislation scheduled to be introduced this week. 


University of Michigan

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States, and Michigan Medicine is opening a new clinic considered to be the first of its kind in the nation to deal with high-risk cases.


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