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Lona Mody
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One out of every four senior citizens contract multi-drug resistant infections, or superbugs, after a hospital stay.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Dr. Lona Mody, Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, on ways to resist these powerful bugs.


Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning
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Despite continuing efforts to making driving more safe for motorists, the number of traffic fatalities are on the rise in our state.


Public Restrooms
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The Michigan State Board of Education holds its final public session Tuesday on controversial guidelines to help schools come up with plans to deal with gay and transgender students. 


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Ypsilanti City Council will discuss funding additional soil tests for the Water Street Redevelopment site.

Washtenaw County Public Health
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Washtenaw County residents continue to be concerned about the Zika virus.  The local health department is addressing the issue.


City of Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Police Department continues to use body cameras as part of a pilot program. 


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Federal agencies could soon catch up to Washtenaw County when it comes to hiring individuals who have been incarcerated.

 

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The state Legislature re-convenes this week to hash out a solution to the Detroit schools’ looming financial collapse.  


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If you have $1,000, you could buy a vacant, city-owned lot in Ypsilanti.  


Marion Hayden Jazz
Daryl Smith

Jazz Appreciation Month is supposed to end in April, but in the Detroit area we extended it by a week so that bassist Marion Hayden could receive her 2016 Jazz Hero Award from the Jazz Journalist’s Association.   

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It hasn't happened in ten years... a rare passage of the planet Mercury in front of the sun called a "Mercury Transit."

It won't be visible with the naked eye but can be seen from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. this afternoon through a telescope with a proper sun filter.

Eastern Michigan University's Sherzer Observatory will be open for viewing.  EMU astronomer Norbert Vance describes what they hope to see.


Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant
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The city of Ann Arbor is letting residents get a first hand look at where their water comes from.

E-Waste
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Now's your chance to get rid of that old computer, telephone, or other electronic device that's ben gathering dust in your garage.

The Ride
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It's been almost a week since The Ride made major changes to its bus system, and the report is: So far, so good. 


As Michigan Lawmakers ponder a new energy plan, 89.1 WEMU explores where businesses in the state stand on the issues. In this month's edition of '1st Friday Focus on the Environment,' Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak talks with Dan Scripps. Mr. Scripps Senior Advisor for the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council


Kyle Bessemer
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A man suspected of spraying a contaminant on unpackaged food at three Ann Arbor grocery stores faces four charges of poisoning food.

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For almost thirty years, a “responsible party” (Gelman Sciences, Inc.) has been legally and financially responsible for the 1, 4 dioxane contamination of  groundwater inthe Ann Arbor area.  This is in contrast to many contamination sites where cleanup falls totally on taxpayers. But the plume remains, and some question if enough resources are being devoted to its remediation.  In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas looks at money, and how it impacts Ann Arbor’s contamination problem. 


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A controversial GOP plan to overhaul Detroit’s schools has landed in the state Senate and is getting a skeptical reception. 


Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners voted against placing a road and non-motorized path millage on the August 2nd ballot.  


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Red Cross volunteers are helping residents of an Ypsilanti apartment complex find housing after a fire.

 

In our next edition of Art and Soul, we're joined by Jessica Webster, statewide life and culture reporter for MLive Media Group. She's also the host of "The In Crowd"  on 89.1 WEMU (heard Sunday afternoons from 3:00-5:00pm).

Spring has sprung and change is in the air. We're already salivating at all the great options being offered across southeast Michigan this summer. Check out what's going on around town.


89.1 WEMU, Eastern Michigan University’s public radio station won the 2015 Station of the Year award for Public Radio Group 1 at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ (MAB) annual Broadcast Excellence Awards ceremony Tuesday, May 4, 2016, at the Lansing Center.

WEMU also won three Best Awards for Mini Documentary or Series for the regular Wednesday feature, Issues of the Environment; Best Newscast, and for the narrative that accompanied the entry for Station of the Year consideration. 

Michigan Theater
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The lineup for the Cinetopia Film Festival has been set!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins and Cinetopia chief programmer Brian Hunter about the films coming to Cinetopia.  Plus, you'll hear about all the movies heading to theaters this weekend.


President Obama in Flint
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President Obama flew from Washington to Flint Wednesday to meet with families affected by the city’s drinking water crisis, to check in on relief efforts, and to reassure residents that their problems are fixable, even if it’s not right away.


Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department
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Assault and domestic violence cases were down in Washtenaw County last year. That's one of the highlights of the 2015 Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

 

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