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A2TC
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With the unofficial end of the summer travel season, plans are continuing to connect Ann Arbor with Northern Michigan by train.  


Amtrak
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The City of Ypsilanti continues to move forward with plans to construct an Amtrak stop platform. 


Marilyn Gouin / 89.1 WEMU

On July 21st, WEMU partnered with the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office and 12th District congressional representative Debbie Dingell for a public conversation on the relationship between law enforcement and the area's minority community. With over 500-people in attendance, not all questions were answered, but the panelists agreed to answer those in writing. 

Former President Bill Clinton was a crowd-stopper as he marched in Detroit’s Labor Day Parade on behalf of his wife’s presidential campaign.  The parade was often delayed as Clinton was stopped for selfies. 

Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

A legal drama over Michigan’s November election ballot could land next on the steps of the United States Supreme Court.  A federal appeals court has denied Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request for a review of the straight-ticket voting controversy.  


Michigan School Reform Office
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Seven schools have been released from the state’s list of lowest-performing schools.  But 184 schools are still on the list. 


The State of Michigan has languished without passage of a new energy law for well over  a year. In this month's panel discussion on we look at where the legislation stands, where there is common ground and what may happen before the end of the calendar year.


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Statewide life and culture reporter for MLive and dining reporter Jessica Webster shares information on several spots for local discount Happy Hour drinks and food specials including Maiz in Ypsilanti.

Jessica also talks about "Autbar," which she says has a great outdoor courtyard and $5 craft cocktails during their happy hour.


Tara Vales

Michigan US Senator Gary Peters has been riding motorcycles since he was a teenager.

This week, he has been on a cross-state motorcycle tour of Michigan visiting 26 counties over 5 days and making 12 stops for official business.

I spoke with him about his journey...


Dr. James Smith became president of Eastern Michigan University on July 1.  As the Fall 2016 semester approaches, he has many issues to address in his first academic year in office.  WEMU's David Fair speaks to President Smith about his plans for EMU's future.


Michigan Theater
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The extra-long Labor Day weekend is coming, so get one last trip to the movies in before school starts.  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 films heading to the big screen this holiday weekend.


Straight ticket voting
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State Republican leaders were hoping to hear yesterday whether a federal appeals court would review Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting


Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve
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Michigan has a new state park, and it's mostly in Washtenaw County.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Douglas Koop, executive director of the Legacy Land Conservancy, about the creation Michigan's 103rd state park and its first-of-its-kind partnership with the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Department.


Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department

One of the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department K-9 officers is getting some extra protection.


M-STEP
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Test scores are improving for Michigan students.  That’s the Michigan Department of Education’s message on the results of a statewide test.  


MI Legalize
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A group that wants to legalize marijuana in Michigan is going back to court. 


Marilyn Gouin / 89.1 WEMU

Earlier this Month vocalist Roberta Gambarini visited Detroit to be the judge for Detroit Jazz Festival Vocal Competition and appear at The Dirty Dog Jazz Café.  She also visited WEMU to share her Italian and international jazz life story as well as her admiration for jazz masters such as Hank Jones and Jimmy Heath.  She also brought her most recent CD “Connecting Spirits”.

Lisa Barry

Classes begin next Tuesday, September 6th in the Ann Arbor Public School District.

There are more than 17,000 students in the district making it the sixth largest district in the state.

I spoke with Dr. Jeanice Swift, who, this year, begins her fourth year as Ann Arbor's public school superintendent.


Laura Bien

The Ypsilanti District Library has launched a new African-American Oral History Archive.  The audio is being taken from old cassette tapes.
 


MDOT

Thousands of area commuters will soon get back into their driving routines with the re-opening of another local freeway after months of construction.


In our previous 18-installments on the Ann Arbor area’s 1, 4 dioxane plume, we’ve heard from citizens, scientists, and government officials; both locally and from other dioxane sites around the country. Meanwhile, requests for interviews with the “Responsible Party”—Gelman Sciences, Pall Corporation or Danaher, are all met with silence.  In this episode of “The Green Room,” we learn, that wasn’t always the case. 


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

State lawmakers are trying to increase the availability of healthy foods in Michigan.   


Jennifer Granholm
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Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has emerged as one of the top campaign surrogates for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.  Granholm has been a Clinton supporter since her first presidential run in 2008.  Now, she’s been named a co-chair of the Clinton transition team.  Granholm spoke with Michigan Public Radio’s state Capitol bureau chief, Rick Pluta, about her responsibilities and the presidential campaign.


6th Circuit Court of Appeals
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A federal appeals court took aim Thursday at Michigan’s sex offender registry law.  The court ruled on a narrow legal issue but suggested the law may be unconstitutional.


89.1 WEMU

On this week's Art & Soul, Lisa Barry and Jenn McKee are joined by the conductor of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Arie Lipsky, and talk about the symphony's upcoming season which begins Saturday September 10th at Hill Auditorium.

The Symphony will begin its performance with the Shostakovich Festive Overture, which will include a rarely-heard optional brass ensemble played by area high school students from Huron, Pioneer, and Skyline.

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