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Law enforcement and pharmacists are working together to curb methamphetamine production in the state.

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The U.S. House voted Thursday to approve a measure that would eliminate many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.  The vote was 217-213.  Many questions are left to be answered about what the impact will be to residents of Southeastern Michigan.  We spoke with 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell - who voted “No” on the bill. 

Lisa Barry

Zingerman’s just reopened their refurbished creamery on Plaza Drive.  Now called "Cream Top Shop," it features an expanded retail space that includes seating.  In addition to eating lunch or a snack, you can sit and watch the employees make fine cheeses and creamy gelato.

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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 the films hitting the big screen this weekend.  Plus, they have a huge update on what to expect for this year's Cinetopia Film Festival!

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Democrats in Lansing have renewed the mission to create a Voter Bill of Rights.

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Teachers don’t have to wait if they want to drop out of their union.  That ruling was handed down Wednesday by the Michigan Court of Appeals.  The court said the Michigan Education Association can’t force teachers who want to leave to wait until an August “opt-out period.”

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Schools in Ann Arbor may soon be able to raise chickens as part of their curriculum. 

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Anytime a governmental unit authorizes lethal measures as a way to control animal population, there are those in the human population that get upset.  Such is the case of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources management plan for Mute Swans in Michigan.  On last week’s “Issues of the Environment,” David Fair discussed the state action plan with Holly Vaughn of the Michigan DNR.  This week, he talks with John Griffin, Director of Urban Wildlife at The Humane Society of the United States, for an alternative viewpoint.  

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Voters in both the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti school districts overwhelmingly approved the school related issues on the ballot Tuesday.  

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Michigan State University is asking a court to decide whether it has to release police and arrest records related to a highly publicized investigation.  The records are related to the criminal investigation into an alleged sexual assault that may involve members of the Spartan football team.

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Lawmakers are moving fast to ramp up prison time for female genital mutilation. 

There is an adage that two heads are better than one.  In the case of this morning’s 89.1 jazz Show, that adage rings true.  I invited Woody Chenoweth who teaches Jazz Appreciation at Eastern Michigan University to join me on the air to wrap up Jazz Appreciation Month.  I asked him to choose some of his favorite pieces, to explain them to us and to tell us what to listen for.  I was not disappointed and neither were fellow listeners.  Woody shared great stories of growing up in Pinckney and studying with challenging, insightful teachers – many with major EMU connections – and the music they led him to.  

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Everybody knows there are parks for picnics and playing soccer, but 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry takes you on a soggy stroll through one of Washtenaw County's nature preserves, intended to give you a different outdoor experience.

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During the Winter 2017 semester, students in Professor Sadaf Ali's CTAT 334 class at Eastern Michigan University were given the option of reporting on something of interest to them and our community for 89.1 WEMU.  Rolanda Taylor chose the topic "Girls Group: Takes action over words to make a difference in young girl’s lives."  Here is her report.


Governor Rick Snyder says he’s against an effort in the Legislature to reverse the requirement that parents who don’t want to vaccinate their kids meet with a public health expert.

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A state Senate committee holds a hearing today on bills to outlaw female genital mutilation in Michigan.  It’s already a federal crime with a penalty of up to five years in prison.  The bill’s sponsors say that’s not tough enough.  A lot of experts say a tougher law may not be enough to deter an entrenched cultural and religious practice.     

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Rallies were held across the country today as part of May Day to show support for different groups and causes.  One took place at Eastern Michigan University as contract negotiations between part-time lecturers and the university continue. 

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Voters in the Ann Arbor school district will go to the polls tomorrow to decide a tax issue.  The district is asking approval of a measure to replace, extend and increase an existing sinking fund millage.  As 89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan reports, district officials have been holding community informational sessions to try and win support.

Tuesday, April 25th marked the centennial birthday of Ella Fitzgerald, The First Lady Of Song.  To celebrate in a truly meaningful way, I invited singer Dawn Giblin to join me in WEMU’s studio for an appreciation of Ella’s majesty and magic.  Dawn is taking her place in the front ranks of classic jazz and swing singers in Southeastern Michigan.  She works with two very discerning accompanists:  pianist James Dapogny and cellist Mike Karoub who know true talent when they hear it.   They heard a gifted natural in Dawn Giblin and encouraged her.  

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After stops and starts, the state Legislature has adopted a bill to send $100 million to Flint to replace lead pipes.  The money is from the federal government, but had to be approved by state lawmakers.

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The state legislature is resurrecting legislation to end mandatory, unlimited medical benefits for car crash victims.  

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Many of our most cherished North American songbirds are in trouble.  It’s primarily due to habitat loss—whether through development, agriculture, or climate change.  But, cats and glass, i.e. collisions with buildings, are also huge problems for birds.  Although there are definite challenges to reducing these threats, there also are solutions. 

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This week, Art and Soul focuses on the performing Arts in Washtenaw County.  Lisa Barry speaks with Broadway-bound actor Conor Ryan, who is starring in "Into the Wild" at the Encore Musical Theatre in Dexter and local playwright David MacGregor.

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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the new movies hitting the area this weekend.  Additionally, they pay tribute to the late, great film director,  Jonathan Demme.

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Wednesday was the annual Second Amendment March in Lansing.  Gun enthusiasts took to the Capitol for speeches and mass open-carrying of firearms.