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After years of discussion and action, affordable housing remains a pressing issue in our area.  Washtenaw County officials have been working on a long-term plan, and part of that includes creation of more affordable units in Pittsfield Township and the City of Ann Arbor.

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African-Americans around the country, including right here in Washtenaw County, started celebrating Kwanzaa today.  This special time has many traditions and can impact the Black Lives Matter movement.

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As I reflected on the past 12 months, I realized that 2016 was a banner year for jazz releases.  It was extremely difficult to narrow my selections of outstanding recordings to just 16.  My criteria for this list is that these were all CDs that moved me emotionally.  They are albums that I would like to keep in my permanent collection. 

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While the majority of families will gather for Christmas Eve on Saturday evening, a significant Jewish community will light the first of eight candles to mark the beginning of Hanukkah.  Most folks have some idea of the story of Christ, but less know the origins of the annual Jewish tradition.

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The Eastern Michigan football team is winning this season, both on and off the field.

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With Christmas just a few days away, local college campuses become a lot quieter as most students head home to be with their families.  But not every student has that opportunity.

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Meals on Wheels will provide a hot meal this Christmas to people in need in Washtenaw County.  Here's what to expect from the Ann Arbor chapter this holiday.

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The long holiday break is upon us, so let's celebrate with a trip to the movies.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business all of the flicks coming to the big screen this holiday weekend.

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Ann Arbor Police now say there is no merit to the claim by a University of Michigan student, who said she was threatened for wearing a hijab.

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Washtenaw County will soon get reimbursed for the partial presidential recount it conducted earlier in December.  

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Governor Rick Snyder has increased his legal defense budget for one of his private attorneys to $3.5 million.

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On this week's Art & Soul, I am joined by local journalist and blogger Jenn McKee and a special guest the marketing director for the Ark in Ann Arbor, Barb Chaffer-Authier.

The 40th Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival is the last weekend in January, Friday, January 27th and Saturday, January 28th.

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The new year always brings new experiences, and this year includes a new president.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (Democrat) from the 12th district says, even with an unconventional Republican in the Oval Office, she will continue to fight for Washtenaw County residents.

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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor about environmental accomplishments in 2016 and the goals and objectives for 2017.

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The so-called “logic games” section of the Law School Admission Test puts blind students at a disadvantage.  That is the argument of a Michigan man who filed a petition with the United States Supreme Court.

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Protests and a national campaign to convince presidential electors to vote for anyone but President-elect Donald Trump did nothing to change the result in Michigan. 

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The state Court of Appeals says the state’s preemption of local firearms ordinances does not apply to schools.  The court upheld the Ann Arbor public schools ban on guns on school property. The ban was challenged by a gun rights group and a parent with a concealed pistol permit. 

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There's been a major setback in the search for a new Ann Arbor school board member. 

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A major rewrite of Michigan’s energy policy is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder

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Washtenaw County, along with the city of Ann Arbor and the Huron River Watershed Council, will legally be able to intervene in discussions about the 1,4 Dioxane situation in our area.  

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This week on Art and Soul, I am joined by University of Michigan professor Dr. Robert Pasick, who holds a PhD in psychology from Harvard University.

Dr. Pasick has written six books with the latest one on self awareness.  It's called "Self Aware-A Guide for Success in Work and Life."

He talks about how well do we know ourselves, how well do we know other people, and how do we manage ourselves and our relationships, including intimacy and one-on-one relationships.

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The Golden Globes nominations have been announced, and it's time to return to a certain "galaxy far, far away!"  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 films coming to your local movie house this weekend.

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A Washtenaw County Circuit Court judge will hear a motion this morning at 9AM regarding the 1,4 Dioxane situation in our area.  

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Another attempt to allow wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder.  

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Schools might get more freedom in how they discipline students in the future.  Legislation that would alter Michigan’s zero-tolerance policy in schools is headed to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.