Trump Once Again Finds His Way To Michigan

Sep 30, 2016
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Donald Trump is back in Michigan today.  The Republican presidential nominee is holding a rally at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.  

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Some voters like to take “selfies” with their ballots on Election Day.  But, in Michigan, that’s against the law.

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Ann Arbor’s dioxane plume is rather unusual, in that it emanates from just one source. That source is the old Gelman Sciences facility on Wagner Road in Scio Township. Other area's of dioxane contamination around the country, such as  the KL Avenue Landfill in Kalamazoo, have many “Responsible Parties” contributing to the contamination problem. Even with a single source, assigning responsibility for clean-up remains complicated in Ann Arbor.  In this installment of "The Green Room"  we try to untangle the confusing web of who is who when it comes to liability. 

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It's been over a week since racist graffiti was found in several locations on the Eastern Michigan University campus.  

The campus is home to the Early College Alliance, where high school students can earn college credit.  ECA organized a "unity in the community" event Thursday to unite against the recent incident outside King Hall, where the program is located.

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It looks like we're in for a wet, autumn weekend, so how about spending it at your local movie house?  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.

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Poor performing Detroit schools could be closing soon.  Attorney General Bill Schuette issued an opinion clarifying a section of the school code Wednesday.

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It’s been a year since Governor Rick Snyder acknowledged Flint faces a drinking water crisis due to lead contamination.  Snyder updated reporters Wednesday on what’s gotten better and what hasn’t.

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There’s a special graphic art exhibition on display inside the Eastern Michigan University Student Center, featuring 74 politically based posters from artists around the world.

The “Posters of Discontent” exhibition was organized by EMU professor of graphic design in the school of art and design, Andrew Maniotes.

I spoke to him about the graphic art display…

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A new natural gas pipeline is in the works and would expend the web of pipelines running through Washtenaw County.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Nancy Shiffler, chair of the Sierra Club's Michigan chapter, about the potential impacts of a new pipeline.  

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The issue of policing and community interaction continues to be a hot-button topic across the country and right here at home.  Racial profiling and use of excessive force are at the top of those discussions.

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Governor Rick Snyder’s administration and Republicans in the Legislature are at odds over how to pay for the Medicaid program.

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Families of first responders in Michigan can expect to get expanded benefits soon.  Governor Rick Snyder signed the Survivors Benefit Bill Tuesday.

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Do you drink tap or bottled water?

The city of Ann Arbor just received an award as best tasting drinking water in Michigan by the American Water Works Association.

I spoke with Brian Steglitz, Ann Arbor's Water Treatment Services Manager, about what makes their water stand out.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head in the first presidential debate this Monday night at 9pm.
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You know fall is well under way when WEMU’s free 5:01 Jazz shows start back up.  We are honored to kick off the series with the Andy Adamson Quartet on Friday, October 7th at Rush Street Nightclub, in Ann Arbor. 

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The cast of players involved with Ann Arbor’s dioxane problem has changed many times over in the thirty years since the contamination was first discovered.  Some say that’s part of the problem:  it’s hard to stay motivated to tackle problems that go on seemingly indefinitely. Luckily, there are a few people in the community who have stuck with it, keeping the issue in the public forum.  In this segment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” we talk with one of them.

Governor Rick Snyder is boosting the position of Michigan chief medical executive to his official inner circle.  The governor says he wants to streamline how critical public health information reaches him.  That was one of the problems identified by a task force that looked into how the Flint water crisis occurred.

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Legislation on child restraint in classrooms passed through a House committee Thursday.  The legislation would prevent teachers from restraining or isolating a student, except as a last resort in an emergency situation. 

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On this week's Art & Soul: The Performing Arts, journalist and local blogger Jenn McKee and I talk with Matthew Brennan, the director and choreographer of the Encore Theatre's musical adaptation of the 1997 British film "The Full Monty" in Dexter.


Millions of people are expected to enter a sweepstakes to win a home in Ann Arbor.  In the process, local companies have benefited from the project. 

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The beginning of autumn is upon us, and so is Art House Theater Day!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins talk about this year's Art House Theater Day celebration, plus all the movies hitting the big screen this weekend.

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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is condemning incidents of racism on the Eastern Michigan University campus and offering public support for the University. 

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A racial slur found spray-painted outside an Eastern Michigan University building was not an isolated incident. 

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Third graders who fail the state’s reading test might not be able to graduate to fourth grade.  That’s if Governor Rick Snyder signs a bill that is headed his way.