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Sabra Briere

There's been an unexpected announcement from an Ann Arbor city council member.  Long time Ann Arbor councilwoman Sabra Briere announced today she is stepping down from her seat in early December.


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Work begins today on a new type of commuter traffic lane in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties designed to ease traffic congestion.


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Donald Trump was back in Metro Detroit last night.  The Republican presidential candidate and his surrogates have been barn-storming Michigan in the final days before Tuesday’s election. 


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Michigan is getting battleground state attention from the presidential campaigns. Republican nominee Donald Trump pays a visit to Macomb County.  Former President Bill Clinton toured the state to support Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.


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Some members of the Eastern Michigan University faculty and staff are being harassed after participating in a rally last week to protest racist graffiti found on campus.


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To help improve its relationship with the public, the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office held its fourth community education series at Washtenaw Community College.
 


The Eastern Michigan University football team's Tuesday, Nov. 8, contest at Ball State University will shift radio affiliates to Cumulus Media Ann Arbor's W4 County (102.9 WWWW-FM). Due to election night coverage, WEMU (89.1 FM) will remain with local and national election results updates.

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As home to one of the nation’s largest populations of Middle Eastern immigrants, the Detroit area is a natural destination for refugees fleeing violence in places like Syria.  But the leader of the largely suburban county that neighbors the city has called for a stop to refugee resettlements and has threatened to go court.  That has become a hot issue in the race for Oakland County executive. 


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Voters in Washtenaw and three other counties will decide the Regional Transit Authority proposal  that, if approved, would create a mass transit system in Southeast Michigan.  Their goal is to make the region more connected and accessible. Whether that is of benefit to local businesses is a matter of opinion. 


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The state agency responsible for Michigan’s medical marijuana program says changes are in store.  That’s after an audit found it’s not tracking doctors who approve medical marijuana cards.       

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The election is days away, and Michigan is still getting quite a bit of attention from both major party presidential candidates. 


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It's been over a year since state officials in Michigan acknowledged Flint was in the midst of a water crisis and many of the city's children were suffering with high lead levels in their blood. Dr. Mona Hannah-Attisha brought the lead concerns to the fore and has remained an advocate for the children and safe water in Flint and around the state. She discusses where we've been and where we're going with David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak . 


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On this week's Art & Soul, MLive's Jessica Webster and I talk about what's new on the local restaurant scene, including what's recently closed and what's moving in to replace them.

Jessica also tells us about Ann Arbor's growing strip mall restaurant scene and one business that recently drew the attention of the New York Times.

 

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Before you head to the ballot box on Tuesday, stop by the box office of your local movie house.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins discuss Hollywood news and new movie openings for the weekend. 


Eastern Michigan University

In an effort to improve community relations between the City of Ypsilanti and Eastern Michigan University a special event is taking place later today. 30 people, half from the University, the other half from the city will go for a walk later today and then share a meal in hopes of improving communication and perceptions they may have of one another.

I spoke with the event's organizer, Eastern's Director of Academic Engagement Programs and Professor of Applied Theatre, Jessica "Decky" Alexander.


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Michigan non-profits are looking into an innovative way of fighting human trafficking.  The idea is to take advantage of free advertising on Google.

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A protest was held this morning at Eastern Michigan University as a result of the racist graffiti that was found on campus Monday. 

 

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Research on the remains of a 9-ton mammoth found in a Chelsea field over a year ago may prove that humans existed in Michigan a thousand years earlier than previously thought.

After a year of restoration work, the partial remains of the mammoth are going on display this coming weekend at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History beginning November 5th.

I spoke to museum director Amy Harris.  She says the mammoth display will be given enough room for scientists to continue their research while the public can view the display.


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It's that time of year where leaves fall to the ground. What is the best way to dispose of such yard waste?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Master Compost Class instructor Nancy Stone about the ecologically best ways to clean up your lawn debris. 


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A five hour sit-in demonstration on the Eastern Michigan University Campus ended early this morning.  Some 70 students gathered at the Student Center at the 1AM closing time.  When the Student Center re-opened at 6am, the sit-in ended and the students dispersed.  WEMU's David Fair spoke to EMU media relations director Geoff Larcom about the protest.


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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, and they are expected to make a big decision.  


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A federal judge in New Jersey is asking the Michigan Republican Party to explain its Election Day anti-fraud plan. 

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Michigan is now the fifth state in the U.S. to launch a savings program for people with disabilities.  


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After another racist graffiti message was found on a wall at Eastern Michigan University, a new approach will be used to address the issue. 
 


Lisa Barry

On Election Day, Washtenaw County voters will be asked to approve a .10 operational millage for services offered by the county's Department of Veterans Affairs.

I spoke with the Director of the Washtenaw County Department of Veteran Affairs Michael Smith and Army veteran Duane Weide, who served in Iraq, about the upcoming millage.


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