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The Dispute Resolution Center

A single freeway stands between two Washtenaw County communities. but some aspects of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti can seem much farther apart.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with the Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Washtenaw County, Belinda Dulin, about a special community conversation they are organizing to give people a safe space to talk about their perceptions and expectations for the two cities.


Money
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A campaign committee controlled by Republican leaders is facing fines and questions over how it lost track of many thousands of dollars during the last election. 


michigan capitol
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The state House and Senate are playing volleyball with money to fix a sinkhole in Macomb County.


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Carbon taxes are a seemingly simple way to deal with the climate crisis. As the price of fossil fuels goes up, consumption goes down.   But fears of negative economic impacts have kept the idea from moving forward in the U.S.  Now, a group of leading Republican elders has a proposal that goes a step further.  They call it “Carbon Dividends,” because the taxes collected are returned to the public.  What is the local reaction?  In this installment of WEMU’s “Green Room” series, Barbara Lucas sets out to find out.


Lisa Barry

Ernestine Ruben, or "Ernie" as she prefers to be called, toured the Willow Run Industrial Complex a few years ago in Ypsilanti Township and took a series of pictures.  The plant was designed and built by her grandfather, famed architect Albert Kahn.  Those pictures are now on display at the University of Michigan Art Museum in an exhibit called "Mobilizing Memory."

Lisa Barry recently had a chance to tour the exhibit with the 86 year-old artist, and she explains what she was trying to capture.


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater marketing director Sarah Erlewine about the movie business and some of the films hitting the big screen in this area over the weekend.


Washtenaw Economic Club
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Nearly 10,000 new jobs could be added to Washtenaw County's economy over the next year.


Ann Arbor Art Fair
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Barely into spring, there is already talk about an annual summer event in Ann Arbor that brings thousands of people into the city.


More Business Breaks Headed For State House

Mar 30, 2017
Michigan House of Representatives
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Another tax incentive for Michigan businesses passed the state Senate Wednesday and is on its way to the House.


Robert Young
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State Supreme Court Justice Robert Young plans to retire at the end of next month, if not sooner.  His plan is to return to his former law firm.


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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Melissa Cooper-Sargent, Green Living Resources Director for the Ecology Center, about the environmental and health risks of using antibacterial soap.


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Michigan State University football coach Mark Dantonio is breaking his silence over controversy plaguing his team.  Dantonio held a press conference Tuesday.  It was his first time speaking publicly, aside from an earlier, written press release, since early February. 


Ann Arbor Art Center

Plans are in the final stages for an art installation as part of the under-construction Stadium Boulevard project near Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.


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It was “Eastern Michigan University Day” Tuesday at the state Capitol.


One of the joys of presenting 5:01 Jazz Shows is featuring beloved favorites such as Ron Brooks, Ramona Collins and Paul Finkbeiner.   Another pleasure is to introduce new names deserving attention.  In bassist Rob Crozier and his 5tet, we offer a band of veterans and fresh faces with a novel approach to improvisation.  Bassist Rob Crozier (who also doubles on didgeridoo!), saxophonist Pete Kahn,  guitarist Rodney Rich, pianist Brian Brill and drummer Sam Genson will celebrate Rob’s new CD Tall Trees at WEMU’s next free Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz Show on Friday, April 7th.  Rush Street Nightclub, 314 South Main Street in Ann Arbor throws the doors open early for our pop-up jazz club starting at 5:01 PM sharp.

Photo provided by: Alma Wheeler Smith

Washtenaw County resident and politician Alma Wheeler-Smith has dedicated most of her life to helping others.  She has served the community in many roles:  school board member, county commissioner, state representative and state senator. Wheeler-Smith even declared candidacy for governor in 2010, but decided to end the campaign to prevent a split, progressive  vote in the Democratic primary.  WEMU’s Jorge Avellan made occasion to meet with Alma Wheeler-Smith at the county administration building in Ann Arbor. 


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A state Senator is involved in a joint investigation with the FBI and Michigan State Police


Eastern Michigan University

A community forum is planned for Tuesday evening, March 28th to gather input for the creation of a Community "Unity" Mural being planned for the Eastern Michigan University campus.

I spoke with one of the organizers, EMU student Steven Kwasny.

Immigrants' March
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A peaceful “Immigrants' March” is planned for Saturday in Ann Arbor.  The march and rally will serve as a protest to recent immigration raids and arrests in Washtenaw County by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.  


Ann Arbor Police believe there has been a break in the case of a recent bomb threat made against an Ann Arbor Jewish School.


Great Lakes
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The Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor could soon see a boost in funding.


Opioids
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Governor Rick Snyder says current efforts to curb opioid abuse and addiction in Michigan aren’t working as nearly 2,000 people a year in the state die from overdoses. 


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Legislation meant to improve law enforcement hiring practices made it through the state Senate Thursday.


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This week on Art & Soul, I am joined by local arts blogger and journalist Jen McKee to talk about performing arts in our community.

We discuss what is happening in the theater scene, including shows such as Brian Cox’s Clutter and the Encore Musical Theatre Company’s developmental premiere Into The Wild.


WEMU's Spring Pledge Drive ended with a bang, so let's celebrate with some movies!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and the films available to you this weekend.  


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