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Straits of Mackinac
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The state pipeline safety board met for the first time Monday since it was revealed that Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline had lost some of its coating. 


Lisa Barry

Mark's Carts in downtown Ann Arbor will soon be closing--not just for the season, but for good.


"The Feeling of Jazz" is a beautiful Duke Ellington piece the composer debuted on his classic collaboration with saxophone giant John Coltrane. That track and more than a few others come to mind as I ponder the retirement of WEMU Music Director Linda Yohn. This is not so much because I know Linda digs the tune; but rather that the sentiment captures what motivates and defines her.

Fair Housing Center
Courtesy Photo / fhcmichigan.org

The Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan, which is located in Washtenaw County, has relaunched a 1994 campaign to foster welcoming communities. 


Hi WEMU friends.
 

Here we are at day five of the fall pledge drive, and with your help we're working hard to make sure your community NPR station is healthy and strong and able to continue to deliver on our promise of keeping you informed and entertained. We need to raise $220,000 during this drive, and you can make that happen with your gift of support at WEMU.org or 888-299-8910.

Lisa Barry

A few days before they compete for the same Emmy award in Los Angeles, actresses Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin were in Ann Arbor trying to raise awareness and support for an upcoming ballot initiative.  It would gradually raise the minimum wage and phase out the two-tiered salary of workers who earn tips.

Both women have ties to the state. Their visit was organized by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry sat down with the two co-stars at an Ann Arbor restaurant and talked before their free appearance on the University of Michigan campus.


Car Insurance
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Lawmakers in Lansing are gearing up for a showdown over Michigan’s auto no-fault law.  A group of Republicans and Democrats in the state House announced changes they plan to introduce. 


Mackinac Pipeline Line 5
Greg Varnum/Wikimedia Commons

Michigan’s energy chief says damage to the protective coating on an oil and gas pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac was worse than initially reported.

Campaign Finance Bills Pass The Michigan Senate

Sep 15, 2017
Campaign Finance
Creative Commons

Michigan won’t limit how much money corporations and unions can spend to influence elections in the state – under legislation that’s cleared the state Senate. 

YCS @ Work Program
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Each week, WEMU is sitting down with Brianna Kelly from Concentrate Media to discuss their latest work on the "On The Ground Ypsilanti" project.

Today the conversation is about a program within the Ypsilanti Community Schools, YCS @ Work, which for the last two years has been partnering high school students internship opportunities that align with their career interests with the goal of exposing students to different careers and posibilities. Patrick Campion chats with OTG's  Brianna Kelly and Kharena Keith,  YCS' coordinator of Wellness and Community partnerships.


Cannabis
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Medical marijuana dispensaries need to close their doors or risk being denied a license – once the state starts issuing them. 


Schuette Announces Run For Michigan Governor

Sep 13, 2017
Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette wants a promotion. 

Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether prosecutors can force elected lawmakers to give up their seats as part of a plea deal.  That decision won’t come in time to determine whether a former state senator should be removed from the November ballot. 


Linda Yohn
Jessica Webster / 89.1 WEMU

It seems a little bit early to be fundraising but, here we are, right in the middle of the fall pledge drive.  By 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20, we need to have raised $220,000 to keep WEMU healthy and sustainable.  You can help us by making your gift right now at 888-299-8910 or donate online.

Paul Vornhagen
courtesy photo

Saxophonist and flutist Paul Vornhagen is not a braggart by any stretch of the imagination.  However, he should be very proud of his accomplishments, travels, successful risks and life lessons.  These life stories are all reflected in his music, which is at once highly rhythmic, delightfully melodic, overtly romantic and extremely intelligent.  On Monday, Paul joined me to talk about “El Nido-The Nest”, the newest CD from his Latin jazz ensemble, Tumbao Bravo.  

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was in Ann Arbor today.  She stopped by the Mcity autonomous vehicle testing site to make an announcement regarding automated vehicles.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Eastern Michigan University spent $750,000 over the summer to install new surveillance cameras.


Creative Many Michigan / http://www.creativemany.org

September 10th through the 16th is National Arts Education Week. In this week's edition of "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair talks with Creative Many Michigan's Sarah Triplett about an increased focus on Arts Education in Michigan and what it means for the present and future. 


Marijuana
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

A state licensing board could decide today whether marijuana dispensaries in Michigan should get to stay open. 


Dave Trott
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Republican Congressman Dave Trott says he will not seek reelection next year and will retire after four years in Congress.  Trott says he always intended for his congressional career to be brief. 


Andrew Sacks

Barbers across Ypsilanti are taking an unconventional approach to combating illiteracy in the community.  89.1’s Lisa Barry spoke with filmmaker Andy Sacks, Ryan Griffin of Griff’s Unlimited Cutz, and Riley Peterson, also known as Riley the Barber, about a local program aimed at encouraging young children to read.  And now, a local filmmaker has created a documentary about the program that will be shown locally and on public TV.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

A September 11th memorial service was held this morning at Eastern Michigan University.


Eastern Michigan University Athletics

From EMUEagles.com: The Eastern Michigan University football team completed its first win over a 'Power 5' opponent in program history with a heart-pounding 16-13 victory over Rutgers University Saturday evening, Sept. 9, at High Point Solutions Stadium. With the win, EMU snatched its first win over a Big Ten Conference opponent in 39 tries, and moved to 2-0 on the season for the first time since 2011.  

Eastern Michigan University

During halftime of Eastern Michigan University football games, we take a moment to shine a light on the people, places and things that are enacting positive change in and around EMU's campus community.  This week we talked with EMU's VP for Communications, Walter Kraft, about the national #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign and Eastern's take on it.  


Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative joins WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor.  Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged.


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