Michigan Theater
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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.  

Michigan State House of Representatives
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Lawmakers need to be more transparent.  That was the message sent by the House today when it approved bills to expand Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  

Flint Water
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Flint could name its own experts to oversee the response to the city’s drinking water crisis under a bill just sent to the state Senate floor. 

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There will be new rules soon in Michigan governing how medical marijuana is grown, shared, and sold. 

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This November, there will a new public transit plan on the ballot, which, if passed, could impact the environment.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Elizabeth Gerber, who represents Washtenaw County on the Regional Transit Authority's Board of Directors, about the new public transit millage.

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Experts in African-American history say the racist graffiti that was found at Eastern Michigan University early Tuesday morning is nothing new in the area.   

King Hall
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An investigation is ongoing after racist graffiti was discovered early Tuesday spray painted on King Hall on the Eastern Michigan University campus. 

Governor Rick Snyder Defends Flint Advisory Board

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Governor Rick Snyder is defending a move by a board he appointed to oversee Flint.  The Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB) has come under fire for revoking Flint’s ability to sue the state. 

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Eastern Michigan University continues to investigate racist graffiti that was discovered on a wall at King Hall on the school's campus at Tuesday morning.

I spoke with EMU's Vice President of Communications Walter Kraft, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Calvin Phillips, and Police Chief Bob Heighes in a live, in-studio interview on Tuesday afternoon about what happened.

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I spoke with Sarah Strader about her efforts to help teach children in Africa.

Sarah Strader graduated from Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School, where she received an American Field Service scholarship and worked in an orphanage in Ghana, which gave her her first view of children in need in Africa.

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An investigation is underway into racist graffiti painted on the outside of an Eastern Michigan University Building.

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The Freedom of Information Act could be changing in Michigan. 

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Dr. Sadaf Ali took a group of Eastern Michigan University students to London.  The goal was to have them experience, first hand, how media organizations there approach journalism and social media.  They accomplished this by immersing themselves in the media rich environment of London.  Dr. Ali and her student, Valerie Hopkins, stopped by the WEMU studios to share their thoughts and memories of the trip.

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John Barfield came from humble beginnings earning less than $2 an hour as a janitor at the University of Michigan.  Today, he is a successful businessman, author, and the focus of a PBS documentary.

We had a conversation about how everyone can be successful both personally and professionally and what's important in life.

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I spoke with Eastern Michigan University professor and director of the Sherzer Observatory Norbert Vance about the Harvest Moon, occurring Friday night, September 16th.

Michigan Theater
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There's a lot going on in the world of movies this week, including special announcements regarding the State Theatre and the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor!  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 flicks coming to your local theater this weekend.

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Conversation continues in Washtenaw County about policing and community interactions.  It was the subject of a town hall forum moderated by 89.1 WEMU in July.  On Wednesday night in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County Sheriff held the first in a new series of community meetings .   

LGBT Pride
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The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to adopt voluntary guidelines to help schools with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students.  The guidance is intended to help schools create a safe and supportive learning environment for LGBTQ students.

Medical Marijuana Support
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Big changes may be on the horizon for medical marijuana in Michigan. 

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kept a promise Wednesday to visit Flint.  But he was not greeted warmly in a city that’s struggling with a water crisis caused by government dysfunction. 

The Washtenaw County Health Department has reported the first West Nile Virus case in our area.


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State lawmakers want to make sure your city won’t tax or ban plastic grocery and retail bags.