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  Grab your sweetheart and join us Saturday, February 11 from 7am to 1pm as the staff of 89.1 WEMU take over the Northside Grill for “the love of WEMU.”

 Meet your favorite on-air personalities as we show you to your table, pour your coffee, and collect all the tips for the day (don’t worry though — we’ll leave the cooking to the Northside).    

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The Presidents of the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University are standing with international students amid President Trump's Executive Order on immigration.  


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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell joined with 160-others in the U-S House in sponsoring legislation taking aim at the Executive Order on immigration and refugee policy. The 12th District Democrat joined WEMU's David Fair this morning to discuss what's next. 


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Attorneys in Michigan and elsewhere are still trying to get information about and access to people detained at ports of entry. 


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A US Supreme Court Justice and a judge from Germany's highest court kicked off the University of Michigan's year-long bicentennial celebration.


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Eastern Michigan University's President, Dr. James Smith, sent an email to all EMU students and employees reiterating the message that "The University will continue to support international students without regard to their immigration status." A similar message was sent out by University of Michigan's President Saturday. The full text of Dr. Smith's message can be found below:

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The city of Ann Arbor will roll out  the lethal portion of its deer management plan today. As sharpshooters take to city parks and nature areas, and a few selected sites on the University of Michigan campus, the group Friends of Ann Arbor Wildlife in Nature, or FAAWN,  will march and protest.


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Two proposalsaimed at eliminating Michigan's income tax have come before the state Legislature. WEMU's David Fair speaks to state Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) about her thoughts on these proposals.


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State officials say any federal investigation will not turn up widespread vote fraud in Michigan, despite unsubstantiated accusations by President Trump that millions of people voted illegally.  


The Arts Alliance of Washtenaw County is have a special ceremony and celebration next Sunday and awarding three medals for Arts, Science and Humanities and two 21st Century Awards. Ann Arbor musician and recent finalist on the TV show "The Voice," Laith Al-Saadi is winning the Spotlight Artist Award, and I spoke to him about that and the importance of the arts in our community as well as what life is like since his TV show experience.  

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This week on Art & Soul, local journalist and blogger Jenn McKee joins me along with Guy Sanville from the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea and playwright Brian Letscher about the performing arts in our  area.


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After months of being criticized for charging students with misconduct for actions taken during a sit-in protest on campus, Eastern Michigan University is opening up about the issue. 
 


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The 2017 Oscar nominations have been announced, and the Sundance Film Festival is in full swing!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director and CEO Russ Collins about the movie business and the films available to you this weekend.


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Amid efforts in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the deadline to register for the health insurance marketplace  is January 31st.  


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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about how the state handles juvenile life without parole cases.  


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Ypsilanti’s Ugly Mug is becoming Cross Street Coffee.  Even though they haven’t officially changed the signage outside, there have been upgrades made to the interior. 


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Beatriz Vargas is the general manager of Maiz Mexican Cantina in Ypsilanti and came up with an idea to build a wall of stories and sentiments about what it means to immigrants. 

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The Ann Arbor Solar Club is a cooperative effort aimed at adding 500 new solar installations throughout Washtenaw County this year and in each ensuing year.  In this week's “Issues of the Environment,” WEMU's David Fair talks with Nate Geisler, an Energy Programs Analyst with the city of Ann Arbor, about the initiative. 


Michigan Senators Tackle Voting Reform

Jan 25, 2017
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Michigan lawmakers seem to be making voting laws a priority.  Lawmakers in both chambers have now introduced legislation they say will make voting easier. 


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A state board has approved spending as much as $82 million dollars over the next two years for new voting machines in every precinct in Michigan.


No one is more lively and in-person as a singer and entertainer than Ramona Collins.  It is great to bring Ramona back again for 5:01 Jazz – especially in February for Black History Month and for a touch of Valentine’s Day sweetness.  

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They're rare on college campuses around Michigan, but a couple of Eastern Michigan University students are traveling around the Ypsilanti campus on a "Moto Uni."  It's a one-wheeled, Segway-like machine that costs up to $1700 and takes several days to learn to ride.  I spoke with EMU seniors Daniel Larson and Kyle Wickham about their experiences riding them on campus and around town. 

  

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The University Musical Society has existed since 1879. For the last 30 years, Ken Fischer has served as its president. Fischer retires on June 30th, and, on July 1st, the tenure begins for just the 7th president of the organization.  I caught up with Mathew VanBesien  shortly after the public announcement:


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Join WEMU jazz hosts and other WEMU donors for a very special evening with Wynton Marsalis and the entire Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Saturday, March 4th at Hill Auditorium.  Get two concert tickets plus admission to the exclusive afterparty with Wynton and the band.

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After racial graffiti was discovered on the EMU campus last fall, some students staged a sit-in demonstration, after hours, at the student center. Some of those involved have since been going through student code of conduct hearings, including Damajae Muray, 


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