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President Trump spoke for the first time about the shooting at a high school in South Florida that left at least 17 people dead.  

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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Patrick Campion sits down with Michigan Theater Foundation digital media specialist Nick Alderink to talk about the latest movie news and all of the new films coming to the silver screen this weekend.  Plus, WEMU's own Michael Jewett drops in to share his excitement about a certain Marvel Studios blockbuster! 

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Road crews have worked extra hard this month to keep roads clear of ice and snow, but the extensive salt use may be damaging Michigan's lakes and streams.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's Patrick Campion speaks to Ric Lawson, watershed planner for the Huron River Watershed Council, about how to remedy this situation.

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A newly formed citizen coalition, Rising for Economic Democracy in Ypsilanti (REDY) is among a collection of citizen groups working to bring Ypsilanti into a new form of representative government.  Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly brought Erica Mooney from REDY to WEMU to talk about how they "work towards an equitable public input process that broadens what is possible. We build relationships of mutual aid, solidarity, and together listen and learn how to build a healthy community. We value housing as a human right, and are grateful to be able to invite all who are ready to be the leaders we are waiting for." These sentiments are part of a rise of support across America for Community Benefit Ordinances - legally binding ordinances that give unelected officials power to make city decisions in certain circumstances.  The city attorney for Ypsilanti will present a draft of a CBO at the 03/06 City Council meeting. According to Mooney, REDY was not meaningfully involved in its creation.


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It's probably safe to say that the most popular treat on Fat Tuesday is the Paczki.  But did you know that you can get a healthier version of the pastry in Ann Arbor? 

Sue McLeary

Nature can provide a lot of artistic inspiration, especially when looking at flowers.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich talk to Sue Mcleary, who owns and operates Passionflower, an Ann Arbor-based business that specializes in wearable floral arrangements.

Debbie Dingell
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Today is Fat Tuesday, which is the day before the 40-day period where Catholics make personal sacrifices known as Lent.  This time of year is particularly special to 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.  She talks to WEMU's Patrick Campion how she and her family have celebrated Fat Tuesday over the years.

Lisa Barry

Local Congresswoman Debbie Dingell delivered her 4th “State of the District” update to the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti regional chamber luncheon Monday.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry reports she did a lot of what she said was “speaking from the heart.”

Lisa Barry

Do you worry about type 2 diabetes?  Hundreds of thousands of people in Michigan have been diagnosed with the disease, but the Kidney Foundation of Michigan runs a diabetes prevention class intended to help people avoid dealing with the disease.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry shares what the class has meant to several Ann Arbor residents and what a difference it is making in their lives.

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In this week's "Civic Matters," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative, about the latest civic issues, including Ann Arbor Police looking for public feedback and how to get involved in your local neighborhood watch.


Eastern Michigan University, along with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and Integrated Healthcare Associates, announced a $6.5 million project Friday that will improve health care services in Ypsilanti. 

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With a winter storm warning for Washtenaw County in effect, local road crews are planning for a long day of road clearing Friday and an even longer weekend of keeping them clear.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke with Jim Harmon, the Washtenaw County Road Commission’s Director of Operations, about the road clearing challenges they’ve faced this winter.

Lisa Barry

This week, Art and Soul is about the vibrant visual arts scene in Washtenaw County.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Omari Rush, the Executive Director of CultureSource and Chairman of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, are joined by several guests focusing on the arts and local Black History Month celebrations.

The State Theatre
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It's been a cold, snowy week, but the movie business remains hot!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movie news and all of the flicks you can check out at your local theater this weekend.

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In this week's "On the Ground Ypsilanti," Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly explored the local music scene in Ypsi.  Patrick Campion sat down with her and half of the band Stormy Chromer to talk about the sounds and sense of community that define "local music" in that community.  The interview features music from Stormy Chromer, Honey Monsoon, Louis Picasso, and Lee Osler.  

Chip Smith
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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair welcomes 5th Ward Ann Arbor City Council member Chip Smith to discuss the recent resolution to power 100% of the city's municipal government operations with clean and renewable energy sources by 2035.

Michigan State University
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Students and faculty continue to pressure on Michigan State University officials to resign.  A march was organized by members of the College of Education and School of Social Work.

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Some state lawmakers want to end the practice of allowing police agencies to seize and hold onto cash, cars, and other assets that they think might have played a role in illegal activity.  State law allows police departments to keep seized assets even if a suspect is never charged or convicted of a crime.

Michigan Medicine

We shop online, and bank online, and now we can seek personal medical care online as well.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to a Michigan Medicine doctor about the Telehealth Program, which allows patients to get medical treatment without ever having to leave their homes.


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The arts create a pathway to community growth and enhanced quality of life.  That is the contention in Pittsfield Township where arts are an official part of the overall master plan.  Township Supervisor Mandy Grewal explains why including the arts is vitally important as the featured guest on this week's edition of 89.1 WEMU's "creative:impact." 

DTE Ordered To Explain Improper Power Shutoffs

Feb 6, 2018
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A state commission will take a hard look at DTE Energy’s past improper shutoffs.  The Michigan Public Service Commission will hold an evidentiary hearing against the company.

Interim Michigan State University President John Engler has instructed school employees to cooperate with investigations into campus sexual misconduct.  Michigan’s former governor began his first full day on the job as convicted MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced for sexually abusing patients. 

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There are plenty of ways to participate in local civics this week.  Tonight, Ann Arbor City Council is prepared to vote on formation of a task force to create an oversight board for the police department.  Join WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative, for a discussion on that and other important topics in this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 

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Perhaps you’re familiar with a wine sommelier.  At most of your finer eateries, you’ll find one who can assist in selecting the best wine pairing for your meal.  These are highly trained people who have become experts in all things wine.  But, we’re betting many of you have never heard of a tea sommelier?  While rare in the United States, they do exist, and, as a matter of fact, one such person is running a successful business in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown District.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan introduces you to a certified tea sommelier, who has been publicly drafting tasty brews, while “Hidden in Plain Sight!” 

James Lower
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State lawmakers want to overhaul how three major universities select their governing bodies.  This stems from ongoing criticism of Michigan State University’s handling of sexual assault complaints.