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Allen Elementary
Ann Arbor Public Schools / a2schools.org

A vacant Ypsilanti Community Schools building will serve as temporary home for more than 400 displaced students from Allen Elementary in the Ann Arbor School District. 

Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

If you ever wanted to serve on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, now may be your chance to get on the board quickly. 


Melissa Gilbert
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Michigan Republicans have not given up on efforts to keep Democrat Melissa Gilbert on the November ballot despite her wishes and those of her party.


Trump/Pence
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is boosting his presence in Michigan.  Michigan's campaign for Trump is expanding from one to seven senior staffers.  


Many factors have shaped jazz in Ann Arbor, but trumpeter and educator Louis Smith has to be at the top of the list for modern jazz and education.  Sean Dobbins, Rick Roe, Justin Walter and Ingrid Racine will testify to his grace, wisdom, strength and total honesty as a teacher.  He encouraged a professional attitude and exponential musical growth from middle school students.  His students could play rings around others years older!

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Over forty thousand people are expected to attend the Thunder Over Michigan air show this weekend.  In addition to providing entertainment, it will also help the local economy.


Opioids
Eric Norris / flickr.com

Opioid tracking in Michigan is getting an overhaul in the future.  A state task force has been working on using millions of dollars to put a dent in Michigan’s opioid drug problem.  A big portion of the money and resources will go toward a new opioid tracking system. 


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

When considering the expanding 1,4 dioxane plume in groundwater in the Ann Arbor area, money plays a significant role. Further determinations need to be made on how best to clean up the pollution. In this 18th installment on the dioxane plume, Barbara Lucas explores what the clean-up goals should be, how much money is needed and who should pay. 

 


89.1 WEMU

This week on Art and Soul: The Art of Better Living, I speak with the co-founder of Zingerman's, and the publisher of several books, Ari Weinzweig.

He has a new book out titled "The Power of Beliefs in Business," but the lengthy book has information and insights that can be applied to everyone's everyday life as well.

Weinzweig says the way to create a self-fulfilling positive cycle in our lives starts with our beliefs.


Michigan Theater
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The summer may be winding down, but there's still a lot going on at your local movie theater.  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 heading to the big screen this weekend.


Straight ticket voting
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Michigan voters will still be able to vote for a political party’s entire slate of candidates with a single mark on the ballot, under a ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court.


Cannabis
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

If it has roots and leaves in Michigan, it’s a plant.  That’s the legal definition now that the Michigan Court of Appeals has made a ruling in a medical marijuana case. 


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Washtenaw County's Michigan Works office, along with other local groups, created an employment program to help keep young people busy during the summer.  The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Community Engagement Department is one of the locations where some of those teens are working.


Conan Smith
Metro Matters

Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith is stepping down from the board to seek another job with the county.

I spoke with Smith to about his decision to leave and his plans to pursue a new job as Washtenaw County's Director of Community and Economic Development.


Conan Smith
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

There is a hole to be filled on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.     

Jennifer Granholm
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm will have a key role in Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s potential move into the White House.  The Clinton campaign announced Tuesday that Granholm is a co-chair on Clinton’s transition team.


City of Ann Arbor

The next step was taken towards a plan to create a tunnel under the railroad tracks in Ann Arbor to provide easier access between Depot Street and the Huron River.


Flint Water Treatment Facility
Ben Gordon / flickr.com

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has spent $2 million so far in the criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis. 


Ypsilanti's Water Street
WEMU

Ypsilanti's city council voted against putting a Water Street debt millage on the November ballot.  The decision was made early this morning during a special meeting. 


WEMU

A lot of attention is being focused on a Washtenaw County senior housing complex because of malfunctioning equipment in the building that has residents feeling trapped and unsafe.  But the situation is not only affecting the elderly. 


Detroit Jazz Festival
Knight Foundation/ Creative Commons / Detroit Jazz Festival

Get on the bus with us! Golden Limousine and WEMU have partnered once again to provide round trip transportation to the 37th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival on Labor Day Weekend on Saturday- Monday. For your convenience we will have pick up locations in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District along with MLive and The Ann Arbor News are hosting a school supply drive for homeless students in the county. 


City of Ypsilanti
Courtesy Photo / City of Ypsilanti

The Ypsilanti City Council has called a special meeting for early next Tuesday to decide whether or not to put the Water Street millage issue before voters once again in November.


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Annually, the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority provides about 6.6 million rides with its fleet of 92 buses.  On May 1st of this year, major improvements were made to the system.  It's the largest expansion The Ride has seen since 1979.  So we decided to send WEMU's Jorge Avellan for a ride on a bus to see what people think about the changes.

 


Lisa Barry / WEMU

On this week's program, I talk to Omari Rush, the director of community engagement for the Ann Arbor Art Center.

The discussion included the rich and exciting art scene that continues to grow in Ypsilanti.


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