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Ann Arbor is now the 8th economically segregated city in the country, and there is growing concern about lack of affordable housing for the middle class in all of Washtenaw county. The reality is more and more people have fewer and fewer choices to live in affordable housing in Washtenaw county.

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Milan city council members say badly maintained roads are one of voters biggest complaints. But are residents willing to pay more taxes to fix the problem?



Top community and political leaders from across Washtenaw County gathered today to discuss economic inequalities in the county.

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A community conversation was held at Eastern Michigan University after a large pride flag display was vandalized last week on campus.  

Nearly fifty people attended the meeting hosted by the EMU's LGBT Resource Center. 

Some students said they felt violated after seeing dozens of small flags, that made up the larger flag, destroyed. 

Kaitlin Eredics was among the students who participated in the discussion, she believes the issue should not be ignored to prevent it from happening again.

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The group MI Legalize needs to get 253,000 signatures by December 21st in order for their proposal, that calls to legalize marijuana in Michigan,  can appear on a 2016 state ballot.  They will host a public meeting on the issue this Sunday.

The gathering will take place at 6:30 PM at Sidetrack's in Ypsilanti.

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Preservation activists are hoping for more than a thousand Rosie the Riveters to come to the Willow Run Airport Saturday.  

Willow Run was once home to the plant that built an icon of wartime in the 1940s: the B-24 Liberator bombers.  It's also believed by some to be the birthplace of another U.S. icon, Rosie the Riveter. 

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There will be a little bit of everything  in the new community center opening soon in downtown Ypsilanti on Main Street.  Ricky Herbert, the creator of "Lampshade" says they plan to hold entertainment events as well as house a  coffee shop, book store and a revolving art display featuring the works of local artists.  It's a performance space -music venue with classes,events, talks, and panels expected to be held there.


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With all of the movies being released, it's a movie trailer commanding the nations attention. In this week's "Cinema Chat,'   David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director/CEO Russ Collins discuss the force of the phenomenon and preview this week's movie releases. 

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Faculty at Eastern Michigan University voted to withdraw participation from a search committee for the school’s next president.




The Ann Arbor city council wants your opinion on whether or not they should approve a moratorium that would  temporary allow weapons to be fired in the city.   They will do this through a public hearing.

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A Senior Fellow at the International Council on Clean Transportation in Ann Arbor knows exactly how Volkswagen got caught cheating emissions testing. John German, and his colleagues, commissioned the study that led to Volkswagen being caught. In this week's 'Issues of the Environment' Mr. German explains how it all happened, and what will happen next. 

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Washtenaw County Commissioners will meet Wednesday night.

They're likely to approve a transfer of funds from the Washtenaw Community Health Initiative back into the county’s mental health department budget.



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The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents sent a response to a letter from faculty senate members.

The letter demands the board change the closed search process for EMU’s next president.  Faculty Senate President Sandy Norton read the letter at the most recent board of regents meeting, urging the board to respond by October 16.

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  Eastern Michigan University students will gather Wednesday to discuss the recent vandalism of a campus pride flag.



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Governor Rick Snyder today (Mon.) outlined his plan to rescueDetroit Public Schools from crushing debt and dismal academic results.The proposal would split the district in two. A new body would overseeeducation and normal school operations. The old DPS would exist only tocollect taxes and pay down debt. 

But as Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher reports, thegovernor faces what could be the toughest sales job of his tenure to tryto win legislative support for the plan. 

The Detroit Free Press looks in to the story behind Paul McCartney's famous Red Wings decal on his Epiphone Texan acoustic guitar, given to him by former EMU student, Mike Kudzia. The Epiphone Texan retailed for $200 in late 1964, was also manufactured at Gibson Guitar’s Kalamazoo factory.

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Medicare open enrollment is open until December 15. For Washtenaw County residents, there’s help available to guide them through changes to their federal insurance policy.

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Moe Sport Shops in Ann Arbor is celebrating its 100th anniversary of operation this year.  It chose this Saturday's Wolverine Vs. Spartan game for the celebration.

The century old store on North University Avenue still has the original door front as well as wooden shelves that were installed in 1927 after a fire broke out.

This is also where the black and white referee shirt was created, that to this day sets players and referees apart.

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 El Niño will continue affecting the weather in Michigan this winter.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its winter weather outlook for the U.S. today.

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The ten-day, outdoor POP X art festival started today at Liberty Plaza Park in downtown Ann Arbor. 

A recording of water streaming is the first thing you hear when you enter the one square foot pavilion sponsored by the Ann Arbor Women Artists.  The pop-up room is decorated with cupcakes, fruit and other goodies you would find at a picnic.  

Artist Mary Murphy helped put the exhibit together out of paper mache, steel and glass.  Murphy says the life of an artist could be lonely while working on pieces so she enjoyed working with other artists on this project.

Joe Tosch

Joe Tosch is a University of Michigan graduate and former employee of the University’s athletic department.  He has since moved to Kansas City and nearly 3 years ago became a father to a baby girl he and his wife Sarah named Ella.  When Ella was around one year old her Mother began noticing some problems with the infant.  After several trips to the doctors it was determined she had a brain tumor called Medulloblastoma. Ella ended up having emergency surgery that removed most of the brain tumor but the cancer had also spread to her spine.  In August of 2014 she went through six rounds of high dose chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants.  None of the treatments were successful and she passed away on September 14th  2015,  five weeks shy of her 3rd birthday.


Mlive reports that vandals painted a block 'M' along with the words 'Go Blue,' to the Magic Johnson statue in front of the Breslin Center.

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Eastern Michigan University students took action to repair a pride flag on campus after vandals destroyed the display Tuesday night.

A Hollywood movie star makes her way to Ann Arbor to celebrate the release of a new book. Who? Find out in WEMU's weekly feature "Cinema Chat!"   David Fair will also talk with Michigan Theater Program Director Ruth Lednicer about all the movies available to you this weekend. 

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The big game between Michigan State University and the University of Michigan will take place this Saturday at the Big House in Ann Arbor.  The rivalry between these two schools is no secret.  So students at U of M are protecting something very important to them on campus.