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The state Senate has approved a 20-bill criminal justice overhaul package designed to save taxpayers' money by keeping more prisoners from reoffending. 

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Ann Arbor’s own guitar virtuoso Laith Al-Saadi returned to the city to for his first live performance since receiving national acclaim on NBC’s ‘ The Voice’.

          

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This edition of Art and Soul focuses on comics and animation with special guests Jerzy and Anne Drozd.

Jerzy Drozd creates comics and is known as the "pied piper of children" at the Ann Arbor Art Center. He describes himself as a "person who writes with pictures" and says the youth comics market is a growing field right now.

Michigan Theater
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The Cinetopia Internatonal Film Festival is underway! In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the festival and all the movies coming to the big screen this weekend.


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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority has received gold medal recognition for its sustainability efforts.  


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 Ann Arbor cyclists will lead a memorial ride to honor the victims of a deadly vehicle crash in Kalamazoo.


Michigan State Capitol
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The state Legislature has adopted a Republican-only bailout plan for the Detroit Public Schools without the support of Democrats or Detroit lawmakers. 


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June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month.  The VA Hospital in Ann Arbor is offering help to those in need. 

 


Prisons
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Legislation up for a vote in the state Senate today would compensate people who are exonerated for the time they were wrongfully imprisoned. 


The historic collection at the University of Michigan peony garden just inside the Nichols arboretum is about 99 percent in full bloom right now.  The hot weather last week plus heavy rain last weekend pushed blooming forward to the peak period earlier than expected.

 

 


Mayor's Green Fair
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The City of Ann Arbor will host the 16th annual Mayor's Green Fair on Main Street Friday, June 10, 6–9 p.m. to celebrate the community's environmental leadership as exhibited by citizens, nonprofits, government, and businesses.  In this week’s “Issues of the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair talks with Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor.


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A heavily trafficked section of the Border to Border Trail will close next month for reconstruction.


MILegalize
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The state Elections Bureau says the petition drive to legalize marijuana in Michigan has failed to gather enough signatures needed to qualify for the ballot. 


Violin Monster
Lisa Barry

He's been seen playing his violin around the streets of Ann Arbor for years, and now the "Violin Monster" is going national appearing on "America's Got Talent" on NBC.

I spoke with him about the experience and he shares what he hopes to gain from the national exposure...

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Ann Arbor's city council is getting closer to regulating the operation of pedal pubs in the downtown area. 

 


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The Zika virus has reached Washtenaw County. 

 


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The state Senate could vote this week on a Detroit Public Schools bailout plan, even though it’s a departure from the bipartisan compromise already adopted by the chamber.  


Ypsilanti City Hall
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Changes to the Parkridge Community Center will be discussed at the Ypsilanti City Council meeting tonight. 


 

Kym Worthy
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Wayne County’s prosecutor says her office is drafting legislation to outlaw keeping an unsecured, loaded weapon in a home with children.


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The University of Michigan has received multiple extensions from the federal government for documents pertaining to sexual assault cases, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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Preliminary data shows Washtenaw County is below the statewide average for children who tested positive for elevated blood lead levels.

Yousef Rabhi
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Democratic candidates for the 53rd State Congressional District will debate Saturday. 


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Poor air quality in regions of our state contributes to chronic health problems including asthma, COPD, some cancers, and more. In this month's edition of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment, Lisa Wozniak discusses the impact of air pollution on our communities with State Rep. Stephanie Chang and what it would take to move our state forward with environmental justice.I

Interfaith Council
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Local faith leaders held a forum on creating better relationships between police and Washtenaw County residents.


Plastic Bags
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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has approved an ordinance that will impose a fee for customers who request bags at some local stores. 


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