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Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

Good communication between all parties involved is central to productive conflict resolution.  Some say it needs improving when it comes to dealing with Ann Arbor’s dioxane-contaminated groundwater. In this segment of our ongoing series, Barbara Lucas looks at the question:  “What part does communication play in how we move forward?”


Michigan Theater
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It's another hot week in August, so why not spend it in a nice, cool 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 movies heading to your local theater this weekend.


Bill Schuette
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The battle surrounding straight ticket voting has taken a new turn, as Attorney General Bill Scheutte filed an emergency motion Wednesday night.


Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medical Center

The practice of "cupping" has been gaining attention due to its use by some high-profile athletes at the Olympic games. 'Cupping' is not just for Olympic athletes, it's been done in Ann Arbor for years.


Donation Bins
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Community donation bins can be of service but, if left unchecked, they can cause blight and become an  environmental problem.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Ypsilanti Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo about what her community is doing. 


Classroom
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Michigan schools need to spend more money helping students with special needs.  That’s the finding of a study commissioned by the state Legislature in 2015.  


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The Washtenaw Food Hub provides area farmers and food businesses with resources to get their products out to the public but also helps protect the environment.  So they're hoping the federal government renews the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act.  Congresswoman Debbie Dingell is helping with the project to restore local wetlands and prairies in Ann Arbor Township.

  

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The annual sky show known as the "Perseid Meteor Shower" takes place this week.

I spoke with Norbert Vance, director of the Sherzer Observatory at Eastern Michigan University, about what to expect... and when...


Rick Pluta / MPRN

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump blasted incompetent politicians, unfair international trade deals, and high taxes in a speech Monday in Detroit.  The address before the Detroit Economic Club was billed as a major policy speech.


Lisa Barry

Many of Michigan's top elected officials attended an Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce luncheon, where one of the state's US Senators was the keynote speaker.


Algae Bloom
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Algae blooms have been problematic in Michigan, especially in Lake Erie.  In this month's "First Friday Focus on the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Lisa Wozniak, executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-business Association, about ways to keep algae blooms from growing out of control.


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On this week's Art and Soul, the culinary arts M-Live reporter Jessica Webster and I talk about the bounty of summer produce now becoming available and grown locally.

We also discuss an upcoming celebration at the vegan restaurant "The Lunch Room" in Ann Arbor's Kerrytown market.


Jay Sinclair

Eastern Michigan University released new e-mails about the possible sale of its Kresge Environmental Center, also known as Fish Lake in Lapeer.


Voters in Washtenaw county as well as in the Detroit area, will be voting on the expansion of mass transit in the region in this November's election. 

Michigan Theater
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There's still plenty of movies left to see at your local art house and multiplex this summer.  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 films coming to the big screen this weekend.


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

A community favorite was honored with  the unveiling of a memorial sculpture Wednesday evening at the  Ann Arbor Farmer's Market


Melissa Gilbert
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Actor Melissa Gilbert has won the Democratic nomination to run in Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District – but no longer wants it.  


Vine
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Michigan crime victims will soon have an easier time keeping track of offenders. 


Gavel
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Rules and tradition matter.  That’s the gist of what the state Court of Appeals said when it reversed assault and firearms convictions against a northern Michigan man.   


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Words can hurt... so an Ypsilanti couple is holding a "social art happening" on Friday to put a face with the pain.

I spoke with Nick and Yen Azzaro, who are organizing "Sticks and Stones," a public art piece at the intersection of Washington and Ferris Streets in Ypsilanti Friday evening.


Bee Town Ann Arbor
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Bees have always been beneficial to our ecosystem, but their numbers have declined significantly in recent years.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Eileen Dickinson, representative for the group "Bee Town Ann Arbor," about ways to protect the bee population.


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It was light voter turnout for the primary elections in Washtenaw County. County elections director Ed Golembiewski had predicted 20-to-25% turnout among the more than 272,000 registered voters.  In the end, under 18% cast a ballot. 

The 2.3 mill Water Street Debt - Retirement millage lost by just around 40 votes in Tuesday’s election. The millage was an effort to allow the city to more quickly pay down debt from the Water Street Redevelopment Project.  

 

Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds said that the city will consider a recount since the vote was so close. Then, she explained that the city may have to make some difficult decisions, including the possibility of an emergency manager.

 

 

 

Communities around the WEMU listening area went to the polls Tuesday to vote on city council members and local leaders, millages for community renewals, and expanding services in Washtenaw County.  Stay tuned with 89.1 WEMU and hear reactions and full results during Morning Edition with WEMU's David Fair from 5am-9am Wednesday Morning. Here you'll find the results as they become available.


Colleen McKenzie Foster

The University of Michigan unveils its new football uniforms today, and there's quite a frenzy surrounding the switch from Adidas to Nike brand merchandise.

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