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Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

February has been recognized as "Black History Month" for over 40 years.  How much have things changed over that span of time?  The Riverside Art Center explores what this month means through poetry and specially created art.


Railroad
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A plan to provide rail service between Ann Arbor and Northern Michigan is on track, now that funding has been obtained to conduct a feasibility study on the proposal.


Ann Arbor
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Ann Arbor's city council could soon call a session to continue discussing the future of the controversial city-owned property known as the Library Lot.  But those who oppose its sale for a high-rise development are still hopeful it could be used for a park.  


Detroit
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Lawmakers want to offer more incentives to developers building on undesirable land.  The legislation revives a law that didn’t pass last session. 


Brian D. Ottum, Ph.D.

Dr. Brian Ottum is a member of the University of Michigan Lowbrow Astronomers Club and co-author of a research paper on comets.  He explains what three sky events are happening tonight and what might be visible and where.


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Michigan’s elections chief says it appears there were 31 instances of people casting two ballots in the 2016 election, but it doesn’t seem to have changed any results.  That was the finding of audits of the election results, as well as a separate inquiry into ballot irregularities in Detroit.


Michigan School Reform Office
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As the state School Reform Office moves closer to potentially closing multiple schools across Michigan, a bill ending the law is being hotly debated in the Legislature.


This week on Art & Soul I am joined by the Ann Arbor Arts Center’s Director of Community Engagement, Omari Rush, to talk about the visual arts.

The recent election has left many people with concerns about the future funding of the arts. Omari talks about what people can do to protect them and how they can get involved.


Michigan Theater
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Catch a flick with that special someone this Valentine's Day weekend!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the films heading to the big screen this weekend.


Yousef Rabhi
Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU

Governor Rick Snyder presented a $56.3 billion budget for the State of Michigan's 2018 fiscal year.  But some Democrats, including a State Representative from Ann Arbor, are unimpressed.   


Classroom
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Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget has brought mixed reactions, in some cases from his own party. 


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget calls for saving and spending, but no new tax cuts to appease Republicans in the Legislature


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The FBI is now involved in the investigation of suspicious and racist emails sent to some University of Michigan students.


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The value of biofuels has long been a subject of debate. Corn-based ethanol is in our gasoline and, along with biodiesel, is a part of the nation’s long-term energy plan. Last week, WEMU spoke with a University of Michigan researcher whose team has declared that biofuels are causing more environmental damage than gasoline.  On this week’s ‘Issues of the Environment,’ you’ll get an entirely different perspective.

 


Money
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Education, public safety, and paying down the long term debt will be Governor Rick Snyder’s top priorities when he unveils his 2018 budget today. 


Michigan State Senate
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There could soon be tighter restrictions on the public’s access to information in bids for state business. 


The Ann Arbor Summer Festival has announced Diana Krall will return to Ann Arbor to open the 34th season of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s Mainstage series on June 6th.

Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder is going after Michigan’s mountain of unfunded retiree liabilities.  He created a task force to look into “responsible retirement reform.”

Brian Banks
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A state lawmaker has quit his job and agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor as part of a plea deal.  This creates the first vacancy of this session of the Legislature.


Linda Yohn
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For immediate release: 89.1, WEMU’s Linda Yohn, is hanging up the headphones and calling it a career after 30 years as music director at the NPR/Jazz station at Eastern Michigan University. Her last day on-air will be December 4, 2017, which will also mark the end of a year-long celebration of WEMU’s 40th anniversary of featuring a jazz format.

Ann Arbor
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Safety improvements around schools will be a main topic of discussion at tonight's Ann Arbor City Council meeting.  


Betsy DeVos
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A controversial appointment to President Trump’s Cabinet is drawing near.  The full Senate is expected vote Tuesday to confirm Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education


Cathy Radovich

A suicide ends one life and  it forever alters the lives of family and friends. It is an issue that, despite increased awareness, is still discussed in hushed tones and often with stigma attached. On Tuesday, February 7th, the Washtenaw County Public Health Department will host a town hall forum on suicide prevention at the Learning Resource Center in Ann Arbor.  With that in mind, 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan delves into the deeply personal impact of suicide and what measures are being taken to better protect at-risk lives in our community. 


Lisa Barry

With over 16,500 students, the Ann Arbor Public School District is one of the largest in the state.

Long-time local educator Jeff Gaynor was recently elected to the school board and sat down with me to talk about his plans and perspective of Ann Arbor Public Schools.


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The state Attorney General has derailed Ann Arbor’s attempt to raise the age for legally buying tobacco.

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