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The Legislature is back in session for 2018, and an early priority is dealing with taxes.  Talks are underway to figure out how to make sure the federal tax overhaul doesn’t cause a spike in state income taxes.


Construction
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Prevailing wage will likely be a hot topic in Lansing this year.  That’s the state law that requires workers get paid union-rate wages for state construction projects.


Air Pollution
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The federal government plans to end the Clean Power Plan, and that may have negative consequences on the environment.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Kindra Weid, Coalition Coordinator for MI Air MI Health, about how Southeast Michigan's air quality could be impacted by this executive action.


Ann Arbor
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The Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission will meet tonight and possible creation of  a community police review board will be up for discussion.  


Rick Snyder
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There’s been a shakeup at the agency responsible for Michigan energy policy.  People are being re-assigned as the agency’s leader leaves state government for the private sector.


Michigan Launches New Tool For School Transparency

Jan 10, 2018
Classroom
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Michigan parents now have a new tool to vet their child’s school. 


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The arts community around southeast Michigan is excited about new leadership in Lansing.  Omari Rush has been named chair of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.  Rush also serves as executive director of CultureSource after years as Vice President at the Ann Arbor Art Center.  Rush discusses his plans for the council with WEMU's David Fair and Deb Polich, president and CEO of The Arts Alliance, in this week's edition of 'creative:impact'. 


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Governor Rick Snyder has proposed a plan to offset higher costs that could be forced on Michigan taxpayers as a result of the federal tax overhaul.  The biggest issue is the elimination of the federal personal exemption.


WiFi
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Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow says getting high speed internet to rural communities in Michigan is a priority for her.


Deer
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The City of Ann Arbor will begin deer culls at seventeen parks and nature areas today.  This is the lethal part of the city's 2018 Deer Management program that will help control the deer population. 


Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative will join WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to the city of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County.  Mary Morgan provides news, analysis, commentary and explains the various ways residents can become more engaged.


Michigan House of Representatives
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The state Legislature returns this week.  One committee is set to see a lot of action.


School Closings: 1/8/18

Jan 8, 2018

This list of school closings will be regularly updated throughout the morning to reflect any additions.

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The first Roots Music Project of 2018 is a special one!  Host Jeremy Baldwin welcomes Ann Arbor's own Americana band Corndaddy to the WEMU studios for a live interview and performance!

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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department first issued an alert that a cow was on the loose in a residential neighborhood in Ann Arbor Township Thursday afternoon.  It turned out to be two steers, headed to be butchered that escaped from the vehicle in which they were being transported.


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The new year brings a number of environmental challenges in Michigan.  Governor Rick Snyder is in his lame duck year, and mid-term elections could impact legislative priorities.  In this month's edition of "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," you'll get a sense of where we're headed. 


Tax Form
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Governor Rick Snyder’s administration is looking at making changes to state tax laws early in 2018.  That’s after it discovered the new federal tax law could have an impact on Michigan resident’s wallets. 


Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Nearly 4 million people visited Washtenaw County in 2016, according to data collected for that year by a Michigan-based research and consulting firm.  That translates into $1.1 billion dollars in total economic output and nearly 9,000 jobs.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry spoke with the marketing director for the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Laura Berarducci, about the economic impact of tourism on the county.


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"Art and Soul" this week is about the culinary arts.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry sits down with the founder and CEO of Avalon International Breads, which opened a restaurant and cafe in Ann Arbor just over a year ago.  Lisa talks about that in her conversation with Jackie Victor.


Michigan Theater
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It's a New Year, which means a lot of new movies are on the horizon!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movie news and all of the new and returning films coming to the big screen this weekend.


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Citizens and business owners concerned about the future of Ypsilanti are getting together this coming weekend for an Unconference to share ideas about the future of the community.

The Unconference is the idea of local businessman and blogger Mark Maynard who says it’s a get-together with no set agenda and no guaranteed outcome.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to Maynard about the upcoming event.


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The executive director of CultureSource and co-host of the monthly visual arts feature "Art and Soul" on 89.1 WEMU, Omari Rush has been appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to chair the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.


Cold
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With even colder weather upon us, local government officials are offering tips on what to do to stay warm-and out of danger-during this cold snap.


New Year
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We all make resolutions for the New Year, whether it's improving our health or our finances. But, what resolutions can we make to improve the environment?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Melissa Cooper Sargent, Green Living Resources Director for the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, about ways to make 2018 more environmentally friendly.


Bill Schuette
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The state Attorney General is under fire for his hiring practices. The liberal group Progress Michigan filed a complaint with the Secretary of State Tuesday.  It wants the office to investigate multiple hires made by Attorney General Bill Schuette.


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