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Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States, and Michigan Medicine is opening a new clinic considered to be the first of its kind in the nation to deal with high-risk cases.


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Another Oscars ceremony is in the books, and it's one people will talk about for years to come.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the flicks heading to the silver screen this weekend.


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Some Democrats in the state House want to make literacy a constitutional right.  But not everyone is on board.   


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This week on Art & Soul, I’m joined by food and dining reporter, and host of The In Crowd, Jessica Webster, to talk about what is going on in the culinary scene of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

We discuss how Ann Arbor’s Main Street Café Felix and the iconic Blind Pig music venue are both up for sale.  The Jefferson Market will be under new management soon, as it has been bought by the owners of Mighty Good Coffee.


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The 2017 Homeless Point-In-Time count, conducted by the Washtenaw County Continuum of Care, reveals there are still about 300 homeless people in the county.  It is an improvement over last year's figures, though. 


Washtenaw County Sheriff
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In addition to the stress of filing your taxes every April, local law enforcement officials want you to be aware of possible tax scams.


Lansing Democrats Introduce Paid Sick Leave Bills

Mar 2, 2017
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Democrats in Lansing and President Donald Trump may have finally found an issue they can agree on – paid sick leave. 


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A federal lawsuit claims state prison guards joked and made a bet on whether an inmate would try to kill herself before she took her own life.  

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There’s renewed interest in criminal justice reform in Lansing.


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Yousef Rabhi, representing the 53rd District, is one of three new State House Representatives from Washtenaw County.  We sent WEMU’s Jorge Avellan to spend a day with Rabhi and report on the work he’s doing on your behalf in Lansing.


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Since the Flint Water Crisis we have all, at some point, questioned the safety of our water.  That crisis is still being addressed and serves as a cautionary tale for what can happen around the rest of the state.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with 55th District State Representative Adam Zemke about the health of our water and what needs to be done.


Muskegon River
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A bottled water company wants permission to pump more water from the Muskegon River Watershed. Local environmental groups are pushing back.  They want the state Department of Environmental Quality to slow down the approval process. 


President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 9:00 PM Eastern Time. The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs. Following tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan invited the president to make the speech to lay out his agenda in the early days of his new administration.

Ben Pruitt
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WEMU’s final Black History Month talk was with alto saxophonist and educator, Ben Pruitt.  He is now retired from The Detroit Public Schools, but not from music.  His Ben Friend’s Big Band performs regularly at the legendary Baker’s Keyboard Lounge and The Jazz Café in The Music Hall Center For The Performing Arts.  When Ben visited the WEMU studio, he shared his favorite music from Ray Charles, Hank Crawford, David “Fathead” Newman, and The Jazz Crusaders.  

Web Kirksey
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EMU alumnus Webster “Web” Kirksey has been a frequent WEMU pledge drive guest.  He has been a donor and supporter for many years.  During Black History Month, we wanted to give him an opportunity to share more about his life and how he became an ardent jazz fan.  We were delighted that he could spend time in the studio with Linda Yohn sharing thoughtful, swinging and meaningful music choices ranging from Charlie Parker and Miles Davis to Jimmy Scott.

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Yousef Ajin, the Ann Arbor father who was facing deportation, will be allowed to stay in the United States.  A rally was held before an immigration hearing took place.   


Lisa Barry

The cause of a fire on Eastern Michigan University’s campus early Tuesday morning remains under investigation.


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A rally is being held in Detroit today to show support for an immigrant who has been living in Ann Arbor and now faces the possibility of deportation. 

Jeanice Swift
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Ann Arbor public school officials want to make sure everyone associated with the district feels safe and secure in light of recent national and local developments affecting people of different nationalities and genders.


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A fire early this morning forced evacuation of a residence hall on the Eastern Michigan University campus. According to EMU Vice President of Communications Walter Kraft, the incident was first reported in a first floor lounge of Phelps Hall shortly before 1:20 this morning.

Joan Belgrave
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About 13 years ago, a prodigal daughter returned to Ann Arbor.  Singer Joan Bow grew up in Ann Arbor but decided to make her musical mark in Los Angeles.  She returned to our community and immediately impressed us with her vocal prowess and poise.  One of those most impressed was Detroit trumpet legend, Marcus Belgrave.  Today we know her as Joan Belgrave.  The two married about 11 years ago and were a dynamic musical presence in Ann Arbor, Detroit, and New York City.  

Any discussion of African-American culture and history in Ann Arbor should reference the revered vocalist and educator Dr. Willis C. Patterson.  WEMU was honored to host Dr. Patterson as he talked about natural gifts as a singer, his passions for African-American Art Song and sacred music as well his legacy as an educator in public schools, community centers and at The University of Michigan.  After his retirement from the university, he continued to lead the all-volunteer community choir that he founded, The Our Own Thing Chorale.  As he will be stepping down from leading the chorale later this year, it was most timely that Dr. Patterson visited WEMU.

Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder says the state will wait until May at the earliest to decide whether to close any of the state’s lowest-performing schools. 


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Every parcel slated for development comes with a host of environmental considerations, from stormwater control to cleanup of soil contamination.  Two of the considerations most hotly debated in the Ann Arbor area are greenspace and density.  In this month’s “Green Room” segment we look at the question, “How does density impact our quality of life, and the health of our environment?”  


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On this week's Art & Soul, I am joined by local journalist and blogger Jenn McKee and the Executive Director of the 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Leslie Raymond.


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