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Prisons
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The Michigan Department of Corrections defended its plans to change how it feeds prisoners.  Department officials testified Wednesday in front of a Senate committee.  The state wants to end its use of private vendors for food services.


Riverside Arts Center
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The Riverside Arts Center has been a fixture in Ypsilanti, and the people who run it want to make it into something much more.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to the Riverside Arts Center's executive director Emily Tuesday and program manager Trevor Stone about the facility's latest projects.


Ecojustice
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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Dr. Charles Simmons, Professor Emeritus of Journalism and Law at Eastern Michigan University, about EMU's upcoming EcoJustice and Activism Conference.


Abdul El-Sayed
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Abdul El-Sayed is the first Democrat to turn in his signatures to be on the 2018 ballot for governor.  He faces potential challenges down the road.


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James Davis Jr., the 19 year-old CMU student accused of shooting and killing his parents on campus on Friday, was formally arraigned in court Tuesday.

 


Lisa Barry

Since most parking on the Eastern Michigan University campus is within Ypsilanti city limits, the city council will be asked to give final approval to the privatization of university parking at tonight's meeting.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Ward 2 councilwoman Beth Bashert about the planned vote.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Residents who live in the Ypsilanti area now have an official process they can follow to file mail delivery complaints with the U.S. Post Office
 


Arts Alliance
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In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair talks to Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich about developments in the arts community, so far, in the first quarter of 2018.  Additionally, they discuss what else is coming up in the arts world later this year.


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Hundreds of protestors clashed with law enforcement and white supremacists at Michigan State University yesterday. 


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Ypsilanti Community Middle School students were evacuated Monday morning after a hand written bomb threat was found in a bathroom.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there as parents picked up their children from school.
 


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Ann Arbor-area students are preparing for a national, school walkout and protest march in the weeks ahead.  Ann Arbor City Council is meeting tonight in both special and regular session and road construction season is about to begin in earnest.  Those topics and more are covered in this week's edition of "Civic Matters" 

Consumer Reports

Like many of us, Washtenaw County Road Commission officials are hoping we've had our last major snow event of the season!

Spokeswoman Emily Kizer says they've used a "historic amount" of salt clearing roads this winter.  Over 25,000 tons have been used and crews have been working long hours and weekends.


The State of Michigan is in the process of revising its Lead and Copper rule.  The decisions made could impact whether we see another situation like the Flint Water Crisis occur in Michigan.  What should, and could, happen as the public comment period winds down, is the topic of conversation on this month's edition of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment. 


Pothole
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Roads, flood damage repairs, and an investigation could get money sent their way soon.  The Legislature has sent a spending bill to the governor’s desk.


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This week, Art and Soul is about the culinary arts and 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by food expert, writer, and host of the In Crowd every Sunday afternoon here on WEMU, Jessica Webster.

They’re also joined by special guest Tommy York, owner of Morgan and York Fine Wines and Specialty Foods in Ann Arbor.


Amanda Edmonds
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Amanda Edmonds says it is with "mixed heart and spirit" that she will not seek a second term as the Mayor of Ypsilanti.  In an exclusive announcement on 89-1 WEMU, Edmonds expressed gratitude for the opportunity serve and is looking forward to a new chapter in life.  Hear the full interview and read Edmonds' formal announcement below. 


Michigan Theater
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The 90th annual Academy Awards are just days away, so let's talk movies!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movie news and all of the new flicks heading to theaters this weekend.


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law a measure that ensures the personal exemption on state income taxes will not disappear as a result of the new federal tax law.  The governor says the state can handle a tax cut and spending more to fix roads.


Moms Demand Action
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Moms and other activists against gun violence gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday, and the participants want to reach as many lawmakers as possible.


Ward 1 Productions
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Ypsilanti has so many stories to tell, yet so few storytellers.  A small production company intends to change that by training teens how to document such stories on video.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Ariel Moore and her team from the youth-driven media agency, Ward 1 Productions.


Rebekah Warren
Michigan State Democrats / senatedems.org

Last month, the Michigan Senate passed legislation that would lead to more oversight for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  The devil ,as they say, is in the details. IS it actually going to strengthen environmental protections?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan State Senator Rebekah Warren about her thoughts on the bills that are now before the State House of Representatives. 


Bentley Historical Library

Black History Month comes to an end today. As such, we bring you a story about an early 20th century interracial club at the University of Michigan.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan tells us why it was founded and about some of the obstacles its members faced.


Guns
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Ideas are floating around Lansing about how to make the state’s schools safer from gun violence.  There are several proposals in the works.


Michigan State Senate
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Bills to lift time limits to file sex assault lawsuits have cleared a state Senate committee.  It’s part of the state’s response to the Larry Nassar scandal and the issue of sexual misconduct on college campuses.


David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

The Neutral Zone has been doing great work with Ann Arbor-area kids for a long time.  Did you know it has its own record label?  'Youth Owned Records' is teaching kids the ins and outs of the music business with some life lessons thrown in for good measure.  Learn more in this week's edition of 89.1 WEMU's "creative:impact."


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