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The U.S. military is doing a much better job of saving lives on the battlefield and providing the care that allows more soldiers to survive. When those fighting men and women return home, they often have difficulty in finding the services that allow for a more complete recovery and reintegration into society. WEMU's David Fair talked to two gentleman who have made it their mission to provide such care. They represent different organizations but with like-minded goals. John Cornack is the President and CEO of the Ann Arbor-based Eisenhower Center and Dave Woodruff is Chairman of the Board of the national Bob Woodruff Foundation. 


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Three school districts in the state are getting some extra help. 


Lisa Barry

The 11th annual "Fool-Moon" and "FestiFools" events are coming up this weekend.

89. 1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to the original creator of the annual Ann Arbor public art event...


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Having a job in Michigan doesn’t mean you can make ends meet.  That’s the message of a new report released by the Michigan Association of United Ways.

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Recent events in our community, like the Ann Arbor area’s 1,4-dioxane plume, have increased residents’ awareness of – and concern about – the chemicals companies use.  While many state and federal regulations may exist that govern chemical storage and manufacturing, these regulations generally do not involve an onsite inspection component.  As a result, the programs are enforced on a complaint basis or incident, after the fact.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with Kristen Schweighoefer,  Environmental Health Director for Washtenaw County Public Health, about 25 years of effort to manage these issues in Washtenaw County.


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Four Washtenaw County police agencies are working together this month to increase education, compliance, and knowledge about driving through one of the county's 18 roundabouts.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Sergeant William Clock of the Ann Arbor Police Department's Special Services division about the "roundabout enforcement project" underway now through the first of May.


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Police officials say taking away the penalty for refusing a roadside breath test could increase instances of operating while intoxicated.  But a bill in a state House committee would do just that. 


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The Volkswagen emissions settlement from earlier this year could lead to new school busses for some Michigan students.


The Dispute Resolution Center

A single freeway stands between two Washtenaw County communities. but some aspects of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti can seem much farther apart.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with the Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Washtenaw County, Belinda Dulin, about a special community conversation they are organizing to give people a safe space to talk about their perceptions and expectations for the two cities.


Money
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A campaign committee controlled by Republican leaders is facing fines and questions over how it lost track of many thousands of dollars during the last election. 


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The state House and Senate are playing volleyball with money to fix a sinkhole in Macomb County.


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

Carbon taxes are a seemingly simple way to deal with the climate crisis. As the price of fossil fuels goes up, consumption goes down.   But fears of negative economic impacts have kept the idea from moving forward in the U.S.  Now, a group of leading Republican elders has a proposal that goes a step further.  They call it “Carbon Dividends,” because the taxes collected are returned to the public.  What is the local reaction?  In this installment of WEMU’s “Green Room” series, Barbara Lucas sets out to find out.


Lisa Barry

Ernestine Ruben, or "Ernie" as she prefers to be called, toured the Willow Run Industrial Complex a few years ago in Ypsilanti Township and took a series of pictures.  The plant was designed and built by her grandfather, famed architect Albert Kahn.  Those pictures are now on display at the University of Michigan Art Museum in an exhibit called "Mobilizing Memory."

Lisa Barry recently had a chance to tour the exhibit with the 86 year-old artist, and she explains what she was trying to capture.


Michigan Theater
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater marketing director Sarah Erlewine about the movie business and some of the films hitting the big screen in this area over the weekend.


Washtenaw Economic Club
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Nearly 10,000 new jobs could be added to Washtenaw County's economy over the next year.


Ann Arbor Art Fair
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Barely into spring, there is already talk about an annual summer event in Ann Arbor that brings thousands of people into the city.


More Business Breaks Headed For State House

Mar 30, 2017
Michigan House of Representatives
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Another tax incentive for Michigan businesses passed the state Senate Wednesday and is on its way to the House.


Robert Young
Michigan Courts / courts.mi.gov

State Supreme Court Justice Robert Young plans to retire at the end of next month, if not sooner.  His plan is to return to his former law firm.


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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Melissa Cooper-Sargent, Green Living Resources Director for the Ecology Center, about the environmental and health risks of using antibacterial soap.


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Michigan State University football coach Mark Dantonio is breaking his silence over controversy plaguing his team.  Dantonio held a press conference Tuesday.  It was his first time speaking publicly, aside from an earlier, written press release, since early February. 


Ann Arbor Art Center

Plans are in the final stages for an art installation as part of the under-construction Stadium Boulevard project near Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.


Marilyn Gouin / 89.1 WEMU

It was “Eastern Michigan University Day” Tuesday at the state Capitol.


One of the joys of presenting 5:01 Jazz Shows is featuring beloved favorites such as Ron Brooks, Ramona Collins and Paul Finkbeiner.   Another pleasure is to introduce new names deserving attention.  In bassist Rob Crozier and his 5tet, we offer a band of veterans and fresh faces with a novel approach to improvisation.  Bassist Rob Crozier (who also doubles on didgeridoo!), saxophonist Pete Kahn,  guitarist Rodney Rich, pianist Brian Brill and drummer Sam Genson will celebrate Rob’s new CD Tall Trees at WEMU’s next free Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz Show on Friday, April 7th.  Rush Street Nightclub, 314 South Main Street in Ann Arbor throws the doors open early for our pop-up jazz club starting at 5:01 PM sharp.

Photo provided by: Alma Wheeler Smith

Washtenaw County resident and politician Alma Wheeler-Smith has dedicated most of her life to helping others.  She has served the community in many roles:  school board member, county commissioner, state representative and state senator. Wheeler-Smith even declared candidacy for governor in 2010, but decided to end the campaign to prevent a split, progressive  vote in the Democratic primary.  WEMU’s Jorge Avellan made occasion to meet with Alma Wheeler-Smith at the county administration building in Ann Arbor. 


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A state Senator is involved in a joint investigation with the FBI and Michigan State Police


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