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Preschool
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Washtenaw Intermediate School District will see an increase in preschool funding under a bill signed by Governor Rick Snyder Monday. 


Classroom
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Governor Rick Snyder traveled to a middle school in Oakland County to sign a $16 billion education budget for the coming fiscal year.  He approved it despite questions over a provision that sends money to private and religious schools. 


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Making sure residents are safe is the top priority for the Ann Arbor Police Department.  And as you can imagine, they encounter a variety of situations in the field on a daily basis.  To give you a glimpse of their interactions with the public we sent WEMU’s Jorge Avellan out for a police ride-along.


LGBT Pride
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Celebrations yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the United States. 


Washtenaw County Public Health
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There were 27 new cases of HIV among Washtenaw County residents last year. Health officials want to curb HIV transmission by making testing more available.


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The Ann Arbor's clerk office is still in the process of verifying signatures from a petition that calls for voters to decide in November what should be done with the city's Library Lot

 


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1,4-Dioxane is a suspected human carcinogen and a contaminant of “emerging concern” for the EPA.  It has been found in over a thousand public water supplies across the country, including thirty in Michigan.  Will those who’ve been exposed to Ann Arbor’s contaminated groundwater develop health issues?  It’s a question that may be of concern far beyond our borders, and the focus of our report in "The Green Room." 


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Like many cities in Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti is looking to improve road safety and they're turning to speed bumps. 


Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell made an impassioned speech for gun control legislation during a sit-in at the U.S. House Thursday morning.

 


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Summer is here and with it comes warm weather and plenty of chances to experience the performing arts outdoors.

On this week's on Art & Soul: The Performing Arts, Jenn and I are joined by the president of Ann Arbor's Penny Seats Theatre, Lauren London.


Michigan Theater
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The movies keep on coming!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about all the movies in theaters this weekend.


Canned Food
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The Ecology Center in Ann Arbor is working on a project to make sure supermarkets don't sell canned food products that could contain BPA in them.  


Bill Schuette
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The state has filed a lawsuit seeking to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from two water engineering firms that did work in Flint.  


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Close to 100 Ann Arbor VA hospital employees and their supporters held an informational picket outside the hospital.  They are trying to prevent VA hospitals from being closed.

 


Amanda LeClaire

Ypsilanti's City Hall building has a new addition. It's an 11' by 22' mural designed by local artist Jermaine Dickerson.

 

 


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President Barack Obama has announced he will award retired Lieutenant Colonel Charles S. Kettles the Medal of Honor.  The award comes nearly 50-years after  the act of "conspicuous gallantry" took place. Kettles will receive the award for service in the U-S Army at the White House on July 18th. . 

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

An Ann Arbor hospital is garnering national recognition for its work in a few different medical areas, 


Plastic Bags
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Washtenaw County's "eco-fee" for using plastic or paper bags from retail grocery stores is scheduled to go into effect on Earth Day in 2017. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County solid waste specialist Noelle Bowman about the new ordinance and whether state lawmakers will actually allow for its implementation. 


Jorge Avellan

Late Tuesday night, Ypsilanti City Council approved a $14 million budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. 

 


Detroit Public Schools Logo
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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a $617 million dollar bailout of the Detroit Public Schools – which he says represents a fresh start for the financially and academically struggling district.


Eastern Michigan University
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 Eastern Michigan University’s Board of Regents yesterday passed a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st. As part of the spending measure, the Regents approved a contract with food vendor Chartwells. The decision to privatize the school’s dining services did not come about without some criticism.


Lisa Barry

When we think about the five senses - sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell - these experiences are different for each of us.

Michelle Krell Kydd is a trained "nose" in fragrance and flavors and editor of the blog Glass Petal Smoke.

I spoke to her about an upcoming event she is hosting that focuses on the sometimes controversial aroma of patchouli.


Lake Michigan
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There’s a vote today in Chicago by the Great Lakes states on whether Waukesha-Wisconsin will be allowed to divert millions of gallons of water from Lake Michigan.  


ER Entrance
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A new University of Michigan study shows that counseling during an emergency room visit can decrease violent behaviors among young people from high-risk neighborhoods.  


the green room
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"Declare the Pall-Gelman 1, 4 dioxane plume a federal Superfund site."  That’s the message from the Sierra Club of Huron Valley.  The Sierra Club has passed a resolution urging the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County to seek Superfund designation from the US Environmental Protection Agency. 

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