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There are plenty of opportunities to participate in "Civic Matters" this week.  In this weekly get-together, WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative, explore what is going on in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County.  


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Long before we started taking pictures on smartphones, you would see people wearing bigger and bulkier film cameras.  Among the more respected was the Argus camera and, as it turns out, it was made right here in Washtenaw County.  Argus is now out of business, but its legacy lives on.  As 89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan reports, you’ll discover that history in a 1,500 square-foot space at the corner of West William and 4th Streets in Ann Arbor, “Hidden In Plain Sight.”   

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Residents in the Ann Arbor Public School district are being asked to vote on a new operating millage Tuesday, May 8th.


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The state House Republican leader says it’s still possible lawmakers will vote on legalizing marijuana in Michigan.  But, he says it is unlikely.


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From its youth council to serving the growing needs of seniors in Washtenaw County, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation is a philanthropic organization with a broad community focus intending to connect and engage with area residents.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry talks with foundation president and CEO Neel Hajra about the foundation's annual community meeting taking place on May 7th.


Voters in Ypsilanti Township will be among those hitting the ballot boxes next Tuesday, May 8th.  As WEMU's Taylor Pinson reports, the township is asking voters to approve a new millage on to help pay for the community's fire department.


May 8th is Election Day in Washtenaw County.  The Ann Arbor Public Schools are seeking renewal of a general operating millage.  Ypsilanti Township is asking for tax support for fire department operations  and has a special election for a Parks Commission position.  As WEMU's Taylor Pinson reports, in Sharon Township, the issue is access to broadband internet service. 


Some call it "Fox Guarding the Hen-House" legislation.  Bills under consideration in Lansing would create an oversight panel for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  It would have the authority to grant and deny permits and overrule decisions made by the MDEQ.  It would also be comprised of people who may represent businesses and industries that have a financial stake in the decisions being made. 


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Governor Rick Snyder has signed bills that would make it tougher and more expensive for losing candidates to call a recount of the results. 


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There are new developments in the criminal case against a former dean of Michigan State University.  A judge says two women cannot testify against William Strampel at a crucial hearing in June.  Strampel is charged with using his position at MSU to try and get sexual favors from female students.


A democratic candidate for governor in Michigan is speaking to the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti chamber luncheon tomorrow.

Gretchen Whitmer, the first major candidate to file to run for the position, is sharing her vision for the state should she be elected to replace Rick Snyder.


Lisa Barry

Now that the weather has warmed up there are a lot of outdoor dining options around Washtenaw County. 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry and Jessica Webster talk about just some of the many places to enjoy a meal or a beverage outside a local restaurant.


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There are a lot of great movie options for you this week! Russ Collins is away this week, so there is no audio version of "Cinema Chat," but we still have the movie news for you. Russ will return next week and, in the meantime, read through for your guide to the movies in our area.   

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Some kids dream of becoming basketball's next superstar, and the East Washtenaw Basketball League may provide a first step.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Steve Petty, Vice President of Healthy Living and Social Responsibility at the Ann Arbor YMCA, about what the league can offer Washtenaw County's youth.


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China has declared that it would no longer accept certain recycled materials from outside its borders, and that has affected many recycling programs in the U.S., including those in Washtenaw County.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Recycle Ann Arbor interim CEO Bryan Weinart about local impacts and the future of recycling. 


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A new way of detecting cancerous tumors is being researched by a University of Michigan professor that could someday replace the notoriously uncomfortable mammogram.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry spoke with University of Michigan biomedical engineering professor Greg Thurber about this new process.


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If you've ever been to a music performance at The Ark, you know why it is a revered venue, not only in Ann Arbor, but throughout the country.  For musicians and audience alike, it is small, intimate, and welcoming. 

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Michigan officials are cheering the fact that President Trump has thrown his support behind upgrading the Soo Locks.  The president endorsed the plan this past weekend.


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The deadline to get on the August primary ballot has passed, which the election season is really going to pick up steam.  In this week's "Civic Matters," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to CivCity Initiative executive director Mary Morgan about the latest events in local government, including more talks on the Ann Arbor YMCA Lot and a screening of a new, politically-charged documentary.


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State senators sparred on the chamber floor Thursday.  The issue stems from one senator’s comments about the Muslim Brotherhood.


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A partisan split on a state election board has stalled a petition drive to outlaw prevailing wage rules in Michigan.  A group of non-union builders wants to outlaw prevailing wage.


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It appears the question of legalizing marijuana in Michigan is headed to the November ballot.  A state elections board has certified the campaign has enough petition signatures to take the next step.


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The state Board of Canvassers has approved the petition signatures for the November referendum, the August primary ballot for state offices are set, and the Legislature is closer to passing a budget for the coming fiscal year.  WEMU's David Fair discusses all of these issues with MPRN's Rick Pluta in this week's edition of, "The State of Politics." 


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In 2011, 29 people in Washtenaw County died from a opioid-related death.  That number increased to 68 last year.  The county is hoping to reduce that number.


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Inspired by the intense controversy over Ann Arbor’s deer cull, this two-part series focuses on underlying value systems that shape perspectives on wildlife management issues.


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