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U.S. Department of Labor
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About 600 employees in Washtenaw County will be affected by new rules from the U.S. Labor Department.

 

Math
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A competition challenging hundreds of students on their basic math skills is taking place today on the Eastern Michigan University campus.  


Summer 16
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The Summer 16 Youth Employment Program in Washtenaw County closed its enrollment after only two weeks because of high demand.  


Michigan Supreme Court
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An annual report from the state Supreme Court says specialty courts that focus on veterans, people with mental illnesses, and those with substance abuse problems are reducing re-offense rates, and saving taxpayers money. 


City of Ann Arbor

It will take the city of Ann Arbor a bit longer than expected to open a new dog park near downtown that was approved earlier this year. 


March Against Monsanto Facebook

Activists will March Against Monsanto in Ann Arbor tomorrow.

 


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

In 1980 Congress created the Superfund to clean up hazardous waste sites that have passed criteria placing them on the “National Priorities List.” If and when funding becomes available for a site, the EPA works with the state’s DEQ to remediate it.  When polluters can’t be made to pay to clean them up, the Superfund pays, using taxpayer money. In Michigan, there are currently 65 sites on the National Priorities List.  Should Ann Arbor become one of them?

 


WEMU

The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority has released a study that indicates that more parking is needed in downtown. 


Creative Commons

A study from the University of Michigan shows that racial identity is considered fluid by white preschoolers.

 


Kevin Cotter
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The state House GOP leader has called for an amendment to the Michigan Constitution.  House Speaker Kevin Cotter wants to make it easier to fire state civil service employees. 


Michigan Theater
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Film festival season is kicking off all over the world!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about all the movies coming to the big screen this weekend and a special announcement about the Cinetopia film festival.


U.S. Supreme Court
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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has released a list of potential US Supreme Court nominees with two names from Michigan. 

Job Application
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Michigan’s monthly jobless rate remains unchanged at 4.8%. 


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's VA hospital held a 2K Walk and Roll to encourage healthy activity and show support for homeless veterans. 


Nick Azzaro

The FLY Children's Art Center in Ypsilanti will receive financial support from a special fundraiser taking place this Sunday, May 22nd.

The Wurst Bar in Ypsilanti is holding its third annual Wurst Challenge.

I spoke with one the event's creator, local blogger Mark Maynard, and the FLY Center's chairman of the board Linette Lao about what's happening.


Plastic Bags
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A public hearing will be held tonight at the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners meeting regarding a plastic bag ordinance.


Michigan State House of Representatives
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There’s less money than expected for Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature to put together the next state budget.  There’s also a shortfall in the current fiscal year.  


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Ann Arbor's city council approved a $370 million budget for the 2017 fiscal year.  Find out how it will affect you.


The Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority has issued a 'boil water' advisory for a portion of the Ypsilanti Township.

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
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Two local science-based learning centers for children and their families may soon be merging.


Amtrak
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Residents in Washtenaw County could have another Amtrak stop next year.


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder now says it’s possible he deleted some e-mails related to Flint, even though he earlier told a congressional committee that he had not. 


Michigan DNR / http://www.michigan.gov/dnr

State environmental officials want feedback from Washtenaw County residents about a new plan to stop invasive species.

 

Commuter Challenge
Commuter Challenge

Many drivers in cities such as Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti will walk, bike, or take the bus to get to work this week, instead of driving as part of a commuter challenge.
 


Gail Rubin

No one wants to talk about death.

Only 25% of adults make end-of-life plans, including advance medical directives.

I spoke with Gail Rubin, a death education expert and author of the award-winning book, "A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die," to talk about the thing no one wants to talk about - dying - and how to laugh in the face of death.

 

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