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Courtesy Photo / Diane Giannola

Candidates for Ann Arbor’s Ward 4 debated at the city’s Community Television Network studios last night.

  

School Bus
courtesy Durham School Services

The Ann Arbor's school board will meet today, and is expected to vote on an issue regarding bus transportation.

 


Wayne County
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Michigan’s largest county has formed a special unit focused on solving and prosecuting crimes against LGBT people. 


Jennifer Symanns

  Jennifer Symanns is a candidate for Ward 2 Representative on Ypsilanti City Council.  This is her submission for WEMU's "Soapbox Summer." 


Liz Dahl MacGregor

Liz Dahl MacGregor is running for City Council in Ward 3 of Ypsilanti.  This is her submission for WEMU's "Soapbox Summer."  


Dedicated To Make A Change

The recent police-related shootings across the country have sparked conversations about race and policing in Washtenaw County.

The City of Ypsilanti recently held a public forum on the issue to determine what they need to do about it.

I spoke with Gail Wolkoff, the founder of Dedicated To Make A Change, a youth empowerment group in Ypsilanti.  She was at the forum and gives her take of the situation.

Diane Giannola

  Diane Giannola is running for election as a City Council representative for Ann Arbor’s 4th ward.  This is her submission for WEMU's "Soapbox Summer."  

    

    

Hundreds of Ypsilanti residents filled the city’s high school auditorium Monday night for a community forum on policing and violence.

 

 

Jay Sinclair

An Eastern Michigan University alumnus has obtained legal representation after EMU refuses to provide information on the potential sale of its Kresge Environmental Center.

 


MI Legalize
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The state has asked a court to dismiss a legal challenge filed by the campaign to legalize marijuana in Michigan.


Sumi Kailasapathy

 Sumi Kailasapathy is a Democrat running for re-election as City Council Representative in Ann Arbor's 1st Ward.  This is her submission for WEMU's 2016 edition of "Soapbox Summer."

Three large-scale sewer repair and upgrade projects in Ann Arbor have been approved to begin work soon.

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The Ypsilanti Police-Community Relations Black Lives Matter Task Force is meeting in hopes of hearing from the community and dive more deeply into local policy change in light of recent police shootings around the country.

I spoke with Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds about the meeting.  She says growing interest in the task force has prompted them to move it to a bigger venue to accommodate more people and let concerned citizens have a voice.


Black Lives Matter
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The public is invited to a "Police-Community Relations/Black Lives Matter Task Force meeting" tonight in Ypsilanti, which had a recent change in venue. 


Vaccine
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A legal challenge has been filed against a state rule that requires counseling for parents who have a religious objection to vaccinating their children.  


Gender neutral restroom
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has joined a lawsuit filed by 10 states challenging a federal rule that says schools must respect the self-declared gender identity of students.  That includes allowing transgender students to choose which restrooms and locker rooms they will use.   


Influenza vaccine
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You may think it's too early to start thinking about school immunization waivers, but the Washtenaw County Health Department recommends scheduling an appointment as soon as possible. 

 


Yousef Rabhi

Yousef Rabhi is a Democrat running for State House in the 53rd District.  This is his submission for WEMU's 2016 edition of "Soapbox Summer."


WEMU

Ypsilanti officials announced the retirement of City Manager Ralph Lange, effective August 5.

 

Washtenaw County Sheriff Department

It's been a volatile week of citizen and police shootings that impacts everyone on all levels.

Locally, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton sent a message to his deputies and employees of the sheriff's department telling them they must remain vigilant and committed to a strong partnership between law enforcement and the community.

Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

Flint’s lead crisis has led to an increased concern about the dioxane plume in Ann Arbor’s groundwater.  In this 14th segment of WEMU’s “The Green Room” series on the Ann Arbor contamination plume, Barbara Lucas considers the dioxane content of bottled and tap water.


Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University has adopted a new policy on sexual misconduct and violence on campus.

Construction Barrels
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M-14 remains closed between Miller Road and Main Street in Ann Arbor for construction.  MDOT says repairs on right on schedule.

 


89.1 WEMU

This week I sit down with Jessica and talk about pizza styles including a new one coming soon to Washtenaw County.

We discuss "Detroit Style" pizza and the new Buddy's restaurant opening soon in Pittsfield Township.


Blooms
NASA Earth Observatory

The toxic algal bloom forming in the western part of Lake Erie is expected to be smaller than last year's bloom.

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