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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.


Older voters might wonder this campaign season whether presidential candidates are taking them for granted. People 65 and older make up more than a fifth of the electorate, but the issues that concern them are rarely mentioned on the campaign trail.

Rudy Pavini, 81, and Tommie Ward, 84, recently spent lunchtime dancing at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center north of Los Angeles. It takes their minds off their worries about Social Security.

The National Academy of Sciences — probably the country's most prestigious scientific group — has reaffirmed its judgment that GMOs are safe to eat. But the group's new report struck a different tone from previous ones, with much more space devoted to concerns about genetically modified foods, including social and economic ones.

At White House state dinners, it's customary for a president to nod to the strengths and contributions of guest countries. And when hosting Nordic nations on Friday, President Obama paid tribute to a particular Finnish export.

Guy Clark, one of Nashville's most renowned singer-songwriters, has died at the age of 74. This profile of Clark originally aired on July 23, 2013, on All Things Considered.

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

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Two local science-based learning centers for children and their families may soon be merging.


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


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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. 


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

 

Commuter Challenge
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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.
 


Seventeen states have legal protections to prevent discrimination against transgender people in areas like housing and employment.

One of those states is New Jersey, and when employers there want to know how state law applies to transgender people, many of them call Robyn Gigl. She's a partner at a top law firm; a board member of Garden State Equality, a nonprofit that works on LGBT issues, and is also a transgender woman.

"I put a human face on something, and I consider myself the most normal person in the room," she says.

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.

 

All eyes were on 20-year-old Abdullahi Yusuf when he stepped on the stand in federal court last week in Minneapolis to testify for the prosecution in America's largest ISIS recruitment trial.

As Yusuf began to speak, his words provided a rare, behind-the-scenes look at how more than a dozen young men convinced themselves that the way to prove they were good Muslims was to travel to Syria and fight for ISIS.

It's after 9 p.m. and Alix Le Bourdon is enjoying a picnic dinner with her family and friends at the Buttes Chaumont park in Paris 19th arrondissement. Usually at this time they'd be rushing to pack everything up before the park guards, blowing their whistle, come through to shoo everyone away and lock the gates.

Every Parisian knows the sound of those whistles that draw the curtain on many a summer night in the park. But not anymore, says Le Bourdon.

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You see it or experience it more and more: cell phones at the dinner table.


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Ann Arbor's City Council is expected to vote on the 2017 fiscal year budget tonight.  It's the second part of a two-year spending plan.

 


 

Ypsilanti officials want to hear residents’ concerns about the Water Street Redevelopment Project.


 

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An effort to expand Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act could move forward this week in the state legislature.   


Chance the Rapper is determined.

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