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WEMU's All Things Considered local host is Lisa Barry who anchors all local news segments during the program.

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
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Drunk driving is on the rise across Michigan.


Washtenaw County Sheriff
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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office wants to host a citizen's police academy, but is trying to determine if there is enough interest from the public.  


Marijuana Supporters
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There could be a legal showdown looming between state elections officials and the ballot campaign to legalize marijuana.


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Sugar, you might think, is just sugar, no matter where it comes from. But not anymore.

About half of all sugar in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, and the other half comes from sugar cane. Now, for the first time, sugar traders are treating these as two different commodities, with two different prices.

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Hillary Clinton is floating a proposal to let people over the age of 50 "buy in" to Medicare, the federal government's health insurance for those 65 and older.

The Democratic presidential contender mentioned the idea earlier this week at a campaign event in Stone Ridge, Va. She was responding to a woman who said her health insurance premiums — which she bought on the individual market — rose more than $500 last year.

"What you're saying is one of the real worries that we're facing with the cost of health insurance," Clinton said. "The costs are going up in many markets."

Lisa Barry

In this edition, Omari Rush of the Ann Arbor Art Center and I make a visit to a very special home on the west side of Ann Arbor to talk about the visual arts in and around Ann Arbor. 

Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton is asking residents to become a 'interrupter' this Saturday, May 14th.

It's a grassroots effort aimed at getting neighbors talking to each other in hopes of making the community a safer place.

Volunteers will go door-to-door to help stem violence and make people more accountable for their behavior.

I spoke to the sheriff about several events going on in the community involving his department.


Michigan Theater
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Cinetopia is less than a month away, and the summer movie season is in full swing.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all the flicks coming to the big screen this weekend.


Gretchen Driskell
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Former Republican Governor William Milliken is formally endorsing Democratic State Representative Gretchen Driskell.

 

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  There are several places in Washtenaw County that provide services.


Fair Housing Center
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Ypsilanti Township's housing policies are drawing criticism from a local non-profit organization.

Thompson Block
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A Washtenaw County Brownfield program analysis revealed positive impacts that type of project has on the community.


6th Circuit Court of Appeals
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A federal appeals court says Michigan still has not fixed problems with its juvenile lifer law that was declared unconstitutional four years ago. 


Amir Attaran, a professor in the School of Public Health and the School of Law at the University of Ottawa, isn't afraid to take a bold stand.

He has written a commentary for the Harvard Public Health Review, published this week, with the headline, "Why Public Health Concerns for Global Spread of Zika Virus Means that Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympic Games Must Not Proceed."

A few weeks ago, Dr. James Bale saw a series of MRI images in a medical journal of MRI scans of babies infected with Zika in the womb.

They scans showed something Bale had seen only a few times in his 30-year career: a phenomenon called fetal brain disruption sequence.

As the fetus's brain starts to grow, it creates pressure, which pushes on the skull and causes it to grow. But if something stops brain growth — such as a virus — pressure on the skull drops. And the skull can collapse down onto the brain.

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A2Y Vice President of Foundation and Leadership for the A2Y chamber Barbara Davenport and attorney Andrew Fink of Fink and Fink Law in Ann Arbor discuss the community leadership class, which has had more than 3,000 graduates over the past 33 years.

Ann Arbor Public Schools
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The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education will have its first meeting tonight since voters approved a special education millage.  


Plastic Bags
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Local efforts to address the environmental concerns of plastic bag use in Washtenaw County just took a giant step backwards in Lansing.


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Ypsilanti City Council voted in favor of a new tax and purchase agreement with developers of the Riverwalk Commons.

 

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