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89.1 WEMU presents Morning Edition from NPR.  David Fair, WEMU News Director,  keeps you up to date on all the latest news, traffic and weather in your neighborhood.  

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The only thing that appears certain in the Senate when it comes to health care is that there will be a vote next week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made that clear after a senators-only lunch with President Trump at the White House.

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Eight blocks from where the Ann Arbor Art Fair begins its second day today, there's a mini "pop-up" art fair taking place on the front lawn of a home on the old west side.


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A state agency has asked courts in three counties to dismiss 186 bench warrants against people accused of unemployment fraud.  The state could next ask for the charges to be dismissed altogether.


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Why We Should Be Wary Of Moon Tourism

Jul 21, 2017

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Forty-eight years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin packed up the moon rocks they had gathered and blasted off of the moon for their trip back to Earth.

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Chester Bennington, the singer from the rock band Linkin Park, died yesterday at 41 years old. Authorities say they are investigating his death as a possible suicide.

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A brain cancer diagnosis for Senator John McCain is sadly familiar news for one of his friends. Former Secretary of State John Kerry is close to McCain. Kerry was also a Massachusetts colleague of Senator Ted Kennedy, who died of cancer.

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Two things seem pretty certain about Republican Senator Mitch McConnell's health care push at this point. There is going to be a vote next week, and there's going to be a lot of vocal opposition to it.

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Representatives from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority met with City of Ypsilanti officials today to discuss concerns that senior citizens living at the Cross Street Village apartments have about possibly losing their affordable housing units.


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This week, "Art and Soul" is the art of well-being.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by University of Michigan Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. Frank Anderson, who is also the director of Global Initiatives for the department and co-founder of Ann Arbor Open Meditation.  Dr. Anderson talks about why he co-founded the meditation center and the many benefits of meditation.


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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater marketing manager Sarah Erlewine about the movie business and all the of films you can check out during this Ann Arbor Art Fair weekend.


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The 58th annual Ann Arbor Art Fair opens today.  I visited with some of the artists as they were setting up and says everyone is excited to show and sell their work.


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The former mayor of Saline and two-term State Representative Gretchen Driskell formally announced Wednesday she is running for Congress again in 2018.  She's running for the 7th Congressional District seat against incumbent Tim Wahlberg.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to Driskell about her campaign announcement.


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As you start making plans to attend the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair that starts today and runs through Sunday, you may want to keep in mind what your transportation options are.  


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Michigan’s monthly jobless rate has dropped to its lowest rate in 17 years.  But, that has more to do with fewer people looking for work than new hiring.


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Meghan McCain writes that, of her family members, the one most confident and calm right now is her father.

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Her father is Senator John McCain. And his office says he was diagnosed with brain cancer.

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Military contractors outnumber soldiers in Afghanistan almost 3-1. They do a lot of the back-office work of warfighting. The question now is whether their role could expand under the Trump administration.

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