Ann Arbor

In our next edition of Art and Soul, we're joined by Jessica Webster, statewide life and culture reporter for MLive Media Group. She's also the host of "The In Crowd"  on 89.1 WEMU (heard Sunday afternoons from 3:00-5:00pm).

Spring has sprung and change is in the air. We're already salivating at all the great options being offered across southeast Michigan this summer. Check out what's going on around town.


FBI

The FBI says they have "some promising leads" in a food tampering incident at an Ann Arbor Whole Foods.

 

Roger Rayle / Scio Citizens for Safe Water

Local citizens and scientists have amassed large amounts of information on Ann Arbor’s 1,4-Dioxane plume. Locally sourced information has been invaluable since University of Michigan student Dan Bicknell first discovered the plume.  It has continued with 23 years of data collection by Roger Rayle of Scio Residents for Safe Water.  Has the information been put to good use?  Has it informed decision-makers?  In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas continues her exploration of this ongoing issue. 


City of Ann Arbor

The city of Ann Arbor has released its annual drinking water quality report.  Brian Steglitz is the manager of water treatment services for the city.  He says they continue to meet or exceed all state and federal regulatory requirements.  There is no issue with lead in Ann Arbor's drinking water like there is in Flint.

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Ann Arbor's interim city administrator will present a $370 million budget to City Council on Monday for the 2017 fiscal year.

 


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A proposal to increase the hours of parking meter enforcement in downtown Ann Arbor is causing a stir online and in the community today.

Myra Klarman / Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Executive Director & Artistic Director Amy Nesbitt sat down with WEMU's Linda Yohn earlier this week to talk about the schedule and hear some music from some of the acts scheduled to appear.

Scott Bauer / USDA

Have an opinion about the recent deer cull in Ann Arbor?  City officials want to hear feedback from residents.

Creative Many

The creative sector in Washtenaw County employs more than 6,000 people and more than 25,000 statewide.

 

 

 

WEMU

The future of regional mass transit was the topic at a meeting in downtown Ann Arbor Thursday night.

 

For a gift of $100, you and a guest will receive film tickets for two to see a special screening of Miles Ahead Ann Arbor premier, plus admission to a special pre-show reception at the Necto Nightclub (across from Michigan Theater) from 5 to 6:30 p.m on Thursday, April 21, 2016. The reception will feature light snacks, a cash bar, music from Big Fun, a 5 piece band led by Mark Kirschenman and Stephen Rush, and a special souvenir ($50 for one ticket and admission if you're unable to commit to a pair of tickets).

Fact:  Trumpeter Ingrid Racine has released her first CD of original tunes and arrangements as a leader – Concentric Circles.  Opinion:  This is modern jazz of the highest order placing Ingrid Racine in the company of fellow modern trumpet improvisers Eddie Henderson, Ingrid Jensen, Wallace Roney and Sean Jones.  

Fact:  WEMU is proud to present Ingrid and her quartet featuring guitarist Chuck Newsome, bassist Ben Rolston and drummer Rob Avsharian at our next free Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz Show at Rush Street Nightclub Friday April 1st at 5:01 PM sharp.  

Roger Rayle / Scio Residents For Safe Water

In the United States, approximately 10 million pounds of 1,4-dioxane are produced each year.  It is being detected in groundwater at dozens of sites across the country.  Once thought to be relatively benign, new science says otherwise.  Costs to clean it up are high, and communities are grappling with how to deal with it.  In this installment of  “The Green Room,” WEMU  explores the experiences of two cities:  Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Tucson, Arizona. 

 

 

WikiCommons

Some Washtenaw County residents are eating over half a cup more per day of fruits and vegetables thanks to a program called Prescription for Health.


Kelly Henderson loves her job, teaching at Newton South High School in a suburb west of Boston. But she's frustrated she can't afford to live in the community where she teaches: It's part of the 10th most expensive housing market in the nation.

"For people in the private sector, they're probably saying 'Oh poor you, you can't live in the community where you work, what's the big deal?' " says Henderson, 35. "And I guess part of the nature of public education and why it's a different kind of job, is that it's all-consuming — as it should be."

WEMU and the Ark have been cultural partners for many years and now we are teaming up to celebrate our 51st year together with a special grab bag exclusive to WEMU listeners for a pair of tickets* of your choosing to the one of the following shows at the Ark. For a gift of $200 to WEMU, you and your guest can join us at the Ark for:

High end Thermos brand thermal travel mug with handle. Black matte finish with green WEMU logo. White ceramic beverage mug with green WEMU Peace, Love and Public Radio logo. 

A gift of $250 gets this limited edition WEMU travel mug (plus entrance to our annual Blues Barbecue). 

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For donation information, please contact WEMU at wemu@wemu.org or call (888) 299-8910.

State Representative Jeff Irwin
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State Representative Jeff Irwin is praising a new rule that changes the acceptable levels allowed of dioxane in Michigan.  

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Remediation of an expanding 1, 4 dioxane plume continues, but the chemical continues to slowly spread towards the Huron river. That's the topic in this month's edition of '1st Friday Focus on the Environment.'  Lisa Wozniak is Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters and host of the monthly feature. Her guest is 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. 


Michigan Theater
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The 2016 Oscars have been handed out!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins talk Oscars, the Independent Spirit Awards and preview all the movies opening this weekend.


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Ann Arbor Public Schools will vote on expanding the district's student exchange program next fall.

 


 

Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

80 percent of Americans drink coffee, and global consumption is projected to rise by 25% in the next five years.  Some is sustainably-grown, some isn’t—and impacts can add up.  In this installment of 89.1 WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores how the price of coffee can affect far more than your wallet.  


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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is advising residents to take extra caution on the roads tonight and tomorrow.

 

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With over 150 city employees becoming eligible for retirement during the next year, the city of Ann Arbor is considering creating a workforce planning fund.


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