Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor Public Schools
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Ann Arbor Public Schools is looking for host families to take in 20 Chinese students later this year.

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The LPGA Volvik Championship in Ann Arbor is expected to boost the local economy.


City of Ann Arbor

It will take the city of Ann Arbor a bit longer than expected to open a new dog park near downtown that was approved earlier this year. 


Ann Arbor Protest Shows GMO Controversy Is Not Over

May 20, 2016
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Activists will March Against Monsanto in Ann Arbor tomorrow.

 


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

In 1980 Congress created the Superfund to clean up hazardous waste sites that have passed criteria placing them on the “National Priorities List.” If and when funding becomes available for a site, the EPA works with the state’s DEQ to remediate it.  When polluters can’t be made to pay to clean them up, the Superfund pays, using taxpayer money. In Michigan, there are currently 65 sites on the National Priorities List.  Should Ann Arbor become one of them?

 


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The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority has released a study that indicates that more parking is needed in downtown. 


Michigan Theater
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Film festival season is kicking off all over the world!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins about all the movies coming to the big screen this weekend and a special announcement about the Cinetopia film festival.


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's VA hospital held a 2K Walk and Roll to encourage healthy activity and show support for homeless veterans. 


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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.


Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
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Two local science-based learning centers for children and their families may soon be merging.


Commuter Challenge
Commuter Challenge

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.
 


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.

 

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. 

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.

MILegalize

Despite potentially having enough signatures to place a proposal on the November ballot to legalize marijuana in Michigan, a local group will continue to gather support with an Ann Arbor event Wednesday evening. 


City of Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Police Department continues to use body cameras as part of a pilot program. 


Creative Commons

Federal agencies could soon catch up to Washtenaw County when it comes to hiring individuals who have been incarcerated.

 

Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant
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The city of Ann Arbor is letting residents get a first hand look at where their water comes from.

E-Waste
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Now's your chance to get rid of that old computer, telephone, or other electronic device that's ben gathering dust in your garage.

Kyle Bessemer
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A man suspected of spraying a contaminant on unpackaged food at three Ann Arbor grocery stores faces four charges of poisoning food.

Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

For almost thirty years, a “responsible party” (Gelman Sciences, Inc.) has been legally and financially responsible for the 1, 4 dioxane contamination of  groundwater inthe Ann Arbor area.  This is in contrast to many contamination sites where cleanup falls totally on taxpayers. But the plume remains, and some question if enough resources are being devoted to its remediation.  In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas looks at money, and how it impacts Ann Arbor’s contamination problem. 


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.


Helder Ribeiro

Washtenaw County health officials are looking into some health complaints from residents who said they shopped at local stores where a man was allegedly contaminating unpackaged food.

I spoke with Kristen Schweighoefer, the Environmental Health Director for Washtenaw County Health.


FBI

The FBI says a man is in custody after he admitted to spraying a contaminant on unpackaged food items at three Ann Arbor grocery stores.

FBI

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

 

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