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Lisa Barry

As the month of March, celebrated as Women's History Month, comes to a close, it's an opportunity to talk about some of the changes that are now taking place due to the growing number of women in the military.  WEMU's Lisa Barry reports on how that is impacting the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Ann Arbor.

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Washtenaw County Medical Society are hosting a panel discussion tonight on drunk driving.

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The city of Ann Arbor's Environmental Commission wants city council to create a Staff Adaptation Team.  

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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. 




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.

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A casting call for MTV's "The Real World" show took place in Ann Arbor. 

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."

The Ride

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority will host an informational meeting tomorrow to inform riders about changes that will be implemented soon. 

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:

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor's Planning Commission will meet tonight.  Plans for a new dog park will be included in a general parks and recreation presentation.


The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office has partnered with the Ann Arbor group ArborWoman to help prevent infant deaths. 

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Steve Johnson

Ann Arbor residents could soon see utility rates increase.

Irwin Praises New Rules On Dioxane In Michigan

Mar 16, 2016
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.  

Washtenaw County

The search for a new Washtenaw County Administrator could be the focus of Wednesday's Board of Commissioners meeting.

Ann Arbor Film Festival

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest running independent and experimental film festival in North America.  In its 54th year, it continues to impact the local economy.

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Ann Arbor City Council will host a working session tonight.  

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Spring is in the air and so is the 2016 Ann Arbor Film Festival!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair, Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins, and Ann Arbor Film Festival Executive Director Leslie Raymond preview this year's festival and all the movies coming to the big screen this weekend.

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  More teachers may soon populate classrooms in Ann Arbor schools. It is among the topics of discussion to be held at Wednesday night's Board of Education meeting at Forsythe Middle School


When looking for the right presidential candidate to vote for, many voters think about issues, such as foreign policy and employment.  But one other subject is gaining popularity.

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You may have seen the signs posted on your commute, but a major local freeway closure begins tonight. 

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Saint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has been named one of the nation's top 100 hospitals by Truven Health Analytics.

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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. 

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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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The city of Ann Arbor is holding the next in a monthly series of sustainability forums tonight.