Detroit

Marathon Petroleum
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Justice Department say an agreement has been reached with Marathon Petroleum to reduce air pollution from a Detroit refinery.  

Detroit Public Schools Logo
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The state Senate could vote this week on a Detroit Public Schools bailout plan, even though it’s a departure from the bipartisan compromise already adopted by the chamber.  


Kym Worthy
Courtesy Photo / Wayne County Prosecutor's Office

Wayne County’s prosecutor says her office is drafting legislation to outlaw keeping an unsecured, loaded weapon in a home with children.


MI House Democratic Party / http://housedems.com/state-rep-stephanie-chang-biography

 

Poor air quality in regions of our state contributes to chronic health problems including asthma, COPD, some cancers, and more. In this month's edition of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment, Lisa Wozniak discusses the impact of air pollution on our communities with State Rep. Stephanie Chang and what it would take to move our state forward with environmental justice.I

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. 


Marion Hayden Jazz
Daryl Smith

Jazz Appreciation Month is supposed to end in April, but in the Detroit area we extended it by a week so that bassist Marion Hayden could receive her 2016 Jazz Hero Award from the Jazz Journalist’s Association.   

Duo Security

Ann Arbor-based Duo Security is getting a $2.5 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.


Bill Schuette
Courtesy Photo / State of Michigan

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a lawsuit to shut down an abortion clinic in Detroit.


Abandoned Building
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The state plans to use most of a big federal grant to tear down abandoned buildings in Detroit and Flint.  

  

Bert Johnson
Michigan Senate Democrats / senatedems.com

Democrats are criticizing a new state House proposal to rescue Detroit Public Schools.


Terence Blanchard
Henry-Adebonojo/ Courtesy of the artist

Terence Blanchard is no stranger to Detroit as the 2015-16 Jazz Creative Director for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and was the 2012 Artist in Residence for the Detroit Jazz Festival. This Sunday, January 24th trumpeter, composer, arranger Terence Blanchard returns to Detroit for two performances at Cliff Bell’s Nightclub.

Betabrand/Melissa Fleis

Ideas for video games to organic farms have become a reality through online crowd funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. A University of Michigan grad has now found success through crowd funding for a women's winter coat designed for city life.

 

 


Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU

Couldn't make it to the festival? Got a massive case of FOMO? You can catch all the highlights from WEMU hosts and staff from the 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival right here:

Michigan State Police
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Officials say a backlog of 11,000 untested rape kits is almost cleared. In some instances, the cases go back more than three decades. However, some victims will have to wait years for justice. 


Kevin Ransom Ann Arbor
Courtesy Photo

Members of Ann Arbor's renowned folk and blues scene came together Monday night to help longtime local music writer Kevin Ransom.  A set of debilitating health problems have music critic Kevin Ransom close to losing his home. 

Water & Sewer Rate Hike Approved In Ypsilanti

Aug 19, 2015

Ypsilanti residents will see an increase to their water bills beginning in October. 

Unless you grew up in a black family with deep Detroit roots, I'm betting you've never heard of Black Bottom. It was a self-sustaining, all-black neighborhood that flourished on Detroit's eastern edge at the turn of the last century. It's largely forgotten today, replaced by a four-lane highway, but back then its mile-and-a-half main drag bustled with black-owned grocery stores selling produce from local black farmers.

For a gift of just $250 you and a friend can take the bus to Comerica Park, enjoy a picnic party in the stadium, receive a free TRUEMU Tigers baseball hat, get your photo taken in the outfield - and see a great game as the Detroit Tigers take on the the Seattle Mariners.  

As WEMU gets ready for this Wednesday’s trip to Comerica Park to see the Tigers take on the Seattle Mariners, I drew up a baseball-themed playlist to get you fired up.  If you do a google search for baseball tunes, you’ll find many that are on this list.  However, enlisting the advice of fellow jazz programmers around the nation for their suggestions yielded many more creative ideas.  Adding pieces with a definite WEMU-Ann Arbor, and Detroit connection gives this list an ultra-special distinction.  I picked one song per inning as well as the seventh-inning stretch and tossed in one more in case our game requires an extra inning for a total of 11 favorites.  

Cinetopia / www.cinetopiafestival.org

Festival officals are calling the start of the Cinetopia International Film Festival a "big hit!"   In Cinema Chat David Fair and Russ Collins discuss the festival and preview other movies that will open this weekend.


Michigan Theater / michtheater.org

Cinetopia is here! David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins discuss the Detroit and Ann Arbor film festival and the other movie options in the area.


Known as Detroit’s “Jazz Ambassador,” Marcus Belgrave's reputation in the jazz world as a musician and human being of the highest caliber was renowned worldwide.  Yet, Marcus always had time for his hometown friends be they in Detroit, Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti.

Michigan Theater / michtheater.org

 

Eighteen schools in Detroit were closed Thursday due to staffing shortages. Teachers and other school personnel took the day off to head to Lansing to protest Governor Rick Snyder’s plan to overhaul the district. The plan includes enabling more charter schools to open in the city. 

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Catch a preview of the upcoming Cinetopia Film Festival, and previews of films opening around town and downtown this weekend on this week's Cinema Chat with Patrick Campion and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO, Russ Collins. 

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