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Destination Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau / visitannarbor.org

The Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has changed its name and is rebranding itself.


Health Care
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Washtenaw County Health Department revealed that local enrollment in health insurance is up through the Affordable Care Act.


James Clift
Michigan Environmental Council / environmentalcouncil.org

Through the course of this week, Governor Rick Snyder has released some ambitious plans for environmental policy for his final year in office.  WEMU’s David Fair caught up with James Clift, Policy Director of the Michigan Environmental Council, to discuss the plans and whether any of it will actually make it into policy. 


Michigan State University
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The pressure on Michigan State University to overhaul its administration continued last night as hundreds gathered in a town-hall style event to voice their opposition and frustration with the school.  This is the continuing response to the school’s handling of sexual assault complaints.


Water
Max Pixel / freegreatpicture.com

Governor Rick Snyder has called for an assessment on water bills to help pay for fixing pipes and other infrastructure.  A plan rolled out Thursday would add a dollar every year to most water bills for five years.


Meridian Township Apologizes For Nassar Inaction

Feb 2, 2018
Meridian Township
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Meridian Township police have offered an apology to an alleged victim of Larry Nassar.   The department says it mishandled a complaint brought against the former sports doctor in 2004. 


Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Eastern Michigan University announced last week that a credit hour shortfall has caused a $4.5 - $5.5 million budget shortfall in this fiscal year.  To remedy that, up to 60 positions (both current employees and unfilled openings) will be eliminated across campus.  EMU's faculty and lecturers' unions responded yesterday with a joint press release saying that these issues are being driven by "bad management decisions."  Patrick Campion sat down with EMU-FT President, Daric Thorne, to discuss that message and what he sees as a vision for EMU's future.  


Michigan Theater
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks with Michigan Theater and State Theatre executive director Russ Collins about the movie business and all of the new and returning films hitting the silver screen this weekend.


Asian Carp
Josh Mogerman / flickr.com

Governor Rick Snyder says a new shipping lock in Joliet, Illinois is needed to stop Asian carp from making their way from the Mississippi River system to the Great Lakes.  Snyder says it’s taking too long to get the project started.


John Engler
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Former Governor John Engler spent his first day as interim president of Michigan State University dealing with campus controversy over the appointment.


Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address, and Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor was watching.  Mayor Taylor shares his perspective on the potential impacts of proposed policies introduced in the address in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair.

Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

WEMU is happy to announce that On the Ground Ypsi will continue through 2018.  We start this week's edition with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly meeting with a team of aspiring young engineers from Ypsilanti Community High School, who want to show off their skills on the national stage.


Debbie Dingell
U.S. House of Representatives / congress.gov

President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, and 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell was in attendance.  She spoke to WEMU's David Fair about her thoughts on the speech, including such issues as the automotive industry and immigration.

John Engler
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Former Governor John Engler will serve as interim president of his troubled alma mater, Michigan State University.  The MSU Board of Trustees is expected to officially vote on the appointment at a meeting this morning.


Landfill
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Governor Rick Snyder wants to increase the cost of dumping waste in the state’s landfills.  This is part of the governor’s proposal to improve Michigan’s environment.


President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. You can also watch the speeches live here.

Internet
Max Pixel / freegreatpicture.com

Governor Rick Snyder kicked off his week of daily announcements Monday with a focus on broadband internet access.  During the State of the State, Snyder said he would make a new announcement about infrastructure and the environment every day this week.


Ari Weinszeig, Zingerman's
Courtesy photo The Ann / theannmag.com

For some, it might seem incongruous to try and run a business from the perspective of an artist.  It's exactly that perspective that has made the Zingerman's Community of Businesses such a success. In this week's 'creative:impact," we explore the artistic vision of Zingerman's co-founder and co-owner, Ari Weinzweig, and the business model it helped create that is being imitated around the world. 

City of Ann Arbor / https://www.a2gov.org/

Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative will join WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to the city of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County.  Mary Morgan provides news, analysis, commentary and explains the various ways residents can become more engaged.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

You don’t have to travel halfway around the world to see historic artifacts from the ancient world.  Treasures have been procured from around the globe and are available for you to see, right in Ann Arbor. Where?  It’s a museum on the University of Michigan campus.

You’ll find it clearly visible on State Street, and yet for many, it’s hidden in plain sight.  


Tom Leonard
Michigan House Republicans / gophouse.org

Michigan State University is under multiple investigations for its handling of sexual assault complaints.  And the Board of Trustees says it will cooperate with all of them.  The Speaker of the House plans to use every tool he has to make sure MSU cooperates with his investigation.


City of Ypsilanti

A sitting member of Ypsilanti City Council is looking to change job titles.  2nd Ward representative Beth Bashert has formally announced her candidacy for Mayor. 
 


Michigan House of Representatives
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The state House of Representatives started an investigation into Michigan State University today.  This stems from a former MSU sports doctor’s criminal conduct.


Money
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The state House has adopted legislation to allow Michigan taxpayers to continue to claim the personal income tax exemption.  The bill is supposed to make sure Michiganders don’t pay more as a result of the new federal tax law.


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

These days, it seems you can back up just about any point of view, depending on which facts you choose to  cite.  So, let’s take a moment to set aside the debate over data when it comes to Ann Arbor’s deer management plan, including sterilization and a lethal cull.  In this first of our two-part series in “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas focuses instead on the underlying perspectives and value systems guiding some of the voices in this contentious issue. 


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