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Jim Baird
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Ann Arbor residents will get a chance to talk to the city's police chief tonight to discuss any concerns about crime in the city.  


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.


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 A bill that will allow utility companies to collect energy produced by residential solar panels and sell it back to homeowners at retail price continues to be stalled in a state Senate Committee. 

Panhandling
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A state House committee could vote today on a bill to create a crime of “aggressive panhandling.”  The bill would replace state and local anti-begging laws that have been struck down as violations of free speech rights. 


U.S. Department of Labor
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About 600 employees in Washtenaw County will be affected by new rules from the U.S. Labor Department.

 

Math
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A competition challenging hundreds of students on their basic math skills is taking place today on the Eastern Michigan University campus.  


Summer 16
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The Summer 16 Youth Employment Program in Washtenaw County closed its enrollment after only two weeks because of high demand.  


Michigan Supreme Court
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An annual report from the state Supreme Court says specialty courts that focus on veterans, people with mental illnesses, and those with substance abuse problems are reducing re-offense rates, and saving taxpayers money. 


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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. 


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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. 


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A study from the University of Michigan shows that racial identity is considered fluid by white preschoolers.

 


Kevin Cotter
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The state House GOP leader has called for an amendment to the Michigan Constitution.  House Speaker Kevin Cotter wants to make it easier to fire state civil service employees. 


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.


U.S. Supreme Court
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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has released a list of potential US Supreme Court nominees with two names from Michigan. 

Job Application
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Michigan’s monthly jobless rate remains unchanged at 4.8%. 


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. 


Nick Azzaro

The FLY Children's Art Center in Ypsilanti will receive financial support from a special fundraiser taking place this Sunday, May 22nd.

The Wurst Bar in Ypsilanti is holding its third annual Wurst Challenge.

I spoke with one the event's creator, local blogger Mark Maynard, and the FLY Center's chairman of the board Linette Lao about what's happening.


Plastic Bags
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A public hearing will be held tonight at the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners meeting regarding a plastic bag ordinance.


Join us at everybody's favorite neighborhood picnic Thursday, June 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. outside at the EMU Convocation Center patio (inside in case of rain) and features music from RJ Spangler’s Kansas City Six, plus barbecue favorites like ribs, chicken, hotdogs, lots of veggie options, and a cash bar (lemonade and iced tea with the buffet).  $150 gift is admission for two; kids 16 and under welcome with parent(s).

Michigan State House of Representatives
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There’s less money than expected for Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature to put together the next state budget.  There’s also a shortfall in the current fiscal year.  


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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.


The Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority has issued a 'boil water' advisory for a portion of the Ypsilanti Township.

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