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Michigan US Senator Gary Peters is joining those in support of today's US Supreme court decision upholding same sex marriage.  Senator Peters said "every year, we move closer and closer to fulfilling the ideals our nation was founded on-equality, freedom and justice."  You can listen to the entire interview here: 

Our friends at Creative Voice explore Motawi Tileworks studio in Ann Arbor to get a behind the scenes look at how Motawi creates the WEMU commemorative handmade tiles. Check out their tilemaking process:

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Some consider breastfeeding to be one of the best ways to promote both human and environmental health. In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores the benefits and challenges of ensuring that all babies have access to breastmilk.


Dr. Max Wicha
University of Michigan

Almost everyone  has been touched by cancer either themselves or through a friend or family member.  A renowned University of Michigan cancer researcher, Dr. Max Wicha was just appointed to the National Cancer Advisory board by President Barack Obama.  

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Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell says she is pleased with today's US Supreme court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act. Listen to her thoughts and reaction in an interview with WEMU.

 Join WEMU listeners and donors on a special trip to Comerica Park to see the Detroit Tigers take on the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, July 22, as part of TruEMU night.  

Ypsilanti storms, tree damaged.
David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

The sirens blared, winds howled, lightning lit the sky and rains blanketed the area. If the storms awoke you early this morning, that's the environment that existed just beyond your walls.  High winds caused by a suspected tornado caused damage to several residences near Manchester, but also knocked down trees, branches and power lines throughout the region. 

As 2015 develops, so will WEMU’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. We began broadcasting at 10 watts to EMU dormitories in 1965 and are now the award-winning and nationally recognized NPR, news, jazz and blues service you know and depend on.

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The National Weather Service will have its assessment team in Washtenaw County today to try and confirm an early morning tornado near Manchester.  

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A wrap-up of the Cinetopia International Film Festival and a preview of area mvoie options. Catch this week's edition of 'Cinema Chat'  with Russ Collins and 89.1 WEMU's David Fair!


Eastern Michigan University / www.emich.edu

With the departure of Eastern Michigan University's president less than 3 weeks away the search for a permanent replacement is getting underway.

 

 

89.1 WEMU's David Fair  reports on the budget and tuition action taken by the EMU Board of Regents. 


A recent report could serve as a blueprint for overhauling the state corrections system and saving taxpayers money. It aligns with Governor Rick Snyder’s plans to save money on prisons, not winning support from the Legislature is a different story.

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.


Ypsilanti Community Schools / Creative Exchange Educational Solutions

Staff and community leaders will help show off the work and achievements of students at Ypsilanti Community Schools Middle School . An inter-disciplinary educational program focused on sustainability culminates on Thursday, June 11 with a Sustainability Summit. Science and Humanities teacher Cheryl Plouffe guests on this week's 'Issues of the Environment.'


Michigan League of Conservation Voters / www.mlcv.org

A recent announcement stands to provide further protections for our waters. In this month's '1st Friday Focus  on the Environment,' host Lisa Wozniak talks with University of Michigan Water Center Director Jennifer Read about what the announcement means and where it applies. 


It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said "the earth laughs in flowers," which means there should be plenty of smiles and laughter next weekend when the 25th annual Ann Arbor Garden Walk is held.

Ann Arbor-Saline Road
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

A plan to boost road funding by about $1 billion a year could clear the state House this week. House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) is pushing a plan that would rely mostly on shifting existing funds in the state budget and expected revenue increases in the coming years. 

Michigan would give police less freedom to seize and sell property under bills making their way through the state Legislature. The state House approved the bills on Thursday with wide bipartisan support.

Bake Sale Michigan
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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill that will allow student groups to sell baked goods in school to raise money.

New federal guidelines adopted by the Michigan Department of Education limited the kinds of food that could be sold in school. Several groups complained that the guidelines hindered their ability to fundraise.

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.


Eastern Michigan Unversity

400 students from a dozen schools came to Eastern Michigan University's campus last Thursday for the second annual "Math facts challenge"  sponsored by the EMU Charter schools office.  

Some Democrats in the Legislature are renewing their push to increase the minimum wage for workers who earn tips. They say there should be one minimum wage that covers the entire workforce.        

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Washtenaw County Solid Waste Program Specialist Noelle Bowman discusses where we are succeeding with food waste, and where we can improve.   


Patrick Bolger

One way to build community and create connections is with storytelling.  The award winning "Kitchen Sisters" are sharing their experience and expertise in this area at a Zing Train speaker series appearance in Ann Arbor. 

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