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Eastern Michigan University

As we get closer to Thanksgiving, Eastern Michigan University needs your help to feed students in need. 

Pure Michigan
Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU

Eastern Michigan University's College of Business is hosting its annual Search Marketing Workshop on Friday and you're invited.

The theme is "Fusion of Everything."  They will discuss all types of digital platforms from the internet, mobile devices and even home entertainment systems and how they are impacting our lives.

City of Ann Arbor

The city of Ann Arbor needs your help to decide by December 15th what design should be painted on the Manchester Water Tank.  They've narrowed the selection to a few after getting proposals from the public.


Public domain

Parents and kids can experience a lot of conflict as children become teenagers. Ann Arbor public schools is offering parents the chance to see what’s really going on inside the teenage brain.

Michigan Theater / www.michtheater.org

Another star turn for Meryl Streep, amazing documentaries and an Angelie Jolie/Brad Pitt film with blockbuster designs. It's all part of this weeks edition of Cinema Chat with David Fair and Michigan Theater CEO and Executive Director Russ Collins. 

Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Eastern Michigan University offers a diverse range of majors and opportunities including  a "Running Science Lab" which recently moved into Rackham Hall.  This allowed them to offer expanded services to the public with increased flexibility.   

Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County has expanded its services when it comes to obtaining County ID Cards.

Courtesy Image / frenviro.com

Could it happen here? The City of Flint's water supply has caused elevated lead levels in children in that area. In this week's 'Issues of the Environment' David Fair talks with Washtenaw County Public Health's Medical Director, Alice Penrose, about the safety of the water in this area, and the dangers of lead from other sources. 


The gentle giant of New Orleans music has passed.


  A few hundred protesters marched through downtown Ann Arbor on the one year anniversary of the shooting of Aura Rosser.

Civilian Life
Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Eastern Michigan University hosted a physical training workshop on campus today to give the public a glimpse of how military personnel train to fight for our country.  It's all part of activities leading up to Veteran's Day this Wednesday.

PBS Newshour shines the spotlight on small-town Chelsea theater and its founder's roots.

Ann Arbor SPark
Ann Arbor SPARK

To help attract new companies to Ypsilanti, the city partnered with the Ann Arbor economic development organization, SPARK for a special real estate tour.

Eastern Michigan University

300 middle school girls from all over Michigan participated in a conference called "Digital Divas" Friday at Eastern Michigan University.

  The event was created to get more girls interested in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math also known as STEM.  Right now, women make-up only 24% of that workforce.

  EMU College of Technology professor and co-chair of the event, Dr. Susan Gregory, says that traditionally, girls have been discouraged from the STEM field. 

Blue Note Records' long-awaited valentine to Detroit's jazz scene is finally on its way.

veteransradio.net / Veterans Radio

Charles "Chuck" Kettles has lived an interesting life worthy of celebration.  He is an Ypsilanti resident, an Eastern Michigan University alumnus,   a former faculty member at EMU, and a decorated veteran.  On May 15, 1967, he chose to put his own life at risk in order to save eight men stranded on the battlefield in Vietnam.  For his meritorious service, he has been nominated to receive the Medal of Honor.  

Patrick Campion sat down with Mr. Kettles to talk about his life, his service, and his loving devotion to his wife Ann Kettles (a longtime EMU employee).  

Mike Nystrom
Courtesy photo

The water crisis in Flint has reverberated throughout the state of Michigan.  Mike Nystrom of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) joins Lisa Wozniak to discuss Michigan's drinking water situation. 

Ypsilanti's Water Street


Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange says a report by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority showing a potential health threat to future residents of the Water Street redevelopment project isn't accurate.



Varsity football at Ypsilanti Community Schools will now be lead by former University of Michigan running back coach Fred Jackson.

The announcement was made Wednesday by YCS  superintendent Ben Edmondson.

Jackson spent 24 years as an assistant coach at the U of M. He says he wants to raise Ypsilanti’s football program to the level of recognition the district’s basketball program has.

Jackson says,



A new Michigan House bill wants to make it a lot easier to monitor surface-water levels through a process called CrowdHydrology. 

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor's city council will host a public hearing Thursday to discuss if guns should temporarily be allowed to be fired in the city. 

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Milan residents voted in favor of amending the city’s charter to dedicate funding for road repair.

Nearly 78% of voters agreed to the amendment.

Mayor Michael Armitage told WEMU that residents have been asking the city to address the issue for years. He says, “Ever since taking office I’ve heard from residents that they would be supportive of a millage if it was dedicated for roads.”


Chrissy Deiger/Chip Smith

After beating 5th Ward Ann Arbor city council member Mike Anglin in the primary election, Chip Smith celebrated another victory last night in the general election. 



Ann Arbor City Council member Jane Lumm celebrated her re-election last night.




Lumm beat challenger Sally Hart Peterson with 64% of the vote. At her campaign party at Paesano Restaurant on Washtenaw Avenue, Lumm says she did not expect to gain such a wide margin against Peterson.

Sally Hart Peterson
Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Former Ann Arbor city council member Sally Hart Petersen did not get enough votes to beat incumbent Jane Lumm for the 2nd Ward race in the general election.