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The state of Michigan is terminating its contract with Aramark to provide prison food services.

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State lawmakers could consider adding new penalties for universities that hike tuition above the state’s cap on tuition increases. This year, lawmakers set that cap at 3.2 percent.

Oakland University this week decided to join Eastern Michigan University in blowing past the cap. OU will hike tuition 8.48 percent, and EMU will raise tuition 7.8 percent.

Education Funding

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed bills into law meant to prevent financial emergencies in schools.

The state and intermediate schools districts (ISDs) now have more power to step in sooner when schools show signs of financial trouble.

President Susan Martin
Eastern Michigan University / Eastern Michigan University

   July 7th, 2015 is Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin’s last day in office.  She leaves EMU 7 years to the day she started in the position.  She says it has been an emotional and moving experience as she steps down but after a one year sabbatical will return as an Eastern professor.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry spoke with President Martin, and you can hear the interview here:

YPSILANTI: 89.1 WEMU, Eastern Michigan University’s public radio station, presents its 50th anniversary signature event, a live recording of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Thursday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Hill Auditorium on the University of Michigan campus.  The performance is co-presented by the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Michigan Economic Center / www.mieconomiccenter.org

Find out how deeply Michigan's environmental and economic future  are tied to the health and abundance of our waters. 

Michigan Theater / www.michtheater.org

Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum fills in for Russ Collins to discuss all of your movie option for holiday weekend. 

Huron River Watershed Council / www.hrwc.org

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued  the new "Clean Water Rule." How does it impact Michigan and Washtenaw County? Find out in this 89.1 WEMU's 'Issues of the Environment.' 


Today's US Supreme court ruling was based in part on the case of a Michigan couple, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse.  Both nurses, they had gone to court hoping to formally adopt they children they are raising together.  We spoke to them in Ann Arbor this afternoon when the decision was announced this morning.

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:

Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

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.  


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. 


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

David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

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.