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The beginning of autumn is upon us, and so is Art House Theater Day!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins talk about this year's Art House Theater Day celebration, plus all the movies hitting the big screen this weekend.


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This November, there will a new public transit plan on the ballot, which, if passed, could impact the environment.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Elizabeth Gerber, who represents Washtenaw County on the Regional Transit Authority's Board of Directors, about the new public transit millage.


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John Barfield came from humble beginnings earning less than $2 an hour as a janitor at the University of Michigan.  Today, he is a successful businessman, author, and the focus of a PBS documentary.

We had a conversation about how everyone can be successful both personally and professionally and what's important in life.


Lisa Barry

The United Way of Washtenaw County kicked off its annual fundraising campaign Tuesday by addressing the growing local economic disparity.


Money
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More local government leaders are feeling insecure about their fiscal health than in years past.  A new study shows the first decline in feelings about fiscal health since the end of the Great Recession in 2010. 


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The high cost of a "higher education" may not be paying off, according to a Washington, D.C. non-partisan think tank.  This is especially true for Michigan colleges.


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Annually, the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority provides about 6.6 million rides with its fleet of 92 buses.  On May 1st of this year, major improvements were made to the system.  It's the largest expansion The Ride has seen since 1979.  So we decided to send WEMU's Jorge Avellan for a ride on a bus to see what people think about the changes.

 


Lisa Barry

Many of Michigan's top elected officials attended an Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce luncheon, where one of the state's US Senators was the keynote speaker.


Colleen McKenzie Foster

The University of Michigan unveils its new football uniforms today, and there's quite a frenzy surrounding the switch from Adidas to Nike brand merchandise.

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On Saturday, the city of Ann Arbor hosted another international soccer match.  As you might imagine, the event brought out a huge crowd. 


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With the increase in social media, is the art of interpersonal communication being lost?

I spoke with Michael Angelo Caruso, an expert on human communication, about some of the strategies that can be used to deepen relationships.


Dr. Bob Quinn, professor, author and positive public speaker, joins me once again to talk about "All Things Positive."

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The University of Michigan Board of Regents will decide on millions of dollars in improvements to the University Health System when it meets later this week.


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Summer brings hordes of mosquitos and several diseases along with them, including the Zika virus.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Emily Toth Martin, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, about ways to protect ourselves from Zika, West Nile virus, and more. 


Blooms
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The toxic algal bloom forming in the western part of Lake Erie is expected to be smaller than last year's bloom.

Drinking Water
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The University of Michigan's Department of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health plans to test the drinking water on campus.  


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Even with good health insurance, it costs most people more that $1,000 for a hospital stay.  A new local study looks at the rising cost of what patients are paying for hospital treatments.


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A new University of Michigan study shows that counseling during an emergency room visit can decrease violent behaviors among young people from high-risk neighborhoods.  


Unemployment
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The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved a general fund budget of $1.94 billion for next school year.


The University of Michigan Men's Glee Club is the focus of a documentary called "Love, Life, & Loss" airing tonight on Detroit Public Television.

The film focuses on the club's efforts to get people talking about race relations and social justice by pairing orchestral music with the reported last words of 7 unarmed black men that were shot to death.

Musicians from across southeast Michigan will be in Ann Arbor tonight to pay tribute to the victims of Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.   

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Reaction and support following the shooting that left 50 people dead inside a nightclub in Orlando is coming in many different forms in our area.   


Cameron Frye

Local hockey legend Gordie Howe passed away today at the age of 88.

Known as "Mr. Hockey," he played 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and is considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time.

I spoke with Denise Ilitch about his passing.  Ilitch is a businesswoman, University of Michigan regent, and her family owns the Red Wings team.  She has met Howe many times and says she will always remember him as being very kind...

Eastern Michigan University
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The State of Michigan's 2017 fiscal year budget brings good news for one of Eastern Michigan University's projects.  


Prisons
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Legislation up for a vote in the state Senate today would compensate people who are exonerated for the time they were wrongfully imprisoned. 


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