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Nearly 4 million people visited Washtenaw County in 2016, according to data collected for that year by a Michigan-based research and consulting firm.  That translates into $1.1 billion dollars in total economic output and nearly 9,000 jobs.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry spoke with the marketing director for the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Laura Berarducci, about the economic impact of tourism on the county.

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With even colder weather upon us, local government officials are offering tips on what to do to stay warm-and out of danger-during this cold snap.

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The 2017 holiday season is over, so what's going to happen to all of that holiday waste?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Christine Chessler-Stull, Outreach & Zero Waste Coordinator for Recycle Ann Arbor, to discuss reducing, reusing, and recycling during the holidays, particularly how to recycle or dispose of difficult items like bubble wrap, batteries, and electronics, following the gift-giving season.


It's the calm after the storm as far as local snowfall and treacherous driving is concerned.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry talks with the director of operations for the Washtenaw Road Commission about efforts to clear county roads.

Snow Plow
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Southeast Michigan just had its first major snowstorm of the season, and Washtenaw County road crews have been working around the clock.  WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County Road Commission director Jim Harmon about the progress made on the current road conditions.

All public school districts, and a long list of private and parochial schools, are closed today in Washtenaw County. There are closures in Livingston, Monroe, Wayne and Oakland counties, as well. More than 700 in total. Click through for a full listing. 

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As you can imagine, the Washtenaw County Road Commission is busy clearing snow from the roads to make this evening's and tomorrow morning's commute a smooth one. 

Food Waste
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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Noelle Bowman, Solid Waste Program Specialist for Washtenaw County, about the magnitude of food waste, especially during the holidays.  She addresses some of the causes and offers tips for prevention and local resources for wasting less. 

The list of school closings in the WEMU listening area will be updated as the information becomes available. Click through to see the current list. 

The snow has started to arrive.  In this week's edition of "Civic Matters," get a reminder on snow policy and how to keep track of Ann Arbor snow plows.  Additionally, WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan will discuss a financial strategy meeting of the Ann Arbor City Council and whether City Administrator Howard Lazarus will be leaving for Texas.  

Arbor Woods
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Preserving natural parks has been a part of Washtenaw County's environmental mission, and a tax millage has made that possible.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to James D’Amour, Executive Committee Vice Chair for the Sierra Club of Huron Valley's Michigan Chapter, about how the funding model for the program could change. 

Ann Arbor City Council and the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners meet this week and each will have discussions, and potentially take action, on the controversial Broadway development proposal.  That's just one of many topics covered by WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative in this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 

Border to Border Trail
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Progress is being made to fully connect communities throughout Washtenaw County with an expanded Border to Border Trail.  Learn about the latest developments in this conversation between WEMU’s David Fair and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Director, Coy Vaughn, in this week’s edition of “Issues of the Environment.” 

Shelter Association of Washtenaw County
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The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County is getting ready to accommodate larger crowds for the winter.  Here's where they currently stand when it comes to the number of people seeking help.

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During the last few days, we've brought you short stories on the different ways Washtenaw County residents celebrate Thanksgiving.  We end our series with a story on non-traditional food.  


Meals on Wheels
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For years, the Meals on Wheels organizations in Washtenaw County have provided hot meals to those in need on Thanksgiving Day.  And this year will not be an exception.  

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As part of the Thanksgiving celebration, churches in Washtenaw County are opening their doors to help feed the public.  With this story, we continue with our series on how different people celebrate the holiday in our county.

There is a lot going on in the week ahead. Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, Cyber Monday and, on November 28th, Giving Tuesday.  WEMU's David Fair discusses the difference philanthropy and participation in these events can make to the area with Deb Polich, President and CEO of The Arts Alliance. 

Ann Arbor City Council meets and will continue discussion on the controversial Broadway development proposal and there are opportunities to volunteer during Thanksgiving week.  Those are some of the topics covered by WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative in this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 

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Usually when medications expire, people pour them down the drain and flush them down the toilet.  But studies have shown that trace elements of those medications end up in our drinking water.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County Environmental Program Supervisor Jeff Krcmarik about the safest and healthiest ways to dispose of prescription drugs.

Mary Thiefels
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'Tis the season, as they say.  Thanksgiving is around the corner and just a little further down the road we hit the holiday season.  The festive spirit is already growing and you've likely seen that reflected in the windows of a growing number of business is Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County and parts of southeast Michigan.  Much of what you see is the work of a group of local artists that call themselves, the Novemberistas.  Mary Thiefels is owner and founder of TreeTown Murals in Ann Arbor and, whether you know it or not, you've driven by her outdoor murals for years!  In this week's edition of WEMU's "creative:impact," Mary shares the story of the Novemberistas, and more. 

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A Washtenaw County church is taking steps to improve its security measures after a gunman killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Catch a brief wrap-up of the November 7th elections, a look ahead to the release of a public survey on policing and community relations in Ann Arbor and important information on how to safely dispose of your home toxics.   It's all a part of the conversation between WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan on this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 

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The mayors of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti shared updates on their cities during an Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Regional Chamber gathering Wednesday.

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An 8-year, 1-mill tax for mental health and public safety services in Washtenaw County won roughly 64-percent voter support on Tuesday. The county won't start collecting that tax until December of 2018. Between now and the, the legality of the tax capture may end up in court.