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Washtenaw County students took part in a school walkout this morning that was held across the country.  Students are demanding better gun control laws after 17 people were killed in Florida last month during a school shooting.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there when students walked out and has the story.


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As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we take a close look the role women played in establishing some of the public libraries in Washtenaw County.  This history is extra special for one district library in particular this year. 


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Ann Arbor-area students are preparing for a national, school walkout and protest march in the weeks ahead.  Ann Arbor City Council is meeting tonight in both special and regular session and road construction season is about to begin in earnest.  Those topics and more are covered in this week's edition of "Civic Matters" 

Consumer Reports

Like many of us, Washtenaw County Road Commission officials are hoping we've had our last major snow event of the season!

Spokeswoman Emily Kizer says they've used a "historic amount" of salt clearing roads this winter.  Over 25,000 tons have been used and crews have been working long hours and weekends.


The State of Michigan is in the process of revising its Lead and Copper rule.  The decisions made could impact whether we see another situation like the Flint Water Crisis occur in Michigan.  What should, and could, happen as the public comment period winds down, is the topic of conversation on this month's edition of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment. 


Milan Area Schools

Milan Area Schools students will be heading back to school tomorrow after the district received a bomb threat today.
 


Helping local agencies find and repair potholes, joining the Ann Arbor Citizens Academy or attending a town hall on education. Those are a few of the engagement opportunities you have this week and those are among the topics covered by WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan on this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 


Lisa Barry

Ever notice something that looks like a standalone mailbox located in front of a business or community organizations around town?  Ever wondered what's inside?

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry explains they're mini neighborhood book exchanges, hidden in plain sight around Washtenaw County.


Salt
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Road crews have worked extra hard this month to keep roads clear of ice and snow, but the extensive salt use may be damaging Michigan's lakes and streams.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's Patrick Campion speaks to Ric Lawson, watershed planner for the Huron River Watershed Council, about how to remedy this situation.


Lisa Barry

Do you worry about type 2 diabetes?  Hundreds of thousands of people in Michigan have been diagnosed with the disease, but the Kidney Foundation of Michigan runs a diabetes prevention class intended to help people avoid dealing with the disease.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry shares what the class has meant to several Ann Arbor residents and what a difference it is making in their lives.


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In this week's "Civic Matters," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative, about the latest civic issues, including Ann Arbor Police looking for public feedback and how to get involved in your local neighborhood watch.


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With a winter storm warning for Washtenaw County in effect, local road crews are planning for a long day of road clearing Friday and an even longer weekend of keeping them clear.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke with Jim Harmon, the Washtenaw County Road Commission’s Director of Operations, about the road clearing challenges they’ve faced this winter.


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The arts create a pathway to community growth and enhanced quality of life.  That is the contention in Pittsfield Township where arts are an official part of the overall master plan.  Township Supervisor Mandy Grewal explains why including the arts is vitally important as the featured guest on this week's edition of 89.1 WEMU's "creative:impact." 


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There are plenty of ways to participate in local civics this week.  Tonight, Ann Arbor City Council is prepared to vote on formation of a task force to create an oversight board for the police department.  Join WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative, for a discussion on that and other important topics in this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 


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Perhaps you’re familiar with a wine sommelier.  At most of your finer eateries, you’ll find one who can assist in selecting the best wine pairing for your meal.  These are highly trained people who have become experts in all things wine.  But, we’re betting many of you have never heard of a tea sommelier?  While rare in the United States, they do exist, and, as a matter of fact, one such person is running a successful business in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown District.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan introduces you to a certified tea sommelier, who has been publicly drafting tasty brews, while “Hidden in Plain Sight!” 


Health Care
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The Washtenaw County Health Department revealed that local enrollment in health insurance is up through the Affordable Care Act.


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Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative will join WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to the city of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County.  Mary Morgan provides news, analysis, commentary and explains the various ways residents can become more engaged.


City of Ypsilanti

A sitting member of Ypsilanti City Council is looking to change job titles.  2nd Ward representative Beth Bashert has formally announced her candidacy for Mayor. 
 


The Ann Arbor Public Schools will be among those putting forth a ballot question in May.  The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority will put a question before voters in August.  There are ways to get involved beyond voting.  Those are a few of the issues WEMU's David Fair and CivCity Initiative executive director Mary Morgan cover in this weeks edition of Civic Matters.


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More warm weather is on the way for Washtenaw County, and that could be bad news for local roadways.


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The 2018 North American International Auto Show is hosting its media days in Detroit, and this is the role Washtenaw County is playing at the show.


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On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we're recalling a visit the iconic civil rights leader made to the University of Michigan over fifty years ago.


Ann Arbor
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The Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission will meet tonight and possible creation of  a community police review board will be up for discussion.  


School Closings: 1/8/18

Jan 8, 2018

This list of school closings will be regularly updated throughout the morning to reflect any additions.

Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

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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