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The Arts Alliance of Washtenaw County is have a special ceremony and celebration next Sunday and awarding three medals for Arts, Science and Humanities and two 21st Century Awards. Ann Arbor musician and recent finalist on the TV show "The Voice," Laith Al-Saadi is winning the Spotlight Artist Award, and I spoke to him about that and the importance of the arts in our community as well as what life is like since his TV show experience.  

Healthcare.gov
Health Insurance Marketplace / healthcare.gov

Amid efforts in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the deadline to register for the health insurance marketplace  is January 31st.  


Solar Array
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The Ann Arbor Solar Club is a cooperative effort aimed at adding 500 new solar installations throughout Washtenaw County this year and in each ensuing year.  In this week's “Issues of the Environment,” WEMU's David Fair talks with Nate Geisler, an Energy Programs Analyst with the city of Ann Arbor, about the initiative. 


Google
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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Sam Arons. Arons is Lead, Energy and Infrastructure  for Datacenter Energy at Google. they discuss the tech giant's plans to operate completely on renewable energy sources by the end of 2017.


Bicyclists
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When drivers and bicyclists don't share the road, there can be terrible consequences.  So, the City of Ann Arbor took action.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Bradley Parsons, a board member for the Washtenaw County Biking and Walking Coalition, about a new measure designed to reduce accidents involving bike riders.


American Center for Mobility
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By the end of 2017, the American Center for Mobility facility in Ypsilanti Township is expected to be up and running.  It will serve as testing facility for autonomous vehicles.  And as the North American International Auto Show is underway in Detroit, several of its participants spoke about the future of the center.


Ypsilanti District Library
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As students continue to protest at Eastern Michigan University, their movement could soon become a permanent part of our history.  The Ypsilanti District Library launched an African-American Oral History Archive last summer that has expanded since then.


Champagne
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New Year's Eve is right around the corner.  For many, it's a time to gather friends and family and celebrate into the early morning hours.  Many of those celebrations are accompanied by indulgence in alcohol.  Ringing in 2017 in that kind of environment can pose serious difficulties for those struggling with addiction.


Conan Smith
Metro Matters

2016 was a year for many changes in local government in Washtenaw County.  One elected official garnered much of the attention.


Islam
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Islamophobia continues to affect many communities around the country, including right here in Washtenaw County.  Earlier this year, anti-Islam messages were written at the University of Michigan's Diag.  As the New Year approaches, local Muslims hope for a better future in 2017.


Recycle Ann Arbor
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The holidays are all but wrapped up, but now you have deal with a lot of trash and unwanted decorations.  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, about the best ways to reduce your holiday waste.


Naloxone
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Throughout the 2016 year, you've heard the staggering reports on heroin and opioid overdoses and deaths.  Washtenaw County is no exception.  Here's a look back, and look ahead, at dealing with the problem here at home.


Ann Arbor
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After years of discussion and action, affordable housing remains a pressing issue in our area.  Washtenaw County officials have been working on a long-term plan, and part of that includes creation of more affordable units in Pittsfield Township and the City of Ann Arbor.


Kinara
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African-Americans around the country, including right here in Washtenaw County, started celebrating Kwanzaa today.  This special time has many traditions and can impact the Black Lives Matter movement.


Meals on Wheels
University of Michigan / umich.edu

Meals on Wheels will provide a hot meal this Christmas to people in need in Washtenaw County.  Here's what to expect from the Ann Arbor chapter this holiday.


Ballot Box
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Washtenaw County will soon get reimbursed for the partial presidential recount it conducted earlier in December.  


Debbie Dingell

The new year always brings new experiences, and this year includes a new president.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (Democrat) from the 12th district says, even with an unconventional Republican in the Oval Office, she will continue to fight for Washtenaw County residents.


1,4 Dioxane
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Washtenaw County, along with the city of Ann Arbor and the Huron River Watershed Council, will legally be able to intervene in discussions about the 1,4 Dioxane situation in our area.  


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A Washtenaw County Circuit Court judge will hear a motion this morning at 9AM regarding the 1,4 Dioxane situation in our area.  


James Williams
Haley Moraniec

The holidays are meant to be a happy time, but that is not always the case for many people living in our area.


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

It's Thanksgiving week, and while many families gather for large dinners and celebrations, not everyone is as fortunate.  For some college students, it's an even bigger struggle including in Washtenaw County.  

I was on hand when students and staff gathered to put together Thanksgiving dinner food baskets at Eastern Michigan University's "Swoop Food Pantry."


Washtenaw County Public Health
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Washtenaw County, along with the its health department and health officer, has taken legal action on isses related to the area's 1,4 Dioxane contamination plume. 


Washtenaw County Road Commission

Cold and snowy weather has made driving in the Washtenaw County area challenging.

Flu Vaccine
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It's National Influenza Vaccination Week, and the Washtenaw County Health Department says it's not too late to get your flu shot.  


Ballot Box
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The Washtenaw County Elections Division is currently conducting a recount of the of the presidential election. 


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