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The New Year has arrived.  Among the changes for 2017 is an automatic pay raise for thousands of workers across Michigan.  The state's minimum wage has increased by 40 cents to $8.90 an hour.  There is a lot of conversation on the longer-term impacts of higher wages.


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Every summer, there is the nationally known art fair in Ann Arbor, and the area is known for its large number of local artists.  One of those artists is gaining attention for his locally historic creation that was a popular gift for Christmas.


Gym
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It's no secret that trying to lose weight and eat healthier are at the top of many people's New Year's resolution list.  An expert on the issue has the following tips.


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.


Jeff Irwin
Michigan House of Representatives / housedems.com

The legislative session in Lansing came to an end this year with a flurry.  Numerous bills were passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and sent to Governor Rick Snyder to be signed into law.  For some, it marks an end to time in office, but it also doesn't necessarily mean goodbye.


Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

As 2016 draws to a close, it's a chance to reflect on the past year and look forward to what's coming in the year ahead.  Here's what that means for Ann Arbor's mayor.


Deer
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The City of Ann Arbor will roll out a deer cull once again early next year to help control their population.  


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

2016 has brought its share of challenges, not the least of which has been racial and ethnic tensions from the police shooting deaths of unarmed black men around the country, to the campaign rhetoric of the President-elect, to the white supremacist messages spray-painted on campus buildings at Eastern Michigan University.  The Washtenaw County Sheriff is hoping, by taking it head-on, this area will be a model for how to address these issues.


Ypsilanti Community Schools
Ypsilanti Community Schools / ycschools.us

With the first half of the academic school year behind us and most classes on hold until the New Year, we take a look at what's happening in one local school district.


Recycling
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It's been an adventurous year in Ann Arbor when it comes to recycling.  Perhaps it's better characterized as a year of misadventures, as the city continues efforts to revamp the recycling program.


Ypsilanti
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The City of Ypsilanti will start the New Year looking for ways to improve its financial crisis.


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.


12 Dangers of Christmas
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Do you prefer to savor the holiday, or, now that Christmas is over, are you anxious to take down all the lights and decorations?  Here's some post-holiday safety advice for all the light-up decorations.


Ann Arbor Restaurants
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Many of us take time off this week between Christmas and New Year's to spend time with family.  But those who work in the restaurant industry are getting ready for a busy week.


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.


Happy Holidays!  Join WEMU this Christmas and New Years for your holiday cheer.  We'll be broadcasting familiar voices, and some new ones as well!

Menorah
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While the majority of families will gather for Christmas Eve on Saturday evening, a significant Jewish community will light the first of eight candles to mark the beginning of Hanukkah.  Most folks have some idea of the story of Christ, but less know the origins of the annual Jewish tradition.


Eagles
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The Eastern Michigan football team is winning this season, both on and off the field.


Lisa Barry

With Christmas just a few days away, local college campuses become a lot quieter as most students head home to be with their families.  But not every student has that opportunity.


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.


University of Michigan
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Ann Arbor Police now say there is no merit to the claim by a University of Michigan student, who said she was threatened for wearing a hijab.


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


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