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Many events are coming up in the world of local politics, including meetings on several business developments in Ann Arbor and the possibility of a new Ann Arbor police commission.  These are just a few of the topics discussed by WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan in this week's "Civic Matters."


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A package of bills in the state House would classify 17 year-olds as juveniles, rather than automatically treating them as adults.


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To promote diversity on campus, the Early College Alliance at Eastern Michigan University hosted a Unity in the Community rally Friday afternoon.  It's now an annual event after racist graffiti was found on campus three years ago.

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President Trump has ordered the FBI to conduct a limited "supplemental investigation" into his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, to update the judge's background check, following a deal struck by Senate Republicans to move the nomination forward.

The move comes after Senate Republicans agreed to delay a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination to give the FBI one week to look into the allegation of sexual assault brought against him by Christine Blasey Ford, which the federal appeals court judge denies.

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As the recent disaster in Massachusetts shows, pipeline problems can cause fatal explosions.  But in Michigan, it’s the impact pipelines might have to our increasingly threatened water supplies that is drawing most of the attention.  This is the third of our “Green Room” series on pipelines.


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A federal court judge is ordering Eastern Michigan University to halt its plans to cut its women's Tennis and Softball programs.

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This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by Jenn McKee and the artistic director of Kickshaw Theatre in Ann Arbor Lynn Lammers talking about their current show, "Milvotchkee, Visconsin."


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A big thanks to everyone who contributed to our fall pledge drive!  Let's celebrate with a trip of the movies!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins about the latest movie news and all of the new films to check out in theaters this weekend.


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Michigan is a step closer to letting eligible voters register online.  The state House passed legislation Wednesday. 


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Last year, Ypsilanti City Council met to discuss the International Village development project, and residents were looking to have a say in the situation.  In time, the council passed a community benefits ordinance, or CBO, that would allow public input on such developments.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg talk to Desirae Simmons, who represents REDY, the group that helped make this ordinance possible.


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Turkey has ordered the release of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been in detention since 2016 in a case that has raised tensions between Turkey and the U.S.

Princess Eugenie of York, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, walked down the aisle Friday to wed Jack Brooksbank.

Goats (and sheep) have been recruited in the effort to fight wildfires.

Northern Spain has a "Fire Flocks" project, in which dozens and dozens of the ruminants chip in by doing what they do so well: eat.

A new video from BBC World Hacks, which highlights "brilliant solutions to the world's problems," tells the story. It was published on October 11.

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