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Third ward Ypsilanti City Council candidate Adam Gainsley has dropped out of the race after information surfaced that he was convicted of a felony assault and disorderly conduct in 2011.


 

Tuesday is primary election day!  Polls will be open from 7am-8pm.  Because of the election, Ann Arbor City Council has moved its meeting and crowded agenda to Thursday.  And, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will continue looking at an equity ordinance when it meets this week.  Civic engagement oppotunities abound and WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initaitive's Mary Morgan have it covered for you in this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 

Mindo Chocolate Makers

We all know the chocolate bars we grew up with and tend to pass out at Halloween.  There is  Snickers, TwixMilky Way, and a host of others.  Now, there’s another chocolate company puttings its product to market and it's based right here in Washtenaw County.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan reports on the high-end chocolate maker that is making its mark, but remains "Hidden in Plain Sight."  


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The annual, summer algae bloom has hit Lake Erie.  That’s not all.  Agricultural run-off, in some way, affects many of Michigan’s rivers streams and more than 11, 000 inland lakes.  Explore the causes, impacts and search for solutions in this month’s edition of “1st Friday Focus on the Environment.”  Lisa Wozniak of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters and Tom Zimnicki of the Michigan Environmental Council share their perspectives with WEMU’s David Fair. 


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After a marathon sentencing hearing, Larry Nassar wants a do-over.  Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.  He wants to be resentenced; but first, he wants a new judge.


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Two Barton Hills Village proposals will be among the 13 ballot issues Washtenaw County voters will see on the August 7th primary eleciton. 
 


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This week, Art and Soul is about the culinary arts. 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Jessica Webster, local food writer and host of 89.1 WEMU's The In Crowd, and special guest Patti Smith.  The three talk about the craft beer scene in Washtenaw County...


Anthony Morgan is seeking election to Ypsilanti City Council in the 3rd Ward.  This is the candidate's submission to WEMU's 2018 Soapbox Summer.


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Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins is back from vacation and ready to talk movies!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," he joins WEMU's David Fair to talk about the latest Hollywood news and about the newest films hitting the silver screen this weekend.

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The August 7th primary elections are less than a week away, and some Washtenaw County voters will be asked to decide a familiar issue.  Back in 2014, voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township approved a 0.7 mill tax levy to support and expand services offered by the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.  Next Tuesday, they’ll be asked to consider a similar millage request.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan has the story.


Voters in Superior and York Townships will have a couple of local tax issues on their ballots in the August 7 election.


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Augusta and Manchester Township are both asking residents to renew millages intended to help pay for local firefighting services.


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A progressive watchdog group says the state Attorney General has misused his office for political gain – and they have the emails to prove it.


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Lincoln Consolidated Schools will ask voters next week to approve a bonding proposal to make improvements at the district.
 


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Dexter Township voters will decide two tax measures next week. 89.1 WEMU's Taylor Pinson has more on the millage questions that will appear on the August 7th ballot.


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For those who have served time in prison, landing a job is an incredibly difficult task.  Fortunately, the organization Michigan Works! Southeast has provided opportunities to clean up criminal records and get people back in the workplace.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk about a recent expungement fair with Michigan Works! Southeast career advisor Herb Fluker and Walter Griffin, who has benefitted from this event.


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It began as a quest for knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding the controversial Enbridge 'Line 5' that runs through the Straits of Mackinac.  With the release of the 2nd part of his documentary on the subject, Ann Arbor's Barton Bund contends that a cause for concern has become a need for alarm.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," Bund discusses 'Line 5-Part 2: Violation of Public Trust." 


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The Michigan Supreme Court won’t decide if a controversial practice by the Grand Rapids Police Department is constitutional.  It did make a decision that advocates say could improve police relations in the future.


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An initiative to change how Michigan draws its political boundaries is headed for the November ballot.  The Michigan Supreme Court made the ruling late Tuesday.  


Jessica A.S. Letaw

Garden apartments, granny flats, carriage houses, backyard cottages, mother-in-law suites: accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, go by a lot of names.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with area community architecture educator Jessica Letaw about a series of community events she has planned to open the door to Ann Arbor residents to the possibility of building or living in an ADU.


Primary election day is a week away: Tuesday, August 7th.  The Creative Washtenaw Votes 2018 August Primary Survey includes responses and answers to hard questions about issues that are important to the creative sector, from candidates running for mayor to governors and the county commissioner.  Thirty-three candidates running in races at the local, state and national level responded.  What have we learned?  Find out in this week's 'creative:impact' with WEMU's David Fair and Deb Polich, the president and CEO of The Arts Alliance. 


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About 50 farmers markets across Michigan are at risk of losing their ability to offer SNAP benefits, formerly food stamps, to customers. 


Lisa Barry

In our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks about the upcoming primary election coming up on August 7th.

Lisa talks to Washtenaw County Chief Deputy Clerk/Register and Director of Elections Ed Golembiewski and league member Cheryl Depner.


President Trump is holding a news conference at the White House with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Conte has been in the office for a few months. His approach to government in Italy has been compared to that of Donald Trump in the United States. Italy has recently hardened its approach to immigration, for instance, and challenged European Union partners. Trump, for his part, has expressed support for Conte, at one point tweeting that "the people of Italy got it right!" Watch the news conference live at 2pm:

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We are a week and a day away from the August 7th primary elections and the November 6th general election looms ahead.  There is plenty to consider on those fronts and The CivCity Initiaitive's Mary Morgan joins WEMU's David Fair to run it down for you in this wek's edition of 'Civic Matters.'  And, you'll also discover some fascinating artwork produced by those staying at the Delonis Center homeless shelter in Ann Arbor. 

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