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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. 


Farmers Market
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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:

ArtBreak / Delonis Center

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. 

Whitmore Lake Public Schools

A proposal that would generate millions of dollars for a sinking fund for Whitmore Lake Public Schools will appear on the August 7th primary ballot. 
 


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court is wrapping up its business before the end of its term on Tuesday.  One case they will likely decide this week is about a ballot initiative to change the way the state draws its political district lines.


Lisa Barry

Schools in Michigan can ban guns on their property, following a ruling from the state Supreme Court.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke to Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift to get her reaction to the ruling.


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

Why do some people feel oil and gas pipelines are a good and necessary part of our lives, while others fight against them?  To tackle this question, first we need to understand the basics:  We all know what a pipeline is.  But what they carry, where they are, and why there are so many, are questions most of us aren’t so sure about.  In this first part of a series on energy pipelines, Barbara Lucas gives us a bit of “Pipelines 101," in "The Green Room." 


Ballot Box
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The Board of State Canvassers has delayed a vote on a pair of ballot initiatives – over a timing issue.  A meeting on the matter became Thursday.  That’s because a group opposing proposals to increase the minimum wage and require earned sick time said the board had to wait one more day to vote.


Michigan Supreme Court
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A plea deal that prevented one former lawmaker from holding office for five years is not enforceable.  That was the ruling of the Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday.


Lisa Barry

After 3 years as the Superintendent of Ypsilanti Community Schools, Dr. Benjamin Edmondson has decided to step down from the position.  He talks to 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry about his tenure and what lead to his decision to leave the Washtenaw County school district.


Lisa Barry

An oral history recording of former students at Eastern Michigan University is taking place Saturday, July 28th on the EMU campus.

The event will be recorded for the University archives and includes alumni who held protests and demonstrations in the late 1960's and early 1970's.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke to one of those students Bob Smith and current EMU archivist Alexis Braun Marks about the history preserving event...


Nashbash

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local performing arts scene.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by local writer and reviewer Jenn McKee and an organizer and performing from the upcoming Nashbash Music Festival in Ann Arbor, Judy Banker.


State Theatre
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In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair sits down with Michigan and State Theater digital media specialist Nick Alderink to talk about all of the new films you can catch at your local movie house this weekend.


State of Michigan / michigan.gov

The Republican candidates for governor have been battling it out for months.  There’s more money being spent on the Republican primary than recent years– and it’s being used to help the candidates go after each other. 


Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The Michigan primary is fast approaching.  Democrats and Republicans will head to the polls on August 7th to decide who they want to represent their party in the November governor’s race.  Three democratic candidates hope they’ll be chosen, and money – and the television ads it buys – has played an interesting role in the Democratic race so far.


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Not far from downtown Ypsilanti and Depot Town is the West Cross Street business district.  It has attracted small business owners for years, but a few of these entrepeneurs still believe their establishments are being overlooked.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to two West Cross Street business owners--Jesse Kranyak, who co-operates the Wurst Bar, and Jon Eslinger, who co-owns the branding studio, Do:Better.


Rita Loch-Caruso
University of Michigan School of Public Health / umich.edu

Chemicals known as PFAs have found their way in Washtenaw County's drinking water, and that can lead to numerous health and environmental problems.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks about this situation with Dr. Rita Loch-Caruso, toxicologist and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan.


John Engler
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Michigan State University’s interim president will appear before a US Senate subcommittee today.


Margaret Wyzlic / Ypsi Real/Destination Ann Arbor

The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources will host its national conference in Ypsilanti this fall, but the group announced a community service commitment that will last past the convention.
 


Courtesy Image / Myefski Architects

There are plenty of opportunities for civic and community engagement this week.  WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative  run them down for you in this week's edition of "Civic Matters!" 


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

There are many ways to relax and unwind, and certainly nature is known as being a good source for that.  One of the more unusual ways is with guided forest therapy.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry takes you into the woods with the area’s only certified forest therapy guide...hidden in plain sight.

Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University's Department of Public Safety has expanded its bicycle patrol program.  It's expected to benefit the local community.
 


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