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Back in November 2017, Washtenaw County voters approved a millage to increase funding for mental health services and public safety.  In the last two years, those funds have been allocated to 11 new programs.  Derrick Jackson from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department and Lisa Gentz from Washtenaw County Mental Health Services join WEMU's David Fair for a conversation about how these vital services have improved and what lies ahead in this week's "Washtenaw United."  

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Most of us are familiar with the term “from farm to table” when it comes to eating fresh food.  But are you familiar with “from garden to pharmacy,” when it comes to some of the medications you take?

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry takes you to an Ann Arbor garden, where a variety of plants are grown to be used in research and to demonstrate what some medications are made from...hidden in plain sight.

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Trust – or the lack of it – is holding up a deal to restore hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts to rural hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.  A deal seemed close Thursday, but the state Senate Republican leader says he’s lost faith that Governor Gretchen Whitmer would hold up her end of any bargain.  And so, he wants a new state law to seal the deal.  We have more from Rick Pluta.

89.1 WEMU has teamed with the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development to bring you a series of monthly reports on the issues surrounding the upcoming census in 2020.  In this edition, issues of privacy and security are explored with Ellisa Johnson, Assistant Regional Census Manager, Chicago Region. 

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Eastern Michigan University is hosting its inaugural "Digital Dudes" STEM conference on Friday.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.

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This week, "Art and Soul" is about the diverse and delicious dining destinations around Washtenaw County.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to the owner of Go! Ice Cream in Ypsilanti, Rob Hess, about serving the local community, as well as delicious creative ice cream concoctions, and award-winning cooking instructor and cookbook author Molly Stevens, who will be at Zingerman's Roadhouse November 12th.

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The first phase of the new University of Michigan Museum of Natural History opened to the public last April.  Now, the second half with several new exhibits is scheduled to open on Sunday, November 10th.  WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with museum director Amy Harris about what visitors can look forward to seeing.

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The ballot boxes have been filled this week, so let's check out what's at the box office!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair sits down with Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins to go over the latest movie news and all of the new films arriving at your local movie house this weekend.

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Some Republicans in the state House want to limit the governor’s ability to move money around within state budgets.  They passed a bill out of a state House committee Wednesday.  Cheyna Roth has more.

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This time on “Beyond Books,” focusing on what’s happening at the Ann Arbor District Library, WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks to Rich Retyi from the library about a service they provide to help people publish their own books!  


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