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A new survey reveals that 77% of voters in Ann Arbor would support an affordable housing millage if it appeared on a local ballot.  

Glenn Kaatz

Some astronomers compare comets to cats.  They both have tails and are very hard to predict.

A recently discovered comet called NEOWISE can be seen even without binoculars in our area through July 23rd along the horizon in the northwest sky.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Saline amateur astronomer Dr. Brian Ottum about the rare comet viewing and the best way to try and see it.

Washtenaw County
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Effective today, Governor Whitmer's executive order requires everyone wear face coverings while visiting indoor public spaces and outdoor gatherings where proper social distancing is difficult.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the orders and where we are locally when it comes to COVID-19. 

Toll Booth
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The state will hire a firm to study the possibility of changing some freeways in Michigan to toll roads.  We have more from Rick Pluta.

Our House
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The transition to adult life can be difficult for those raised in the foster care system.  The Washtenaw County-based nonprofit, "Our House," was founded to make such transitions a little easier.  However, the coronavirus crisis has made the organization's work  more challenging.  But, there are successes to champion and optimism for the future.  In this week's "Washtenaw United," Our House executive director Natasha Doan-Motsinger speaks to WEMU's David Fair about how the organization, and those it serves, are adapting. 

Saline Area Schools

Saline Area Schools plans to offer hybrid and remote learning options in the fall in addition to full-time, in-person instruction.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor hopes to improve pedestrian safety by hiring a Vision Zero engineer.  

Ypsilanti Township

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office has opened an investigation after someone shot a car owned by the husband of Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustee Monica Ross-Williams.  

Debbie Dingell
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Coronavirus cases have spiked in several states, including Michigan, and 12th District U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell fears more restrictions and shutdowns.  Meantime, the Dearborn Democrat is pushing for another federal relief package, new policing measures, and protections for international students that could face deportation.  Dingell joined  WEMU's David Fair to update work on all of those fronts. 

Ann Arbor District Library

The Ann Arbor District Library is now offering contactless lobby pickup service.  


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As coronavirus cases continue to climb in the U.S., two governors on opposite sides of the country took a similar step on Monday: reducing the number of people allowed at social gatherings, among other restrictions.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced that indoor social get-togethers of more than 10 people will be prohibited starting Wednesday.

Travelers flying into New York from certain states are now required to show proof that they've completed a form with their contact information and travel plans before they can leave airports across the state.

One week ago, the Trump administration announced it would ban international students from attending U.S. colleges in the fall if they only take online classes. Now hundreds of colleges and universities, dozens of cities, and some of the country's biggest tech companies are pushing back.

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