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The Washtenaw Economic Club held a virtual meeting on Tuesday on police reform and strengthening community and police relations in the county.  

Gretchen Driskell
Gretchen Driskell

The 7th Congressional District in Michigan includes seven counties, including western Washtenaw County.  Republican Tim Walberg, who is currently in his sixth term in Congress, is being challenged for the third time by Democrat Gretchen Driskell, who served two terms in the state House and as the city of Saline's first female mayor for 14 years.  WEMU's Lisa Barry reached out to both candidates to talk about the election.  Only Driskell responded and talks about why she decided to run again and what issues she believes need addressing in Congress.


Incidents of students in Saline Area Schools exchanging racist comments escalated when one resident shouted a bigoted insult at another concerned parent at a recent community gathering.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Saline Mayor Brian Marl following a community listening session held on Sunday to address the problem.

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The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber hosted a discussion Wednesday on what local municipalities plan to do when it comes to the sale of recreational marijuana.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended the event at Weber's in Ann Arbor and has the story.

Saline Celtic Festival
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On this edition of "Art and Soul," 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry and Wendy Wright begin by talking to the entertainment director for the Saline Celtic Festival about the upcoming festival.  They also talk about several local theater productions, jazz musical performances, and "Lady Bunny."

City of Saline

The City of Saline has issued a city-wide boil water advisory.

       ST. JOHNS - Two teenagers have waived their right to probable cause hearings in the robbery-slaying of a Michigan State University student, and both have been bargaining with prosecutors about plea deals.


Saline residents had a couple of chances this week to find out more about a proposal to shift overnight police dispatch to a third party.

Mayor Brian Marl says the first of two public forums took place Monday evening.

"We heard a lot of legitimate concerns," Marl said. "A lot of excellent questions were articulated by our community members".

Marl says a forum Wednesday morning wasn't as well attended, probably due to the weather.