United Way of Washtenaw County
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Managing finances can be difficult.  It becomes infinitely more difficult if there is very little money to work with.  COVID-19 has destroyed financial stability for a great many.  Add in issues of racial and economic oppression, and the difficulties are further compounded.  A grant secured via a partnership between the United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) and the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development will allow for further investment in teaching residents in need how to build a better financial future.  WEMU's David Fair talks to UWWC financial coach Ugbaad Keynan about the "Financial Navigation" initiative for this week's "Washtenaw United."

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s expanded stay-at-home order has passionate supporters and ardent critics.  It’s being challenged in federal court.  And foes of the order are planning a rally today at the state Capitol.  Their plan is to have a caravan of cars and trucks drive around the four blocks that surround the building.  That will allow them to register their objections without violating the order.  We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta. 

Beth Bashert
Beth Bashert

Ypsilanti City Council this week is expected to decide the future of the Peninsular Park Dam.  Will it be removed from the Huron River?  Will it be preserved?  WEMU’s David Fair talks through the economic, environmental, and community character issues that have been at the center of the ongoing debate with Mayor Beth Bashert.

Laura Sherman
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Michigan continues to be a leader in "Green Energy" jobs, and the business community and marketplace are helping drive towards a cleaner energy future.  In this month's "First Friday Focus on the Environment," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak cover those issues with Laura Sherman, president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. 

Huron River Watershed Council

You may drive by it, kayak or fish in it, but have you ever thought about how much the Huron River is worth to the local economy?  A new report has been released that puts a price tag on that and 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Elizabeth Riggs, deputy director of the Huron River Watershed Council about the new findings.

Bernie Sanders
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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is taking aim at free trade deals like NAFTA and the recent Trans Pacific Partnership. He says they’ve cost the country millions of jobs. And he says it’s a critical difference between him and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


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University of Michigan professor emeritus of economics thinks President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration could boost the economy.

Michigan continues its slow and steady economic recovery. 

The annual economic forecast from University of Michigan economists predicts the next two years should bring the state back to employment levels prior to the economic downturn of 2008-09. 

Don Grimes points to the recovery of the auto industry as a big reason why Michigan's doing as well as it is.