Laura Heffner http://wemu.org en U-of-M Health Expert Warns Of Dangers Of E-Cigarettes http://wemu.org/post/u-m-health-expert-warns-dangers-e-cigarettes <p>State legislators and the federal government are moving toward regulation of electronic cigarettes, and a local health expert says it's important to know the potential dangers of "vaping".</p><p></p><p>E-cigarettes heat up liquid nicotine to create the vapor that's inhaled.&nbsp;</p><p>University of Michigan dietician Sue Ryskamp says liquid nicotine can be harmful.<br /><br />"If it comes out too quickly it can result in acute nicotine toxicity, from either the direct skin contact, eye exposure, ingestion or inhalation," Ryskamp says.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:21:47 +0000 Bob Eccles & Laura Heffner 44915 at http://wemu.org U-of-M Health Expert Warns Of Dangers Of E-Cigarettes Puppies Relieve Stress Of Finals At Eastern Michigan University http://wemu.org/post/puppies-relieve-stress-finals-eastern-michigan-university <p>Eastern Michigan University students got some help during final exams week from some four-legged friends Tuesday.</p><p>A "puppy room" was established on campus by the college's Pre-Vet Club. The room allowed students to take a few minutes out of their day to play with or pet several puppies brought to EMU by a Grand Rapids-based non-profit animal rescue.</p><p>Pre-Vet Club President Elisa Meier says getting students to take a break and play with a puppy is a valuable stress reliever for those struggling with finals.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:00:08 +0000 Taylor Pinson & Laura Heffner 44764 at http://wemu.org Puppies Relieve Stress Of Finals At Eastern Michigan University Earth Day Rally At U-M Focuses On Climate Change And Carbon Pollution http://wemu.org/post/earth-day-rally-u-m-focuses-climate-change-and-carbon-pollution <p>It's Earth Day, and there's a Climate Action Rally happening this afternoon on the University of Michigan campus.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Michigan Clean Water Action, Ann Arbor 350 and organizing for Action-Michigan are hosting the rally.&nbsp;</p><p>Clean Water Action Campaigns Director Eric Keller says it's one of many events taking place across the state today.<br /><br />"People are coming together as individuals and communities to act on climate," Keller says, "and to protect everything that the earth has to offer, and to protect the Great Lakes today."</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:54:46 +0000 Bob Eccles & Laura Heffner 44755 at http://wemu.org Earth Day Rally At U-M Focuses On Climate Change And Carbon Pollution Study Points To Need For More Affordable Housing In Washtenaw County http://wemu.org/post/study-points-need-more-affordable-housing-washtenaw-county <p>A report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition says Washtenaw County renters pay more than renters in any other Michigan county toward their housing.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The "2014 Out of Reach" report says the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the county is around $740, while a typical full-time worker can only afford to spend $665 a month toward rent without forking over more than 30 percent of their income.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:36:45 +0000 Bob Eccles & Laura Heffner 43576 at http://wemu.org Study Points To Need For More Affordable Housing In Washtenaw County Bomber Hanger Deadline, World Record Attempt Approaching http://wemu.org/post/bomber-hanger-deadline-world-record-attempt-approaching <p>The deadline&nbsp; for the Yankee Air Museum to raise the amount of money needed to save part of the Willow Run Bomber Plant from demolition is about a month away now.</p><p></p><p>Dennis Norton is the the President of the Michigan Aerospace Foundation and the Founder of the Yankee Air Museum. He said it's more important now than ever for people to step up and help save the plant.<br /><br />"The demolition of the plant is going on right now," Norton said. "We have only until May 1st to save our piece of it."</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:17:56 +0000 Laura Heffner 43498 at http://wemu.org Bomber Hanger Deadline, World Record Attempt Approaching Sorority House Fire Displaces University of Michigan Students http://wemu.org/post/sorority-house-fire-displaces-university-michigan-students <div>The American Red Cross was on the scene of a fire at a University of Michigan sorority house early Tuesday morning. No one was hurt and the cause of the fire at the Alpha Gamma Delta house is still under investigation.</div><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:16:02 +0000 Andrew Cluley & Laura Heffner 43029 at http://wemu.org Sorority House Fire Displaces University of Michigan Students Great Lakes Unlikely to Set Ice Record, Ice Not Expected to Have Lasting Impact on Weather http://wemu.org/post/great-lakes-unlikely-set-ice-record-ice-not-expected-have-lasting-impact-weather <p>The Great Lakes pushed within a couple of points from setting a new record for the percent of frozen surface.&nbsp; The 95 percent frozen mark set a record in 1979, now appears to be safe, and a University of Michigan scientist doesn’t believe there will be lasting weather impacts from the large amounts of ice, either.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:47:07 +0000 Andrew Cluley & Laura Heffner 42681 at http://wemu.org Great Lakes Unlikely to Set Ice Record, Ice Not Expected to Have Lasting Impact on Weather Thompson Road Closure Starts Monday http://wemu.org/post/thompson-road-closure-starts-monday <p>Southbound Thompson Road between Jefferson and Packard will be closed starting Monday, March 3rd through May 31st of 2015. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:24:27 +0000 Laura Heffner 42199 at http://wemu.org Thompson Road Closure Starts Monday Concerns Over Main Breaks Continues With Cold Weather http://wemu.org/post/concerns-over-main-breaks-continues-cold-weather <div>The bitter cold is back for another round in Southeast Michigan, raising concerns about more water pipe breaks. Ann Arbor has seen a high number of water main breaks this winter already.</div><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:57:48 +0000 Andrew Cluley & Laura Heffner 42168 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Officials Planning for Controlled Burn Season http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-officials-planning-controlled-burn-season <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With plenty of snow still on the ground and cold temperatures continuing longer than expected, Ann Arbor officials may be delayed in starting an ecological restoration program that has gotten great results over the last 20 years.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor's Natural Area Preservation Manager Dave&nbsp;</span>Borneman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says controlled burns are a powerful tool used to help enrich the soul, remove dead thatch, and allow diverse native plant and animal communities to thrive. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city targets a low impact timeframe for these burns.&nbsp; Doing them in late winter or early spring means little or no people in the parks, dormant plant life and lower smoke volumes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Crews will be executing the burns weekdays between noon and six.</span></p></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More information on </span><a href="http://www.a2gov.org/government/communityservices/Parks-Recreation/NAP/Pages/PrescribedEcologicalBurns.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor's controlled burns can be found here.</a></div><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 05:01:53 +0000 Andrew Cluley & Laura Heffner 42068 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Officials Planning for Controlled Burn Season Michigan LGBT Community Closely Following DeBoer-Rowse Case http://wemu.org/post/michigan-lgbt-community-closely-following-deboer-rowse-case <div>People across Michigan are closely following the trial of a lesbian couple challenging Michigan's ban on marriage and adoption by same sex couples. &nbsp;The trial began Tuesday with April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse seeking the ability to marry and adopt each other's children. &nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:03:39 +0000 Andrew Cluley & Laura Heffner 42067 at http://wemu.org Michigan LGBT Community Closely Following DeBoer-Rowse Case Ypsilanti Community Schools Look to Pilot Year-Round Calendar for Two Buildings http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-look-pilot-year-round-calendar-two-buildings <div>Ypsilanti Community Schools officials continue to develop plans for year round schools. &nbsp;The District plans on piloting a balanced calendar in one or two buildings starting in the fall. &nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 03:16:25 +0000 Andrew Cluley & Laura Heffner 42066 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Look to Pilot Year-Round Calendar for Two Buildings Law Enforcement Seeks Public Help To Catch Home Invasion Suspect http://wemu.org/post/law-enforcement-seeks-public-help-catch-home-invasion-suspect <p>Law Enforcement in Washtenaw and three other counties are looking for a suspect in a rash of home invasions that target people attending funerals. Washtenaw is among four counties where homes of the recently deceased , or their family members, have been robbed. The others are Livingston, Monroe and Oakland counties.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:14:50 +0000 Laura Heffner 41803 at http://wemu.org Law Enforcement Seeks Public Help To Catch Home Invasion Suspect U of M Health System Looks to Partner With Jackson Based Health System http://wemu.org/post/u-m-health-system-looks-partner-jackson-based-health-system <p>The University of Michigan Health System is expanding its reach with an affiliation with Allegiance Health in Jackson. A letter of intent has been signed by both health systems.<br /><br />Doctor Ora Pescovitz is the CEO of the University of Michigan Health System.&nbsp; She says if the partnership is finalized, Allegiance health will become part of the UMHS.&nbsp; Pescovitz says, by partnering together, the two health systems will benefit from shared expertise. This will mean a higher level of care, improved quality, and improved safety as a lower cost to patients. She says both health systems are extremely excited about the potential this affiliation has.</p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 22:44:08 +0000 Laura Heffner 38520 at http://wemu.org EMU's ROTC Named Top Program in Michigan http://wemu.org/post/emus-rotc-named-top-program-michigan <p>Eastern Michigan University's ROTC has received the honor of being ranked the top college ROTC program in the state of <a href="http://www.emich.edu/univcomm/releases/release.php?id=1377028931">Michigan from The College Database</a>.</p><p>College ROTC programs were ranked based on their annual tuition rate and having two or more branches represented at the school. Eastern has ROTC programs for the Army, Navy, and Air Force.</p><p>Assistant Professor of Military Science at EMU, Captain Renn Moon, says Eastern's ROTC programs offer a lot of benefits for students who join:</p><p></p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:28:00 +0000 Laura Heffner 34107 at http://wemu.org EMU's ROTC Named Top Program in Michigan Ypsilanti Pride Day Marks 18th Anniversary on Saturday http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-pride-day-marks-18th-anniversary-saturday <p>Spring clean-up and community beautification projects will be found throughout Ypsilanti on Saturday.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 13:47:41 +0000 Laura Heffner 29532 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Pride Day Marks 18th Anniversary on Saturday Phone Service Partially Restored http://wemu.org/post/phone-service-partially-restored <p>Ann Arbor officials say phone service has been restored to city offices this afternoon.&nbsp;</p><p>Earlier today, phone services in Ann Arbor City and some Washtenaw County offices were cut and employees were not able to make phone calls in or out. &nbsp;Outages were also reported in Oakland, St. Clair, and Midland Counties as well as in the western Michigan city of Wyoming. Several other states were also experiencing problems, and it's not clear if service has been fully restored to all areas.</p><p>According to Ann Arbor’s Infrastructure Management Director, Gregory Dill, the problem was caused by&nbsp; a severed fiber optic cable in Indiana.</p><p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:18:57 +0000 Laura Heffner 21128 at http://wemu.org