Bob Eccles http://wemu.org en Ypsilanti Mayoral Candidates Talk Pubic Safety http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-mayoral-candidates-talk-pubic-safety <p>Three Democrats are seeking to replace Paul Schreiber as Mayor of Ypsilanti.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Growing Hope Executive Director Amanda Edmonds, current city council member and former mayor Pete Murdock, and community activist Tyrone Bridges appear on the August 5th primary election ballot.</p><p>WEMU's Bob Eccles reports on the&nbsp; candidates' thoughts on crime and public safety.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:44:04 +0000 Bob Eccles 49326 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Mayoral Candidates Talk Pubic Safety Interview: 12th Congressional District Candidate Raymond Mullins http://wemu.org/post/interview-12th-congressional-district-candidate-raymond-mullins <p>Ypsilanti attorney Raymond Mullins is challenging Debbie Dingell in the 12th Congressional district primary on August 5th.&nbsp; Mr. Mullins visited the WEMU studios to talk about the campaign.</p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160156453&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:37:05 +0000 Bob Eccles 49323 at http://wemu.org Interview: 12th Congressional District Candidate Raymond Mullins Washtenaw County Gauging Affordable Housing Need http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-gauging-affordable-housing-need <p>Washtenaw County wants to get a better idea of how great the need is locally for affordable housing, and has launched an online needs assessment to help make that determination.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Paul Montagno is the Sustainable Communities Coordinator for Washtenaw County's Office of Community and Economic Development.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 49297 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Gauging Affordable Housing Need Interview: 12th Congressional District Candidate Debbie Dingell http://wemu.org/post/interview-12th-congressional-district-candidate-debbie-dingell <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160002040&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="664px"></iframe>As the August 5th primary election draws near, Debbie Dingell, one of two Democrats seeking to fill her husband John's 12th Congressional district seat, stops by the WEMU studios to talk about the campaign.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:20:28 +0000 Bob Eccles 49261 at http://wemu.org Interview: 12th Congressional District Candidate Debbie Dingell Survey: Candidates Recognize Value Of Arts And Culture http://wemu.org/post/survey-candidates-recognize-value-arts-and-culture <p>Candidates running for office in Washtenaw County show a good understanding of the important role that arts and culture play in setting a sense of place and improving the local economy.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:35:44 +0000 Bob Eccles 49241 at http://wemu.org Survey: Candidates Recognize Value Of Arts And Culture Red Cross Aims To Avoid Emergency Blood Shortage http://wemu.org/post/red-cross-aims-avoid-emergency-blood-shortage <p>Blood is not like drinking water - you can't stockpile large supplies for use in emergencies.&nbsp; It has to be fairly fresh.&nbsp; And so the American Red Cross finds itself in its usual summertime bind of critically needing donations.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Red Cross Communications Manager Angie Bermudez says it's tough when 20 percent of blood drives take place on college campuses and at high schools.<br /><br />She says with summer vacations, this is the time of greatest need.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:26:45 +0000 Bob Eccles 49176 at http://wemu.org Red Cross Aims To Avoid Emergency Blood Shortage Focus On Fun, Involvement In Heritage Festival Parade http://wemu.org/post/focus-fun-involvement-heritage-festival-parade <p>Organizers of this year's Ypsilanti Heritage Festival want the festival parade to spotlight the fun, creative side of the community.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>"We really want to foster a little bit of that New Orleans spirit," festival director Andrew Clock says, "where neighborhoods come out and put together floats and acts just to say 'look how cool our neighborhood is'.&nbsp; We've got a lot of that spirit in Ypsilanti, so we want to make the Heritage Festival parade the opportunity to do that."</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:55:56 +0000 Bob Eccles 49112 at http://wemu.org Focus On Fun, Involvement In Heritage Festival Parade Mayoral Forum Draws Crowd To Downtown Ypsilanti Library Branch http://wemu.org/post/mayoral-forum-draws-crowd-downtown-ypsilanti-library-branch <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gsG-EAFqlkM?list=UUqwCCwrwDVyUvsOxXkKLDOg" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The three Ypsilanti mayoral candidates addressed a packed house Monday night at the downtown library branch.</p><p></p><p>Among the questions the candidates addressed at the public forum was how to tackle the Water Street debt that threatens to swamp the city's financial boat.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:20:04 +0000 Bob Eccles 49140 at http://wemu.org Mayoral Forum Draws Crowd To Downtown Ypsilanti Library Branch Former Treasury Secretary Says Foreign Investment Key To Michigan Economy http://wemu.org/post/former-treasury-secretary-says-foreign-investment-key-michigan-economy <p><strong>Henry Paulson tells Michigan to seek out Chinese investment</strong><br /><br />Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says foreign investment and immigration will be critical to turning around Michigan's economy.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:13:07 +0000 Bob Eccles 49142 at http://wemu.org Former Treasury Secretary Says Foreign Investment Key To Michigan Economy Ypsilanti Mayoral Forum Monday Night At Downtown Library http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-mayoral-forum-monday-night-downtown-library <p>Three Democrats are running to be Ypsilanti's next mayor, and they're all scheduled to appear at a public forum Monday night.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The gathering at the Ypsilanti District Library's downtown branch will feature community activist Tyrone Bridges, Growing Hope Executive Director Amanda Edmonds and current city council member Pete Murdock, who all want to replace Paul Schreiber as mayor.&nbsp;</p><p>Organizers say the forum is a chance for voters to hear what the candidates have to say on a variety of issues.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:16:54 +0000 Bob Eccles 49029 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Mayoral Forum Monday Night At Downtown Library Got Burger! Receives Warm Welcome In Ypsilanti http://wemu.org/post/got-burger-receives-warm-welcome-ypsilanti <p>The owner of the new Got Burger! restaurant on Cross Street in Ypsilanti says the community has really welcomed him, and he looks forward to being an even bigger part of the community.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Haroun Mohammed says he'll be looking for ways to reach out.<br /><br />"Getting involved in the community, getting involved at EMU and other schools, and just trying to do what we can to give back," Mohammed says.</p><p>He says he chose the Cross Street location mainly because there weren't any other burger places around.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:16:20 +0000 Bob Eccles 49020 at http://wemu.org Got Burger! Receives Warm Welcome In Ypsilanti Group Sues Michigan DEQ, Oil Developer Over Proposed Scio Township Well http://wemu.org/post/group-sues-michigan-deq-oil-developer-over-proposed-scio-township-well <p>Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards has filed suit in Washtenaw County Circuit Court, seeking to derail plans for an exploratory oil well in Scio Township.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The suit alleges the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality doesn't abide by its own permitting rules, and that the public was only involved in the process in a superficial manner.&nbsp;</p><p>The MDEQ says its permitting process has a great record of prevailing in such cases.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:32:35 +0000 Bob Eccles 48969 at http://wemu.org Group Sues Michigan DEQ, Oil Developer Over Proposed Scio Township Well Milestone For Yankee Air Museum Bomber Plant Purchase http://wemu.org/post/milestone-yankee-air-museum-bomber-plant-purchase <p>The effort to convert a section of the former Willow Run bomber plant into a new home for the Yankee Air Museum is moving forward.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:25:48 +0000 Bob Eccles 48892 at http://wemu.org Milestone For Yankee Air Museum Bomber Plant Purchase Over Half Of Eligible Washtenaw County Residents Enrolled In Healthy Michigan Plan http://wemu.org/post/over-half-eligible-washtenaw-county-residents-enrolled-healthy-michigan-plan <p>Since open enrollment began on April first, more than 7,400 Washtenaw County residents have successfully enrolled in Michigan's expanded Medicaid plan.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Kristen Nordberg is Washtenaw Health Plan's Director of Enrollment and Advocacy Services.&nbsp; She says an estimated 13,000 county residents are eligible for the Healthy Michigan Plan.<br /><br />&nbsp;"So there are still many, many people in the county that we need to get enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Medicaid plan," Nordberg says.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:25:11 +0000 Bob Eccles 48897 at http://wemu.org Over Half Of Eligible Washtenaw County Residents Enrolled In Healthy Michigan Plan Ypsilanti Township Approves Truancy Ordinance http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-township-approves-truancy-ordinance <p>If your kid is skipping school in Ypsilanti Community Schools and the Lincoln Consolidated School District, you could be held legally responsible.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Ypsilanti Township has passed an ordinance that holds parents in the Ypsilanti Community Schools and Lincoln school districts legally responsible for their children's chronic truancy.</p><p>Under the law, parents of children aged 6-13 who accumulate 10 or more unexcused absences can be punished with fines or jail time.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:24:18 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 48900 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Township Approves Truancy Ordinance State Seeks Public Comment On Proposed Fracking Rules http://wemu.org/post/state-seeks-public-comment-proposed-fracking-rules <p>The Michigan League of Conservation Voters says now is the time for those concerned about how the state regulates hydraulic fracturing to speak up.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is holding public hearings to get input on proposed rules regarding "fracking".&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:59:39 +0000 Bob Eccles 48819 at http://wemu.org State Seeks Public Comment On Proposed Fracking Rules Group Suing Over Scio Township Oil Drilling http://wemu.org/post/group-suing-over-scio-township-oil-drilling <p>The group Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards is taking the effort to prevent an exploratory well from being drilled in Scio Township to court.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The group would not say who it's targeting with the suit, but president Laura Robinson says the state Department of Environmental Quality failed when it issued a permit to West Bay Exploration Company.&nbsp;</p><p>Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards holds an informational meeting at 7 tonight at the Scio Township hall.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:54:24 +0000 Bob Eccles 48847 at http://wemu.org Group Suing Over Scio Township Oil Drilling Better Farming Practices Needed To Avoid Algae Blooms http://wemu.org/post/better-farming-practices-needed-avoid-algae-blooms <p>If you've spent anytime boating on Lake Erie over the last few summers, you may very well have been diverted by huge patches of algae blooms.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>It would appear you'll have the same issue later this summer.</p><p>Scientists predict another large toxic bloom will appear on the western side of Lake Erie this summer. The blooms are caused by excessive amounts of phosphorus and other chemicals typically found in agricultural run-off.</p><p>Don Scavia is Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:53:20 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 48843 at http://wemu.org Better Farming Practices Needed To Avoid Algae Blooms Research Park Drive Development Could Include Tennis Courts http://wemu.org/post/research-park-drive-development-could-include-tennis-courts <p>Things could soon look a lot different on Ann Arbor's Research Park Drive near State Street.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>City Council has approved a zoning change that will allow the currently vacant land to be developed for mixed-use purposes.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:51:11 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 48844 at http://wemu.org Research Park Drive Development Could Include Tennis Courts Environmental Groups Warn Of Potential Pipeline Problems http://wemu.org/post/environmental-groups-warn-potential-pipeline-problems <p>Environmentalists are calling for additional safety measures to protect the Great Lakes from a 61 year-old oil pipeline located under the Straits of Mackinac.</p><p></p><p></p><p>A new model created by the National Wildlife Federation and the University of Michigan Water Center predicts Lakes Huron and Michigan would suffer significant damage if the Enbridge-owned pipeline were to rupture.</p><p>National Wildlife Federation Regional Executive Director Andy Buchsbaum says a spill there would be a deathblow both ecological and economical to the Great Lakes region.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:20:37 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 48619 at http://wemu.org Environmental Groups Warn Of Potential Pipeline Problems Disabilities Advocacy Group Seeking Volunteers http://wemu.org/post/disabilities-advocacy-group-seeking-volunteers <p>A group that advocates for Washtenaw County's disabled residents is looking for some new volunteers to help advance its mission.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Washtenaw Regional Inclusive Community Coalition is one of more than 50 similar organizations across the state helping to increase awareness of issues important to those with developmental or other disabilities.&nbsp;</p><p>The coalition holds regular meetings, and has a leadership training session scheduled for July 25th.<br />Find out more about the RICC on Facebook:</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:18:23 +0000 Bob Eccles 48617 at http://wemu.org Disabilities Advocacy Group Seeking Volunteers Rolling Sculpture Car Show Friday http://wemu.org/post/rolling-sculpture-car-show-friday <p>The 20th annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show comes to downtown Ann Arbor Friday.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>More than 300 vehicles will be shown, including some historic electric vehicles.&nbsp;</p><p>DJ Surfer Joe will be spinning hot rod tunes and the Ann Arbor District Library will have activities for families on Liberty between Fourth and Fifth.&nbsp;</p><p>The Rolling Sculpture Car Show takes place Friday from two to 10 p.m. along Main, Liberty and Washington Streets.</p><p>Find more information on the event online:</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:18:04 +0000 Bob Eccles 48618 at http://wemu.org Rolling Sculpture Car Show Friday July 20-26 Gun Safety Week In Washtenaw County http://wemu.org/post/july-20-26-gun-safety-week-washtenaw-county <p>Law enforcment agencies across Washtenaw County hope to help prevent gun deaths by offering free gun lock kits during Gun Safety Week, July 20th through the 26th.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:49:56 +0000 Bob Eccles 48591 at http://wemu.org July 20-26 Gun Safety Week In Washtenaw County Mr. B's Joybox Express On The Road This Weekend http://wemu.org/post/mr-bs-joybox-express-road-weekend <p>Mr. B's Joybox Express piano bike will be making the trip from Chelsea to Ann Arbor this weekend, in part to raise funds for his bigger Mississippi River road trip planned for the fall.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Chelsea-Ann Arbor Ride departs the Chelsea District Library at 3:30 Sunday afternoon, and concludes at Wolverine State Brewing Company in Ann Arbor.&nbsp;</p><p>Donations will be split between the Joybox Express and a charity of the donor's choosing.</p><p>Find out more about Sunday's ride and the Joybox Express online:</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:14:35 +0000 Bob Eccles 48542 at http://wemu.org Mr. B's Joybox Express On The Road This Weekend Pittsfield Township Eyes Banning Grills From Apartment Porches And Decks http://wemu.org/post/pittsfield-township-eyes-banning-grills-apartment-porches-and-decks <p>Pittsfield Township was thinking about banning charcoal grills from apartment porches and decks before a July 4th fire that damaged several units of an apartment building, but now propane-fired grills may also be a no-no.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Public Safety Director Matt Harshberger says that pending township approval, language will be added to the open burn ordinance prohibiting charcoal grills or grills fired by an open flame from use in multi-family housing.&nbsp;</p><p>The issue may come up for a vote at the township board's meeting in August.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:13:51 +0000 Bob Eccles 48541 at http://wemu.org Pittsfield Township Eyes Banning Grills From Apartment Porches And Decks