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5:18 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Proposed Ann Arbor-Whitmore Lake Schools Annexation Focus Of Public Forums

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Seven weeks from now voters in Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake will decide the future of Whitmore Lake Public Schools.  That's when the vote on an annexation plan takes place.  Voters will have several chances to find out more about the proposal.


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Community
5:16 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

More Than Century Old State Law Could Fund Washtenaw County Road Work

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An act passed by the Michigan Legislature in 1909 to keep roads safe for Model T's could lead to a smoother ride for motorists in Washtenaw County next year.  It's back to the future for the latest effort to improve the quality of local roads.


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Community
4:06 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Ann Arbor Officials Still Working To Increase Percentage Of Dogs That Are Licensed

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor residents love their dogs, an estimated 30,000 live in the city.  Yet only about seven percent are properly tagged a despite state law and city ordinance requiring all dogs be licensed.  There's an ongoing effort to boost this percentage in the city.


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Community
10:47 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Tougher Stormwater Management Rules

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New construction projects in Ann Arbor may soon need to do more about capturing rainfall on-site. The Ann Arbor City Council Monday will consider the first reading of changes to the stormwater management ordinance.  The changes are required to remain in line with the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's rules.


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Roots Music Project
9:44 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Live In-Studio: John Doe Performs

John Doe sat down with Jeremy Baldwin for a live performance and interview on the Roots Music Project ahead of his performance at the Ypsilanti Song Festival.

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Music
9:51 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Pianist Benny Green Brings Impressive Jazz Legacy To University Of Michigan

Benny Green and Linda Yohn in the 89.1 WEMU studios

Benny Green sat down with Linda Yohn to talk about his new position as an instructor in the University of Michigan's Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation studies. 

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Education
7:25 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Professor Receives National Award

An Eastern Michigan University professor has received national recognition for her teaching efforts. 


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Education
6:45 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Ann Arbor Education Association President Says Teacher Certification Process Is Fair And Reasonable

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

This week Ann Arbor Public Schools fired two teachers and one assistant principal because they failed to renew their certifications.  The head of Ann Arbor's teachers union says the certification requirements are fair and reasonable.


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Music
1:51 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Listen: Dennis Wilson Pays Homage To Late Gerald Wilson

Composer and arranger, Gerald Wilson seen conducting at the 2008 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Bandleader, composer and arranger Gerald Wilson died Monday at his home in Los Angeles. Wilson's career stretched from the swing era of the 1930s into the 21st century.

  

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Community
8:33 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

New Corridors And Alleys Designed For Ann Arbor Pedestrians

The proposed pedestrian corridor would be just north of the new Blake Transit Center.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority has committed up to 250-thousand dollars for the construction of a pedestrian walkway.  The project will connect Fourth and Fifth Avenues. Alleys and mid-block passages play a role in making downtown pedestrian friendly.


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Ypsilanti
8:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Ypsilanti Preparing For Trash Collection Switch

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The city of Ypsilanti is gearing up for the switch to a new waste hauling contractor, but residents may not even notice the difference.

 

The city switches from Waste Management to Republic Services on September 22nd.  Republic's Municipal Services Manager Scott Cabauatan says there won't be any major changes.

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-Michigan News
7:52 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Michigan Health Chief: Do Your Homework Before Opting Out Of Vaccinations

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Health director calls for reluctant parents to get vaccine counseling

Michigan's top health official says parents who want to opt out of vaccinating their children should first have to be counseled about the risks.

Michigan has one of the highest rates of parents who opt out of vaccinating their childen for preventable diseases such as mumps and measles.

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Michigan News
7:46 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Early Financial Warning System Gets State Superintendent's OK

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State superintendent backs "early warning system" for districts in financial trouble

Michigan's top education official says he supports legislation designed to prevent schools from getting into financial trouble.

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Community
3:28 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Ann Arbor To Share Plans To Mitigate Problems Caused By Footing Drain Disconnection Program

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's footing drain disconnection program was designed to avoid sewer back-ups, like those that caused millions of dollars of damages across metro Detroit last month. The program is currently suspended and three residents sued over the requirement to install sump pumps. Upcoming meetings will outline efforts to resolve issues in homes that have already been disconnected and recommendations for the future of the program will be shared.


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Cinema Chat
11:58 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Cinema Chat: 'The Trip', 'The Drop', 'Alive Inside', 'No Good Deed' And 'Dolphin Tale 2'

Michigan Theater Marquee
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Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO, Russ Collins, has plenty of movie news and previews in "Cinema Chat" this week. 

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WEMU News
7:59 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Domestic Violence Victims Have Options

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When leaving an abusive partner doesn't seem like an option, victims of domestic violence should know that there is help available.  The video of football player Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee  in an elevator has shined a spotlight on the problem.

 

SafeHouse Center Executive Director Barbara Neiss-May says the reasons victims give for staying with an abusive partner are many, and can include the hope that the abuser will change. 

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-Michigan News
7:50 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

No Huge Budget Hole In Michigan's Future

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Lawmakers approve bill to avoid $1 billion budget hole

It looks like Michigan will not face a $1 billion budget hole due to a recent state Supreme Court ruling after all.

The state Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation on Wednesday to fix the issue, less than 24 hours after the bill cleared the state House.

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Community
5:12 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department Seeking Help On Jury Duty Phone Scam Investigation

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At least two Washtenaw County residents recently received phone calls claiming to be from the county's Warrants Division.  In reality, they were phone scams seeking a $500 money card. Washtenaw County Sheriff's officials say some simple guidelines should be followed when people receive suspicious calls.


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Education
3:34 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Looking For State Action Before Whitmore Lake Annexation Vote

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In November residents in the Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake school districts will decide if annexation plans move forward. Ann Arbor Public Schools officials think decisions made in the coming weeks in Lansing will be important to voters.


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Education
3:23 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

University of Michigan Police Reviewing Protocols In Light Of Gunman Scare

Credit Andrew Cluley

A University of Michigan emergency alert Wednesdat morning about a gunman on campus turned out to be a pair of Reserve Officer Training Corps members.  UM police are taking several steps in light of the incident.


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Environment
10:23 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Issues Of The Environment: Lyme Disease Infections Rising In Washtenaw County

The Deer Tick is responsible for transmitting Lyme Disease to humans.
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There is no record of anyone becoming infected with Lyme Disease while in Washtenaw County. Still, the number of county residents diagnosed with the ailment is on the rise.

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Politics
12:47 am
Wed September 10, 2014

President Obama To Address Nation Wednesday On ISIS Strategy

President Obama will address the nation tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 9:00 PM ET from the White House.

He will outline his administration's strategy for fighting the militant group, ISIS. WEMU will provide live anchored special coverage hosted by NPR's Robert Siegel that will include the President's speech and analysis.

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Michigan News
7:21 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

LGBT Rights Vote Unlikely Until After November Election

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Vote on LGBT rights not likely before November election

Legislation that would add LGBT protections to Michigan’s anti-discrimination law will probably have to wait until after the November election.

Some supporters of the measure hoped lawmakers would take it up before voters go to the polls in November. But the bill has not even been introduced yet.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, says he wants to take up the issue. Be he does not expect to hold a vote until the Legislature’s “lame duck” session.

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-Michigan News
7:17 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Dems: Women Should Be Warned If They're Losing Contraception Coverage

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Dems say businesses should warn employees about to lose contraception coverage

Democrats in the Legislature say women should get 90 days advance warning if their employers are about to drop contraception coverage from company-provided insurance policies.

The legislation is a response to the US Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case. The court said business owners don’t have to cover contraception if they have a sincere moral objection.

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Community
5:30 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Washtenaw County Rain Garden Program To Be Shared Across Michigan

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Rain gardens are a valuable tool in Washtenaw County's efforts to keep pollution out of the Huron River. Over two million gallons of storm water will be filtered this year by the 160 rain gardens installed by individuals that have taken a class though the county.  The program is expanding so communities across Michigan can benefit.


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