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7:50 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Ann Arbor And Washtenaw County Officials Seeking Input On Bike Map

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

In recent years communities across Washtenaw County have made efforts to promote safe, alternative transportation methods.  Expansion of the Border to Border trail and other bike lanes are some of these changes.  A new effort is designed to make sure everyone in the community knows where they can bike safely.


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Jazz
2:26 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Brad McNett: Your Halloween Playlist Is Here

Happy Halloween from your friendly neighborhood DJ

Get ready for trick-or-treat season with these spooky tunes.

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12:26 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon Has Resigned

Credit University of Michigan

As University of Michigan alumni return to campus for tomorrow's homecoming game, they will find a different former football player leading the athletic department. President Mark Schlissel accepted the resignation of Dave Brandon this morning and named Jim Hackett the Interim Athletic Director. Hackett is the former Chief Executive of Steelcase and was Brandon's teammate at Michigan in the 1970's.   

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The Green Room
11:32 am
Fri October 31, 2014

The Green Room: Double, Double, Bats In Trouble. Local Efforts To Save Our Bats

Big brown bat at the 2014 Great Lakes Bat Festival
Barbara Lucas 89.1 WEMU

Bats are in double trouble:  Bat species that migrate long distances are being killed in wind turbines, while White-nose syndrome is devastating bat species that migrate shorter distances.  Meanwhile, homeowners routinely kill bats when they find them in their houses.  But we need bats (just not in our attics!), so safe and humane removal can be done via a “bat exclusion.” That's the focus of the Halloween installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room".   

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Contests
11:16 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Win Tickets To See Gov't Mule At The Michigan Theater!

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Enter to win tickets to see Gov't Mule Saturday, November 8 at 8 PM at The Michigan Theater!

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Education
5:32 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Meet The Ann Arbor School Board Candidate: Patricia Ashford Manley

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Four of the seven seats on the Ann Arbor School Board will be decided by the results of next week's election.  Nine candidates are actively campaigning for the positions and I interviewed them all.  Patricia Ashford Manley is the focus of today's final report.


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WEMU News
4:55 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Twin Celebrations At Willow Run Airport

Ribbon-Cutting for runway 5R/23L.
Bob Eccles

There were a couple of big celebrations Thursday at Willow Run Airport.  The airport re-dedicated its re-built main runway, and the Yankee Air Museum closed on the purchase of part of the former bomber plant.

After a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, the Yankee Air Museum's B-17G bomber "Yankee Lady" made the inaugural take-off and landing on the runway.

Airport Director Chris Mullin says the runway replaces the original strip, built in 1940. He expects the re-built runway to last 35-40 years.

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Community
4:05 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Voters Face Difficult Task Of Electing Judges Next Week

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Next week, voters across Michigan, including here in Washtenaw County, will cast votes to decide a wide variety of judicial positions.  A legal expert says they may be some of the most difficult candidates to evaluate, but also are some of the most important votes.


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WEMU News
7:43 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Twin Celebrations Thursday At Willow Run Airport

The portion of the former Willow Run bomber plant that the Yankee Air Museum purchased for its new home.
Credit Bob Eccles

It's an historic day at Willow Run Airport on two fronts Thursday.  The airport is re-dedicating it's re-built runway 5R/23L, and the Yankee Air Museum is closing on its purchase of a section of the former bomber plant for its new home.

Yankee Air Museum Executive Director Kevin Walsh says the re-opening of the runway will mark the first new runway at Willow Run since the airport was built. 

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-Michigan News
7:36 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Rand Paul Fires Up Michigan Republicans

Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, speaks in front of GOP supporters and volunteers on Wednesday in Livonia.
Credit Michigan Public Radio Network

MI GOP looks to energize conservatives ahead of election with Rand Paul visit

The Michigan Republican Party is trying to energize its conservative base ahead of next week's election. On Wednesday, Republicans brought in U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to speak with GOP supporters and volunteers in and around Detroit.
    
During a rally in Livonia, Paul reiterated his belief that conservative principles would turn the city around.

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Education
5:33 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Meet The Ann Arbor School Board Candidate: Donna Lasinski

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Ann Arbor Public Schools voters have plenty of candidates to choose from as they fill four of the seven seats on the school board in next week's election.  While I am interviewing all nine candidates actively running, today's report is on Donna Lasinski.


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Community
4:25 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Corner Health Center Director Retiring

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After a long career with Washtenaw County Public Health and spending the last five years leading The Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti, Ellen Clement is retiring.  Clement has helped guide The Corner through changes brought on by health care reform.


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Station Blog
9:29 am
Wed October 29, 2014

NPR Debuts New Morning Edition Schedule November 17th

NPR unveils its new Morning Edition format November 17.  You'll hear several more regular breaks for WEMU local content in Morning Edition.  Some of these breaks will start and end at different times so we want to make sure you know exactly when and where to find your WEMU News reports!

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Environment
8:30 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Issues of the Environment: Gas And Oil Pipelines Running Through Washtenaw County

Crude Oil Pipeline
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The amount of crude oil coursing through Washtenaw County has doubled* in the last two years. Two new natural Gas pipeline projects  are also expected to impact Washtenaw County property owners. 

Environmentalists, needless to say, are concerned about the increased flow of crude oil in Washtenaw County. That's the topic in this week's edition of Issues of the Environment. Nancy Shiffler, Chair of the Huron Valley Group of the Sierra Club, joins me to discuss oil and gas pipelines in Washtenaw County.

Overview

In the past two years residents of Washtenaw County have seen the amount of crude oil running through their yards nearly doubled with Enbridge’s Line 6B expansion and Enbridge/Wolverine Line 79 spur, and now two major natural gas lines through the county are in the works: The ET Rover Pipeline and the Nexus Pipeline.

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WEMU News
7:55 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

New Dock For Ypsilanti's Peninsular Park

Credit Bob Eccles

With a new 'friends' group, the future of Ypsilanti's Peninsular Park is looking up.  And there's more good stuff happening in the park.

If you've ever canoed or kayaked the Huron River in Ypsilanti you know that getting your boat out of the water to portage around Peninsular dam can be a challenge.  The dock was falling apart.  But on Wednesday the Huron River Watershed Council celebrates the installation of a brand new dock in Peninsular Park. 

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Michigan News
7:47 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Pot Legalization On Ballot In 11 Michigan Cities

Safer Michigan Coalition Executive Director Chuck Ream is leading the effort to legalize small amounts of cannabis in eleven Michigan communities. Voters in Oak Park and Hazel Park already approved ballot measures in August. Questions will not appear on ballots in East Lansing, Utica, Portage, or Benzie County - despite what the shirt says.
Credit Michigan Public Radio Network

Eleven more Michigan cities could legalize small amounts of pot on Nov. 4

On Election Day, eleven Michigan cities will consider legalizing small amounts of marijuana. That’s the largest number of municipalities to consider the question in a single election in Michigan.

Chuck Ream is the guy working to bring a pro-marijuana law to a city near you. He directs the Safer Michigan Coalition, which is organizing all of these local ballot campaigns. He expects this to be a banner year for the proposals despite not being able to actively promote them.

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Education
5:11 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Meet The Ann Arbor School Board Candidate: Hunter Van Valkenburgh

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The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will be interviewing all of the candidates, Hunter Van Valkenburgh is the focus of today's report.


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Education
4:31 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Whitmore Lake Schools Open Houses To Let Ann Arbor Voters Know More About The District

Whitmore Lake High School
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Decision day is just one week away, as voters in the Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake Public Schools Districts will consider the annexation proposal.  A pair of open houses are designed to answer some cultural concerns raised by some in Ann Arbor. 


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WEMU News
12:45 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

New Peninsular Park 'Friends' Group To Meet

Bob Eccles

You may not know much about Peninsular Park in Ypsilanti, but a newly formed "friends" group hopes to change that.  

 

Friends of Ypsilanti's Peninsular Park meets for the first time Wednesday evening. 

Bob Krzewinski is a member of Ypsilanti's Parks and Recreation Commission, which established the group.  He says the group's goals will include organizing volunteer clean-ups at the park off Leforge Road.

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WEMU News
12:37 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Ann Arbor DDA Pushes Ypsilanti To Ann Arbor Express Route

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The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority thinks an express bus route between Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor would be a great idea.  The DDA is working to have the route included in the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's five-year plan.

DDA Executive Director Susan Pollay says the highest bus ridership for downtown workers currently is on the number four route along Washtenaw Avenue, and the number five route along Packard Road.

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WEMU News
9:12 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Wiard's 'Night Terrors' Offers Many Scares

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If you're looking for a haunted attraction to get you in the Halloween spirit, you don't have to look far to find one of the best, anywhere.

  

By day families flock to Wiard's Orchards and Country Fair to pick apples and pumpkins, check out the cider mill and buy delicious baked goods.  But as 89.1 WEMU's Bob Eccles found out, when the sun goes down, Night Terrors begins.

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Michigan News
8:16 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Examining Detroit Free Press Political Endorsements

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Newspaper endorsement a ritual of the political season with the occasional surprise

One of the rituals of the political campaign season is the newspaper endorsement. This past weekend, the liberal-leaning editorial page of The Detroit Free Press - also the state's largest newspaper -- caused some head-scratching and tongue-wagging with its endorsement in the governor's race.

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-Michigan News
8:14 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Governor Snyder To State Departments: Hire More People With Disabilities

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Gov. Snyder directs state agencies to eliminate hurdles for disabled employees

Gov. Rick Snyder is asking state departments to hire more people who have disabilities.

It’s part of an ongoing effort to promote employment in Michigan for the disabled. That effort has been led by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, whose daughter has a disability. Calley says stigmas about hiring disabled people and obstructive work environments keep too many talented people out of the workforce.

  

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Education
5:22 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Meet The Ann Arbor School Board Candidate: Jeffery Harrold

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The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I'm interviewing all of the candidates, Jeffery Harrold is the focus of today's report.


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Community
3:56 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Parks Commission Recommending University Of Michigan Continue Employee Parking At Fuller Park

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Parking and transportation in Ann Arbor have long been contentious issues, and it isn't likely to change anytime soon.  The hot topic now is rail transportation versus parking for U of M Hospital employees.


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