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2:52 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Connected Vehicles Conference In Ann Arbor This Week

Connected Car conference in Ann Arbor through Wednesday
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Industry, academic and policy experts will be in Ann Arbor this week for a connected cars conference. 

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Michigan News
2:45 am
Mon April 21, 2014

GM Says China Sales To Hit 5 Million Next Year

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The president of General Motors says sales of GM-brand vehicles in China should reach 5 million next year, and Cadillac sales will double to 100,000. 

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WEMU News
7:08 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Ricky Jefferson Will Not Seek Re-Election To Ypsilanti City Council

Ypsilanti City Council member Ricky Jefferson.
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Ypsilanti City Council member Ricky Jefferson says he will not seek re-election.

Jefferson has represented Ward One since winning election in 2010, and told WEMU news earlier this month that he was interested in another term.

In a statement to supporters, neighbors and business owners, Jefferson said he has pondered the decision for months with his wife, his Pastor and his advisors, and came to the conclusion that "this is the best decision for my family, my supporters and me."

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Michigan News
6:27 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Grants To Help Communities Develop Recycling

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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is offering $250,000 in grants to help communities develop recycling programs. Governor Rick Snyder announced a plan this week to boost the state's residential recycling rate.  Among the proposals is producing more information about local recycling options. The funding from the Community Pollution Prevention Grant Program will help local leaders do that.

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Michigan News
5:28 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Grant Money Increases For Michigan Specialty Crops

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Michigan could receive nearly $2 million in federal block grants for specialty crops as a result of the U.S. farm bill. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says $66 million is available nationwide to state departments of agriculture for specialty crops. Michigan's allocation increased in the 2014 budget year from $1.26 million in 2013.

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Community
1:27 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Michigan Runner Returning To Boston Marathon After Being Stopped Blocks From Finish Last Year

Area runners that train with PR Fitness and will be running the Boston Marathon Monday.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

An area runner will return to the Boston Marathon this year partly to show he will do what he wants to do and isn't letting fear stop him.  Police stopped John Farah just blocks from the finish line last year when the first bomb went off.  

Farah is one of about 30 area runners that train with PR Fitness and will be running the Boston Marathon Monday.  Farah thinks the race will be safe this year as he runs Boston for the 19th time.

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Michigan News
8:04 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Road Funding Debate Begins In Lansing

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Legislature begins debate over $500 million road funding plan

A plan to boost state road spending by about half-a-billion dollars a year is taking shape. State lawmakers introduced four bills Thursday that are now part of the package.

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Michigan News
7:57 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Snyder Files For Re-Election

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
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Snyder files for reelection

Governor Rick Snyder has filed 26 thousand petition signatures to put his name on the Republican primary ballot in August, and - if all goes as planned - make him a candidate for reelection in November.

The governor was joined by Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, and a couple dozen supporters to cart boxes of petitions into the state Bureau of Elections.

Snyder says he intends to run on his record and the state's improving economy.

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community
5:02 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Debbie Dingell Visits EMU, WEMU Studios

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Debbie Dingell is running to fill her husband, Congressman John D. Dingell's 12th district seat.  She stopped by the WEMU studios Thursday and spoke with WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Health News
3:02 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

HealthyStuff.org Tests Walgreens Products

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The Ecology Center says many of the products it tested from Walgreens contained potentially harmful chemicals.

Healthy Stuff Dot Org Research Director Jeff Gearhart says plasticizers were found in 13 flexible vinyl products.  He says the substance has been linked to asthma and liver toxicity.

"So what we're asking is for Walgreens to actuall implement a comprehensive chemical policy," Gearhart says, "get these hazardous products off the shelves and sell products that are healthier and safer for consumers."

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Michigan News
1:10 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Dry Weather Helps Michigan Floodwaters Recede

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EVART, Mich. (AP) - Floodwaters are receding along rivers in Michigan's central and western Lower Peninsula, a trend that should continue with mostly dry weather in the forecast for the next several days.

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12:38 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Detroit Pension Deals Make Sale Of DIA Art Less Likely - But Still Possible

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Some bankruptcy experts said that it now appears increasingly unlikely that creditors will be able to get their hands on the city-owned art collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
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  • | Via: Mark Stryker
Experts said that even in the wake of tentative agreements between the city and Detroit retirees and pensioners, the bondholders and others pushing hard for a sale of art still have viable legal arguments. It's therefore too early to predict whether or not Detroit's emergency manager might still be pressured into putting DIA art back on the table, they said.
Arts
8:24 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Cinema Chat: MTV Movie Awards, Le-Weekend, Under The Skin, Heaven Is For Real and More

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WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collings present this week's edition of Cinema Chat!   

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Michigan News
4:50 am
Thu April 17, 2014

University of Michigan Unveils Steps to Boost Black Enrollment

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The University of Michigan says it's working to boost black enrollment, which has dropped to 4.7 percent since state residents voted to ban consideration of race in admissions. 

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Michigan News
4:36 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Fermi 2 Nuclear Plant Shutdown

Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant in Monroe County's Frenchtown Township
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DTE Energy Company says it's shut down the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant to replace one of the two main transformers.  The plant is along Lake Erie in Monroe County's Frenchtown Township. 

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Michigan News
4:31 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Detroit Still Needs $350M From State Lawmakers

City of Detroit
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Pressure is building for Michigan lawmakers to commit $350 million to Detroit pensions after the bankrupt city reached tentative agreements with pension funds and a retiree group. The deals are tied to Detroit getting money from the state over 20 years, along with $466 million in private money, all to shore up pensions.

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Michigan News
8:25 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Schauer Says Education Is Tops In Schools Plan

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and running mate Lisa Brown announced their education plan Wednesday in Lansing.
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Schauer calls education his "top priority" in schools plan

The Democrat likely to challenge Gov. Rick Snyder in November says improving public schools would be his top priority in office.

Former Congressman Mark Schauer and his running mate, Lisa Brown, unveiled their education plan Wednesday in Lansing.

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WEMU News
3:32 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Presidents of UM, EMU And WCC Support Transit Millage

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The Presidents of the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College have thrown their support behind a transit millage that'll be decided by voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township next month.

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WEMU News
3:04 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council Member Pete Murdock Running For Mayor

Ypsilanti city council member and mayoral candidate Pete Murdock.
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Ypsilanti City Council member Pete Murdock says he's filed nominating petitions to run for Mayor.

Murdock says Ypsilanti has done a lot to "right its ship", and he'd like to help maintain that direction.

"We've done a lot of things financially and things are looking a little better than they were four years ago, six years ago," Murdock says. "I think I have the experience and knowledge to provide that leadership."

Murdock says public safety and economic development will continue to be big issues, and he's hopeful the AAATA transit millage will pass next month.

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Community
2:34 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Ypsilanti Residents Glad Road Repairs Are Coming

Prospect Road across from Prospect Park.
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People who live and work along Prospect Road in Ypsilanti are glad to hear the city has approved spending some money to patch up the road and improve driving conditions until the road is completely re-built next year.

Jim Mufarreh owns Prospect Party Store at Prospect and Forest.

"Long time coming," Mufarreh says. "It's well-needed. It's terrible out there. It's a terrible road. It's been needed for years."

Mark Naess lives in the area, and he says the road is almost undriveable.

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Environment
6:17 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Issues of the Environment: Michigan's Recycling Future

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Michigan ranks dead last among Great Lakes states when it comes to the rate of recycling. Governor Snyder Snyder is taking the first step forward to try and change Michigan's standing. 

In this week's installment of  Issues of  the Environment, WEMU's David Fair talks with Michigan Recycling Coalition Executive Director Kerrin O'Brian about where that first step may lead. 

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Michigan News
4:15 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Gay Marriage In Michigan: Lawyers Disagree Over Gay Marriage Appeal Path

1st Gay marriage in Washtenaw County
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Attorneys who persuaded a judge to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage are opposing the state's request to have an entire appeals court take the case. They want the case to move quickly, but they say the Cincinnati-based court should stick to its practice of assigning cases to a three-judge panel.

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Michigan News
4:06 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Organizers To Discuss Detroit Gay Pride Festival

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Organizers are set to announce details about this year's gay pride festival in Detroit. 

Equality Michigan on Wednesday plans to reveal the entertainment lineup and other specifics related to the Motor City Pride event.

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Michigan News
4:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

GM To Ask Bankruptcy Court For Lawsuit Protection

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General Motors says it will ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims involving conduct before its 2009 bankruptcy. The company revealed its strategy late Tuesday in a motion filed in a federal court case in Corpus Christi, Texas, surrounding defective ignition switches that have led GM to recall more than 2 million cars.

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Michigan News
3:57 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy: City Strikes 2nd Deal With Its Other Retirees

City of Detroit
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The Detroit pension fund that covers all retirees except former police officers and firefighters says it has reached a tentative agreement with the bankrupt city. Tina Bassett, a spokeswoman for the city's general pension fund, says retirees would see a 4.5 percent cut and their cost-of-living payments would be eliminated under a deal reached late Tuesday.

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