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Cinema Chat
9:15 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Cinema Chat: 'Boyhood', 'A Summers Tale', 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' And More

Cinema Chat begins with a discussion on efforts to preserve the art of making movies on film.  

Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum joins David Fair for this week's edition of Cinema Chat

  

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Community
8:29 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Three Candidates In Ann Arbor's Confusing Third Ward Council Primary

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Voters in Ann Arbor's Third Ward will be choosing a new City Council representative in next week's Democratic Primary as Christopher Taylor is running for mayor instead of re-election.  Bob Dascola, Julie Grand, and Samuel McMullen are all on the ballot. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor's Third Ward Democratic Primary race.

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WEMU News
8:28 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent Reflects On YCS 1.0, Looks Ahead to YCS 2.0

Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent Laura Lisiscki says the district's first year included plenty of challenges and achievements.

She says the district focused on its core values in making advances in cultural proficiencies, project-based learning and partnerships with institutions like Washtenaw Community College. 

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WEMU News
8:27 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Ann Arbor Website Re-Designed For Greater Citizen Connectivity

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Ann Arbor officials are trying to make it easier for  people to communicate with them.

The city's website has been redesigned for improved social media integration and includes a new "A2 Fix It" app that allows people to report potholes, graffitti and other issues from their smart phone or other connected device.

Ann Arbor spokesperson Lisa Wondrash says residents will have an easier time navigating the new website and finding the information they need.

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-Michigan News
8:26 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Chance To Speak Out On Education Testing Draws Crowd In Lansing

A public hearing on new standardized tests drew a standing room only crowd Wednesday in Lansing.
Credit Michigan Pubic Radio Network

100+ show up to give input on new standardized test

Michigan education officials are in the process of finding a new standardized test… again.

More than a hundred people were in Lansing Wednesday to tell the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) what they want out of a new assessment.

MDE had already chosen the Smarter Balanced assessment three years ago. But many lawmakers were not happy with that test because it's aligned with the controversial Common Core school standards.

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Community
3:44 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Ann Arbor Gearing Up To Celebrate Manchester United-Real Madrid Game

Professional Hockey at Michigan Stadium January 1 is giving way to European Football this weekend.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Football is coming to the Big House this weekend. A sold out crowd of over 100,000 will be on hand to see a game much different than what is played on Saturday afternoons in the fall. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the celebration planned Friday before the Manchester United-Real Madrid game at Michigan Stadium.

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Elections
12:31 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Correction - Interview: 12th Congressional District Candidate Raymond Mullins

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EDITOR'S NOTE: WEMU has been notified that some claims made in this interview are not factually correct.  Based on this notification, we have launched an investigation into the matter.  WEMU has verified that some of the contentions put forth by Mr. Mullins are inaccurate.  We will continue to gather information and publish our results once the investigation is complete.  For now, playback or download of the interview has been disabled.

- David Fair, News Director

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Environment
10:35 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Issues Of The Environment: Trying To Prevent Oil Drilling In Scio Township

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A Grassroots Organization Vows To Fight On To Prevent Oil Drilling Despite Court Loss 

 Residents of Scio Township are somewhat divided about drilling for oil in their neighborhoods.

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Education
5:15 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Ann Arbor-Whitmore Lake School Boards Expected To Vote On Annexation Plan Tonight

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If annexation is approved, a combined Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake School district would become the 4th largest in the state.  Just over a month ago, the Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake School Boards held a joint meeting to start talks about possible annexation.  We'll likely know after a meeting Wednesday night at Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School if a plan will be put before voters this fall to move forward with combining the districts.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley previews the joint Ann Arbor-Whitmore Lake School Board meeting that is expected to include a decision on annexation plans.

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Community
5:13 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Nancy Kaplan And Kirk Westphal Seek Ann Arbor Second Ward Council Seat

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Ann Arbor's 2nd Ward Voters To Elect New City Council Member

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WEMU News
4:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Ann Arbor Lawmakers Proposes Ban On Gay 'Conversion Therapy' For Minors

State Representative Adam Zemke.
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Michigan could soon ban gay "conversion therapy" for minors.

State Representative Adam Zemke from Ann Arbor introduced a bill last week that would prohibit health professionals from attempting to change the sexual orientation of anyone under the age of 18.

Sandi Smith is the president of the Jim Toy Center, a resource for Washtenaw County's LGBT community.

She says they are glad lawmakers are moving this issue forward.

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WEMU News
4:58 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Washtenaw Community College Enrollment Bucks Trend

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Years of effort to bring more students to Washtenaw Community College are starting to pay off.

WCC is reporting an increase of 2 percent in the number of students attending class fall.

It is one of only five community colleges in Michigan to report increasing enrollment for the upcoming semester.

Linda Blakey is WCC's Vice President of Student and Academic Services. She says multiple demographics are seeing a rise in enrollment.

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WEMU News
2:50 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Family Dollar Construction Begins On Water Street

Work has begun at the site of the Water Street Family Dollar store.
Credit Bob Eccles

Construction has begun on the site of a Family Dollar store on the Water Street re-development area.

An official groundbreaking will he held after the August 5th primary election, but construction machinery was busy at work on the site Tuesday, maneuvering around wooden stakes topped with pieces of fluttering fluorescent tape. 

The sidewalk along Michigan Avenue is also marked with fluorescent spray paint. 

The Family Dollar project is the first on Water Street to see construction begin since 1999. 

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-Michigan News
10:31 am
Tue July 29, 2014

University of Michigan Wins 5th Solar Car Title

U of M Solar car "Quantum"
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Michigan Team Overcomes Early Adversity To Win Another Solar Car Challenge 

The University of Michigan has won its fifth national title in a row at the American Solar Challenge competition. 

The Ann Arbor News reports the university's car named Quantum won the eight-day solar vehicle competition.   The 1,700-mile event started July 20 in Austin, Texas. The three-wheeled car was the first to cross the finish line in Minneapolis on Monday afternoon.

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-Michigan News
9:26 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Jury Acquits Man In Eastern Michigan Player Death

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2nd Suspect in Demarius Reed Murder Not Guilty on All Charges  A jury acquitted a man Monday evening in the robbery-slaying of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed.

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Community
5:44 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Sumi Kailasapathy And Don Adams Jr. Square Off In Ann Arbor's First Ward Council Race

 Ann Arbor voters will chose a new mayor this year but the changes won’t necessarily stop there.  Three of Ann Arbor’s 5 wards have contested Democratic Primaries for council seats.  The first ward race pits incumbent Sumi Kailasapathy against challenger Don Adams Junior.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the race between incumbent Sumi Kailasapathy and challenger Don Adams Jr. for Ann Arbor's first ward City Council seat.

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Music
11:01 am
Mon July 28, 2014

WEMU's Weekend Rewind: 7-26-14 & 7-27-14

Listen to this weekend's programs here:

-Michigan News
7:22 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Thousands Without Power In Washtenaw County After Sunday Storms

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Residents Clean-Up After Severe Thunderstorms  

There are still more than 5,000 residents and businesses in Washtenaw County without power this morning. Residents are cleaning up after a series of severe thunderstorms Sunday that knocked out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses.

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Elections
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Washtenaw County Commission District 5 Candidates Discuss Public Safety

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Roland Sizemore's announcement that he would not seek re-election to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners in District 5 prompted four Democrats to file to replace him.

Keith Jason, Wilma Gold-Jones, Ruth Ann Jamnick and Victor Dobrin each would like to represent Ypsilanti and Augusta Townships on the board. Listen to thee candidates' thoughts on crime and public safety in the audio above.

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Community
3:22 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Focus On Neighborhood Improvements

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Ann Arbor's Democratic Mayoral Primary is now just over a week away. The 4 city council members running for the post continue to walk neighborhoods looking for votes.  One of the key's to the election may turn out to be what residents want from the city in these neighborhoods.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on how Ann Arbor's mayoral candidates look at tackling neighborhood issues.

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Music
3:47 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Special Feature: Lunar Glee Club (Lunar Octet) 30th Anniversary Concert This Weekend

  The Lunar Glee Club rocked Ann Arbor’s musical world in the 1980s and early ‘90s with their jazz, Afrobeat, funk, calypso and Latin fusion.  Sunday July 27th, all 9 original members of the band will present a 30th Reunion Concert at Kerrytown Concert House.  

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The Green Room
7:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

The Green Room: The Local Buzz About Pollinator Decline

'March Against Monsanto' rally in Ann Arbor
Barbara Lucas 89.1 WEMU

Michigan's bee population has been devastated. Monarch Butterflies are in swift decline. Our food, and landscaping habits, may be to blame.

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Community
6:52 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Neighborhood Issues Playing Important Role In Ann Arbor Mayoral Race

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When it comes to local government what's happening in your neighborhood often plays the biggest role in who gets your vote.  With Ann Arbor's Democratic Mayoral primary less than two weeks away, here's what some residents want.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the issues important to Ann Arbor's neighborhoods that could play a role in deciding the city's next mayor.

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WEMU News
6:44 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Ypsilanti Mayoral Candidates Talk Pubic Safety

Credit Bob Eccles

Three Democrats are seeking to replace Paul Schreiber as Mayor of Ypsilanti.

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.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports on the  candidates' thoughts on crime and public safety.

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-Michigan News
6:43 am
Fri July 25, 2014

State Elections Board Says 'No' To Minimum Wage, 'Yes' To Wolf Hunting

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$10.10/hour minimum wage petition shot down by state elections board

A state elections board has rejected a petition to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

A bipartisan majority of the Board of State Canvassers threw out dozens of signatures after a last-minute challenge from opponents. They say the signatures were from people who signed the petition more than once, which is illegal under Michigan election law.

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