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8:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

1st Friday Focus on The Environment: Net-Zero Energy Buildings

Matt Grocoff
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Ann Arbor is home to one of the nation's two net-zero energy homes. Its owner is Matt Grocoff. Listen below as Michigan League of Conservation voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak talks with Matt about sustainability and moving this area, and the nation, towards a new energy future. 

WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment: 8/1/2014

  

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WEMU News
3:03 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Ypsi-Arbor Beer Week August 1-9

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Today marks the kick-off of a week dedicated to Michigan's craft beer industry, along with the local establishments that help small breweries get their product out to the public.

Ypsi-Arbor Beer Week runs through August 9th, with events planned in local bars, restaurants and retail businesses. 

Organizer Anne Drummond says this isn't a bunch of people crowding under a tent to taste-test beers - not that there's anything wrong with that. 

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WEMU News
3:02 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Safehouse Center Launching 'Men Taking A Stand' Campaign

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Sexual assault and domestic violence remain serious problems in Washtenaw County, and Safehouse Center is preparing its upcoming "Men Taking a Stand" campaign to help stop them.

The campaign's goal is to raise awareness within the community and encourage more men to take an active role in preventing it.

The center's Executive Director Barbara Neiss-May says people underestimate how often domestic violence and sexual assault happen.

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Community
3:01 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Ann Arbor Expecting Big Economic Impact From Manchester United-Real Madrid Game

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Over 100,000 fans pack Michigan Stadium 6 or 7 Saturdays every fall.  The crowds also give the city's bars, restaurants, and hotels something to cheer about by boosting sales.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the economic impacts expected from welcoming over 100,000 soccer fans to Michigan Stadium.

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Community
3:01 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Downtown Ann Arbor Issues May Play Role In Mayoral Primary

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Next week Ann Arbor voters take a big step towards deciding the city's next mayor with the Democratic Primary. 

Downtown is the heart of the city, but what's the vision for its future?  And what role should the Downtown Development Authority play? 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on some of the issues a long-time downtown Ann Arbor resident wants the next mayor to address.

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WEMU News
3:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Red Cross Assists Ann Arbor Families Displaced By Fire

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The Red Cross has helped several families find temporary shelter after a fire Wednesday night forced them to vacate their homes.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

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-Michigan News
2:59 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Future Of Michigan's Personal Property Tax To Be Decided Tuesday

Jerry Grubb says his Waterford child daycare center has to pay the personal property tax every year on all the playground equipment, changing tables, desks and computers, and high-powered dishwasher.
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Proposal One is a solution born of suspicion

Until recently, businesses in Michigan had to pay taxes on almost all their equipment. Not surprisingly, they didn't like this tax - the personal property tax.

Businesses pay the personal property tax on everything from the factory machines that build cars and trucks to desks and computers -- or, in the case of the Wee Discover child daycare center in Waterford, playground equipment and changing tables.

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WEMU News
2:58 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Ypsi Art Fair Part Of First Fridays Ypsilanti Art Crawl

First Fridays Ypsilanti

Washington Street in Ypsilanti is being converted into an open air art gallery Friday and Saturday for First Fridays Ypsilanti's latest art crawl event. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

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Community
2:54 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Football Working On Better Connecting With The Community

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Hard work and a never give up attitude are what Southeast Michigan is known for.  Eastern Michigan University's new football coach sees a lot of similarities between his team and the community. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on efforts to better connect Eastern Michigan University's football team with the community.

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Education
4:26 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Ann Arbor Annexing Whitmore Lake Schools Wouldn't Have Big Impact On WISD

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Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake Public Schools voters will decide in November if annexation plans should go forward.  If they do it will be the second time a pair of Washtenaw Intermediate School Districts have merged in the last few years.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on how Ann Arbor annexing Whitmore Lake Public Schools will impact the Washtenaw Intermediate School District.

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WEMU News
2:18 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Poll Shows Taylor With Big Lead In Ann Arbor Mayoral Primary Race

Ann Arbor Chronicle graph from PPP data

Ann Arbor voters will be choosing from among four Democratic candidates for mayor in next week's primary election, and a new poll finds city council member Christopher Taylor with a big lead.

The Ann Arbor Chronicle published results of the poll by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling, which shows Taylor the favorite among 39 percent of voters polled.  Council member Sabra Brier is closest, with 19 percent. 

Chronicle Editor Dave Askins says he wasn't surprised by the results, but the clustering seen in the polling was unexpected.

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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

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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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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