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3:35 am
Wed July 23, 2014

12th U-S House Seat Candidate Ray Mullins Challenges Opponent Debbie Dingell To Debate

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Ray Mullins thinks America needs some people in congress who "give a damn about the poor and middle class."  The Ypsilanti Attorney faces Debbie Dingell in the Democratic primary for the 12th U-S House district. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on 12th U-S Congressional District Candidate Ray Mullins challenging Debbie Dingell to a debate.

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WEMU News
3:26 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Red Cross Aims To Avoid Emergency Blood Shortage

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Blood is not like drinking water - you can't stockpile large supplies for use in emergencies.  It has to be fairly fresh.  And so the American Red Cross finds itself in its usual summertime bind of critically needing donations.

Red Cross Communications Manager Angie Bermudez says it's tough when 20 percent of blood drives take place on college campuses and at high schools.

She says with summer vacations, this is the time of greatest need.

"We're missing a large percentage of our regular donations," Bermudez says.

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Community
3:26 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Ann Arbor Charter Amendments Heading To November Ballot

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Ann Arbor Voters will get the chance to once again create requirements to serve as an elected or appointed official in the city.  A pair of charter amendments will appear on the November ballot.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor Charter Amendments voters will consider in November re-establishing requirements to hold elected and appointed office in the city.

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-Michigan News
3:21 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Governor Praises Pensioners For Approving 'Grand Bargain'

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Snyder: Pensioner approval of grand bargain sets Detroit up for faster recovery

Gov. Rick Snyder is praising Detroit pensioners for approving the city's bankruptcy restructuring plan.

The so-called "grand bargain" is designed to prevent deep cuts to retirement benefits and protect city-owned artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Snyder says the vote this week makes it more likely the city will emerge from bankruptcy soon.

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-Michigan News
3:21 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Obamacare Ruling Won't Immediately Affect Michigan

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Court ruling on Obamacare tax breaks has no immediate effect in Michigan

An appeals court ruling Tuesday out of Washington DC could jeopardize tax subsidies that help nearly 240,000 Michiganders buy health coverage under Obamacare.

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WEMU News
1:55 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Focus On Fun, Involvement In Heritage Festival Parade

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Organizers of this year's Ypsilanti Heritage Festival want the festival parade to spotlight the fun, creative side of the community.

"We really want to foster a little bit of that New Orleans spirit," festival director Andrew Clock says, "where neighborhoods come out and put together floats and acts just to say 'look how cool our neighborhood is'.  We've got a lot of that spirit in Ypsilanti, so we want to make the Heritage Festival parade the opportunity to do that."

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-Michigan News
6:18 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy Effort Bolstered By Pension Cut Approval

City of Detroit
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Detroit's emergency manager is praising workers and retirees who approved pension cuts as a way to get the city out of bankruptcy. 

Results filed late Monday show the changes were endorsed by a landslide.

The tally gives the city a boost as Judge Steven Rhodes determines whether Detroit's overall strategy to scrub billions in debt is fair and feasible to all creditors.

Trial starts Aug. 14. Emergency manager Kevyn Orr says retirees made an "informed, positive decision."

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WEMU News
5:46 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Ann Arbor Businessman Being Honored By White House

Zingerman's Co-founder Paul Saginaw
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Zingerman' Co-founder Honored With 'Champions Of Change' Award  

The White House today will honor Paul Saginaw at a ceremony in Washington. he is among those being recognized with a 'Champions of Change' award.

Saginaw is co-founder of the Zingerman's community of businesses. During a visit to Ann Arbor in April, President Barack Obama praised Saginaw for paying his restaurant workers above minimum wage.  

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-Michigan News
4:34 am
Tue July 22, 2014

New 'Kids Count' Survey Shows Improvements And Challenges

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State Child Poverty Up, Teen Deaths Down  

The annual Kids Count survey finds child poverty rates rising during 25 years of data-gathering while fewer teens are giving birth or dying.

The report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Michigan ranks 32nd in overall child well-being nationally, down one slot since last year.

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WEMU News
4:20 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Mayoral Forum Draws Crowd To Downtown Ypsilanti Library Branch

Ypsilanti mayoral candidates (closest to farthest) Tyrone Bridges, Pete Murdock and Amanda Edmonds.
Bob Eccles

The three Ypsilanti mayoral candidates addressed a packed house Monday night at the downtown library branch.

Among the questions the candidates addressed at the public forum was how to tackle the Water Street debt that threatens to swamp the city's financial boat. 

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Community
4:19 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Ann Arbor's Materials Recovery Facility Could Serve As Model To Boost Recycling Across Michigan

Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

Michigan's recycling rate falls well below the regional average. It stands at about 15-percent right now.   Governor Rick Snyder wants to double the rate in the next two years.  The head of the state's Department of Environmental Quality believes an Ann Arbor facility could play a role in boosting recycling across the state. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant's tour of Ann Arbor's Materials Recycling Facility.

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-Michigan News
4:13 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Report Details Factors Leading To Inmate Escape

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AG prison report cites human, technology errors as prime cause of inmate escape

A report by the Michigan Attorney General's office has found both human and technology failures played a part in the prison escape of a convicted murderer.

Michael Elliot slipped out of the Ionia Correctional Facility last February 2 by crawling under fences during a heavy snowfall. He wore white clothes to blend into the snow. He was captured about 24 hours later in Indiana.

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-Michigan News
4:13 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Former Treasury Secretary Says Foreign Investment Key To Michigan Economy

Paulson (l) and Governor Rick Snyder speak to reporters Monday at Ford Field in Detroit.
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Henry Paulson tells Michigan to seek out Chinese investment

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says foreign investment and immigration will be critical to turning around Michigan's economy.

The former aide to President George W. Bush spoke before the Detroit Economic Club (DEC) Monday afternoon with Gov. Rick Snyder.

"Make Michigan attractive for investment, period. OK? Make it attractive," said Paulson.

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-Michigan News
7:28 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department Investigates Webster Township Drowning

Independence Lake in Webster Township
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UPDATE: At 8:28amA relative of a man who died after being pulled from a lake in Washtenaw County says the man had wandered away from a picnic.  

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-Michigan News
7:18 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Today Is An Important Day In The Detroit Bankruptcy Case

Downtown Detroit
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Detroit due to report results from pension vote   The city of Detroit is expected to report the results of voting on pension cuts by retirees and former and current workers. The outcome will have an impact on the city's bankruptcy case, which goes to trial on August. 14th.

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-Michigan News
6:31 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Governor Snyder To Seek More Foreign Investment In Detroit

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Snyder, Paulson to discuss foreign investment today  

Governor Rick Snyder and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson are expected to discuss how foreign direct investment can benefit Michigan and the Detroit area. They will speak Monday afternoon during a Detroit Economic Club event at Ford Field.

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WEMU News
5:16 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Ypsilanti Mayoral Forum Monday Night At Downtown Library

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Three Democrats are running to be Ypsilanti's next mayor, and they're all scheduled to appear at a public forum Monday night.

The gathering at the Ypsilanti District Library's downtown branch will feature community activist Tyrone Bridges, Growing Hope Executive Director Amanda Edmonds and current city council member Pete Murdock, who all want to replace Paul Schreiber as mayor. 

Organizers say the forum is a chance for voters to hear what the candidates have to say on a variety of issues. 

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-Michigan News
5:16 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Hospital Infection Rates May Be Made Available To Public

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State could become more transparent about infection rates at hospitals

The state's top health official says Michigan could be more transparent about how many people get infections while at hospitals.

A recent MLive.com series suggests the state has withheld that information from the public. That includes infection rates at specific hospitals.
    
Jim Haveman, director of the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), says that information is becoming more important for many patients.

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WEMU News
5:16 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Got Burger! Receives Warm Welcome In Ypsilanti

Got Burger! at 301 W. Cross St. in Ypsilanti.
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The owner of the new Got Burger! restaurant on Cross Street in Ypsilanti says the community has really welcomed him, and he looks forward to being an even bigger part of the community.

Haroun Mohammed says he'll be looking for ways to reach out.

"Getting involved in the community, getting involved at EMU and other schools, and just trying to do what we can to give back," Mohammed says.

He says he chose the Cross Street location mainly because there weren't any other burger places around.  

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Community
5:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Share Thoughts On Economic Development

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Ann Arbor's Democratic mayoral primary is rapidly approaching on August 5th. Since incumbent Mayor John Hieftje isn't seeking re-election it offers the community a chance to chart a new course in a wide variety of areas.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the economic development plans for Ann Arbor's 4 candidates in the Democratic mayoral primary.

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Community
4:33 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair Celebrates 45th Anniversary With Focus On Artists

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One of Ann Arbor's four art fairs is marking its 45th anniversary this year.  It's not just the weather that officials with the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair are celebrating.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair celebrating artists as the event turns 45 years old.

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WEMU News
4:32 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Group Sues Michigan DEQ, Oil Developer Over Proposed Scio Township Well

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Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards has filed suit in Washtenaw County Circuit Court, seeking to derail plans for an exploratory oil well in Scio Township.

The suit alleges the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality doesn't abide by its own permitting rules, and that the public was only involved in the process in a superficial manner. 

The MDEQ says its permitting process has a great record of prevailing in such cases. 

West Bay Exploration Company wants to drill the well.  It says the suit will delay the process, but looks forward to moving ahead with drilling.

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Community
4:32 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Community Television Network Continues Art Fair Tradition

Beyond a piece of art you bring home, mostly visitors are left with only memories of each year's Ann Arbor Art Fair. One booth has been recording those memories for years.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the CTN booth at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.

From little kids holding their parents hands to adults clutching some art on a stick, Courtney Kistler asks a simple question, "Hey wanna be on TV?"  Kistler is a production assistant with Community Television Network, or CTN.

She says people typically talk about what they like of the art fair or a new purchase, but it's a free open mic so she hears some interesting stories as well.  "We had a guy who was from India give a little bit of his life history and then he talked about himself in Hindi as well.  So that was pretty cool."

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-Michigan News
4:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

New Legal Assistance Available For Veterans And Military

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette introduces new legal guides for veterans and military families Thursday in Detroit.
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State attorney general's office unveils law guides for vets and military personnel

Michigan veterans and active duty military families now have new resources to help handle legal issues. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette released two new legal guides Thursday.

"Sometimes trying to help veterans in transition coming back from a deployment, it can get a bit complicated," said Schuette.

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-Michigan News
4:29 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Michigan Attorney General Mum On Medical Marijuana Opposition

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AG Schuette won't give details on his opposition to medical marijuana bills

The state attorney general is not saying why he opposes bills that would ease restrictions on medical marijuana in Michigan. Some top lawmakers are now urging Bill Schuette to detail his concerns.

A state House panel approved the two bills this week. House Bill 4271 would let communities allow and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. House Bill 5104 would also allow patients to use edible and other non-smokable forms of marijuana.

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