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7:51 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Huron River Renaissance Subject Of Mini-Documentaries

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The Huron River Watershed Council's "RiverUp!" stewardship program is the subject of three new mini-documentaries.  The films focus on efforts to preserve the future of the Huron River and the people doing that work.

Huron River Watershed Council Deputy Director and "RiverUp!" Director Elizabeth Riggs says the first of the short films highlights fly fishing on the Huron River by telling the story of Depot Town businessman Mike Schultz and his love of fly fishing.

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-Michigan News
7:44 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Former President Clinton Stumps In Flint

Former President Bill Clinton was met with loud applause from a crowd of Democrats in Flint on Wednesday. He was joined on stage by Democratic nominee for governor Mark Schauer (left), Congressman Dan Kildee (Center), candidate for 95th state House district Vanessa Guerra (right), and nominee for U.S. Senate Gary Peters (not pictured).
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Bill Clinton stumps for Michigan Democratic ticket in Flint

Another Clinton was in Michigan on Wednesday urging Democrats to show up to the polls on November 4th. Last week it was former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This time it was her husband rallying Democrats to try to get out the vote.

"We don't win these races and we get this gridlock because too many people don't vote at midterm," said former President Bill Clinton in front of a crowd of hundreds of Democrats.

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Education
6:04 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Meet the Ann Arbor School Board Candidate: Jack Panitch

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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, Jack Panitch is the focus of today's report.


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Community
5:16 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

New Washtenaw County Conversation On Affordable Housing And Homelessness Kicks Off Thursday

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Ten years ago Washtenaw County officials came together and drafted a blueprint to end homelessness. While much has been accomplished, the issue remains a challenge.  Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje and Chair of the Washtenaw County Commissioners Yousef Rabhi are hosting a new conversation on Affordable Housing and Homelessness.


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Community
4:59 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Proposed Development Expected To Also Bring New Dhu Varren-Nixon Intersection

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New housing developments often lead to concerns about increased traffic.  But what if the additional traffic is expected to use an already busy and awkward intersection?  Ann Arbor officials hope to avoid this problem on the city's north side where Green and Dhu Varren Roads don't quite line up where they intersect with Nixon. A redesign of the intersection is expected to be part of developments planned for the area.


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Education
3:21 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Focus On EMU: Professor Ed Sidlow Talks Midterms And 40 Years Of Student Political Involvement

EMU professor Ed Sidlow, an expert in the areas of American government, campaigns and elections, is keeping a close eye on the upcoming elections and the candidates.
Credit Eastern Michigan University

 In this edition of "Focus On EMU," Patrick Campion sits down with Professor Ed Sidlow from Eastern Michigan University's Political Science Department.

They talk midterm politics and then look back at the changing political face of the student body over the past 40 years.  Sidlow shares his insight from his years as a student at EMU (1970 - 1974) and as a member of the Eastern faculty (1995 - present).  


Education
3:03 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Focus On EMU: Professor Nancy Villa-Bryk Celebrates Historic Preservation Tradition At EMU

Randy Mascharka (left), Alexis Braun Marks, EMU President Martin, EMU Vice President Walter Kraft, Patrick Barry, Jamie Baird, and Nancy Bryk prepare to cut the ribbon at the opening of the historic exhibit in Mckenny Hall on Oct 9, 2014 at Eastern Michigan University.
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Professor Nancy Villa-Bryk plays a crucial role in one of the few masters programs in the country of its kind – Eastern Michigan University's Historic Preservation Graduate Program. The thirty-five year old graduate program is also the largest program in the field, boasting over 90 students in its award winning program.  Students, faculty, and staff within the program and throughout the university recently opened an exhibit in EMU’s McKenny Hall, documenting the school’s 168 year history.

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WEMU News
7:35 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Saturday Is 'Make A Difference Day'

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Doing volunteer work and helping improve the community is important to many people in the Washtenaw County area, and Saturday is a day tailored specifically for that purpose.

 

It's Make A Difference Day, and United Way of Washtenaw County Community Impact and Volunteer Center Manager Amanda Reel says it's your chance to give an hour or more of your time for a good cause.

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-Michigan News
7:18 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

New Law Bans 'Direct To Consumer' Car Sales In Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill on Tuesday critics are blasting as ‘anti-Tesla’.
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Snyder signs bill cementing ban on Tesla sales in Michigan

Tesla Motors, Inc. and other auto manufacturers will not be allowed to sell their vehicles directly to customers in Michigan. That's under a new law signed by Governor Rick Snyder on Tuesday.

Snyder says that part of the new law doesn't "fundamentally" change anything. He says it simply strengthens an existing law that already bans auto manufacturers from selling directly to consumers.

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Education
5:08 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Meet the Ann Arbor School Board Candidate: Christine Stead

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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, incumbent trustee Christine Stead is the focus of today's report.


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Community
4:21 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Mixed Thoughts On Making Ann Arbor's Former Y Lot A Temporary Surface Parking Lot Again

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The immediate future for what was a popular surface parking lot in Ann Arbor remains up in the air.  The developer who purchased the former YMCA Lot at Fifth and William continues to try to have the property temporarily return as a surface parking lot.  The Downtown Development Authority has already turned down the proposal, but some City Council members continue to push the plan.


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WEMU News
8:14 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Outgoing Ypsilanti Mayor Urges 'No' Vote On Two Charter Amendment Proposals

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Ypsilanti voters will decide a total of 10 proposed amendments to the city charter on November 4th, and outgoing Mayor Paul Schreiber hopes they'll reject two of them.

   
Proposal I would give city council the power to remove appointees to board and commissions with a two-thirds majority vote. 

Mayor Schreiber says those decisions are best left to the Mayor.

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WEMU News
8:11 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Michigan Holds First 'Heroin Summit'

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Government officials from across Michigan gathered in East Lansing Monday for the state's first Heroin Summit. Michigan's departments of Education and Community Health as well as the State Police held presentations and participated in panel discussions to determine how to stem the rising heroin problem.

Washtenaw Public Health epidemiologist Adreanne Waller says local organizations like the Washtenaw Health Initiative are already combating the problem.

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-Michigan News
7:14 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Michigan Short On Autism Specialists, Long Delays Common

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Report: Lack of autism specialists creating long wait times for children

A new report says Michigan lacks enough autism specialists to handle the number of children being diagnosed and treated with the disorder.

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Education
5:46 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Meet The Ann Arbor School Board Candidate: Susan Baskett

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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, incumbent trustee Susan Baskett is the focus of today's report.


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Community
4:43 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

"Rosie The Riveters" Call For Equal Pay, Meet With Michigan Democrats

Three "Rosie the Riveters" meet with Democrats Kristy Pagan, Debbie Dingell, Lisa Brown, Debbie Stabenow, and Dian Slavens at the Yankee Air Museum.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Many of Michigan's top female politicians visited with three original Rosie the Riveter's today at the Yankee Air Museum.  They shared a message of hard work and a desire for equality. 


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Community
11:02 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Ann Arbor's Non-Discrimination Ordinance Getting Overhaul

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Ann Arbor has been a leader in Michigan when it comes to the city's non-discrimination ordinance.  The law is now getting a much needed update.


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Education
11:02 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Ann Arbor PTO Council Holding Candidate Mixer And Forum Tonight

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Next month's election could dramatically change the appearance of the Ann Arbor School Board.  Four of the seven seats are up for election, and the board will have at least two new faces as Glenn Nelson and Irene Patalan aren't seeking re-election.  Voters get a chance to meet the candidates tonight.


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12:05 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

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Education
3:39 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Schools Annexation Plan Focus Of Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Event

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Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake voters will consider the annexation plan in less than three weeks.  The plan was the focus of much of today's Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's IMPACT 2014 event. Area business leaders heard plenty of questions about the proposal.


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Joybox Express
1:20 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

WEMU Exclusive! Mr. B's Joybox Express: Mark Braun At The Halfway Point

David Fair talks to Mr. B about his progress:

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7:04 am
Fri October 17, 2014

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Analysts predict the cost of the 2014 election will exceed billions of dollars. Most of these dollars are being spent advertising in print, on television and radio, and online.  I know my inbox has been flooded with campaign ads and fundraising appeals and yours probably has too. Beyond the election advertising we are also bombarded by an endless news coverage cycle of sound bites, quips, spin and misstatements.    

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Community
8:07 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Work Continues On Plans To Ease U-S 23 Congestion

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If your regular commute is on U-S 23 north of Ann Arbor back-ups are likely the norm. The Michigan Department of Transportation continues to work on plans to ease the congestion.


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WEMU News
8:03 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

First Fall 'Chautauqua At The Riverside' Is Saturday

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The annual Chautauqua at the Riverside event has always been part of the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival - until now.  This year's event happens Saturday at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti.

 

Program Coordinator Val Kabat says they're packing a lot of good stuff into one day.  In fact, she sort of wishes they'd planned for two days.

"Because there were so many good programs to choose from," Kabat says.  "But it will give us a lot to work from next year."

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WEMU News
7:57 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Saturday Is 'Shake Your Mailbox' Day

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Governor Rick Snyder and county road commissions across the state are asking Michigan residents to take some time Saturday giving their roadside mailboxes a shake.  "Shake Your Mailbox Day" is meant to help make sure mailboxes and their supports are ready for the harsh winter months.

Washtenaw County Road Commission Director of Operations Jim Harmon says it's a seasonal burden for property owners with mailboxes by the side of the road.

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