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8:02 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Ypsilanti DDA Director Excited About Future Of Downtown

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The last few months have seen the opening of a downtown Ypsilanti office of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters and the Ypsilanti Running Company on W. Michigan Ave., and that's being viewed as a sign that people understand the value of being in downtown Ypsi.

 

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WEMU News
7:53 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

EMU Student Body President Impressed With Safety Improvements

EMU student body president Desmond Miller.
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Eastern Michigan University's student body president says the improvement in safety on and off campus from a year ago is "100 percent."  Desmond Miller and his fellow students return to class Wednesday.

Miller says EMU and the city of Ypsilanti have made safety a priority in the wake of the off-campus murder of student-athlete Demarius Reed last October and the un-solved homicide of student Julia Niswender in her off-campus apartment in December of 2012. 

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-Michigan News
7:44 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Michigan Democrats Want More Money For Public Schools

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State House Dems call for higher minimum school funding

As many Michigan students return to school, the debate over education funding is starting up again at the state Capitol in Lansing.

Democrats in the state House plan to introduce a bill that would increase minimum payments to districts. Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers this year set that amount at an additional $50 per student.

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Music
1:36 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

GALLERY: The 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival In Photos

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More of Jessica Webster's photos from the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival, including shots of Esperanza Spalding, Cyrille Aimée, Ellen Rowe, Marcus Belgrave, John Pizzarelli, Tom Harrell, Ramsey Lewis, The Bad Plus, Randy Weston African Rhythms, Talib Kibwe Ingrid Jensen, Joshua Redman, and more!

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WEMU News
7:57 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Festival Comes At Tough Time For Bees

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Ypsilanti is gearing up for a celebration of the honey bee, but it comes at a time when the very existence of bees is being threatened by pesticides and other problems.

Estimates are that honey bees are responsible for pollinating one-third of our food supply, so local bee keeper Jamie Berlin doesn't even want to think of a world without bees. 

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WEMU News
7:50 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Water Street Flats Asking For More Time To Secure Funding

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A family housing project proposed for the Water Street re-development area would bring with it roads and other infrastructure improvements that could lead to mroe development.  But Water Street Flats is still about a million-and-a-half dollars short of the state funding it needs to break ground.

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Joybox Express
8:58 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Mr. B's Joybox Express Begins A 2,000 Mile Mississippi River Road Ride

Mark "Mr. B" Braun and his Joybox Express begin the Mississippi River Road Ride today in Lake Itasca, Minnesota. The ride will conclude in December in New Orleans, Louisiana
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Drawing on the powerful time-honored tradition of traveling shows,  Mr. B’s "Joybox Express" will ride the Blues Highway beginning today and running through December.  

A conversation with Ann Arbor's own Mark "Mr. B" Braun about the first day of his Joybox Express bike ride from Minnesota to New Orleans.

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Environment
11:36 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Bipartisan Bills Look To Break Down Barriers To Green Energy Production

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In 2008 Michigan lawmakers approved a requirement for 10 percent of the state's power to come from renewable sources by the end of 2015. Utilities are on pace to likely hit that target, but it's unclear what the state's energy policy will be going forward.  A bipartisan group of lawmakers hope the upcoming energy policy discussion will led to fewer barriers for individuals and small groups to produce and sell green power.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a package of bills that looks to promote renewable energy production in Michigan.

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9:38 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Eastern Michigan Tops Morgan State 31-28

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EMU was led on the ground by Bronson Hill (Grand Rapids, Mich.-Catholic Central) and Darius Jackson (Sparta, Ill.-Sparta), who combined for 187 yards rushing. Hill surpassed the century mark for the 10th time in his career, going 114 yards on 19 carries. Jackson notched a career high in rushing with 73 yards on 17 carries and also set a career mark in receiving yards, pulling in five catches for 22 yards. Reginald Bell, Jr. (Los Angeles, Calif.-Susan Miller Dorsey) led the offense, making a start in the first game of his collegiate career and throwing 11-for-16 with a total of 59 yards.
EMU's football team kicked off its 123rd season on the brand new "EMU Gray" turf at Rynearson Stadium with a neck-and-neck, 31-28, victory over Morgan State University Saturday, Aug. 30. The Eagles had to wait through a 57-minute rain delay along with a last-second field goal attempt by the Bears to give Head Coach Chris Creighton his first win as an FBS Head Coach.
Music
6:58 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

PHOTOS: Highlights From The 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival

The 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival continues in Hart Plaza and a few blocks of Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit for the rest of this Labor Day Weekend, August 29 through September 1, 2014.

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WEMU News
8:09 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Future Uncertain For Water Street Flats Project

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The future of the Water Street Flats affordable housing project is very much in doubt.  It has received a little over half of the state funding needed to make it happen.  On Tuesday, developer Herman & Kittle will ask city council for more time to secure the additional funding.

 

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WEMU News
7:49 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Labor Day Activities Include Last Hurrah For Several Events

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If you have the day off Monday there's no shortage of events you can participate in to help celebrate working Americans.

The Detroit Jazz Festival wraps up Monday, as does the Saline Community Fair, being held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. 

Today's also your last chance to visit the traveling Vietnam Moving Wall at East Bennett Park in Whitmore Lake. 

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-Michigan News
7:24 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Accreditation Plan Unveiled For Charter School Authorizers

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Charter school authorizers vow to hold themselves to higher standards

A group of institutions that oversee Michigan charter schools has come up with a system it says will lead to better oversight.

It's a voluntary accreditation system that would judge authorizers based on things like transparency and efforts to turn around failing schools.

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Music
12:45 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Detroit Jazz Festival Music: Linda Yohn's Interview With Artistic Director Chris Collins

Music and conversation from 89.1 Jazz with Linda Yohn. Our guest is  jazz saxophonist Chris Collins - artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival which starts tonight (Friday) featuring artist-in-residence Joshua Redman.

The Green Room
7:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

The Green Room: River Renaissance

Mich-Con property across from Argo Cascades
Barbara Lucas 89.1 WEMU

After years of industrial contamination and economic stagnation, things may be turning around in Ann Arbor’s Lower Town, thanks to a new recreational feature in the Huron River, and the soon-to-be-announced DTE proposal to develop the Mich-Con property across the river.  Community responses are mixed, ranging from cautious optimism to elation.  

The Green Room: 08/29/2014

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WEMU News
8:38 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Slater To Attend Weekend Transportation Conference At EMU

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary and EMU alum Rodney Slater.
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On Saturday, August 30, 2014, The Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), together with former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation and Eastern Michigan graduate Rodney Slater, and Eastern Michigan University, will hold a Transportation Leadership Forum.

Rodney Slater, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and an EMU alumnus.

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-Michigan News
8:18 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

State Health Director Stepping Down

Michigan Department of Community Health Director Jim Haveman.
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Michigan's top health official resigns after suffering mild stroke

The state's top health official is stepping down to focus on his personal health. Michigan Department of Community Health Director Jim Haveman says he suffered a mild stroke in May.

Haveman served as director of the Michigan Department of Community Health twice - once during Gov. John Engler's second term, and then Gov. Rick Snyder named him the head of MDCH again in 2012.

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-Michigan News
8:12 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Whitmer Launches Women's Health Nonprofit

Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer.
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State Senate Dem leader launches women's health nonprofit

The top Democrat in the state Senate is launching a new nonprofit group to help women gain access to health care.

Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, says the new organization, called Right to Health, will hold forums, conferences, and fundraisers to promote the cause.

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WEMU News
8:05 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

EMU Resident Assistants Get Fire Safety Training

Ypsilanti Fire Captain Dan Cain shows an EMU Resident Assistant how to attack a small fire using a fire extinguisher.
Credit Bob Eccles

Most college students will be back in the classroom next week, and many have been moving into their dorm rooms over the last few days.  Even before that, the Resident Assistants who'll be watching over students in  Eastern Michigan University's dorms were on campus, getting ready.  Part of the preparation involved fire safety training, and the Ypsilanti Fire Department was on campus Thursday to help with that.

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12:46 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

John Blake Jr., Versatile Jazz Violinist, Dies At 67

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John Blake Jr., a jazz violinist who combined strong classical technique with the expressive power of African-American spirituals, folk music and blues, died on Friday in Philadelphia. He was 67.
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The cause was complications of multiple myeloma, said Charlotte Blake Alston, his sister.Mr. Blake was highly regarded for the energy and clarity of his playing, and for carving out a space for the violin in the realms of post-bop and jazz-funk.
Music
12:27 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Detroit Jazz Festival Music: Walter White's 'Most Triumphant'

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Labor Day weekend is not generally considered an optimum time to release a new record, but for Detroit jazz musicians; there is no better time to showcase your new music than at The Detroit Jazz Festival which starts this Friday, August 29th.  Trumpeter Walter White has taken advantage of this auspicious time to release and celebrate his latest offering Most Triumphant on Summit Records.  His CD release concert will be Sunday, August 31st at 2PM on the Waterfront Stage.

Walter White is held in highest regard worldwide for his early work with Bob James, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, The White-Margitza Quintet and The Mingus Big Band. After making significant musical marks in New York City and Miami, Walter White returned to his home state of Michigan where he remains incredibly musically active.  He performs in shows at The Fisher Theater, leads international clinics and master classes, teaches at Oakland University and now records for Summit Records.  

  

Walter joined Linda Yohn at WEMU to talk about Most Triumphant which boasts a trio Detroit jazz luminaries:  pianist Gary Schunk, bassist Miles Brown and drummer Sean Dobbins.  Walter shared insight about his early musical life in Ferndale Michigan, his love of Maynard Ferguson, his formative years at The Julliard School Of Music, his philosophy of musical practice and his early association with The Detroit Jazz Festival 35 years ago.  

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Arts
9:03 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Cinema Chat: 'Land Ho!', 'The One I love', 'The November Man' And More

Michigan Theater Marquee
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There are plenty of film previews for you in this week's edition of Cinema Chat. But, the conversation begins with a discussion of the ongoing Venice Film Festival. 

WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins present this week's edition of Cinema Chat. 08/28/2014

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WEMU News
7:41 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Ann Arbor Senior Center To Re-Open Next Month

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Repair work continues on the Ann Arbor Senior Center.

The center was closed earlier this month and its programs temporarily relocated when the building's drywall ceiling started separating from the rafters.

Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation manager Collin Smith says they should finish repairs soon and have the center reopened early next month.

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WEMU News
7:36 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Veterans Memorial Park Pool Re-Opens

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If you've been looking forward to one last cannon ball or belly flop at Veterans Memorial Park pool in Ann Arbor, now's your chance.

The city has completed repairs to the pool and it's been re-opened.  Problems with the filtration system kept the pool closed since Saturday.

Bill Meeks is the park's Recreation Supervisor. He says they'll be closing the pool for the season on Monday.

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Michigan News
7:05 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Michigan's State House Approves Wolf Hunts

Groups opposing wolf hunts in Michigan rallied in front of the state Capitol prior to Wednesday’s vote in the state House.
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Lawmakers vote to allow wolf hunts in Upper Peninsula

Wolf hunts in the Upper Peninsula will be able to continue under a law approved on Wednesday by the state House. The petition-initiated proposal cleared the state Senate earlier this month.

The new law does not need Gov. Rick Snyder’s approval to take effect. It’s designed to circumvent two anti-wolf hunting proposals on the November ballot.

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