News http://wemu.org en Washtenaw County Gauging Affordable Housing Need http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-gauging-affordable-housing-need <p>Washtenaw County wants to get a better idea of how great the need is locally for affordable housing, and has launched an online needs assessment to help make that determination.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Paul Montagno is the Sustainable Communities Coordinator for Washtenaw County's Office of Community and Economic Development.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 49297 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Gauging Affordable Housing Need Cinema Chat: 'A Most Wanted Man', 'Hercules', 'And So It Goes', 'Sing-A-Long Wizard Of Oz' And More http://wemu.org/post/cinema-chat-most-wanted-man-hercules-and-so-it-goes-sing-long-wizard-oz-and-more <p><strong><em>Movie Openings, Hollywood News And Cinema-Focused Conversation &nbsp;&nbsp;</em></strong></p><p></p><p><em><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Opening Downtown</span></strong></em></p><p></p><p>In <em><strong>“A Most Wanted Man”</strong></em> a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill-gotten fortune, forcing both German and US security agencies to take close interest.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:23:19 +0000 David Fair 49286 at http://wemu.org Cinema Chat: 'A Most Wanted Man', 'Hercules', 'And So It Goes', 'Sing-A-Long Wizard Of Oz' And More Interview: 12th Congressional District Candidate Debbie Dingell http://wemu.org/post/interview-12th-congressional-district-candidate-debbie-dingell <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160002040&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="664px"></iframe>As the August 5th primary election draws near, Debbie Dingell, one of two Democrats seeking to fill her husband John's 12th Congressional district seat, stops by the WEMU studios to talk about the campaign.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:20:28 +0000 Bob Eccles 49261 at http://wemu.org Interview: 12th Congressional District Candidate Debbie Dingell Judge Denies Injunction To Delay Scio Township Oil Well http://wemu.org/post/judge-denies-injunction-delay-scio-township-oil-well <p>Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge David Swartz has ruled against Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards request for a temporary injunction to prevent the drilling of an exploratory well in Scio township. &nbsp;It's a victory for West Bay Exploration and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:21:43 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49260 at http://wemu.org Judge Denies Injunction To Delay Scio Township Oil Well Survey: Candidates Recognize Value Of Arts And Culture http://wemu.org/post/survey-candidates-recognize-value-arts-and-culture <p>Candidates running for office in Washtenaw County show a good understanding of the important role that arts and culture play in setting a sense of place and improving the local economy.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:35:44 +0000 Bob Eccles 49241 at http://wemu.org Survey: Candidates Recognize Value Of Arts And Culture Ann Arbor Asking If Properties Are Available To Become Parkland http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-asking-if-properties-are-available-become-parkland <div>A pair of properties that developers have had a challenge in using could become Ann Arbor parks. &nbsp;8<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;acres of Woods and brush separate U-S 23 from Ann Arbor's quiet Burton Road on the city's eastside.&nbsp;</span></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:08:56 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49232 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Asking If Properties Are Available To Become Parkland Issues Of The Environment: The Urbanwood Project In Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-urbanwood-project-ann-arbor <p><strong><em>In this week's installment of 'Issues of the Environment', we explore the growing benefits of salvage wood and the difference it's making right here at home. &nbsp;</em></strong></p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:30:00 +0000 David Fair 49168 at http://wemu.org Issues Of The Environment: The Urbanwood Project In Ann Arbor 12th U-S House Seat Candidate Ray Mullins Challenges Opponent Debbie Dingell To Debate http://wemu.org/post/12th-u-s-house-seat-candidate-ray-mullins-challenges-opponent-debbie-dingell-debate <div>Ray Mullins thinks America needs some people in congress who "give a damn about the poor and middle class." &nbsp;The Ypsilanti Attorney faces Debbie Dingell in the Democratic primary for the 12th&nbsp;U-S House district.&nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:35:59 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49199 at http://wemu.org 12th U-S House Seat Candidate Ray Mullins Challenges Opponent Debbie Dingell To Debate Red Cross Aims To Avoid Emergency Blood Shortage http://wemu.org/post/red-cross-aims-avoid-emergency-blood-shortage <p>Blood is not like drinking water - you can't stockpile large supplies for use in emergencies.&nbsp; It has to be fairly fresh.&nbsp; And so the American Red Cross finds itself in its usual summertime bind of critically needing donations.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>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.<br /><br />She says with summer vacations, this is the time of greatest need.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:26:45 +0000 Bob Eccles 49176 at http://wemu.org Red Cross Aims To Avoid Emergency Blood Shortage Ann Arbor Charter Amendments Heading To November Ballot http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-charter-amendments-heading-november-ballot <div>Ann Arbor Voters will get the chance to once again create requirements to serve as an elected or appointed official in the city. &nbsp;A&nbsp;pair of charter amendments will appear on the November ballot.</div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:26:13 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49200 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Charter Amendments Heading To November Ballot Governor Praises Pensioners For Approving 'Grand Bargain' http://wemu.org/post/governor-praises-pensioners-approving-grand-bargain <p><strong>Snyder: Pensioner approval of grand bargain sets Detroit up for faster recovery</strong><br /><br /><br />Gov. Rick Snyder is praising Detroit pensioners for approving the city's bankruptcy restructuring plan.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:21:52 +0000 Jake Neher 49207 at http://wemu.org Governor Praises Pensioners For Approving 'Grand Bargain' Obamacare Ruling Won't Immediately Affect Michigan http://wemu.org/post/obamacare-ruling-wont-immediately-affect-michigan <p><strong>Court ruling on Obamacare tax breaks has no immediate effect in Michigan</strong><br /><br />An appeals court ruling Tuesday out of Washington DC could jeopardize tax subsidies that help nearly 240,000 Michiganders buy health coverage under Obamacare.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:21:18 +0000 Rick Pluta 49208 at http://wemu.org Obamacare Ruling Won't Immediately Affect Michigan Focus On Fun, Involvement In Heritage Festival Parade http://wemu.org/post/focus-fun-involvement-heritage-festival-parade <p>Organizers of this year's Ypsilanti Heritage Festival want the festival parade to spotlight the fun, creative side of the community.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>"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'.&nbsp; We've got a lot of that spirit in Ypsilanti, so we want to make the Heritage Festival parade the opportunity to do that."</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:55:56 +0000 Bob Eccles 49112 at http://wemu.org Focus On Fun, Involvement In Heritage Festival Parade Detroit Bankruptcy Effort Bolstered By Pension Cut Approval http://wemu.org/post/detroit-bankruptcy-effort-bolstered-pension-cut-approval <p>Detroit's emergency manager is praising workers and retirees who approved pension cuts as a way to get the city out of bankruptcy.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Results filed late Monday show the changes were endorsed by a landslide. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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. </span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:18:48 +0000 Associated Press 49157 at http://wemu.org Detroit Bankruptcy Effort Bolstered By Pension Cut Approval Ann Arbor Businessman Being Honored By White House http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-businessman-being-honored-white-house <p><strong><em>Zingerman' Co-founder Honored With 'Champions Of Change' Award &nbsp;</em></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Saginaw is co-founder of the </span>Zingerman's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> community of businesses. During a visit to Ann Arbor in April, President Barack Obama praised Saginaw for paying his restaurant workers above minimum wage. &nbsp;</span></div><div> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:46:26 +0000 Associated Press & David Fair 49156 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Businessman Being Honored By White House New 'Kids Count' Survey Shows Improvements And Challenges http://wemu.org/post/new-kids-count-survey-shows-improvements-and-challenges <div><em><strong>State Child Poverty Up, Teen Deaths Down &nbsp;</strong></em></div><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The annual <a href="http://www.aecf.org/work/kids-count/">Kids Count </a>survey finds child poverty rates rising during 25 years of data-gathering while fewer teens are giving birth or dying.</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The report released Tuesday by the <a href="http://www.aecf.org/‎">Annie E. Casey Foundation </a>says Michigan ranks </span>32nd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in overall child well-being nationally, down one slot since last year.</span></div><div> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:34:52 +0000 Associated Press 49143 at http://wemu.org New 'Kids Count' Survey Shows Improvements And Challenges Mayoral Forum Draws Crowd To Downtown Ypsilanti Library Branch http://wemu.org/post/mayoral-forum-draws-crowd-downtown-ypsilanti-library-branch <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gsG-EAFqlkM?list=UUqwCCwrwDVyUvsOxXkKLDOg" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The three Ypsilanti mayoral candidates addressed a packed house Monday night at the downtown library branch.</p><p></p><p>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.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:20:04 +0000 Bob Eccles 49140 at http://wemu.org Mayoral Forum Draws Crowd To Downtown Ypsilanti Library Branch Ann Arbor's Materials Recovery Facility Could Serve As Model To Boost Recycling Across Michigan http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbors-materials-recovery-facility-could-serve-model-boost-recycling-across-michigan <div>Michigan's recycling rate falls well below the regional average. It stands at about 15-percent right now. &nbsp; Governor Rick Snyder wants to double the rate in the next two years. &nbsp;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.&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:19:31 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49137 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor's Materials Recovery Facility Could Serve As Model To Boost Recycling Across Michigan Report Details Factors Leading To Inmate Escape http://wemu.org/post/report-details-factors-leading-inmate-escape <p><strong>AG prison report cites human, technology errors as prime cause of inmate escape</strong><br /><br />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.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:13:32 +0000 Rick Pluta 49141 at http://wemu.org Report Details Factors Leading To Inmate Escape Former Treasury Secretary Says Foreign Investment Key To Michigan Economy http://wemu.org/post/former-treasury-secretary-says-foreign-investment-key-michigan-economy <p><strong>Henry Paulson tells Michigan to seek out Chinese investment</strong><br /><br />Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says foreign investment and immigration will be critical to turning around Michigan's economy.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:13:07 +0000 Bob Eccles 49142 at http://wemu.org Former Treasury Secretary Says Foreign Investment Key To Michigan Economy Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department Investigates Webster Township Drowning http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-sheriffs-department-investigates-webster-township-drowning <div><em><strong>UPDATE: At 8:28am</strong></em></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A relative of a man who died after being pulled from a lake in </span>Washtenaw<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County says the man had wandered away from a picnic.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></div><div> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:28:12 +0000 Associated Press 49103 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department Investigates Webster Township Drowning Today Is An Important Day In The Detroit Bankruptcy Case http://wemu.org/post/today-important-day-detroit-bankruptcy-case <div><em><strong>Detroit due to report results from pension vote &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></em></div><div><div>The city of Detroit is expected to report the results of voting on pension cuts by retirees and former and current workers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The outcome will have an impact on the city's bankruptcy case, which goes to trial on August. 14th.</div><div> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:18:05 +0000 Associated Press 49102 at http://wemu.org Today Is An Important Day In The Detroit Bankruptcy Case Governor Snyder To Seek More Foreign Investment In Detroit http://wemu.org/post/governor-snyder-seek-more-foreign-investment-detroit <div><em><strong>Snyder, Paulson to discuss foreign investment today &nbsp;</strong></em></div><p></p><div><div>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.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>They will speak Monday afternoon during a Detroit Economic Club event at Ford Field.</div><div> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:31:54 +0000 Associated Press 49098 at http://wemu.org Governor Snyder To Seek More Foreign Investment In Detroit Ypsilanti Mayoral Forum Monday Night At Downtown Library http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-mayoral-forum-monday-night-downtown-library <p>Three Democrats are running to be Ypsilanti's next mayor, and they're all scheduled to appear at a public forum Monday night.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>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.&nbsp;</p><p>Organizers say the forum is a chance for voters to hear what the candidates have to say on a variety of issues.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:16:54 +0000 Bob Eccles 49029 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Mayoral Forum Monday Night At Downtown Library Hospital Infection Rates May Be Made Available To Public http://wemu.org/post/hospital-infection-rates-may-be-made-available-public <p><strong>State could become more transparent about infection rates at hospitals</strong><br /><br /><br />The state's top health official says Michigan could be more transparent about how many people get infections while at hospitals.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:16:39 +0000 Jake Neher 49028 at http://wemu.org Hospital Infection Rates May Be Made Available To Public