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Doctor Ben Carson took his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination to Michigan, with stops in Jackson and Spring Arbor University.

Carson, who’s faced criticism for saying he would not support putting a devout Muslim in the White House, blamed “political correctness” for the blowback.

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660 white crosses have been put on display in front of the Ypsilanti Township Civic Center by the Veteran's Refuge Network. 


Each cross represents the number of military veterans who will commit suicide in September.  That's nearly 22 suicides each day, according to the organization.

Lincoln Consolidated Schools

Superintendent Ellen Bonter of the Lincoln Consolidated Schools has announced her resignation as of Monday, Sept. 21. Bonter served as the district's superintendent since 2011.

Brick Elementary School principal, David Northrop will serve as interim superintendent after being appointed by the Board of Education until the Human Resources Department fills the vacancy. 

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The number of obese adults in Michigan is up 7 percent from 15 years ago.

In Michigan, slightly more than thirty percent of adults are now medically obese, that’s a 7% increase from the year 2000. Those statistics come from an annual report compiled by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health. / City of Ann Arbor

Plans to redevelop an affordable housing building in Ann Arbor for more than $6.5 million have received the green light by the Ann Arbor city council.  

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People would face criminal penalties for coercing someone to have an abortion under a bill in the state House.   

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A state House panel has approved long-stalled bills to overhaul Michigan’s medical marijuana system.   Jake Neher has the details.


Michigan Child and Adult Protective Services workers are eligible for more overtime pay after a recent arbitration decision. There are now more situations that qualify on-call employees working at home for overtime.

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When the sun sets tonight, many members of Washtenaw County’s Jewish community will observe the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur.

Amanda LeClaire

It's difficult to start a conversation about depression with nearly anyone at any age. With busy schedules, high expectations, and less life experience than many older adults, college students may be a more challenging demographic to reach for mental health professionals. 

State elections officials say there’s nothing in the law that says former Representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat can’t run for their old seats in the upcoming special election. 

The development of better, affordable housing. It's not just about where people live. A new foundational grant and programs that Eastern Michigan University are involved in.

We talk with Russ Olwell, Director of the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities at EMU and Zac Fosler, the Executive Director of the Housing Comission about efforts in Ypsilanti to secure and ensure there's affordable housing options.

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Don't be surprised if you hear pianos being played around the city of Ypsilanti during the next few weeks.  You'll see them where you least expect it.

Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners approved a Community Support and Treatment Services budget that will allow the county to continue to offer mental health services, but it won't stop layoffs.

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Is Washtenaw County prepared to answer Governor Snyder’s call for more skilled automotive workers in Michigan? 

 Gamrat joins a Republican field that’s already five people and is expected to attract more. No Democrats have filed to run in the predominantly GOP seat in Allegan County. 

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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has postponed at vote on whether to merge the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti convention and Visitor's Bureaus.

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Poverty rates in Michigan remain higher than the national average, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census. The state is still worse off than the rest of the country, but according to the Detroit News, poverty rates in Michigan have lowered nearly one percent from 2013 to last year.

Nick Azzaro, Ypsilanti Community Schools

More than 800 Ypsilanti Community Schools students will receive brand new tablets to use this school year, for free. 

Every student at Washtenaw International Middle School and 600 at Ypsi Community Middle School will have a new Samsung tablet and 24/7 internet access through the academic year.

Yen Azzaro is with the district:

“They’re really going to be on the cutting edge of using classroom software that hasn’t been used in a widespread fashion in the past. So we will be models for other schools that are looking to do similar programs.” 

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Every day thousands of motorists pass by a field of Bison (or Buffalo if you prefer) near a busy intersection on the north east side of Ann Arbor outside Domino’s Farms.

I had a chance to tour the field and get close to these amazing iconic animals:

As 2015 develops, so will WEMU’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. We began broadcasting at 10 watts to EMU dormitories in 1965 and are now the award-winning and nationally recognized NPR, news, jazz and blues service you know and depend on.

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Business owners in Ann Arbor are becoming more concerned about crime near Liberty Plaza after two people were stabbed in the park earlier this month.


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The immigration question is causing turmoil in the Republican presidential primary.  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is keeping to his staunchly pro-immigration position.

New bills in the state House would add restrictions on abortions and protections for religious leaders who refuse to marry same-sex couples.  But, as Jake Neher reports below, the future of the bills could be hampered by the representative who introduced them.

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A new University of Michigan study looked at how children and adults categorized multiracial children in different ways. 

The study found that adults, regardless of being white or black, tended to categorize multiracial children as black.