Ann Arbor, MI – A series of essays in the medical journal 'Lancet' deal with the subject of "medicalization", or the way drug advertisements and other influences impact our perceptions of disease and wellness. The essays lead author is a University of Michigan psychiatrist. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Washtenaw County, MI – Washtenaw County and one of the three townships locked in a dispute over the cost of police services are headed to mediation. Augusta Township and the county have agreed to mediation, while Ypsilanti and Salem townships countered the mediation offer with a settlement proposal. County commissioners voted nine to one Wednesday night against the settlement offer, saying it was only a small improvement from the townships' original offer.
Ann Arbor, MI – A plan to in-fill a portion of a parking lot in northwest Ann Arbor with new shops and office space has been approved by Ann Arbor's city council, despite objections from current tenants of the Plymouth Mall. City council voted seven to four Tuesday night to approve the project's site plan. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – Each month, Eastern Michigan University President Dr. John Fallon joins WEMU's David Fair for an update on sigificant issues facing the university. Click on the audio icon to hear this month's discussion.
Washtenaw County, MI – Overcrowding at the Washtenaw County jail has prompted a judge to order the release of several dozen inmates. Click on the audio icon for more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – State officials say Michigan needs another coal-fired power plant to meet increasing energy needs. Meanwhile, DTE Energy is making initial plans for another nuclear power plant to meet power demands. Neither idea sits well with environmentalists. You'll hear from them next week. Today, get the industry side of the debate on Issues of the Environment from WEMU.
Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti's Board of Education held the first of two public hearings Monday night on the district's proposed reproductive health curriculum. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – The fourth-annual 'Gift of Life University Challenge' organ donation campaign is underway. Public universities in Michigan are competing to see who can get the greatest number of people to register for organ donation. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the effort at Eastern Michigan University with WEMU's David Fair, and his special guest, EMU graduate assistant Leah Howell.
Ypsilanti, MI – Investigators are working to find out what caused a fire that claimed the lives of three young children Thursday afternoon in Ypsilanti. Click on the audio icon for more on this tragic story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – Click on the audio icon to hear this month's Friday Focus on the Environment, discussing global warming and its regional as well as world-wide impacts, and featuring Michigan Environmental Council President Lana Pollack, and NOAA laboratory scientist Dr. Brent Lofgren
Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti's city council has gone on record asking the state to help it pay for providing fire protection to the Eastern Michigan University campus. A resolution seeking the funding was approved by council Tuesday night. Council member Brian Filipiak says the service provided to EMU goes beyond fire protection by including training and workshops for different groups on campus. He says it's important that the city be fully compensated for those efforts.
Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti's city council has approved a new contract with the city's higher-ranking police officers. The contract with the Command Officers Association of Michigan runs from July first of last year through June 30th of this year. With this contract in place, all of the city's union contracts now expire at the same time. Police seargents get a three percent raise in the new contract while lieutenants get a four-and-a-half percent pay increase. The raises are retroactive to July first of last year.
Ypsilanti, MI – The Washtenaw County Prosecutor's office says the killing of a suspected drug dealer by an undercover police officer last month was justified. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – Click on the audio icon to hear this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, featuring the project director for the Washtenaw Asthma Coalition, and clinical care coordinator for the children's asthma wellness program at C-S Mott Children's Hospital, Karla Stoermer Grossman.
Ypsilanti, MI – Click on the audio icon to hear this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, focusing on the current status and continued controversy over hazardous waste deep injection wells in Romulus near Detroit Metro Airport.