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WEMU News
6:26 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Ann Arbor Art Fairs Street Closures Begin This Morning

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The Ann Arbor Art Fairs begin tomorrow and run through Saturday evening. As a result, there are several street closures downtown. The closures begin at 7:00am Tuesday morning and run through noon, Sunday, July 20th.   

According to the City of Ann Arbor, closures include:

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Community
5:46 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Ann Arbor Planning Commission Master Plan Review Helps Sets Agenda

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The Ann Arbor Planning Commission is expected to set their work agenda for the year Tuesday night.  That's when they vote on the annual review of the master plan.    

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor Planning Commission setting up their agenda for the year as they consider a review of the city's master plan.

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WEMU News
11:50 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Schissel Starts As U-M President

New U-M President Mark Schlissel

Presidential Inauguration Won't Be held Until Fall     

Audio report on the start of Mark Schlissel's tenure as U-M President

The new President of the University of Michigan is on the job.  Mark Schissel officially took the helm today.   

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Michigan News
11:01 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Detroit Water Shutoffs

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79 Illegal Water Users Caught In 3 Days   A spokesman for Detroit's water system says it cited 79 customers for illegal water use in one three-day period and levied $21,750 in fees.  The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has been cracking down on tens of thousands of nonpaying residential and business customers. 

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Michigan News
10:35 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Michigan Farmers Plant Fewer Acres Of Corn

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Corn Acreage Down Nationwide    Michigan farmers have reduced the amount of land they use for growing corn. The Detroit News reports weather and falling market prices caused farmers to start growing corn later than usual this year. Michigan's corn farming area has shrunk by about 10,000 acres to 2.24 million.

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Michigan News
10:23 am
Mon July 14, 2014

U-M Board Of Regents Subject Of Lawsuit

 Lawsuit: Michigan Regents Break Open Meetings Act     The Detroit Free Press has sued the University of Michigan, saying its Board of Regents routinely violates the state Open Meetings Act. The newspaper says it filed the suit Friday in the Michigan Court of Claims. The Associated Press left phone messages Sunday seeking comment from university spokespeople.

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Michigan News
10:04 am
Mon July 14, 2014

State Senate Panel Returns This Week To Vote On Medical Marijuana Bills

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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries could soon become legal, after GOP change of heart

Jake Neher reports on Medical Marijuana legislation to be acted upon this week

The state Legislature returns this week for its only scheduled session day in July. A state Senate panel is likely to vote on bills that would relax restrictions on medical marijuana.

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Michigan News
9:40 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Underground Railroad Conference Explores Detroit

Underground Railroad Conference in Detroit, July 16-20th
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An annual conference of Underground Railroad scholars and enthusiasts is coming to Detroit.  The Detroit News reports the event coordinated by the National Park Service will explore the roles women played as leaders along the secret network for runaway slaves. Detroit was the last stop on the Underground Railroad before the Civil War.

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Music
9:16 am
Mon July 14, 2014

WEMU Announces New Weekend Programming Lineup

After several requests from station supporters to give The Roots Music Project more time on the 89.1 WEMU airwaves, management has decided to move the program to a new time and expand it from two hours to three.  Starting Saturday, July 19, the popular show and its host, Jeremy Baldwin, can be heard starting at 4:00pm.

 "Jeremy has a great following in this community," said Patrick Campion, WEMU Program Director. "Moving the program to a little later time on Saturday opens it up to an even larger potential audience and lets us more easily expand it to an additional hour.  This also gives us a chance to move some other local programs around that pair up well with The Roots Music Project."

From Memphis To Motown and host Wendy Wright will move from 7:00pm Sunday to 1:00pm Saturday.

"Wendy's blues selections are a great lead in to the rest of our new Saturday lineup," Campion continues. "Again, this gives her an opportunity to be exposed to a new and wider audience with a program we believe has a lot of potential for growth."

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Community
8:28 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Differ On Spending Priorities

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

For the first time in 14-years, Ann Arbor will soon have a new Mayor.   Whom voters elect will help determine the direction of the city's spending priorities.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley takes a look at what Ann Arbor community members want in terms of spending priorities from the next mayor and where the candidates stand.

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Community
5:34 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Townie Street Party Set To Kick Off Ann Arbor Art Fairs Week

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About a thousand artists and a half million visitors are expected in Ann Arbor for the city's four art fairs.  Before art takes over the city the 10th annual Townie Street Party is Monday night.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Townie Street Party.

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5:13 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

RIP, Charlie Haden

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Charlie Haden, born August 6, 1937 in Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away today at 10:11 Pacific time in Los Angeles after a prolonged illness.
Very sad news: It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Charlie Haden, born August 6, 1937 in Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away today at 10:11 Pacific time in Los Angeles after a prolonged illness. Ruth Cameron, his wife of 30 years, and his children Josh Haden, Tanya Haden, Rachel Haden and Petra Haden were all by his side.
Politics
3:28 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Michigan Calling: Democrat Mark Schauer Answers Listener Questions

Credit Courtesy, Mark Schauer

This morning Democratic candidate for Michigan, Democrat Mark Schauer joined Rick Pluta on a statewide call-in show via the Michigan Public Radio Network.

You can listen to the full program here:  

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12:24 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Five Tips For Attending Ann Arbor’s Art Fair

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The Ann Arbor Art Fair hits downtown Ann Arbor this July 16th-19th. With the work of 1,000 artists on display, there is a lot of ground to cover if you want to see it all! Maricat Eggenberger of Pure Michigan provides some helpful tips for navigating the fair.
This July 16-19, the Ann Arbor downtown will be transformed with over 1,000 juried artists featuring their artwork from all over the country. If you have ever attended the Ann Arbor Fair, you understand the diversity of art work represented and the lively atmosphere of Ann Arbor’s downtown and campus streets. If you haven’t attended before, we hope you’ll make a trip to see what the Ann Arbor Art Fair is all about.
Community
11:57 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Michigan Elvisfest Returns To Ypsilanti

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It may be 35 years since his death, but Elvis fans still flock to a wide variety of events celebrating the "King." Outside of Graceland the place to be this weekend is the 15th annual Michigan Elvisfest in Ypsilanti's Riverside Park.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the 15th annual Michigan Elvisfest taking place this weekend in Ypsilanti.

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Community
11:56 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Ann Arbor Mayor Believes Big Projects During His Tenure Making Positive Impact

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje thinks investments made during his tenure are already paying results and will continue to do so.  The issue of spending priorities however is one voters will be looking at as the city chooses a new mayor for the first time in 14 years.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on some of the spending priorities during John Hieftje's 14 years as Mayor of Ann Arbor.
Hieftje points to the underground parking structure as helping grow the local economy.  That's because he doesn't think the city's growing tech sector would have been possible without additional parking downtown.  He says these jobs have helped keep the area more active, boosting restuarants and other businesses.
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WEMU News
11:20 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Environmental Groups Warn Of Potential Pipeline Problems

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Environmentalists are calling for additional safety measures to protect the Great Lakes from a 61 year-old oil pipeline located under the Straits of Mackinac.

A new model created by the National Wildlife Federation and the University of Michigan Water Center predicts Lakes Huron and Michigan would suffer significant damage if the Enbridge-owned pipeline were to rupture.

National Wildlife Federation Regional Executive Director Andy Buchsbaum says a spill there would be a deathblow both ecological and economical to the Great Lakes region.

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WEMU News
11:18 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Disabilities Advocacy Group Seeking Volunteers

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A group that advocates for Washtenaw County's disabled residents is looking for some new volunteers to help advance its mission.

The Washtenaw Regional Inclusive Community Coalition is one of more than 50 similar organizations across the state helping to increase awareness of issues important to those with developmental or other disabilities. 

The coalition holds regular meetings, and has a leadership training session scheduled for July 25th.
Find out more about the RICC on Facebook:

http://facebook.com/washcoricc

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WEMU News
11:18 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Rolling Sculpture Car Show Friday

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The 20th annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show comes to downtown Ann Arbor Friday.

More than 300 vehicles will be shown, including some historic electric vehicles. 

DJ Surfer Joe will be spinning hot rod tunes and the Ann Arbor District Library will have activities for families on Liberty between Fourth and Fifth. 

The Rolling Sculpture Car Show takes place Friday from two to 10 p.m. along Main, Liberty and Washington Streets.

Find more information on the event online:

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Michigan News
11:16 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Expansion Of Medicaid Exceeding Expectations

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Medicaid expansion sign-ups hit one-year target in just four months

In less than four months, Michigan has already hit its 2014 enrollment goal for the state's expanded Medicaid program.

More than 322,000 low-income Michiganders now have government sponsored healthcare through the Healthy Michigan program.

Officials with the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) say the dramatic jump in enrollment will help boost the state's economy.

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WEMU News
3:49 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

July 20-26 Gun Safety Week In Washtenaw County

Gun safety locks and information will be available at law enforcement agencies during Gun Safety Week.
Bob Eccles

Law enforcment agencies across Washtenaw County hope to help prevent gun deaths by offering free gun lock kits during Gun Safety Week, July 20th through the 26th.

County Prosecutor Brian Mackie says he's seen far too many senseless deaths in his thirty-plus years on the job.

"One would be too many, but it happens over and over again with otherwise responsible citizens who think that they're protecting themselves by having a loaded gun, then there's death or serious injury in the family, usually when children go to the guns," Mackie says.

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Michigan News
11:03 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Livonia Man Charged With Second Degree Murder In Referee's Death

This undated file photo provided by the Livonia Police Department in Livonia, Mich., shows Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad, a Detroit-area soccer player who is accused of killing soccer referee John Bieniewicz with a punch to his neck.
Credit Livonia Police Department

A Detroit-area soccer player accused of killing a referee with a punch to the neck has made an initial court appearance on a second-degree murder charge.

Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad was arraigned Thursday in Livonia District Court. The judge ordered a $1 million bond and set a preliminary hearing for July 30.

John Bieniewicz died last week from injuries sustained June 29. Police and prosecutors say Saad struck Bieniewicz as the 44-year-old soccer referee announced his decision to eject him from a men's league game.

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Michigan News
10:52 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Michigan Senate Candidates Report Finances

U.S. Representative Gary Peters
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  The campaign of Republican Michigan U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land says it raised about $2.15 million from donors in the latest quarter and got an additional $1.2 million from Land herself. Democrat Gary Peters says his campaign raised $1.95 million.

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Michigan News
10:48 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden Heading To Detroit

Vice President Joe Biden
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  Vice President Joe Biden will mingle with liberal activists next week at the Netroots Nation convention.

Netroots Nation says the vice president has agreed to speak at its annual political conference being held this year in Detroit. The July 17 speech will be the first time Biden has addressed the group.

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Cinema Chat
8:51 am
Thu July 10, 2014

'Hellion', 'Third Person', 'The German Doctor' And 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'

Michigan Theater
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There are a number of good films opening in the area this weekend, and plenty of Hollywood news to discuss. It's all here in this week's installment of Cinema Chat. 

Cinema Chat with WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum

Opening at the Multiplex

In “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” a growing nation of genetically evolved apes is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” opens Friday.

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