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6:25 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Over Half Of Eligible Washtenaw County Residents Enrolled In Healthy Michigan Plan

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Since open enrollment began on April first, more than 7,400 Washtenaw County residents have successfully enrolled in Michigan's expanded Medicaid plan.

Kristen Nordberg is Washtenaw Health Plan's Director of Enrollment and Advocacy Services.  She says an estimated 13,000 county residents are eligible for the Healthy Michigan Plan.

 "So there are still many, many people in the county that we need to get enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Medicaid plan," Nordberg says.

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-Michigan News
6:24 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Medical Marijuana Bills Clear Senate Panel

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Future of medical marijuana bills uncertain after clearing state Senate panel

Two bills that would ease restrictions on medical marijuana in Michigan are one step closer to becoming law. A state Senate panel approved the legislation Wednesday.

But it is not clear what will happen to the bills now that they are going to the full Senate.

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WEMU News
6:24 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Ypsilanti Township Approves Truancy Ordinance

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If your kid is skipping school in Ypsilanti Community Schools and the Lincoln Consolidated School District, you could be held legally responsible.

Ypsilanti Township has passed an ordinance that holds parents in the Ypsilanti Community Schools and Lincoln school districts legally responsible for their children's chronic truancy.

Under the law, parents of children aged 6-13 who accumulate 10 or more unexcused absences can be punished with fines or jail time.

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Community
5:31 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Mr B and Other Musicians Provide Art Fair Soundtrack

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At the Ann Arbor Art Fair, the pieces on display are a feast for the eyes.  They’re accompanied by all kinds of incredible music.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the music available at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.

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Community
5:21 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Art Fair Visitors Use Bus To Avoid Downtown Ann Arbor Parking Hassles

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Half a million visitors are expected for this year's Ann Arbor art fairs. Traffic tie ups and parking shortages are bound to follow. 89-one WEMU’s Andrew Cluley opted to use the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority’s Art Fair bus this year.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on his trip to the Ann Arbor Art fair on the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's bus from Briarwood Mall.

In less than ten minutes the art fair bus took me from free parking at Briarwood Mall to the edge of the Summer Art Fair on State Street.  The early morning bus was full with people enjoying the cooler than normal weather.

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Environment
9:09 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Issues of the Environment: Sustainable Living On The 'Homestead'

The Gold Family's "Homemade Farm"
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Meet the Gold family from Superior Township. They've turned their land into an innovative,  self-sustaining property. 

Issues of the Environment: A sustainable homestead in Washtenaw County with Jason and Julia Gold.

  Overview   

The Gold family owns and operates a farming “homestead” in Washtenaw County known as “Our Handmade Life”, where they live a self-sustaining, green life and they offer courses to the public on how they do it.

The farm, on Vreeland Road, features a bio-intensive passive greenhouse (no fossil fuels!), the Michigan Folk School, dozens of varieties of organic produce, mushrooms, goats, and chickens.

Jason and Julia Gold have operated “Our Handmade Life” since 2011, and both the farm and the school have expanded every year since. They are currently offering classes on chicken butchering, earth ovens, soap making, fermentation, ale brewing, and much more.

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WEMU News
4:59 am
Wed July 16, 2014

State Seeks Public Comment On Proposed Fracking Rules

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The Michigan League of Conservation Voters says now is the time for those concerned about how the state regulates hydraulic fracturing to speak up.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is holding public hearings to get input on proposed rules regarding "fracking". 

Jack Schmitt is deputy director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.  He says the rules as proposed fall far short.

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-Michigan News
4:57 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Non-Union Construction Firms Attack Local Prevailing Wage Laws

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Non-union builders challenge local wage floors

An association of non-union construction companies has asked the state Supreme Court to strike down local prevailing wage laws. The Associated Builders and Contractors says a state law preempts the ordinances.

Nearly two dozen Michigan communities have their own prevailing wage ordinances. They're supposed to ensure that workers on city-financed projects are paid something close to union wages.

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Ann Arbor
4:57 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Share Thoughts On Affordable Housing And Homelessness

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Ann Arbor homeless advocates hope the large turnout at a mayoral forum on the issue will show it's a priority to voters.  If nothing else all four City Council members appearing on the democratic ballot for mayor pledged to commit financial and political capital to ending homelessness in the city by 2018.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor's mayoral forum focused on affordable housing and homeless issues.

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WEMU News
4:54 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Group Suing Over Scio Township Oil Drilling

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The group Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards is taking the effort to prevent an exploratory well from being drilled in Scio Township to court.

The group would not say who it's targeting with the suit, but president Laura Robinson says the state Department of Environmental Quality failed when it issued a permit to West Bay Exploration Company. 

Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards holds an informational meeting at 7 tonight at the Scio Township hall.

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WEMU News
4:53 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Better Farming Practices Needed To Avoid Algae Blooms

Satellite image of Lake Erie shows algae blooms.
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If you've spent anytime boating on Lake Erie over the last few summers, you may very well have been diverted by huge patches of algae blooms.

It would appear you'll have the same issue later this summer.

Scientists predict another large toxic bloom will appear on the western side of Lake Erie this summer. The blooms are caused by excessive amounts of phosphorus and other chemicals typically found in agricultural run-off.

Don Scavia is Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.

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WEMU News
4:51 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Research Park Drive Development Could Include Tennis Courts

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Things could soon look a lot different on Ann Arbor's Research Park Drive near State Street.

City Council has approved a zoning change that will allow the currently vacant land to be developed for mixed-use purposes.

Developers have already submitted a plan for the area that includes an 8-court indoor/outdoor tennis facility as well as two five-story buildings for research, office or limited industrial uses. City Planner Jeff Kahan says the developer's plan for the other lots in the area is less detailed, but will be used for office and research buildings.

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Community
3:41 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Ann Arbor Art Fair Kicks Off Wednesday

The Ann Arbor Art Fair
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Nearly 1,000 artists have come to Ann Arbor to sell their work in this year's Art Fair.  About a half million visitors are expected at the 30 block event that is made up of 4 separate art fairs.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley previews this year's Ann Arbor Art Fair.

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Education
3:40 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Social Work Professor Honored For Lifetime Fighting For Social Justice

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An Eastern Michigan University professor has been honored for her efforts in social work.  The Michigan chapter of the National Association of Social Workers gave Marjorie Ziefert a Lifetime Achievement award.    

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3:39 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

3 Tips For Dining Out During The Ann Arbor Art Fair

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If you’re looking for some hints for dining out for lunch or dinner, MLive's Jessica Webster has accumulated a few in the 25 summers she's spent here.
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Half a million people are expected to roll into downtown Ann Arbor over the next few days, here to celebrate the Ann Arbor Art Fair. Streets will be closed off, parking will be a challenge, and even a quick walk can be frustrating when art fair patrons clog the sidewalks.
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

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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

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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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