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Huron Valley Ambulance in Ann Arbor

Countless people's lives are saved everyday thanks to the efforts of emergency dispatchers.

They're the person on the other end of the phone when you call 9-1-1.

To honor their service, April 10-16 has been named National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

I recently had a chance to talk with Dan Blaszkiewicz, an emergency dispatcher with Huron Valley Ambulance in Ann Arbor.


Donald Harrison

Community High School was started in 1972 with some radical ideas, enthusiastic teachers, and a reclaimed elementary school building in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The concept was based on a “school without walls” approach where the city could serve as the classroom.  Students were encouraged to design their own courses and take responsibility for their education.  There was no prom, no cafeteria, no sports teams, an AntiZebra anti-mascot, and students called teachers by their first names.

I spoke with local independent filmmaker and video producer Donald Harrison behind the documentary about Ann Arbor's "Community High School."


Amanda LeClaire

As temperatures rise, crews will be out on many of the region’s roads.

 


Michigan State Capitol
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The Legislature returns to Lansing this week following a two-week spring break.  Big issues facing lawmakers include the Flint water crisis and a Detroit Public Schools bailout. 


donatelife.net

April is National Donate Life Month.  You can register to help those in need.


Republican National Convention
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Michigan Republicans met in Lansing this weekend to select delegates to the party’s presidential-nominating convention this summer.  Controversies over who will go to Cleveland to choose the nominee were averted. 


WEMU

Spring not only brings plenty of rain, but also one of commuters' biggest pet peeves: potholes.

 

Rynearson Stadium
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Eastern Michigan University is holding its annual spring football game tomorrow at 3 PM in Rynearson Stadium.

Wolverine Pathways
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A University of Michigan program aimed at helping students in Ypsilanti and Southfield prepare for college is off to a promising start.

Robotics Students
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A major high school robotics competition is taking place today and tomorrow in Ann Arbor. 


Bill Schuette
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a lawsuit to shut down an abortion clinic in Detroit.


Roger Rayle / Scio Residents for Safe Water

Since 1995, 4,000 prohibition zones have been put in place in Michigan to “manage risk,” i.e. prevent people from coming into contact with contaminated soil or water.  In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas looks at how the balance between cleaning up pollution versus managing the risk is playing out when it comes to the Ann Arbor area's 1.4 dioxane plume. 


City of Ann Arbor

When people hear about "water problems" they're paying very close attention these days especially in light of what is going on in Flint.

Ann Arbor City officials just announced a major sewer overload situation that spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage into a tributary of the Huron River.

I spoke with the city's water quality manager Jennifer Lawson about what happened...

 


City of Ann Arbor Logo
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A proposal to increase the hours of parking meter enforcement in downtown Ann Arbor is causing a stir online and in the community today.

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Eastern Michigan University hosted a special celebration in honor of Latino civil rights leader Cesar Chavez


Myra Klarman / Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Executive Director & Artistic Director Amy Nesbitt sat down with WEMU's Linda Yohn earlier this week to talk about the schedule and hear some music from some of the acts scheduled to appear.

Ken Fischer
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A fixture in the Ann Arbor arts scene will soon step down. 


Benjamin Edmondson
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Ypsilanti Community Schools has decided to move forward with getting more information on the possibility of demolishing vacant school buildings.  


Ann Arbor District Library
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The city of Ann Arbor will host its last Sustainable Forum of the season this evening, and they will discuss what our county may look like in the year 2040.  


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court has heard arguments in a case that could set some parameters on state-appointed emergency managers’ authority to change public employee contracts. 


Scott Bauer / USDA

Have an opinion about the recent deer cull in Ann Arbor?  City officials want to hear feedback from residents.

Washtenaw County Michigan Works

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, Michigan Works, and the Regional Chamber of Commerce have partnered to bring employment to young people in the area. 


Michigan Daily Opinion Columnist, Aarica Marsh chronicles her recent venture outside of Ann Arbor.

Air Pollution
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The air you breathe may actually being making you sick.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Kindra Weid, Health Fellow for MI Air, MI Health, to discuss air quality and health in Michigan. 


Start By Believing
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Washtenaw County will soon become the first in the state to pledge to end victim-blaming in sexual assault cases. 

 

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