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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:

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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.

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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.
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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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WEMU News
5:14 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Mr. B's Joybox Express On The Road This Weekend

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Mr. B's Joybox Express piano bike will be making the trip from Chelsea to Ann Arbor this weekend, in part to raise funds for his bigger Mississippi River road trip planned for the fall.

The Chelsea-Ann Arbor Ride departs the Chelsea District Library at 3:30 Sunday afternoon, and concludes at Wolverine State Brewing Company in Ann Arbor. 

Donations will be split between the Joybox Express and a charity of the donor's choosing.

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WEMU News
5:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Pittsfield Township Eyes Banning Grills From Apartment Porches And Decks

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Pittsfield Township was thinking about banning charcoal grills from apartment porches and decks before a July 4th fire that damaged several units of an apartment building, but now propane-fired grills may also be a no-no.

Public Safety Director Matt Harshberger says that pending township approval, language will be added to the open burn ordinance prohibiting charcoal grills or grills fired by an open flame from use in multi-family housing. 

The issue may come up for a vote at the township board's meeting in August.

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Michigan News
5:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Audit Points To Failings At Michigan Department Of Human Services

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Another audit says Michigan has failed to protect vulnerable adults

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is again taking heat for failing to protect vulnerable adults.

A state audit released Wednesday shows the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) has mismanaged its Adult Protective Services (APS) program since 2010. Among other things, it says DHS did not adequately train caseworkers and supervisors and failed to investigate complaints of abuse.

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WEMU News
5:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Nominations Sought For Breastfeeding-Friendly Businesses

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Washtenaw County Public Health is seeking nominations of area businesses that go above and beyond to accommodate breastfeeding moms and their babies.

Nominations are being sought for the 2014 Breastfeeding Friendly Business Awards. 

Winners will fall into one of three recognition levels: Gold, Silver or Bronze. 

Nominees and winners will receive stickers to place on their front doors to identify them as a breastfeeding friendly business. 

Nominations are due by July 18th and can be made online:

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WEMU News
5:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels Executive Director Marks One Year On Job

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Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Executive Director Alison Foreman's first year on the job was anything but ordinary.

Just four weeks into the job, she faced a government shutdown that threatened to put her program out of business. 

Since then, things have gone much more smoothly. 

Foreman says they've been able to eliminate a long waiting list, and plan to bring back Friday delivery of a frozen meal for customers to enjoy on Saturday. 

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WEMU News
5:12 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Washtenaw County's Representatives In Lansing Do Well On Environmental Scorecard

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Washtenaw County's legislative representatives continue to score highly in the Michigan League of Conservation Voters annual Environmental Scorecard.

State Senator Rebekah Warren and Representatives David Rutledge, Jeff Irwin and Adam Zemke all scored 100 percent, while Representative Gretchen Driskell received an 85 percent rating. 

Senator Warren was singled out for her support of legislation to update and increase fees for hunting and fishing licenses.

Find the complete scorecard online:

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Community
4:41 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Strong Ann Arbor Real Estate Market May Get Influx Of Homes On North Side Of City

Land on the North and South West corner of Nixon and Dhu Varren is the site of the proposed Toll Brothers development.
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Proposals to build homes on Ann Arbor's north side are another indication that the area's real estate market is heating up.  Toll Brothers is holding a community meeting Thursday night on plans to build 500 residences at Dhu Varren and Nixon.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor area real estate market as a developer is set to share details of a proposed development on the city's north side.
  
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4:23 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Detroit Treads Sandals Made From Illegally Dumped Tires Grow In Popularity Across City & Beyond

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A Detroit organization that helps people in need has found a positive way to make use of illegally dumped tires in the city. Cass Community Social Services (CCSS) is the manufacturer of Detroit Treads, sandals selling for $25 a pair that are made out of tire treads.
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Since 2007, CCSS has used more than 35,000 illegally dumped tires in Detroit to make mud mats and the Detroit Treads sandals, said the Rev. Faith Fowler, the organization's executive director.
Issues of the Environment
9:56 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Issues Of The Environment: Environmentally Responsible Boating

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Boaters Can Take Responsibility for Mitigation of Environmental Harm

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Michigan News
8:26 am
Wed July 9, 2014

State Schools Superintendent Has Warning For Charter School Authorizers

Michigan Schools Superintendent Mike Flanagan.
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State superintendent predicts institutions will lose ability to charter schools

The top education official in Michigan says there's a good chance some institutions will lose their authority to create charter schools.

That statement comes a day after state Superintendent of Schools Mike Flanagan said he's ready to use his authority to revoke that ability from charter school authorizers. That's if they fail to meet new standards for transparency set by state education officials.

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Safety
8:25 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Eastern Washtenaw Safety Alliance Introduced

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State Representative David Rutledge has formally introduced a collaborative effort to address public safety, an effort at least partially in response to a rash of crimes on Washtenaw County's east side, including the killing of Eastern Michigan University student athlete Demarius Reed, 

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

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WEMU News
6:28 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Washtenaw International High School Tops In County On ACT

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Washtenaw International High School students accomplished something really special in the latest round of Michigan Merit Exam and ACT testing: they were tops in the county and number two in the state with their composite ACT score of 27-point-three.

Not bad, considering the program is barely three years old. 

Principal Nhu Do says the results are impressive.

"It really is attributable to all the hard work that the staff, students, faculty members, district supporters have really put in place to ensure the success of these students."

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Community
4:45 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Member Proposing Charter Amendment To Return Eligibility Guidelines

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A court ruling in May put Bob Dascola on the ballot in Ann Arbor's third ward primary.  It's also left the city without any eligibility requirements.  To address this concern City Council member Jane Lumm is proposing a charter amendment to go before voters in November.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a proposed Ann Arbor Charter Amendment so the city can once again have eligibility requirements for candidates running for City Council and Mayor.

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Community
8:53 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Helps Fund Washtenaw County Animal Control Services

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The City of Ann Arbor will spend 135-thousand dollars to support animal control services in Washtenaw County. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports Ann Arbor City Council approves funding for animal control services.

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WEMU News
4:31 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Washtenaw County Merit Exam Scores Continue To Improve

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Washtenaw County students continue to show improvement in the Michigan Merit Exam.

Washtenaw Intermediate School District communication specialist Emma Jackson says improvements among the class of 2015 were seen in reading, writing, science and social studies, while math proficiency stayed about the same.

"Our reading scores really stand out at 72 percent proficient," Jackson says, "and they're some of the highest in the state."

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Michigan News
4:31 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Good News, Bad News In State Test Data

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High schoolers' test scores up in all areas, many still not ready for college

Michigan high school juniors are improving in all core academic subjects. That's according to standardized test results released Monday.

The Michigan Merit Exam (MME) is given to high school juniors each year. The data released by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) includes the ACT college entrance exam.

The biggest improvements in the results were in social studies and reading. State education officials credit tougher graduation requirements approved in 2006.

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Community
4:50 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Celebrates Blake Transit Center Grand Opening

Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority held the official grand opening of the new Blake Transit Center in downtown Ann Arbor today.  It's been open since March but it will still be another week or so before buses will use the facility's covered driveway for loading and unloading passengers.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the grand opening of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's new Blake Transit Center.

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