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4:23 am
Tue June 24, 2014

NOAA Awards Federal Funds To Protect Michigan Shorelines

 Michigan will receive $2.5 million from the federal government for efforts to protect shore lands and coastal ecosystems, along with public access and recreation.

     The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded the funding this week to the state's coastal management program. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will administer the grant, which will generate an additional $2 million in state and local spending.

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Michigan News
4:20 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Michigan Challenge Balloonfest This Weekend

 Hot air balloons will take to the skies over Howell this weekend for the 30th annual Michigan Challenge Balloonfest.

     The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus reports  that the event takes place Friday through Sunday at Howell High School. Forty-three balloons with Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and Tennessee pilots are scheduled to compete.

     Balloon launch and fly-in times are 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 6 to 8 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday.

Michigan News
4:18 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Feel Good With Jane Seymour On Detroit Public TV

Jane Seymour is known for her role "Somewhere In Time" which was filmed in Michigan with Christopher Reeves

 

  Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Seymour's new show is filming in the Detroit area.

     The actress isn't working on a new movie or a scripted series, however.

     She's the host of a national 13-part series called "Feel Grand with Jane Seymour" that's being produced by Detroit Public Television.

     Seymour will be joined on the show by medical experts such as author Deepak Chopra and Susan Blumenthal, former U.S. assistant surgeon general.

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Michigan News
7:27 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Office To Help Skilled immigrants Find Work In Michigan

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Michigan welcomes office to help skilled immigrants get jobs

Highly skilled immigrants in Michigan now have a new resource to help them find jobs. The national nonprofit organization Upwardly Global opened a new office in Detroit on Monday.

Upwardly Global says immigrants and refugees often have valuable job skills that are in high demand in the United States. But the group says they often still have trouble finding work because of cultural differences.

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Music
3:02 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

WEMU Remains Committed To NPR, Music And News

During our recent Summer Pledge Drive you probably heard us mention how difficult it is to maintain our mixed format of music and news.  Keeping knowledgeable local hosts on staff, presenting both news and music content and committing ourselves to support the vibrant community and organizations that are represented by that content is most definitely not the easiest path.  

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WEMU News
2:42 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Prepare For Color Run Road Closures Saturday In Ypsilanti

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If you'll be driving in the Ypsilanti area Saturday morning, plan on dodging street closures necessary to hold the annual Color Run.

Streets will be closed at 7 a.m. with the 5-K race and walk scheduled to start at 8.  Among the affected streets:

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Michigan News
11:37 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Woman Struck By U-M Bus in Ann Arbor Dies

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Police say a 58-year-old University of Michigan employee who was struck by a bus has died.  The Ann Arbor News reports Nancy Sanders was crossing a street on Thursday morning in Ann Arbor when she was struck by the university bus.

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Michigan News
11:20 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy-Grand Bargain

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An effort by deep-pocketed philanthropists to save the bankrupt city of Detroit's art treasures culminated today when Michigan Governor Rick Snyder authorized $195 million in state help. The bill signing in Detroit was part of what's dubbed the Grand Bargain. The deal also includes $366 million from foundations and a $100 million fundraising pledge by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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WEMU News
4:37 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Ypsilanti Historic Homes Tour This Weekend

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The Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation Sunday has the chance to show off some of the diverse and beautiful architecture in the city with its annual Historic Homes Tour.

Tour chair Jan Arps-Prundeanu says you've no doubt driven past these homes many times.

"The tour always gives people an opportunity to get to see the inside of some of these beautiful homes," Arps-Prundeanu says.

Some of the homes on this year's tour:

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Michigan News
4:32 am
Fri June 20, 2014

U-M Keeps Undergraduate Tuition Hike To 2.6 Percent

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The University of Michigan has approved a 2.6 percent increase in tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates. 

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Community
4:16 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Ann Arbor Skatepark Grand Opening Saturday

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Years of planning and fundraising will be worth it for area skaters as they celebrate the grand opening of Ann Arbor's new skatepark tomorrow.  The event will include a demonstration by skating legend Tony Hawk and other professional skaters at 4 PM.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the grand opening of the Skatepark.

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WEMU News
4:15 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Chelsea Takes Preemptive Truck Traffic Action

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With the possibility of a mining operation coming to Lyndon Township, officials in Chelsea have taken steps to regulate heavy truck traffic rumbling through town along M-52.

The city has created an M-52 corridor that requires mining haulers and other big trucks to apply for a special permit to use the road. 

Chelsea special legal counsel Gerald Fisher says the restrictions also apply to over-sized vehicles carrying things like manufactured homes and wind turbine blades.

"That operation will be subject to application, review and approval by the city," Fisher says.

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Sports
3:37 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Gray Turf Coming To EMU's Rynearson Stadium

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Eastern Michigan University is taking a page out of Boise State's playbook and will play its home football games on a field featuring a unique color scheme.

A state-of-the-art  gray-colored FieldTurf playing surface will be ready for the Eagle's season-opening home game against Morgan State. 

EMU Athletic Director Heather Lyke says the new turf is being paid for with money Eastern gets from host schools.

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Michigan News
4:44 am
Thu June 19, 2014

State Jobless Rate Up Slightly

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Michigan's jobless rate jumps very slightly to 7.5 percent

Michigan's monthly unemployment rate has edged up slightly 7.5 percent. It's a statistically small nudge of one-tenth of a percentage point, and most of the change is attributed to more people looking for jobs.

A one-tenth of a percentage point shift in the unemployment rate represents about 2,000 people, and statistically that's considered virtually unchanged from the month before. The slight bump in the rate is attributed primarily to more people joining the workforce to compete for jobs.

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Michigan News
4:43 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Court Costs May Only Be Ordered For Defendants If Allowed By Legislature

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MI Supreme Court: Judges can't impose fines for court costs on their own

The Michigan Supreme Court says judges can't order people convicted of a crime to pay the costs to the legal system -- unless it's been specifically allowed by the Legislature.

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Michigan News
4:43 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Official: Snyder Not To Blame For Home Care Flubs

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
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State health director says Snyder not to blame for home care failings

Michigan's top health official is defending Gov. Rick Snyder amid claims his administration put in-home care patients in danger.

A new audit shows the state allowed convicted felons to work with vulnerable Medicaid patients. That includes people convicted of Medicaid fraud and violent crimes including assault and murder.

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Michigan News
4:43 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Expanded Medicaid Enrollment Soars

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Sign-ups for expanded Medicaid program soar over 300,000

More than 300,000 low-income Michiganders have signed up for the state's expanded Medicaid program.

In just eleven weeks, the Healthy Michigan program has almost reached the sign-up goal for its entire first year. State officials say that bodes well for the success of the program.

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WEMU News
8:28 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

DTE Energy Working To Restore Power Across Washtenaw County

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Storms that rolled through Washtenaw County knocked out power to several thousand DTE Energy customers Wednesday afternoon.

The utility's outage map shows three main affected areas:

  • Dexter Township area:  500-1500 customers without electricity.
  • Webster Township area:  100-500 customers affected.
  • Southern edge of Ann Arbor into Pittsfield Township:  1500-2500 customers in the dark.

Numerous smaller scattered outages have also been reported.

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Community
6:32 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

University Of Michigan Cancer Center Back To Normal Operations After Hazardous Materials Scare

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The University of Michigan Cancer Center was briefly evacuated Tuesday due to a hazardous material scare. A solvent being used in an autoclave in a seventh floor research area was the cause.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a hazardous material scare at the University of Michigan Cancer Center.

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WEMU News
2:25 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Red Cross Working To Build Up Summer Blood Supply

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The American Red Cross hopes you'll help build up their supply of blood for the busy summer months.

Regular donors can sometimes forget to give over the summer.  Students are also a big part of the donor base, but with school out the Red Cross loses many of their younger donors. 

The Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region is holding close to two dozen local blood donor events through the beginning of July.

Find more information online:

http://www.redcross.org/mi/detroit

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Education
1:15 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Digital Library Partnership Including University of Michigan Wins Court Case

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The HathiTrust Digital Library has been cleared of accusations of copyright infringement by a Federal Appeals Court. The University of Michigan is part of this collaboration of over 90 libraries and universities that are compiling digital information on nearly every topic throughout history.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the HathiTrust Digital Library.

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Community
3:24 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Women's Center Of Southeastern Michigan Still Trying To Serve Clients After Closing Doors

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Women who need mental health counseling, job coaching, and divorce support have one less local resource to turn to for assistance.  The loss of several important grants forced the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan to close it's doors last week.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the uncertain future of the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan and the services they provided.

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Michigan News
3:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Audit: State Misspent In-Home Care Funding

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Audit slams state for $160 million in improper payments for in-home care

Two state departments are under fire for mismanaging a program that provides in-home care for Medicaid patients.

A new audit shows the program has misspent at least $160 million since 2010.

The Michigan auditor general's report says the state also failed to make sure money was actually used to deliver services and that caregivers were qualified.

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5:17 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Plans To Consider Re-Design Of Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza Sent To Parks Advisory Commission

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Ann Arbor City Council is unified in concerns over Liberty Plaza but differ in their thoughts on how to move forward on improving the urban park.  Council referred a resolution to start a re-design process to the Parks Advisory Commission.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the latest efforts to improve Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza.

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WEMU News
2:42 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Ann Arbor, DTE Energy Help Landlords Save On Utilities

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The City of Ann Arbor wants to help provide some energy relief to rental property owners.

They are teaming up with DTE's Multi-Family Program on a pilot program that offers free upgrades like compact flourescent light bulbs, water-saving shower heads and programmable thermostats. 

Heidi Muir, the principal program advisor, says they usually focus on rental properties with five or more units.

This effort targets smaller properties.

"We will accept multi-family properties with two to five units under one contiguous roof," Muir says.

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