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MI asks federal judge to end oversight of child foster care

Michigan wants out from under court-ordered oversight of the state's child foster care system. The state filed a motion Tuesday with the US District Court in Detroit to bring an end to the protracted litigation.

The class action lawsuit was filed in 2006 by the advocacy group Children's Rights. The court found high caseloads and too many kids who weren't finding permanent homes.

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The University of Michigan is looking for a new football coach, as Brady Hoke has been dismissed following a 5-7 season.  


Visitors to downtown Ann Arbor may soon have a team of people to turn to for information and assistance.


HIV/AIDS Resource Center Urges Testing

Dec 2, 2014
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Organizations across Washtenaw County encouraged people to get tested for HIV Monday for World AIDS Day.

The number of new HIV cases grew sharply in the county last year, reaching a 15-year high.

Jimena Loveluck is the president of the HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

She says it's incredibly important to get tested and know your HIV status.

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Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night will consider paying for body-worn cameras for the police department.

 

Chief Tony DiGiusti is asking for $54,634 to not only pay for 15 body-worn cameras, but to upgrade the department's in-car video system. 

City Council will also consider transferring ownership of two parcels of land to the Ypsilanti Housing Commission to be used in part as offices where low-income residents can have access to the Internet and Family Empowerment Program counselors.

Three File For Ward Two Appointment

Dec 1, 2014
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Three people filed paperwork by Monday's 5 p.m. deadline to be considered for appointment to Ypsilanti's vacant Ward two City Council seat.

 

Council member Susan Moeller resigned to spend more time with elderly family members. 

Beth Bashert, Gail Wolkoff and Anne Brown will now be interviewed by City Council at a special meeting on December 9. 

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Gov. Snyder urges state House to pass gas tax increase for roads

State lawmakers have just nine or ten more session days in 2014, and still no consensus on how to raise money to help fix Michigan's roads.

With the Legislature's "lame duck" session about to start up in earnest on Tuesday, Gov. Rick Snyder spent Monday promoting a specific road funding plan at events in Detroit and Southfield.

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Public efforts to find the next leader of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority kick off Tuesday.

Community members get a chance to share what they want from the AAATA's next CEO at a public meeting.

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Ann Arbor officials have started planning the final phase of the Stadium Boulevard reconstruction project. 


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Social media is a valuable marketing tool for businesses, and expertise in the field is a highly sought after commodity.  Eastern Michigan University's new Center for Digital Engagement is taking students and clients to new online heights.


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The University of Michigan's School of Public Health is creating a new department to study the complex issues around nutrition.  


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A new program offers owners of small rental properties in Washtenaw County low interest loans to make energy efficient upgrades.  


Think Local First
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As shoppers head out for Black Friday deals, independent local businesses hope to be busy.  It's a crucial time for local stores.


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In today’s world, most of our food comes in packages at from the grocery store, and few of us have a real connection to how it got there.  The locavore movement is all about  the benefits of knowing your foods. In the November installment of 89.1 WEMU's 'The Green Room', we  look at local groups reaping myriad benefits of from working to grow their own food.

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The holidays can be a sad time for the elderly and the home-bound, but Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels is making sure they can look forward to a hot meal and some good company.


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Bills to keep schools out of deficit on long list of "lame duck" issues

State lawmakers could take up legislation next week meant to keep schools out of deficit.

The legislation would require more reporting from schools that are deemed to be in financial trouble. It could also open up more money in state grants and loans.

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Ann Arbor's controversial crosswalk ordinance has gotten a lot of attention across the city, but a task force is looking to address all issues around pedestrian safety.  They're asking for help from the community to understand the issue fully.


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It's a holiday edition of Cinema Chat! Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins joins David Fair to discuss all of the movie offerings, and some pertinent Hollywood news, as well.


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State House expected to take up film credit extension in December

The state House is expected to take up legislation next month that could decide the future of Michigan's film credit program.

The credits will go away in 2017 if lawmakers do not act to extend them. The state Senate passed a bill last month that would keep them alive. Senate Bill 1103 got wide bipartisan support.

It appears the bill will continue to move now that it is in the state House.

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Local efforts to restore Ypsilanti's historic Freighthouse have entered a new phase.  Ypsilanti City Council Member Pete Murdock is calling on the city and local organizations to help finish restoring the building.

Those efforts stalled after a State Historic Preservation Grant fell through.

Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority, city government and other local groups had previously pledged to contribute to the project if the grant was awarded.

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Local non-profit agencies are working to make sure everyone in the county has a thanksgiving meal to enjoy.  At least one organization has seen more requests for food assistance in recent months.


By Any Means Necessary Rally Against Ferguson Decision
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The decision not to indict the police officer that killed Missouri teenager Michael Brown has led to rallies across the country, including several here in Washtenaw County.  Members of By Any Means Necessary believe racism is a problem in police departments across the nation.


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  Professor and author, Christine Tracy, sat down with Patrick Campion to talk about the current state of news.  She teaches Journalism at Eastern Michigan University and authored the book The Newsphere: Understanding the News and Information Environment.  


Next month Eastern Michigan University's Regents will review the school's connection to the Education Achievement Authority created to turn around the state's worst schools.  Student government wants the university to cut ties with the EAA.


Camp Serenity
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A homeless tent community in southeast Ann Arbor will likely be cleared out within a week after the property owner gave police authority to move forward with eviction.  At the camp preparations for the move are underway.


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