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7:41 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Anti-Israel Sit-In Enters Second Week At University of Michigan

Credit University of Michigan

       ANN ARBOR  - Anti-Israel protesters are in the second week of a sit-in at the offices of the University of Michigan student government to protest its failure to vote on a resolution calling for a boycott over Israel's treatment of the Palestinians.

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Community
6:05 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

U-S Air Force Band Coming to Eastern Michigan University in April

Credit Courtesy Photo / United States Air Force Band

The U.S. Airforce band will present a free concert at Eastern Michigan University's Pease Auditorium  on April 9th.  Along with the band, 18 professional vocalists called the Singing Sargeants will also perform.

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Community
2:28 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

State Rep. Jeff Irwin Wants Appeals of Same Sex Marriage Ruling Dropped

Wrapping up the paperwork on Washtenaw County's first legal same-sex marriage Saturday morning.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Michigan State Representative Jeff Irwin thinks Attorney General Bill Schuette is wasting tax payer dollars trying to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Michigan News
6:41 am
Mon March 24, 2014

University of Michigan Hopes App Promotes Wellness

"Stressbusters" app for U of M students
Credit Apple App Store

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has released a free phone app designed to promote student wellness and campus health events. 

The Ann Arbor News reports that the app also includes news alerts and inspirational messages. It has a one-touch dial button that links students with a responder if there is an emergency.

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Michigan News
6:18 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton to Visit Michigan

Former President Bill Clinton
Credit en.wikipedia

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to headline a fundraiser for Michigan Democrats next month.  The Michigan Democratic Party announced Sunday that Clinton will speak at the annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner, which is scheduled for April 26 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

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Michigan News
6:13 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Marriage Benefits On Hold For Wedded Same-Sex Couples

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

  The Michigan governor's office says state agencies won't immediately recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that were performed in the hours before an appeals court put on hold a judge's ruling that tossed out a state ban on gay marriage.  

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Community
1:33 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Growing Number of Washtenaw County Residents Competing in Crossfit Open

Athletes training at Joust Strength and Conditioning practice deadlifts.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Nearly 200 people in the area are seeing where they stack up against the rest of the world in the Crossfit Open, which claims to be seeking the fittest on Earth.  The vast majority have no thoughts about advancing to the regional or world games, so why does the number of participants continue to grow?

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Community
12:42 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Ann Arbor To Announce Plans This Week to Address Parking, Traffic Concerns Near Argo Canoe Livery

Plenty of parking at the Argo Canoe Livery on a rainy day in March while the Huron River is still mostly frozen. That hasn't been the case frequently in warmer months.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The popularity of the Argo Cascades and other activities on the Huron River has also posed parking and traffic problems around the Argo Canoe Livery.  Ann Arbor officials Wednesday will share proposed solutions to these issues.

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12:01 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Washtenaw County's First Legal Same Sex Marriages Take Place

Finishing up the paperwork on the wedding of Elizabeth Patten and Johnnie Terry. Washtenaw County's first same sex marriage.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

UPDATE 5:40 PM

By Patrik Holubik

The US 6th Circuit of Appeals has issued a stay until Wednesday on the decision to strike down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.  

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WEMU News
8:27 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Water Street Development Plans Coming Along

River Street entrance to the Water Street redevelopment area.
Credit Bob Eccles

Interest in Ypsilanti's Water Street redevelopment area continues to grow, as the three projects currently proposed  make their way through the process.

City Planner Teresa Gillotti says most of the interest lately is from residential developers. 

She says the Family Dollar store is close to closing, with construction beginning in April or May.  The Water Street Flats developer finds out in July whether they've received the state tax credits needed to move forward.  And a purchase agreement for the Washtenaw County Recreation Center is expected in the next month or so.

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Sports
7:59 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

EMU Football Coach marks 100 Days in New Job

Credit emich.edu

YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — First-year Head Football Coach Chris Creighton came into Eastern Michigan University with the goal to "close the gap," and has been doing so in his first 100 days coaching the Eagles.  Creighton, along with the rest of his staff, has already set high standards for the Green and White going into the 2014 campaign.

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WEMU News
7:50 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

EMU Football Players Help Promote Literacy

EMU football players read to students at Adams Elementary School.
Credit Erin Burdis, EMU Athletic Department

Eastern Michigan University football players scored a touchdown with kids at Adams STEM Academy Friday.

The athletes visited the school as part of a joint effort between EMU and the 2nd & Seven Foundation to promote literacy among young children.

EMU Assistant Athletic Director for Academics Erin Burdis says the kids get a lot out of these visits, and learn about the importance of reading and being a good citizen.

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Michigan News
6:15 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Schuette: Freeze gay-marriage ban strike-down

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking a federal appeals court to immediately freeze a judge's decision striking down the state's ban on gay marriage while he appeals.

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5:22 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Judge strikes down Michigan's ban on gay marriage

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer pictured with their adopted children
Credit michiganmarriagechallenge.com

  A judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage, the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the country.

Federal Judge Bernard Friedman ruled Friday, two weeks after a trial. Two Detroit-area nurses who've been partners for eight years claimed the ban violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution.

It was not clear if gay marriages could begin immediately.

Scholars testifying for Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer said there were no differences between children raised by same-sex couples and those raised by a man and a woman.

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WEMU News
4:28 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

DTE Energy to Begin Weekend Meter Readings Saturday

Credit en.wikipedia

The long and harsh winter has yet another early spring implication. DTE Energy will have to conduct weekend meter readings, in addition to the regularly scheduled weekday visits to your residence. 

DTE has hired the company Olameter to conduct the weekend readings. Beginning tomorrow, the readers will be deployed to all portions of the utility's service region. they will be out reading meters every Saturday and Sunday through April 12th. DTE employees will continue to conduct the weekday readings. 

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WEMU News
2:42 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Legislative Breakfast to focus on No-Fault Proposal

Credit mbipc.org

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hosts a legislative breakfast Monday at which the topic will be the effort to change Michigan's no-fault auto insurance system.

The meeting is the latest in a series sponsored by the Michigan Brain Injury Provider Council.

Attendees will hear from families who have benefited from no-fault insurance coverage for catastrophic auto accident injuries, along with health care professionals, including Dr. Owen Perlman, Medical Director of Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers.

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Michigan News
3:32 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Michigan House Debates Expanding Troubled Schools Agency

Rick Pluta reports on the debate over expansion of the Controversial EAA

    

By a single-vote majority, the state House has approved a measure that allows Michigan to put some of the worst-performing schools into an alternative system. It expands a bill approved a year ago that created the Education Achievement Authority, which currently runs 15 schools in Detroit.

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Michigan News
3:06 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Ann Arbor Labor Market Has Lowest Rate of Unemployment in Michigan

State's January unadjusted joblessness 8.1 percent   LANSING, Mich. (AP) - At five-percent, the rate of joblessness in the Ann Arbor labor market qualifies as lowest in the state. The Highest rate of unemployment is in the northeastern lower peninsula at 13.2 percent. 

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Michigan News
2:34 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Michigan House Calls For Balanced Federal Budget

Michigan House of Representatives Chamber
Credit Wikipedia

The Republican-controlled Michigan House is asking Congress to convene a constitutional convention requiring that the federal budget be balanced.  

A resolution approved 77-32 Thursday would join Michigan with around 20 other states that have called for a balanced budget convention. Thirty-four states are needed to convene the convention, and 38 would have to ratify the convention's proposal to go into effect.

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WEMU News
2:27 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Research Activities At U of M Face Future Challenges

S. Jack Hu
Credit research.umich.edu

A University of Michigan administrator says the school faces serious challenges in continuing to build its research activities despite a steady pattern of growth that led to $1.3 billion in work during the most recent fiscal year.  S. Jack Hu is interim Vice President for Research and submitted his office's annual report to the regents Thursday.  

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WEMU News
2:20 am
Fri March 21, 2014

U of M Health System Names Interim Health System Chief

Dr. Michael M.E. Johns
Credit http://whsc.emory.edu/

The University of Michigan Board of Regents has named former Emory University chancellor Dr. Michael M.E. Johns as interim chief of the school's health system. 

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Michigan News
2:03 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Flooding Reported in Monroe

River Raisen passing through Monroe
Credit Wikipedia

MONROE, Mich. (AP) - Rain, melting snow and ice jams are causing flooding along the River Raisin in Monroe. Some street flooding was reported in Monroe Thursday morning, surrounding homes and vehicles. The Monroe News reports that the Coast Guard cutter Neah Bay helped help break up the ice to let the river flow on into Lake Erie. 

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Community
10:38 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Wurst Challenge Exceeds Expectations for FLY Children's Art Center

A 20 foot bratwurst used in the Wurst Challenge.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Some stomachs may be hurting this morning, but the FLY Children’s Art Center is in a better position thanks to the first ever Wurst Challenge at Ypsilanti’s Wurst bar. 

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WEMU News
7:17 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

As Wait Continues, Gender-Neutral Marriage License Applications are Ready

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The waiting continues for same-sex couples who'd like to marry in Michigan.

A judge is expected to rule soon on whether the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage should be overturned. 

Mary Larkin is Director of Eastern Michigan University's LGBT Resource Center.  She says the tension has been growing since last week.

"I think people are starting to get a little keyed up right now," Larkin said.  "It feels like we're waiting for lottery numbers."

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Community
5:17 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Humane Society of Huron Valley Looking for Information on Abused Dog

Credit Courtesy Photo / Humane Society of Huron Valley

The Humane Society of Huron Valley is looking for information about an abused dog.  The approximately four month old pit bull mix was found Wednesday evening near Gottfredson and Geddes in Superior Township.  A silver van was seen near the dog.  

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