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4:22 am
Tue June 10, 2014

U-M Study Links Snoring, High Blood Pressure With Sleep Disorders In Pregnant Women

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A new study from the University of Michigan has found half of pregnant women who snore and suffer from hypertension also have a sleep disorder.

If left untreated, disorders like sleep apnea can result in a variety of health risks for the mother including high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia and a higher risk for C-sections.

The study's lead author, Dr. Louise O'Brien, says if a hypertensive pregnant woman snores more than three nights a week she should likely receive further evaluation by a sleep specialist.

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Michigan News
4:21 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Road Funding Deal May Have To Wait

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Gov. Snyder eyes road funding deal this week

Gov. Rick Snyder wants a road funding solution on his desk by the end of this week.

Lawmakers will meet three days this week before they're expected to go on their summer break.

One of the governor's biggest priorities in his first term has been to boost infrastructure spending by more than $1 billion a year. But with political campaigns about to heat up over the summer, a legislative deal still hasn't materialized.

The governor does not want the issue to stay unresolved until the fall - or later.

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WEMU News
4:20 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Clean Energy Coalition Closing In On Launch Of ArborBike

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You could soon have another way to get around downtown Ann Arbor.

The Clean Energy Coalition is getting ready to launch its new bike sharing program called ArborBike.

Once completed, the membership-based program will allow users to check out bikes for short trips in and around the downtown area. The bikes can then be returned to any ArborBike kiosk.

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WEMU News
4:19 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Ypsilanti Fire Department Hopes Grants Will Fund Big Projects

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Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange's proposed 2014-15 and 2015-16 budgets include $3 million for the fire department.

Some of that money would be used to repair and department's leaky roof.  The plan is to install solar panels on the roof as the repairs are completed.  It's estimated the panels could save the city $20-thousand a year in electricity costs. 

Grants and other funding will be sought to replace aging extrication gear and buy a new fire truck.

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Education
11:43 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Eastern Michigan University And Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Training Physician Assistants

Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

The combination of an aging population and retiring doctors is creating a shortage of primary care physicians.  Eastern Michigan University and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System are teaming up on a new Physician Assistant program that will help address the problem.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the new Physician Assistant program that started last month at Eastern Michigan University.

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Community
4:33 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Ann Arbor Wants To Improve South State Street Corridor

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Ann Arbor officials hope to improve traffic flow along the South State Corridor. They'll be looking at how to best align with recently adopted land use plans.    

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the South State Street traffic study.

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Community
2:47 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Plans To Reopen Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre Coming Together

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Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre may re-open in the fall with operating expenses cut roughly in half.  Former staff members and other supporters will present the proposal to the Performance Network Theatre board next week, less than a month after operations were suspended.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on efforts to revitalize Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre.

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Michigan News
11:30 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Automakers To Help Save Detroit's Art Treasures

Exterior of The Detroit Institute of Arts
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General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are stepping into Detroit's bankruptcy picture by pledging $26 million to help support retiree pensions while keeping the city's art treasures off the auction block.

The Detroit Institute of Arts, Gov. Rick Snyder and representatives from the automakers announced the donation Monday at the art museum.

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Michigan News
9:49 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Local Governments May Get Smaller Boost Than Hoped

Local governments in Michigan may get a smaller increase in state revenue sharing than hoped.

Gov. Rick Snyder proposed a 15 percent increase in statutory shared revenue. But House Republicans say a budget agreement includes a 5.5 percent boost in statutory revenue sharing for cities, townships and villages — not including $8 million for financially distressed local governments.

Municipalities also are expected to get 3 percent more next year in revenue-sharing payments guaranteed under Michigan's constitution. A House-Senate committee plans to approve the budget plan Monday.

The Snyder administration said last week revenue sharing would stay "pretty close" to what Snyder proposed. But it's looking like that may not be the case after revenue estimates were revised downward recently.

Snyder's plan to significantly boost payments to counties is intact.

3:57 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Why A News Organization Is Like A University

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At first glance, a news organization may seem to be an odd duck in the university family. We don’t enroll students directly. We don’t give PhDs, and few of us have them. Some critics even assert that we might have a conflict of interest working for a state university and reporting on state officials. But look deeper, we have much in common.
Forty two years ago this week, St. Louis Public Radio began broadcasting from its home at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Coincidentally, those of us
Station Blog
1:09 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Chrysta Cherrie Takes The Helm Of The Groove Yard

After a storied, decades long career as host of the Groove Yard, George Klein has decided to step down as the show's host, effective immediately.

Over the last 25 years, George has been a rich contributor to the legacy of jazz and WEMU. All of us at WEMU thank George for the time, effort, energy and passion he put into the program over the years and wish him well in his future endeavors.

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Environment
8:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

1st Friday Focus On The Environment: Newly Proposed Michigan Regulations On Fracking

The process for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
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1st Friday Focus on the Environment is a monthly feature on 89.1 WEMU. Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak this month looks at newly proposed state regulations for the natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The guest this month is fracking expert Jaque Rose. Rose is co-founder of the activist group Friends of the AuGres Watershed.

David Fair interviews fracking expert Jaque Rose, co-founder of the activist group Friends of the AuGres Watershed.

    

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Michigan News
7:26 am
Fri June 6, 2014

State Schools Superintendent: Schools' Finances Stabilizing

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Michigan schools' finances "stabilizing," says state superintendent

Late last year, the state's top education official had dire predictions for the finances of Michigan schools. He predicted the number of districts in deficit could reach 100 "before long."

Now, state Superintendent Mike Flanagan says the situation is stabilizing, and he credits increased funding from the state.

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WEMU News
7:18 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Washtenaw County Forms Roads Funding Committee

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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has created a Roads Funding Committee to study the county's options for paying for road repairs.

The county Board of Commissioners had earlier rejected a point-four-mil tax for road repairs.  This week's vote to create the Roads Funding Committee was just short of unanimous.  Commissioner Conan Smith voted "no".

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WEMU News
7:16 am
Fri June 6, 2014

News Mixed In Washtenaw County Foreclosure Auctions

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This year's tax foreclosure auctions are a mixed bag for Washtenaw County.

There are fewer items for auction this year, but the number land parcels has increased. The major cause for the difference is the foreclosure of three incomplete subdivisions, which are being sold as combined items. County Treasurer Catherine McClary says they are still preparing a list of all properties being auctioned but should have it available to the public in coming days. 

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WEMU News
7:15 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Democratic Lieutenant Governor Candidate Says Voters Are Disappointed in Governor Rick Snyder

Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Lisa Brown.
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Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate Lisa Brown made a stop in Washtenaw County last weekend to push running mate Mark Schauer's plan to move Michigan forward.

Brown says education is an important issue for the people she spoke with during a visit to Ann Arbor, adding that Governor Rick Snyder has disappointed a lot of people who plan to vote Democratic next time.

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Cinema Chat
8:44 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia, '1982', 'Edge of Tomorrow', 'The Fault In Our Stars' And More

The Cinetopia Film Festival is underway! In this week's edition of Cinema chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins fill you on all there is to see at the festival and beyond.

Cinetopia starts tonight in Ann Arbor with screenings of “1982,” “The Skeleton Twins” & John Sayles’ “Go For Sisters!”

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WEMU News
8:18 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Stage 2 Of Ann Arbor-Saline Road Construction Begins Friday

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Driving around the Ann Arbor-Saline Road area can be like waiting for a slow train, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The Washtenaw County Road Commission begins Stage 2 of its Ann Arbor-Saline Road Improvements project Friday.

Northbound lanes will be closed between the eastbound I-94 on ramp and Eisenhower Parkway.

The southbound lane closures at the Main Street intersection and the south side of Northbrook Drive and Oakbrook Drive will remain in effect.

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WEMU News
8:13 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Ypsilanti Council OKs Budget Amendments For Freighthouse, Non-Motorized Projects, Traffic Calming

The Freighthouse in Ypsilanti's Depot Town.
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Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night signed off on a handful of budget amendements that direct funds toward non-motorized plan projects, renovation work at the Freighthouse, and future traffic calming projects.

Council member Pete Murdock says the $220,000 for the Freighthouse will go toward upgrading mechanical systems. 

Other amendments include spending $100,000 over the next two budget years on non-motorized projects like the Border-to-Border Trail and a mid-block pedestrian crossing on Michigan Avenue near Water Street. 

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WEMU News
8:08 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Ann Arbor Rotary Offers Scholarship

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The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor wants to help a student who graduated from a high school in Ann Arbor - public or private - attend Washtenaw Community College.

The "Service before Self" scholarship awards $1,250 toward fall and winter tuition. 

The application process includes writing a 250-word essay on how the applicant has served others in school or in their community.  The deadline for applying is June 10th.

Find out more about the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor and how to apply for the scholarship:

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WEMU News
8:02 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Trial Date Changed For Detroit Men Accused Of Killing Demarius Reed

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The trial date for two Detroit men accused of killing EMU football player Demarius Reed last fall has been pushed back a month.

The trial of Ed Thomas and Kristopher Pratt had been set to start June 23rd, but it's been re-scheduled for July 21st. 

Since Reed's death at his off-campus apartment complex, EMU has been working to improve safety in near-campus areas. 

The university is hiring 10 new police officers, has expanded patrols into neighborhoods surrounding the campus, and has worked with local apartment complexes to boost security.

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Michigan News
7:57 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

State Working To Improve Fine Collection System

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Michigan Supreme Court names workgroup to improve system for collecting fines

A group of judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys goes to work Thursday on finding new and better ways to collect fines and fees from defendants, and to ensure that people are not sent to jail because they don't have the money to pay.

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Michigan News
7:53 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Road Funding Up In The Air In Lansing

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Road funding talks in flux at state Capitol

It looked like there might be a wave of bipartisan cooperation in Lansing. Lawmakers recently voted to raise the state's minimum wage and contribute almost $200 million to help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy.

But that doesn't seem to be the case anymore with road funding negotiations in flux.

State lawmakers want to find a way to increase funding for roads in the next couple weeks. That's when they leave Lansing for the summer.

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Issues of the Environment
8:30 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Early Success With Ann Arbor's New Food Composting Program

Food waste composting
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Thousands have taken to the City of Ann Arbor's expanded composting program. It now allows residents to add all food scraps to their composting carts, and keeps the material out of landfills, benefiting the environment and, ultimately, the budget. WEMU's David Fair discusses the early successes of the program with Ann Arbor Solid Waste Coordinator, Tom McMurtrie 

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Ypsilanti
6:43 am
Wed June 4, 2014

A Look From Inside Ypsilanti's Historic Water Tower

Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Water Tower is known far and wide for its historical significance and its...unusual shape.  89.1 WEMU's Bob Eccles recently had the chance to tour this remarkable structure.

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