WEMU News
10:05 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

EMU Lights Student Center For Autism Awareness

The Eastern Michigan University Student Center Wednesday evening.
Credit Bob Eccles

Eastern Michigan University's Student Center was bathed in blue light Wednesday night as part of the annual Autism Speaks "Light It Up Blue" campaign.

The lighting of the Student Center also spotlighted the university's non-profit Autism Collaborative Center, a resource for families across southeast Michigan dealing with autism.

Autism affects one in 68 children, and is more common than childhood cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined.

Details on Autism Speaks can be found online: http://www.autismspeaks.org

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Community
7:55 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

New Bike Share Program Coming To Ann Arbor

Trek bicycle that will be used in the ArborBike program
Clean Energy Coalition

Ann Arbor bike riders will have a new option for getting around the downtown and University of Michigan campus areas starting this summer. 

The Clean Energy Coalition plans to install 14 bike sharing stations this spring, with the operation up and running in June. 

Nick Helmholdt is ArborBike operations manager.

"We're working closely with the city of Ann Arbor and with our vendor, who is B-Cycle, to make sure everything comes into place to fit that timeline," said Helmholdt.

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WEMU News
6:12 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Sketch Of Assault Suspect Released

Credit Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office has released a sketch of a suspect in the Monday evening assault of a woman in Ypsilanti Township. The victim indicates she was targeted because of her recent marriage to a same-sex partner.

From the Sheriff's Office: 

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Community
6:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

President Obama Gets Good Response From University Of Michigan Students

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

President Barack Obama got a positive response from University of Michigan students as he discussed a hike in the minimum wage.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on President Barack Obama's visit to Ann Arbor to push for a hike in the federal minimum wage law.

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WEMU News
1:58 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

President Obama In Ann Arbor To Talk Minimum Wage

The crowd awaiting President Barack Obama's remarks at the University of Michigan Intramural Building.
Credit Andrew Cluley

President Barack Obama is in Ann Arbor, where he'll push his proposal to increase the federal minimum wage.

The President stopped at Zingerman's on his way to the University of Michigan's Intramural Building, where he is said to have ordered a #2 Rueben sandwich.

The President backs a proposal to gradually hike the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley is covering the President's visit.  Stay tuned for details throughout the afternoon.

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WEMU News
11:57 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council Approves Same-Sex Marriage Resolution, Park Improvements

Prospect Park basketball court
Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night adopted a resolution asking the state to withdraw its appeal of the federal court ruling that says Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The vote was six to one, with  Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson voting "no", arguing that the issue should be allowed to finish its journey through the court system.

The resolution will be forwarded to Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette.

City Council also approved improvements at two city parks requested by council members Brian Robb and Pete Murdock.

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Issues of the Environment
11:41 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Potential Environmental Impact Of Proposed Sand Mine Near Chelsea

A Ready-Mix concrete company, McCoig Materials, is looking to open up a mine on a site north of Chelsea, between the Waterloo and Pinckney Recreation areas. The area has numerous bodies of water and natural areas that could be impacted by the move. McCoig wants to operate the mine for 22 to 30 years and remove 11 million tons of sand and gravel. 

This week on 89.1 WEMU's Issues of the Environment, Dr. Lynn Walter, Professor Emerita of Geology at the University of Michigan, will discuss the environmental impacts of sand mining and the controversial operation proposed for Lyndon and Scio Townships.

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Michigan News
4:23 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Saline Murder Suspects Waive Right To Preliminary Hearing

Samantha Grigg

       ST. JOHNS - Two teenagers have waived their right to probable cause hearings in the robbery-slaying of a Michigan State University student, and both have been bargaining with prosecutors about plea deals.

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Michigan News
4:18 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Lieutenant Governor Signs Bill To Eliminate 'Dumb' Tax

Michigan State Capitol
Credit Wikipedia Media Commons

       LANSING - Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed legislation designed to ensure local government budgets aren't hurt if manufacturers and small businesses get planned tax cuts.

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WEMU News
8:17 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Ypsilanti New Tech Students Winners In Writing Contest

Ypsilanti New Tech High School students (l-r) John Castro, Adrienne Lee-Walker and Orodney Jones.
Credit Ypsilanti Community Schools

Three students from Ypsilanti New Tech High School have been chosen as winners in a writing contest that focused on African American History Month.

The contest sponsored by Kroger asked students in 4th through 12th grades to write about how they can make a difference in their communities, or how they were inspired by an African American.

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