WEMU News
6:25 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Over Half Of Eligible Washtenaw County Residents Enrolled In Healthy Michigan Plan

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Since open enrollment began on April first, more than 7,400 Washtenaw County residents have successfully enrolled in Michigan's expanded Medicaid plan.

Kristen Nordberg is Washtenaw Health Plan's Director of Enrollment and Advocacy Services.  She says an estimated 13,000 county residents are eligible for the Healthy Michigan Plan.

 "So there are still many, many people in the county that we need to get enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Medicaid plan," Nordberg says.

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-Michigan News
6:24 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Medical Marijuana Bills Clear Senate Panel

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Future of medical marijuana bills uncertain after clearing state Senate panel

Two bills that would ease restrictions on medical marijuana in Michigan are one step closer to becoming law. A state Senate panel approved the legislation Wednesday.

But it is not clear what will happen to the bills now that they are going to the full Senate.

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WEMU News
6:24 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Ypsilanti Township Approves Truancy Ordinance

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If your kid is skipping school in Ypsilanti Community Schools and the Lincoln Consolidated School District, you could be held legally responsible.

Ypsilanti Township has passed an ordinance that holds parents in the Ypsilanti Community Schools and Lincoln school districts legally responsible for their children's chronic truancy.

Under the law, parents of children aged 6-13 who accumulate 10 or more unexcused absences can be punished with fines or jail time.

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Community
5:31 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Mr B and Other Musicians Provide Art Fair Soundtrack

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At the Ann Arbor Art Fair, the pieces on display are a feast for the eyes.  They’re accompanied by all kinds of incredible music.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the music available at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.

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Community
5:21 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Art Fair Visitors Use Bus To Avoid Downtown Ann Arbor Parking Hassles

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Half a million visitors are expected for this year's Ann Arbor art fairs. Traffic tie ups and parking shortages are bound to follow. 89-one WEMU’s Andrew Cluley opted to use the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority’s Art Fair bus this year.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on his trip to the Ann Arbor Art fair on the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's bus from Briarwood Mall.

In less than ten minutes the art fair bus took me from free parking at Briarwood Mall to the edge of the Summer Art Fair on State Street.  The early morning bus was full with people enjoying the cooler than normal weather.

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3:50 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Charter Schools At Eastern Michigan University - An Overview

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Eastern Michigan University has been authorizing charter schools since the state of Michigan first passed laws allowing the practice in the early 1990s.
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Charter Schools at Eastern Michigan University - an overview by Dr. Malverne C. Winborne, Published July 14, 2014 Eastern Michigan University has been authorizing charter schools since the state of Michigan first passed laws allowing the practice in the early 1990s. The University is deeply experienced in overseeing charter schools, and has a clear goal in doing so.
Environment
9:09 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Issues of the Environment: Sustainable Living On The 'Homestead'

The Gold Family's "Homemade Farm"
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Meet the Gold family from Superior Township. They've turned their land into an innovative,  self-sustaining property. 

Issues of the Environment: A sustainable homestead in Washtenaw County with Jason and Julia Gold.

  Overview   

The Gold family owns and operates a farming “homestead” in Washtenaw County known as “Our Handmade Life”, where they live a self-sustaining, green life and they offer courses to the public on how they do it.

The farm, on Vreeland Road, features a bio-intensive passive greenhouse (no fossil fuels!), the Michigan Folk School, dozens of varieties of organic produce, mushrooms, goats, and chickens.

Jason and Julia Gold have operated “Our Handmade Life” since 2011, and both the farm and the school have expanded every year since. They are currently offering classes on chicken butchering, earth ovens, soap making, fermentation, ale brewing, and much more.

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WEMU News
4:59 am
Wed July 16, 2014

State Seeks Public Comment On Proposed Fracking Rules

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The Michigan League of Conservation Voters says now is the time for those concerned about how the state regulates hydraulic fracturing to speak up.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is holding public hearings to get input on proposed rules regarding "fracking". 

Jack Schmitt is deputy director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.  He says the rules as proposed fall far short.

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-Michigan News
4:57 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Non-Union Construction Firms Attack Local Prevailing Wage Laws

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Non-union builders challenge local wage floors

An association of non-union construction companies has asked the state Supreme Court to strike down local prevailing wage laws. The Associated Builders and Contractors says a state law preempts the ordinances.

Nearly two dozen Michigan communities have their own prevailing wage ordinances. They're supposed to ensure that workers on city-financed projects are paid something close to union wages.

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Ann Arbor
4:57 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Share Thoughts On Affordable Housing And Homelessness

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Ann Arbor homeless advocates hope the large turnout at a mayoral forum on the issue will show it's a priority to voters.  If nothing else all four City Council members appearing on the democratic ballot for mayor pledged to commit financial and political capital to ending homelessness in the city by 2018.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor's mayoral forum focused on affordable housing and homeless issues.

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