WEMU News
5:14 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Mr. B's Joybox Express On The Road This Weekend

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Mr. B's Joybox Express piano bike will be making the trip from Chelsea to Ann Arbor this weekend, in part to raise funds for his bigger Mississippi River road trip planned for the fall.

The Chelsea-Ann Arbor Ride departs the Chelsea District Library at 3:30 Sunday afternoon, and concludes at Wolverine State Brewing Company in Ann Arbor. 

Donations will be split between the Joybox Express and a charity of the donor's choosing.

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WEMU News
5:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Pittsfield Township Eyes Banning Grills From Apartment Porches And Decks

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Pittsfield Township was thinking about banning charcoal grills from apartment porches and decks before a July 4th fire that damaged several units of an apartment building, but now propane-fired grills may also be a no-no.

Public Safety Director Matt Harshberger says that pending township approval, language will be added to the open burn ordinance prohibiting charcoal grills or grills fired by an open flame from use in multi-family housing. 

The issue may come up for a vote at the township board's meeting in August.

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Michigan News
5:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Audit Points To Failings At Michigan Department Of Human Services

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Another audit says Michigan has failed to protect vulnerable adults

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is again taking heat for failing to protect vulnerable adults.

A state audit released Wednesday shows the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) has mismanaged its Adult Protective Services (APS) program since 2010. Among other things, it says DHS did not adequately train caseworkers and supervisors and failed to investigate complaints of abuse.

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WEMU News
5:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Nominations Sought For Breastfeeding-Friendly Businesses

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Washtenaw County Public Health is seeking nominations of area businesses that go above and beyond to accommodate breastfeeding moms and their babies.

Nominations are being sought for the 2014 Breastfeeding Friendly Business Awards. 

Winners will fall into one of three recognition levels: Gold, Silver or Bronze. 

Nominees and winners will receive stickers to place on their front doors to identify them as a breastfeeding friendly business. 

Nominations are due by July 18th and can be made online:

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WEMU News
5:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels Executive Director Marks One Year On Job

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Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Executive Director Alison Foreman's first year on the job was anything but ordinary.

Just four weeks into the job, she faced a government shutdown that threatened to put her program out of business. 

Since then, things have gone much more smoothly. 

Foreman says they've been able to eliminate a long waiting list, and plan to bring back Friday delivery of a frozen meal for customers to enjoy on Saturday. 

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WEMU News
5:12 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Washtenaw County's Representatives In Lansing Do Well On Environmental Scorecard

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Washtenaw County's legislative representatives continue to score highly in the Michigan League of Conservation Voters annual Environmental Scorecard.

State Senator Rebekah Warren and Representatives David Rutledge, Jeff Irwin and Adam Zemke all scored 100 percent, while Representative Gretchen Driskell received an 85 percent rating. 

Senator Warren was singled out for her support of legislation to update and increase fees for hunting and fishing licenses.

Find the complete scorecard online:

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Community
4:41 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Strong Ann Arbor Real Estate Market May Get Influx Of Homes On North Side Of City

Land on the North and South West corner of Nixon and Dhu Varren is the site of the proposed Toll Brothers development.
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Proposals to build homes on Ann Arbor's north side are another indication that the area's real estate market is heating up.  Toll Brothers is holding a community meeting Thursday night on plans to build 500 residences at Dhu Varren and Nixon.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor area real estate market as a developer is set to share details of a proposed development on the city's north side.
  
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4:27 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Southeast Michigan Communities Unite In Forming Alliance To Enhance Safety And Security

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Washtenaw County, City of Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township and Eastern Michigan University launch the Eastern Washtenaw Safety Alliance. Broad collaboration features increased police staff, expanded patrols and new community safety measures.
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Geoff Larcom
YPSILANTI, Mich. – Washtenaw County, the City of Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township and Eastern Michigan University are combining efforts in a partnership to maintain and enhance the safety and security of the residents of eastern Washtenaw County. The Eastern Washtenaw Safety Alliance (EWSA), a coalition of top area officials and law enforcement leaders spearheaded by State Rep. David Rutledge, D-Superior Township.
4:23 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Detroit Treads Sandals Made From Illegally Dumped Tires Grow In Popularity Across City & Beyond

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A Detroit organization that helps people in need has found a positive way to make use of illegally dumped tires in the city. Cass Community Social Services (CCSS) is the manufacturer of Detroit Treads, sandals selling for $25 a pair that are made out of tire treads.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Eric Lacy
Since 2007, CCSS has used more than 35,000 illegally dumped tires in Detroit to make mud mats and the Detroit Treads sandals, said the Rev. Faith Fowler, the organization's executive director.
Issues of the Environment
9:56 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Issues Of The Environment: Environmentally Responsible Boating

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Boaters Can Take Responsibility for Mitigation of Environmental Harm

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