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Education
7:25 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Professor Receives National Award

An Eastern Michigan University professor has received national recognition for her teaching efforts. 


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WEMU News
8:07 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

U-M To Manage All Wayne County Medical Examiner Operations

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The University of Michigan is expanding its partnership with the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office. Starting October 1, the university will start managing all of the office's operations.

The new partnership will last three years, and is worth $16.7 million.

The two organizations have been working together since 2011.

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7:41 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Ann Arbor Senior Center To Re-Open Next Month

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Repair work continues on the Ann Arbor Senior Center.

The center was closed earlier this month and its programs temporarily relocated when the building's drywall ceiling started separating from the rafters.

Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation manager Collin Smith says they should finish repairs soon and have the center reopened early next month.

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7:36 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Veterans Memorial Park Pool Re-Opens

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If you've been looking forward to one last cannon ball or belly flop at Veterans Memorial Park pool in Ann Arbor, now's your chance.

The city has completed repairs to the pool and it's been re-opened.  Problems with the filtration system kept the pool closed since Saturday.

Bill Meeks is the park's Recreation Supervisor. He says they'll be closing the pool for the season on Monday.

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8:31 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Ann Arbor Fire Stations Closing For Renovations

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Three of Ann Arbor's fire stations will be temporarily closed over the next two months.

Stations 3, 4 and 5 will each be closed for renovations, although only one will be closed at a time.

Assistant Fire Chief Ellen Taylor says each station should only be closed for a few days.

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WEMU News
8:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Environmentalists Protest Hazardous Waste Shipment

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Environmentalists planned to gather in Belleville Thursday to protest a shipment of radioactive waste being brought into Michigan.

The material was generated by a fracking operation in Pennsylvania.

It's being processed and diluted in a Belleville facility and then disposed of at a hazardous waste landfill operated by Wayne Disposal.

The protest is being organized by the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan. LuAnne Kozma is the Committee's Campaign Director.

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3:27 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

U-M Water Center Gets $20 Million Contract To Study Sensitive Coastal Areas

Donald Scavia, Director of the University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute.
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The University of Michigan Water Center will be working with NOAA to help protect our coastlines.

The center has been awarded a five-year, $20 million contract for the job.  

In addition to being director of U-of-M's Graham Sustainability Institute, Donald Scavia is principal investigator for the project, which will find researchers doing work in a number of areas.

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6:15 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

New Digs For Youth And Family Services

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Starting Thursday, Washtenaw County Community Support and Treatment Services, Youth and Family Services division will operate out of the same location where adult services are offered.

Program administrator Elizabeth Spring says Youth and Family Services has been working out of temporary offices at the detention center since black mold cropped up at the former location.

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Health
5:39 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

EMU Nursing Grad Leader In Holistic Medicine

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Some medical service providers are turning to a new method of patient treatment amid growing concerns over healthcare.  


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4:53 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

U-M Studies Alternative Depression Treatment

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Following the unexpected passing of Robin Williams in an apparent suicide, the national conversation has turned to depression and how to treat the debilitating affliction. 

The University of Michigan has started studying an alternative treatment that has had some promising results. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS, therapy uses powerful electro-magnets to treat patients when anti-depressants and other forms of medication don't work.

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7:43 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Cancer Research Gets Big Financial Boost

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Michigan has gotten another big boost in the battle against cancer.

A 13 hospital consortium lead by the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System has been awarded $10-million for cancer research by the National Cancer Institute.

Beth LaVasseur is Saint Joseph's Director of Research and Operations. She says some of the money will be used to cover the costs of running so many clinical trials.

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Education
4:35 am
Mon August 11, 2014

University Of Michigan Researchers Find Potential Way To Fight Brain Tumors

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Medical science may be one step closer to preventing the formation of malignant brain tumors. A University of Michigan study has found suppressing the production of certain proteins can help the body's immune system eradicate cancerous cells. 


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Community
7:30 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Ecology Center Adding Solar Panels

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Ann Arbor is getting greener. The non-profit Ecology Center is installing eight solar panels on its roof Friday.

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WEMU News
3:56 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Unvaccinated Kids Could Pose Problem For Washtenaw County

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Mumps, pertussis and other diseases are a growing concern in Washtenaw County because many children haven't been vaccinated against them.

Washtenaw County places 66th out of Michigan's 84 counties for fully-vacinated children between the ages of 13 and 17.

Washtenaw County Public Health Medical Director Alice Penrose says some diseases that aren't common are starting to come back and could become a major problem.

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3:55 am
Mon August 4, 2014

University Of Michigan Believes It Has Solved Housing Shortage

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A shortage of on-campus housing at the University of Michigan appears to have been averted.

University Housing spokesperson Peter Logan says they have started converting small lounge areas into additional rooms and are encouraging upper classmen to voluntarily move into off-campus apartments.

"We're cautiously optimistic that we have been able to identify and make spaces available for the number of incoming freshmen that we need to have," Logan says.

A record-breaking class of incoming students exceeded the school's housing projection.

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Community
3:02 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Safehouse Center Launching 'Men Taking A Stand' Campaign

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Sexual assault and domestic violence remain serious problems in Washtenaw County, and Safehouse Center is preparing its upcoming "Men Taking a Stand" campaign to help stop them.


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3:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Red Cross Assists Ann Arbor Families Displaced By Fire

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The Red Cross has helped several families find temporary shelter after a fire Wednesday night forced them to vacate their homes.


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8:27 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Ann Arbor Website Re-Designed For Greater Citizen Connectivity

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Ann Arbor officials are trying to make it easier for  people to communicate with them.

The city's website has been redesigned for improved social media integration and includes a new "A2 Fix It" app that allows people to report potholes, graffitti and other issues from their smart phone or other connected device.

Ann Arbor spokesperson Lisa Wondrash says residents will have an easier time navigating the new website and finding the information they need.

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4:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Ann Arbor Lawmakers Proposes Ban On Gay 'Conversion Therapy' For Minors

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Michigan could soon ban gay "conversion therapy" for minors.

State Representative Adam Zemke from Ann Arbor introduced a bill last week that would prohibit health professionals from attempting to change the sexual orientation of anyone under the age of 18.

Sandi Smith is the president of the Jim Toy Center, a resource for Washtenaw County's LGBT community.

She says they are glad lawmakers are moving this issue forward.

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4:58 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Washtenaw Community College Enrollment Bucks Trend

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Years of effort to bring more students to Washtenaw Community College are starting to pay off.

WCC is reporting an increase of 2 percent in the number of students attending class fall.

It is one of only five community colleges in Michigan to report increasing enrollment for the upcoming semester.

Linda Blakey is WCC's Vice President of Student and Academic Services. She says multiple demographics are seeing a rise in enrollment.

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12:43 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Washtenaw County Gauging Affordable Housing Need

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Washtenaw County wants to get a better idea of how great the need is locally for affordable housing, and has launched an online needs assessment to help make that determination.

Paul Montagno is the Sustainable Communities Coordinator for Washtenaw County's Office of Community and Economic Development.

He says this survey will be very helpful in providing policy direction.

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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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4:53 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Better Farming Practices Needed To Avoid Algae Blooms

Satellite image of Lake Erie shows algae blooms.
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If you've spent anytime boating on Lake Erie over the last few summers, you may very well have been diverted by huge patches of algae blooms.

It would appear you'll have the same issue later this summer.

Scientists predict another large toxic bloom will appear on the western side of Lake Erie this summer. The blooms are caused by excessive amounts of phosphorus and other chemicals typically found in agricultural run-off.

Don Scavia is Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.

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4:51 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Research Park Drive Development Could Include Tennis Courts

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Things could soon look a lot different on Ann Arbor's Research Park Drive near State Street.

City Council has approved a zoning change that will allow the currently vacant land to be developed for mixed-use purposes.

Developers have already submitted a plan for the area that includes an 8-court indoor/outdoor tennis facility as well as two five-story buildings for research, office or limited industrial uses. City Planner Jeff Kahan says the developer's plan for the other lots in the area is less detailed, but will be used for office and research buildings.

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11:20 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Environmental Groups Warn Of Potential Pipeline Problems

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Environmentalists are calling for additional safety measures to protect the Great Lakes from a 61 year-old oil pipeline located under the Straits of Mackinac.

A new model created by the National Wildlife Federation and the University of Michigan Water Center predicts Lakes Huron and Michigan would suffer significant damage if the Enbridge-owned pipeline were to rupture.

National Wildlife Federation Regional Executive Director Andy Buchsbaum says a spill there would be a deathblow both ecological and economical to the Great Lakes region.

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