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Washtenaw County

The search for a new Washtenaw County Administrator could be the focus of Wednesday's Board of Commissioners meeting.

Pittsfield Township
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In addition to picking a presidential candidate, voters in Pittsfield Township are being asked to renew a millage increase to help pay for parks and other recreation areas.  


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Washtenaw County is one of the state's most expensive counties in which to live. 

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Saint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has been named one of the nation's top 100 hospitals by Truven Health Analytics.

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The ongoing Flint water crisis is causing many people to take a closer look at where their water comes from.  

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The smoking ban in Ann Arbor is expanding to include more parks.

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'Rosie the Riveter' would be proud. The new location for the Yankee Air Museum is a step closer to opening to the public. The site? Rosie's stomping grounds at the historic, former, Willow Run Bomber plant. Jorge Avellan has the details. 


  Ypsilanti City Councilwoman Ann Brown wants to win election to the Michigan House of Representatives.  The 2nd Ward Democrat will run in the 54th district. That seat in Lansing is presently held by David Rutledge, a Superior Township Democrat. Brown, at one time, served  as a district manager for Rutledge who is being term-limited out of office in 2016. 

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Students, faculty and transplant recipients lined up on the University of Michigan's Diag Monday to highlight the ongoing need for more organ donors.

  The event was organized by the Wolverines for Life advocacy group to raise awareness of the ongoing shortage of organs available for transplant.

  "We wanted to create a line where there shouldn't be a line. We don't think people should have to wait for life-saving donation," said the director of the University of Michigan Transplant Center, Dr. John Magee. 

College students and university employees are being warned to keep an eye out for phishing scams and other bogus e-mails. Fraudsters often target academic institutions during the fall with online scams and bogus e-mails to try to trick people into giving up personal information.

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Former University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman has been named the next president of the Association of American Universities. Coleman served as U-M's president from 2002 to 2014 and helped form numerous partnerships with other academic, business and government organizations. 

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After 4 years of protests and debate, Eastern Michigan University has announced its decision to retire the school's controversial Huron logo a second time.

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Eastern Michigan University has recieved a $3.26 million donation to it special education and music therapy programs. The gift comes long-time supporters William and Delores Brehm. The two have donated a total of $8.5 million to EMU over the years, and are now the largest individual donors in the school's history. 

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Washtenaw Community College's Board of Trustees has approved another contract extension for the school's current president. Dr. Rose Bellanca has served as WCC's president since 2011. Under the new agreement she will continue to serve through 2018.

Tens of thousands of people are coming from across the country to visit Ann Arbor's annual Art Fairs. And while most fair-goers are interested in seeing what sort of artwork and other items people have brought with them, there's another issue at hand once it all wraps up.

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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department is warning residents to be on the lookout for a new phone scam. In this latest one, a person calls claiming they're a lawyer trying to collect on a defaulted loan.

Former Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin has found a new job. San Jose State University has named her its Interim President, effective August 18. 

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The US News and World Report has placed several area schools on its 2015 list of Best High Schools.

Washtenaw County's efforts to end homelessness are meeting with some success. Local officials have released the results of last month's Point In Time count of the local homeless population. The report indicates that the number of homeless individuals has dropped significantly from 2013.

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Organizations across Washtenaw County encouraged people to get tested for HIV Monday for World AIDS Day.

The number of new HIV cases grew sharply in the county last year, reaching a 15-year high.

Jimena Loveluck is the president of the HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

She says it's incredibly important to get tested and know your HIV status.

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Local efforts to restore Ypsilanti's historic Freighthouse have entered a new phase.  Ypsilanti City Council Member Pete Murdock is calling on the city and local organizations to help finish restoring the building.

Those efforts stalled after a State Historic Preservation Grant fell through.

Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority, city government and other local groups had previously pledged to contribute to the project if the grant was awarded.

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The new open enrollment period for Michigan's Health Insurance Marketplace has begun, and efforts in Washtenaw County are off to a good start.


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Washtenaw County is expanding its shelter services this winter.  Starting in January the county will begin operating a second warming center.

The county's shelter services routinely exceeded their capacity last year, particularly during January-March.

Ellen Schulmeister is the Executive Director of the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County.

She says several local groups have offered to act as the site of the second center.

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Autism's causes remain a mystery, but researchers at the University of Michigan could soon have a better understanding of it. The school is getting $1.6 million in federal funding to determine what social and environmental factors cause autism.

The college has committed to a 3-year study of the disorder.

Marie Lynn Miranda is the dean of U of M's School of Natural Resources and the Environment.

She says none of the existing autism databases contain significant information about social or environmental exposures.

Bob Eccles

Tuesday is election day, and Washtenaw County officials are getting ready for higher-than-usual turnout. About 48 percent of eligible voters are expected to participate this year.

That's two percent more than the last mid-term election.

Washtenaw County Director of Elections Ed Golembiewski says they're also expecting more voters to use absentee ballots than ever before.

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