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NPR Story
4:48 am
Mon September 29, 2014

White House And GOP-Controlled House Appear To Agree On ISIS Strategy

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:17 am

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NPR Story
4:48 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Trial To Begin In Atlanta Public Schools' Cheating Scandal

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 1:42 pm

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Community
2:07 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

University Of Michigan Calling For Measures To Keep Nutrient Pollution Out Of Great Lakes

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There are a myriad of concerns over the health of the Great Lakes. From toxic algae blooms to urban chemical run-off, the quality of the world's largest fresh-water system is under constant scrutiny. A University of Michigan professor confirms the concern is warranted, and is urging action throughout the basin. 


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Europe
7:17 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Underground Beer Pipeline Solves Traffic Issue

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Europe
7:17 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Slot Machine Win Helps Man Avoid Prison

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Television
7:17 am
Fri September 26, 2014

'Saturday Night Live' Begins Season 40 This Weekend

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Tomorrow night, one of television's best-known shows marks a milestone.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Live from New York.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: Live from New York.

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The Green Room
6:50 am
Fri September 26, 2014

'The Green Room' Return Of The Osprey: A Southern Michigan Success Story

Osprey "Paparazzi"
Jane Purslow

DDT wiped out Osprey from Southern Michigan, but a reintroduction program has resulted in over fifty breeding pairs in the region.  It is reason to celebrate, but several challenges remain. Listen for more in the September edition of WEMU’s “The Green Room”. 

     


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Community
8:12 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

ReImagine Washtenaw Project Continues Make-over Efforts

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Connecting Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Washtenaw Avenue is the busiest street in the county.  An effort to give this corridor a more pedestrian friendly make-over is now five years old.  Most of the progress made so far is only on paper, but is expected to produce long term results.


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WEMU News
8:05 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools Developing Its Own Version Of 'The Kalamazoo Promise'

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Some help is on the way for Ypsilanti Community Schools students who want to go to college but can't afford the tuition.  The Ypsilanti Promise scholarship program is similar to the Kalamazoo Promise.

 

It would pay for college at Washtenaw Community College or Eastern Michigan University for students who graduate from Ypsilanti Community High School. 

Karen Gabrys chairs the committee setting up the scholarship program. 

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Community
7:59 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Offered Land For Park And Ride Lot To Ease U-S 23 Congestion

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Over 60,000 cars a day use U-S 23 between M-14 and I-96.  It's frequently the site of accidents and slow morning and evening commutes.  The Michigan Department of Transportation hopes the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority can help ease congestion.


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The Two-Way
11:07 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a Sept. 4 news conference at the Justice Department in Washington.
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Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 8:29 am

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Eric Holder Jr., the nation's first black U.S. attorney general, will resign his post after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and 5 1/2 years of fights with Republicans in Congress.

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Cinema Chat
10:39 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Cinema Chat: 'The Skeleton Twins', 'Valentine Road', The Equalizer', 'The Boxtrolls' And More

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A heartbreakingly tragic story, an acting tour de force from a couple of Saturday Night Live alums and some unique film events and opportunities. It's all covered in this week's edition of "Cinema Chat."   

  

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Around the Nation
7:14 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Harpist Finds Zoo's Primates A Captive Audience

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 12:26 pm

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Space
7:14 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Robot Spacecraft Strike Up Martian Friendship

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 12:26 pm

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Research News
5:05 am
Thu September 25, 2014

For Police, A Debate Over Force, Cop Culture And Confrontation

New York City police officers stand guard in Times Square earlier this month after a blog affiliated with the so-called Islamic State militants mentioned the area as a target for bombing.
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Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 5:00 pm

Protests in Ferguson and New York this summer rekindled an old debate about how American police use force.

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NPR Story
5:05 am
Thu September 25, 2014

U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes Hit ISIS' Oil Refineries

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 12:26 pm

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NPR Story
5:05 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Ground Forces Needed To Play A Role In Strategy Against ISIS

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 12:26 pm

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Here's what the U.S. has used against ISIS - or ISIL - an air offensive with powerful weapons and allies.

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Here's what the U.S. has not built up against ISIS in Syria - any credible ground force.

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Children's Health
5:05 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Respiratory Disease Affects Hundreds Of U.S. Kids

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 12:26 pm

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WEMU News
8:31 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Making Better Jobs Available To Disabled Residents

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Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley says he'll propose changes to help Michigan's disabled residents have access to better jobs.  Calley hasn't offered specifics, but the head of one local organization that advocates for the disabled has some thoughts on the subject.

Carolyn Grawi is interim President and CEO of the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, which works to help ensure the success of disabled residents in school, at home, at work and in the community. 

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WEMU News
8:11 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

2014 Ypsi 24 Hour Film Shootout Begins Friday Night

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Making a movie is challenging enough, but shooting and editing a film in just 24 hours?  That's the challenge facing about 30 film teams entered in the 2014 Ypsi 24 Hour Film Shootout, which begins Friday night.

Event founder and director Mark Ducker says films will have to include three elements revealed at the start of the competition, and the finished product must run between four and seven minutes. 

The film chosen as best of the best by a panel of judges will win a $1,000 cash prize.

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Community
7:52 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Dexter Residents Decide In November If They Want To Live In A City

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Michigan's next city could be in Washtenaw County.  Voters in the Village of Dexter decide in November if they approve of a proposed city charter.  Don't expect a lot of changes regardless of the outcome of the vote.


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Community
7:35 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Ann Arbor Reviewing Confusing Fees For New Water And Sewer Connections

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Building a new house or office always includes challenges meeting all codes and getting permits.  In Ann Arbor just figuring out how much it costs to tie into the water and sewer system can be difficult.  The city is looking at developing a fee structure that is more easily understood.


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-Michigan News
7:35 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Democratic Bill Would Require Insurance Companies To Provide Abortion Coverage

State Rep. Pam Faris, D-Clio, introduced the House version of the legislation. Supporters say only seven of Michigan’s 24 health insurers offer optional rider plans that cover abortions, and none offers them to individuals buying insurance on their own.
Credit Michigan House Democrats Communications

Insurers would be required to offer abortion insurance under Democrats' bill

Democrats in the state Legislature want to require insurance companies to offer coverage for abortions.

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed a petition-initiated law last year banning abortion coverage in standard health insurance plans. Under that law, people can only buy coverage for abortions as a separate insurance plan, known as a "rider."

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World
1:31 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Obama Challenges U.N. To Confront World's Conflicts

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Environment
9:03 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Issues of the Environment: Development Issues In Northeast Ann Arbor

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Pennsylvania-based Toll Brothers proposes a 109-acre, 491 unit housing development on Ann Arbor's Northeast side. The scope of the planned development has area residents concerned about traffic congestion and harm to area wetlands. In this week's "Issues of the Environment" we explore those concerns with Lisa Dusseau. Ms. Dusseau is spokesperson for the group, "Ann Arbor Northeast Alliance".  


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