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1:04 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Ann Arbor Celebrates St. Patrick's Day

A group leaves Conor O'Neills while celebrating Saint Patrick's Day.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Some Ann Arbor bars did more business by noon today than they do on a typical Monday, as the city celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day.

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Community
1:32 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Increasing Number of Michigan Residents Compete in Crossfit Open

Athletes train at Joust Strength and Fitness in Ann Arbor.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

A growing number of adults are competing in a wide variety of sports and Washtenaw County is no exception.  Nearly 200 people in the area are in the middle of competing in the Crossfit Open. 

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Community
4:38 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Michigan Basketball Success Helping Ann Arbor Bars and Restaurants

Ann Arbor area bars and restaurants were busier than normal at lunchtime today, as the University of Michigan began play in the Big Ten Basketball tournament.  Michigan escaped their first Big Ten Basketball Tournament game with a 64-63 win over Illinois.

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Education
1:59 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Community-wide Effort to Close Achievement Gap Subject of Public Meeting Saturday

A Community-wide effort is underway to close the achievement gap that exists in many area schools.  Ann Arbor’s chapter of the Link will host a public meeting Saturday at Washtenaw Community College to discuss what they already have in place.  

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Community
4:02 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

SnowBuddy Proposal to Clear Snow from Sidewalks in Ann Arbor Neighborhood

Sidewalks in Ann Arbor in various states of being shoveled.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

At least one Ann Arbor neighborhood may change the way snow and ice is removed from sidewalks next winter.  Ann Arbor businessman Paul Tinkerhess and others are working on the SnowBuddy concept to have a small tractor plow all of the sidewalks in the Water Hill neighborhood.  

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Community
3:48 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Lyndon Township Officials To Discuss Gravel, Sand Mining Proposal Again Tonight

Lyndon Township's Planning Commission tonight continues discussions on a proposed gravel pit and sand mining operation.  About 200 people attended a meeting last month on a special land use request from McCoig Materials for a site on M-52 across from Green Lake.  

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Community
6:53 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

After the Snow, Quiet Afternoon in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor's Main Street remains nearly empty after the snow stops.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Downtown Ann Arbor is now basked in sunshine, and the sidewalks are cleared, but that doesn’t mean people are venturing out just yet.  Main Street remains a little quieter than normal Wednesday afternoon, following another snowstorm.

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Issues of the Environment
2:57 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Issues of the Environment: Proposed Regulations To Help Remediate Pall-Gelman Dioxane Plume

State Representative Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor, (D)-53rd District
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As Concerns About the Pall/Gelman Plume Linger, Rep. Jeff Irwin Pushes House Bill to Require the MDEQ to Align Contaminate Clean-up Standards with EPA Standards

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Ypsilanti
8:25 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

First Fridays Ypsilanti Gets $1,000 Grant from A2Awesome

Credit A2Awesome.org

An Ypsilanti organization that puts on art shows on the first Friday of each month has received a $1,000 grant from micro-philanthropic group A2Awesome.  

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Community
8:00 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Climate and Adaptation Focus of Sustainable Ann Arbor Series Meeting Wednesday Night

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor area residents interested in climate and adaptation can find out more about what’s going on locally tonight at the main Ann Arbor District Library.  The library and the city of Ann Arbor are hosting another forum in the Sustainable Ann Arbor Series.

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Community
6:47 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Great Lakes Unlikely to Set Ice Record, Ice Not Expected to Have Lasting Impact on Weather

Frozen Lake Michigan just south of Holland, MI last weekend.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The Great Lakes pushed within a couple of points from setting a new record for the percent of frozen surface.  The 95 percent frozen mark set a record in 1979, now appears to be safe, and a University of Michigan scientist doesn’t believe there will be lasting weather impacts from the large amounts of ice, either. 

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Community
3:49 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Ann Arbor Little Caesars Store Brings Corprate Love Kitchen to Help Feed Homeless

People line up for pizza at the Little Caesars Love Kitchen outside the Washtenaw County Salvation Army in Ann Arbor.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

This has been a harsh winter for area homeless people and pushed shelters to capacity and beyond. 

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Weather
8:04 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Winter Isn't Over Yet, Spring Flooding Possible

Portion of GOES Eastern US SECTOR Infrared Image showing large mass heading towards Michigan
Credit NOAA

    Another round of winter weather is expected to drop 3 to 7 inches of snow on southern Michigan, including the Washtenaw County area.  This could lead to Ann Arbor breaking the annual snowfall record.

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Health
11:49 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Michigan Highlights Rare Disease, With Fibromuscular Dysplasia Awareness Day

Credit hxbenefit.com

Michigan is highlighting a rare disease Tuesday in the hopes more doctors will be able to identify the issue.

Just under 1,000 patients are on Fibromuscular Dysplaisia registries.  

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Politics
2:12 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Congressman John D. Dingell Addresses Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber

Congressman John D. Dingell speaks at the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber luncheon meeting.
Patrick Campion 89.1 WEMU

Retiring Congressman John Dingell headlined today's Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber lunch meeting.

Dingell says organizations like chambers of commerce are an important part of the community, offering the chance for people to speak with elected officials and make sure government is running as it should.

Congressman John D. Dingell speaking after the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's lunch meeting.

Dingell has announced he won't seek re-election when his current term is up.  His wife, Debbie, is running to replace him in the 12th Congressional district, as is Ypsilanti resident Terry Bowman who's running as a Republican.

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Community
8:23 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Ann Arbor Housing Commission Hopes to Level Rebuild West-Side Housing Development

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

When the city of Ann Arbor closes on the sale of the old Y-lot $600,000 dollars will be transferred to the Ann Arbor Housing Commission to help finance renovations at the organizations five largest properties.  The projects are the first of the commission’s properties to transition from traditional public housing to a voucher based program. 

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Community
8:07 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Ann Arbor Police in Midst of 26 Weeks to Safer Streets Effort

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The Ann Arbor Police Department is just over one-third of the way through a six month effort to increase pedestrian and motorist safety.  Almost 50 officers have worked overtime in the last two months specifically for the 26 Weeks to Safer Streets Program. 

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WEMU News
7:41 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Ann Arbor Staffing Agency says Hiring Reflects Decline in State Unemployment

The state says Michigan's unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since May of 2008, and the Ann Arbor office of Manpower, Incorporated says that certainly appears to be the case locally.

Ann Arbor Manpower President Susan Carlson says they're businesses are definitely hiring.
 
She says her office sees the most requests for hiring in the manufacturing sector, but areas such as information technology, health care and customer service are also looking for employees.

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Community
6:31 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Ann Arbor Saline Road Project Coming Soon

Plenty of potholes line Ann Arbor Saline Road near I-94.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Potholes line roads throughout the area, but one particularly rough stretch will be the site of major improvements.   Construction starts at the end of the month on the stretch of Ann Arbor Saline Road near I-94.

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Community
11:21 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Univeristy of Michigan Claims Outright Big Ten Title, Looking for More Basketball Success

Crisler Arena fans after a Michigan Wolverines men's basketball victory over the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball. (2008)
Credit flickr user gleηη / Creative Commons

The University of Michigan Men's basketball team clinched the outright regular season Big ten title with an 84-53 win at Illinois Tuesday night.  Work is still to be done with the Big Ten Basketball Tournament taking place next week in Indianapolis.  

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Education
1:29 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Thieves Steal Computers From Two Ann Arbor High Schools in Break-Ins

Credit Andrew Cluley

Thieves stole computers and equipment out of the media centers at a pair of Ann Arbor High Schools Monday night.  

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Community
12:04 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council May Have Resolved Debate Over Public Art Program

Public art in front of Ann Arbor City Hall.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Ann Arbor will use general fund money to help the public art program transition to a new funding model, but over $940,000 in old percent for art funds are being returned to their original sources.  That’s the result of three resolutions passed by city council Monday night to hopefully end the long debate over the program.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor City Council resolving issues around the city's Public Art Program.

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Community
1:17 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Might Resolve Public Art Program Issues Tonight

Public Art in front of Ann Arbor City Hall.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Ann Arbor City Council may have finally found a way to move forward with the city’s public art program.  A series of three resolutions on tonight’s agenda could resolve the long-running debate over the issue.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley previews three resolutions Ann Arbor City Council will consider tonight around the city's Public Art Program.

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Community
1:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

U-M Central Student Government Seeking Review of Accused Sexual Assault Documents

Credit Andrew Cluley

Changes in how universities handle reports of sexual misconduct by students continue to leave questions on campus.  Even as a federal investigation is ongoing, the University of Michigan Central Student Government wants to review documents around sexual assault investigations, including of a former football player.  

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Community
6:11 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Debbie Dingell Officially Kicks Off Congressional Campaign

Debbie Dingell speaks with reporters at Ann Arbor's Downtown Home and Garden.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Debbie Dingell formally announced today she's running for the 12th Congressional seat her husband has held for nearly 60 years.  Dingell had kick-off events in Dearborn, Ann Arbor, and Ypsilanti.

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