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7:16 am
Fri June 6, 2014

News Mixed In Washtenaw County Foreclosure Auctions

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This year's tax foreclosure auctions are a mixed bag for Washtenaw County.

There are fewer items for auction this year, but the number land parcels has increased. The major cause for the difference is the foreclosure of three incomplete subdivisions, which are being sold as combined items. County Treasurer Catherine McClary says they are still preparing a list of all properties being auctioned but should have it available to the public in coming days. 

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WEMU News
7:15 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Democratic Lieutenant Governor Candidate Says Voters Are Disappointed in Governor Rick Snyder

Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Lisa Brown.
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Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate Lisa Brown made a stop in Washtenaw County last weekend to push running mate Mark Schauer's plan to move Michigan forward.

Brown says education is an important issue for the people she spoke with during a visit to Ann Arbor, adding that Governor Rick Snyder has disappointed a lot of people who plan to vote Democratic next time.

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Cinema Chat
8:44 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia, '1982', 'Edge of Tomorrow', 'The Fault In Our Stars' And More

The Cinetopia Film Festival is underway! In this week's edition of Cinema chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins fill you on all there is to see at the festival and beyond.

Cinetopia starts tonight in Ann Arbor with screenings of “1982,” “The Skeleton Twins” & John Sayles’ “Go For Sisters!”

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WEMU News
8:18 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Stage 2 Of Ann Arbor-Saline Road Construction Begins Friday

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Driving around the Ann Arbor-Saline Road area can be like waiting for a slow train, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The Washtenaw County Road Commission begins Stage 2 of its Ann Arbor-Saline Road Improvements project Friday.

Northbound lanes will be closed between the eastbound I-94 on ramp and Eisenhower Parkway.

The southbound lane closures at the Main Street intersection and the south side of Northbrook Drive and Oakbrook Drive will remain in effect.

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WEMU News
8:13 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Ypsilanti Council OKs Budget Amendments For Freighthouse, Non-Motorized Projects, Traffic Calming

The Freighthouse in Ypsilanti's Depot Town.
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Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night signed off on a handful of budget amendements that direct funds toward non-motorized plan projects, renovation work at the Freighthouse, and future traffic calming projects.

Council member Pete Murdock says the $220,000 for the Freighthouse will go toward upgrading mechanical systems. 

Other amendments include spending $100,000 over the next two budget years on non-motorized projects like the Border-to-Border Trail and a mid-block pedestrian crossing on Michigan Avenue near Water Street. 

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WEMU News
8:08 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Ann Arbor Rotary Offers Scholarship

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The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor wants to help a student who graduated from a high school in Ann Arbor - public or private - attend Washtenaw Community College.

The "Service before Self" scholarship awards $1,250 toward fall and winter tuition. 

The application process includes writing a 250-word essay on how the applicant has served others in school or in their community.  The deadline for applying is June 10th.

Find out more about the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor and how to apply for the scholarship:

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WEMU News
8:02 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Trial Date Changed For Detroit Men Accused Of Killing Demarius Reed

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The trial date for two Detroit men accused of killing EMU football player Demarius Reed last fall has been pushed back a month.

The trial of Ed Thomas and Kristopher Pratt had been set to start June 23rd, but it's been re-scheduled for July 21st. 

Since Reed's death at his off-campus apartment complex, EMU has been working to improve safety in near-campus areas. 

The university is hiring 10 new police officers, has expanded patrols into neighborhoods surrounding the campus, and has worked with local apartment complexes to boost security.

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Michigan News
7:57 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

State Working To Improve Fine Collection System

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Michigan Supreme Court names workgroup to improve system for collecting fines

A group of judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys goes to work Thursday on finding new and better ways to collect fines and fees from defendants, and to ensure that people are not sent to jail because they don't have the money to pay.

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Michigan News
7:53 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Road Funding Up In The Air In Lansing

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Road funding talks in flux at state Capitol

It looked like there might be a wave of bipartisan cooperation in Lansing. Lawmakers recently voted to raise the state's minimum wage and contribute almost $200 million to help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy.

But that doesn't seem to be the case anymore with road funding negotiations in flux.

State lawmakers want to find a way to increase funding for roads in the next couple weeks. That's when they leave Lansing for the summer.

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Michigan News
8:16 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Supreme Court Says Decision To Commute Sentence Final

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
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MI Supreme Court says governor cannot un-commute life sentence

The Michigan Supreme Court says a governor cannot take back a decision to commute a prison sentence once the papers are signed and filed.

Matthew Makowski helped plan the robbery of a co-worker in 1988, but was not there when the attempt went awry and Pietro Puma was stabbed to death. Makowski was convicted of first-degree murder for his role in the killing and sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole, the mandatory sentence.

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Michigan News
8:12 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

'One Parent' Doctrine Struck Down By Michigan Supreme Court

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Michigan Supreme Court strikes down "one parent" doctrine

A Jackson County man will get a trial on whether he gets to keep his kids after a ruling by  the Michigan Supreme Court.

The state Supreme Court struck down a policy that allows authorities to limit or terminate both parents' rights to their children when one of them runs into trouble with the law. In this case, the mother lost her parental rights when the couple's newborn daughter tested positive for drugs.

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Michigan News
10:42 am
Tue June 3, 2014

'RoboCop' To Throw Out 1st Pitch At Tigers Game

RoboCop to throw out 1st pitch at tonight's Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park
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Everybody's favorite fictional crime-fighting cyborg is heading to the Detroit Tigers game.  

RoboCop is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at Comerica Park tonight as the Tigers host the Toronto Blue Jays.

RoboCop's motorcycle is to be on display at the stadium and the first 10,000 fans will get a RoboCop cheer card after getting inside.

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NPR Story
5:31 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Seattle Ordinance Gradually Increases Minimum Wage To $15

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 10:01 am

The city council has approved a measure raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The wage will be phased in over a number of years. The measure takes effect on April 1, 2015.

Education
8:00 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools First Graduating Class Gets Diplomas Tuesday Night

Seniors decorated Ypsilanti Community High School with their class year.
Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti Community Schools' first graduating class receives their diplomas Tuesday evening at the EMU Convocation Center.

Not only will this be the first group of seniors to graduate from Ypsilanti Community High School following the consolidation of Ypsilanti and Willow Run Schools, but Ypsilanti New Tech High School is celebrating its first graduating class after opening four years ago.

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Michigan News
7:53 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Governor Defends Taxing Of Pensions

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
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Snyder defends "pension tax" in special message on aging

Gov. Rick Snyder is firing back against critics of his so-called "pension tax."

Snyder gave a special address on aging Monday in Rochester. He used part of the speech to defend his 2011 decision, which ended the practice of exempting pensions from state income tax.

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Education
7:41 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Student Athletes Excelling In The Classroom

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Eastern Michigan University's student athletes recorded the second-highest average grade point average in school history during the winter 2014 semester.

With a 3.145 GPA, the Eagles also topped the 3.0 mark for the ninth straight semester. 

Of EMU's 21 athletic teams, 15 had average GPA's of 3.0 or better, and 36 student athletes scored 4.0 GPA's.

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WEMU News
7:06 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Reaction To President's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal

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DTE Energy says it's committed to reducing greenhouse gas emmissions, but says coal will continue to be an important fuel for energy generation.

President Barack Obama wants carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants cut by 30 percent by 2030.

DTE Energy says 10 percent of the electricity generated for customers in southeast Michigan will come from renewable sources by the end of this year. 

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WEMU News
6:37 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

EMU Children's Institute To Offer Great Start Readiness Program This Summer

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Eastern Michigan University's Children's Institute is launching its first ever summer Great Start Readiness program thanks to a $50,000 grant from Michigan's Department of Education.

The nine week-long program prepares preschoolers for the upcoming school year.

Institute director Chris Finch says early education plays a vital role in ensuring children are prepared for a school setting.

Find out more about EMU's Children's Institute and the Great Start Readiness Program online:

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WEMU News
6:17 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Working To Make Michigan's Lakeshores Safer

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If a trip to one of Michigan's beautiful lakeshores is part of your summer plans, you should know about an organization that's working to make your trip safer.

As part of Rip Current Awareness week, the Michigan Sea Grant is installing beach safety kits at 10 public beaches along Lake Michigan.

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WEMU News
5:53 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Early College Alliance Students Rank 6th On Math, Reading Scores

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Early College Alliance students are ranked sixth out of more than 800 high schools on Michigan Merit Exam math and reading test scores.

The rankings for the program at Eastern Michigan University are from the website schooldigger.com, which last year ranked the ECA 41st in the state. 

Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium Director Dave Dugger says the jump was due to a focus on improving literacy education, and spending one day a week understanding and practicing writing for the ACT. 

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First Listen
11:17 am
Mon June 2, 2014

First Listen: Jose James, 'While You Were Sleeping'

Jose James' new album, While You Were Sleeping, comes out June 10.
Credit Janette Beckman Courtesy of the artist

  When the spirit of Nirvana surfaces in a song, the artist paying tribute almost always shares style points with that treasured band. The hair is shaggy, the clothes a little ragged; the lineage unfolds, relatively neatly, from punk to the present.

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10:28 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Ex-EMU Student's Extreme Weight Loss Sparked By International Friendship

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Flemming lost nearly 400 pounds and overcame an alcohol addiction, in just 19 months.
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Brian Flemming was going to miss his flight to London - and, with it, the chance to spend time with the woman who helped change his life. Fourteen months earlier, getting on the plane wouldn't have been a problem.
Education
10:20 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Teacher Reinstated After Segregation Lesson

A southeast Michigan public school teacher has been reinstated after his removal from the classroom while district officials assessed his lesson plan on African-American history and racial segregation laws.

The Monroe News reports hat Alan Barron was placed on paid leave last month after he showed an eighth-grade history class at Monroe Middle School a video of how white entertainers once used black face paint to imitate blacks.

An assistant principal sat in on the class.

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The Two-Way
9:32 am
Mon June 2, 2014

EPA Unveils New Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases

The EPA is proposing rules that would govern carbon dioxide gas emissions by U.S. power plants. Here, coal is transported via conveyor belt to the coal-fired Jim Bridger Power Plant outside Point of the Rocks, Wyo., in March.
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Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 11:52 am

New federal regulations announced Monday aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.

The draft proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency has sparked opposition from industry groups who say the changes would be prohibitively expensive. But the proposal's backers say the rules are needed to cut carbon pollution that scientists say contributes to climate change.

Update at 10:45 a.m. ET: Proposed Rule Published

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WEMU News
7:30 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Still Time To Participate In EMU's 'High Five Challenge'

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Eastern Michigan University students and faculty have been high-fiving people all over campus to raise awareness for the "High Five Challenge."

The challenge's goal is to raise donations of $5 or more for the EMU Foundation.

Foundation Director of Annual Giving Jackie Richardson says its too early to count the results, but the campaign has gotten a very positive public response on social media.

The High Five Challenge runs through Saturday.

Find more information on the challenge online:

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