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8:05 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Saline Residents Speak Out on Dispatch Outsourcing Proposal

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Saline residents had a couple of chances this week to find out more about a proposal to shift overnight police dispatch to a third party.

Mayor Brian Marl says the first of two public forums took place Monday evening.

"We heard a lot of legitimate concerns," Marl said. "A lot of excellent questions were articulated by our community members".

Marl says a forum Wednesday morning wasn't as well attended, probably due to the weather.

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WEMU News
7:59 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Ypsilanti Snow Removal Ordinance Features Shorter Grace Period, Lower Fine for First Offense

Cross Street businesses clear snow Wednesday morning.
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If you got a ticket in Ypsilanti after our latest round of snow, it's because you didn't clear your sidewalk within the required trimeframe.

City Planner Teresa Gillotti says the grace period for clearing snow is shorter this year than it was last year, "to try and keep the sidewalks clear sooner rather than later". The city now gives residents and business owners 24 hours to clear snow, as opposed to 48 hours.

Fines for first offenses have also been reduced from $50 to $15.

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Michigan News
7:48 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Wolf Hunt Issue getting Closer to Ballot

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Campaign to stop wolf hunt to turn in petitions

The campaign to stop wolf hunts in Michigan says it has more than enough petition signatures to get a referendum on the November ballot. This would be the second ballot challenge to a wolf hunt because the state's first wolf hunting law was blocked by a petition challenge that will also go before voters in November.

The Legislature got around that by passing a new law that's the target of this ballot drive.

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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.
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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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Michigan News
4:08 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Snow makes for a Busy Morning for Motorists, AAA Michigan

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Our snowy morning commute made for a slow drive for motorists, and a busy time for AAA Michigan.

AAA Michigan spokesperson Nancy Cain said the auto club had assisted close to 2,300 motorists as of 4pm Wednesday, and was still pretty busy.

Cain said she expected that as the weather cleared up things would slow down a bit.

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Education
2:44 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Hosts Panel Discussion on Education Achievement Authority

Panel discussion on Education Achievement Authority at Eastern Michigan University's Student Center.
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The head of Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority believes the data shows better performance by students in the program than they had in Detroit Public Schools.  Eastern Michigan University hosted a panel discussion on the EAA Wednesday. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Education Achievement Authority panel discussion at Eastern Michigan University.

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Community
1:52 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

More Snow is Good News for Snow Removal Businesses

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One sector of the local business community that probably doesn't mind all the snow we've had this winter is snow removal.

Justin Brown owns Simple Lawns in Ypsilanti, which has been in business since last spring.  He says the snow has kept him extremely busy.

"Seems like every week, you know, we're out and about doing snow plowing," Brown says. "Haven't really caught much of a break."

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Weather
11:47 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Ypsilanti Residents Taking Snow in Stride

Snow falls on Cross Street in Ypsilanti Wednesday morning.
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While this latest winter storm found Ypsilanti residents out shoveling snow this morning, they seemed to be trying to find the positive side.

Jennifer Hackett was clearing snow on South Huron Street. She said the snow fell on a day when she didn't have to make her usual drive into Detroit's northern suburbs, so she was happy for that.

Along Harriet Street, Anthony Scott  was shoveling a driveway and sidewalk for a little extra cash.  He said this has been an excellent winter for making money shoveling snow.

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WEMU News
6:45 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Winter Weather Forces School Closings, Slows Morning Commute

With 6-9 inches of snow expected today, all public school districts in Washtenaw County closed for the day. There is a long list of private and parochial closings, as well. The entire list for Washtenaw and surrounding counties can be found here: 

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Weather
4:31 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Winter Storm Warning In Effect Until 3PM, 6-9 Inches Of Snow In Washtenaw County Today

6-9 inches of snow expected in Washtenaw County and Southeast Michigan Wednesday
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Washtenaw County is among the many in Michigan under a Winter Storm Warning. The National Weather Service issued the warning, to be in effect until three this afternoon. Storm snowfall totals could reach between 6-9 inches.  

According to the NWS Hazardous Weather Statement, the peak of the snowfall is expected between six and 10am, with up to one-to-two inches of snowfall per hour.  

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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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Michigan News
2:38 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Deal Reached On Emergency Road Money, But No Solution For Medicaid Shortfall

Michigan lawmakers to double money spent on roads
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Jake Neher reports on legislation to deal with Michigan's ailing roads

State lawmakers will probably double the amount of money they had planned to spend on fixing roads torn apart by nasty weather this winter.

A legislative conference committee hopes to approve a mid-year budget bill Tuesday that will probably include about $200 million to fix potholes and help local governments pay for things like salt and snow plowing.

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Michigan News
2:11 am
Wed March 12, 2014

More Michigan Residents Sign Up For Health Plans

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About 145,000 Michigan residents have selected private insurance plans under the federal health care law. Updated figures released Tuesday by the Health and Human Services Department show about 314,000 people in the state have completed an application and are eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan.

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Michigan News
2:04 am
Wed March 12, 2014

State Senate Approves Larger Loan Repayments for Doctors

State Senator John Moolenaar,
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Michigan lawmakers are working to draw more medical providers to low-resource areas by raising caps for a loan repayment program for health professionals in those areas.  

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Michigan News
1:57 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Justice Department Probing GM Recall

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A person briefed on the matter says the Justice Department is investigating whether General Motors broke any laws with its slow response to a deadly problem with ignition switches on certain small cars.  The probe is being handled by the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the investigation is not public.

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Michigan News
1:51 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Lansing Measure Lets Service Be a Requirement for Welfare

State Senator Joe Hune, (R) Hamburg Township in Livingston County
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Legislation nearing Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's desk would let community service be a requirement to receive welfare benefits. The legislation is sponsored by Republican Senator Joe Hune of Livingston County's Hamburg Township. The state Human Services Department already includes community service among the work participation programs it can require for cash assistance recipients. A bill approved 91-19 Tuesday by Republican-led House would codify the practice into law.

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Michigan News
1:43 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Bill To Let High Schools Award Early-Enlist Michigan Vietnam Vets Diplomas

Bill letting Vietnam vets get diplomas nearly done

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Legislation nearing the desk of Gov. Rick Snyder would let high schools award diplomas to Vietnam War-era veterans who enlisted or were drafted before graduating. State law already lets schools grant diplomas to veterans who served honorably during World War II or the Korean War. The Michigan House on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill making Vietnam veterans eligible.

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Ypsilanti
8:25 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

First Fridays Ypsilanti Gets $1,000 Grant from A2Awesome

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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

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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
7:18 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

State Attorney General Officers Talk About Human Trafficking During Visit To EMU

(l-r) Carol Isaacs, Chief Deputy Attorney General; Kelly Carter, Assitant Attorney General; and John Lazet, the Attorney General's Director of Crime Victim Advocacy.
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When you think about crime in Michigan, human trafficking may not leap to mind.  But three high-ranking officers in the state Attorney General's office say it probably should.

Chief Deputy Attorney General Carol Isaacs was among those who participated in a discussion on human trafficking at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center Tuesday. 

She says human trafficking - both sexual and labor trafficking - is prevalent in Michigan.

"We think it is under-reported," Isaacs said. "Mis-labeled, un-reported and hidden in plain sight."

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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.
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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.
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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
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    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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Arts
4:20 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Aretha Franklin Has No Issues With President's Misspelling

Aretha Franklin, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at MLK Jr. Memorial
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So, what's a dropped vowel among friends?   Aretha Franklin says she has no beef with President Barack Obama - even though he botched the spelling of her signature song last week.

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Michigan News
4:06 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Republican Senate Candidate in Michigan Puts Forth Health Care Platform

US Senate Candidate Terri Lynn Land
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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land has relentlessly attacked Democrat Gary Peters for supporting the federal health care law.  

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