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8:05 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

End May Be Near for Traditional Landline Phone Service in Michigan

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Bill making it easier for companies to end landline service headed to Gov. Snyder It could soon be easier for phone companies to end traditional landline service in Michigan. The state Senate gave final legislative approval to the measure Thursday. Senate Bill 636, which was championed by AT&T, now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk. AARP and other critics say it could leave people in some areas of the state without reliable and affordable service.

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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.
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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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WEMU News
3:41 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools to go after School Improvement Funding

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The state of Michigan is getting $16.7 million in U.S. Education Department School Improvement Grant funds, and Ypsilanti Community Schools hopes to be able to put some of that money to good use.

Superintendent Scott Menzel said a grant would be used for teacher professional development to improve achievement and outcomes for students at Holmes Elementary School.

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Health
12:21 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor Inflates Giant Walk-Through Colon in Lobby

Dr. Robert K. Cleary, Program Director of Colon and Rectal Surgery at St. Joe's, speaks with a reporter inside the Super Colon.
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St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor's lobby was home to a 20-foot inflatable walk-through Super Colon Wednesday to mark National Colorectal Awareness Month.

The hospital and the American Cancer Society want the public to know that colon cancer is preventable with proper screening, and it's extremely curable if found early.

St. Joe's President and CEO Rob Casalou says the health system is a major provider of care, both in treatment and screening, and performed over 10,000 colonoscopies last year.

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WEMU News
2:29 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Trumpet Stolen From Jazz Great Marcus Belgrave Recovered

Jazz Great and WEMU Favorite Marcus Belgrave reunited with stolen, custom trumpet
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Authorities say a trumpet stolen from Detroit jazz star Marcus Belgrave is back in his hands, while the suspected thief is in theirs. 

The Detroit Free Press says the horn was stolen Friday out of Belgrave's car in Detroit and arrived at a pawn shop. Police say an employee contacted officers to say the store had Belgrave's instrument. 

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Ann Arbor
2:21 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Ann Arbor Woman Unseats 'Jeopardy" Champion

Diane Peloquin of Ann Arbor wins on 'Jeopardy'
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An Ann Arbor woman is the new champion on the television game show "Jeopardy."   Diane Peloquin last night earned  $15,700 to win the night. The Law and social work graduate student unseated  Arthur Chu who had been reigning champion for 12, days. Last night he earned no money and finished in last place.  

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WEMU News
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

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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

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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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