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5:24 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Washtenaw County Looks To Find Funds For Support Services To Help Homeless

Credit Washtenaw County

A private endowment could one day fund important support services needed as homeless individuals transition into permanent housing.  In 2008 a Washtenaw County task force recommended a millage to pay for this work until the endowment was funded.  The economic downturn killed the tax idea, but the task force has continued to meet.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on efforts to fund supportive services in Washtenaw County to ensure formerly homeless people don't end up back on the streets.

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Community
4:22 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Ann Arbor School Board Holding Public Hearing On Budget

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools welcomes the community to comment on their budget Wednesday night.    

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on work on Ann Arbor Public Schools 2014-15 budget.

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Community
4:15 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Ypsilanti Businesses React To Minimum Wage Hike

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The rising minimum wage doesn't appear to have too many Ypsilanti businesses concerned.

In fact at the Sidetrack Bar and Grill, owner Linda French says she pays her workers at least $10 an hour.  She doesn't think the legislature raised the minimum wage high enough. 

Haab's President Mike Kabat is glad the issue didn't come down to referendum that sought to hike the minimum wage for all employees to $10.10 an hour. 

He says tipped workers may have lost out in the long run under that plan, since they earn a good portion of their income from tips.

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WEMU News
8:01 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Federal Funding To Help Fight Childhood Tooth Decay

X-ray of deep dental decay (green arrow) with chronic periapical abscess (blue arrows).
Credit Wikimedia Commons / Coronation Dental Specialty Group

  An organization based in Ann Arbor will use $9.4 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help prevent tooth decay among Michigan's children.

The Altarum Institute will team up with Delta Dental, the University of Michigan school of Dentistry and the Michigan Department of Community Health to improve access to dental screenings and preventative care to the uninsured children of Michigan's working families. 

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WEMU News
7:58 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Tech Firm Expands In Ypsilanti

  A Saginaw-based tech firm with an office in Ypsilanti has moved to a more visible location downtown.

Samsa had been offering website development and software and hardware support from a North Washington Street location, but has moved to 7 South Washington. 

Company President Mike Stackhouse says Ypsilanti's location between Detroit and Ann Arbor is a good spot from which to serve residential and small to medium-sized business customers in southeast Michigan.

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Environment
7:55 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

159 Acres In York Township To Be Preserved By Legacy Land Conservancy

Photo taken at the Creekshead Preserve.
Credit Legacy Land Conservancy

  Legacy Land Conservancy is ensuring parts of York Township remain green for future generations.

The non-profit organization has signed an agreement with Kendall Rogers Farm that will preserve 159 acres of historic farm and forest land and prevent it from being sub-divided or developed for non-farming uses.

Legacy Land Conservancy's Executive Director Susan Lackey says conservation agreements like this one help ensure the community has enough farmland to remain sustainable for generations to come.

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Community
7:52 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Bike Group Gives $40,000 To Pave Part Of Huron River Drive

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One of Washtenaw County's worst roads is about to get a lot smoother, thanks to the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

The group has donated $40,000 to help re-pave a half-mile stretch of Huron River Drive.

Washtenaw County Road Commission Managing Director Roy Townsend says the half-mile stretch will be closed and re-paved in August.

The project should take a week to complete.

Find out more about the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society online:

http://www.aabts.org/

And on Facebook:

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Community
5:52 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

As Summer Vacation Approaches Low-Income Food Programs Grow Important

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  With about one in six Washtenaw County children going hungry, free and reduced lunch programs are vital. As summer approaches Food Gatherers and Ypsilanti Community Schools are sponsoring Summer Food Service Programs.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on summer food programs for low income kids.
 
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Community
4:54 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

New Book On Ann Arbor's Architecture Released

Credit Historic Ann Arbor: An Architectural Guide

A new book highlights the most important buildings of Ann Arbor.  Susan Wineberg and Patrick McCauley's "Historic Ann Arbor: An architectural Guide" includes 375 of the city's outstanding structures.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a new book highlighting 375 of Ann Arbor's most important historic buildings.

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Parallels
2:38 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

World's Richest People Meet, Muse On How To Spread The Wealth

Prince Charles talks to Lynn Forester de Rothschild (left), organizer of the Conference on Inclusive Capitalism, and Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, before Tuesday's conference. The 250 corporate and financial leaders who attended control some $30 trillion, about a third of the world's investable assets.
WPA Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 8:17 pm

Talk of economic mobility and the wealth gap is hardly new. From the Occupy movement to President Obama's re-election campaign, income inequality has been in the spotlight for years.

Even so, the "inclusive capitalism" conference in London on Tuesday broke new ground. Not because of the conversation, but because of the people having it.

The 250 people from around the world invited to attend this one-day conference do not represent "the 99 percent," or even the 1 percent. It's more like a tiny fraction of the 1 percent.

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Education
2:05 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Eastern Michigan University, Ford Estates Team Up For Historic Preservation

The Henry Ford Estate.
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A new fellowship brings Eastern Michigan University and The Historic Ford Estates together in the name of historic preservation.

One student will have the chance beginning this fall to study at the Henry Ford Estate in Dearborn and the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores. 

The fellowship comes with a $6,000 stipend from the estates, and another $6,000 from the university.

Find more on EMU's Historic Preservation program online:

http://www.emich.edu/geo/preservation/

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WEMU News
1:56 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Strategic Plan To Address Heroin Problem

Credit washtenawhealthinitiative.org

The Washtenaw Health Initiative Opioid Project is bringing experts together from law enforcement, substance abuse treatment and other areas to develop a strategic plan to fight the growing problem of heroin and prescription drug abuse.

Heroin deaths in Washtenaw County doubled between 2012 and 2013. 

The strategic plan will address the issue on several fronts: prevention, treatment, community education, public policy, and law enforcement, among others.

The plan should be ready for implementation this summer.

Find out more about Washtenaw Health Initiative:

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Michigan News
11:06 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Dearborn Honoring 7 Veterans Never Buried

A Detroit suburb is honoring seven veterans on Memorial Day whose cremated remains have been in Michigan funeral homes for years.

The Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council conducted a funeral procession Monday morning before the city's 90th annual Memorial Day parade.

It's the fourth time in the past five years the group has sought veterans who died with no money for burial as part of the Missing in America Project.

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The Salt
9:45 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Why Some Pet Owners Ditch Chow To Cook For Fido From Scratch

Despite a dizzying array of dog food choices, some owners avoid the cans and bags and making their own from scratch.
Christopher Flickr

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 8:50 am

We're not only obsessed with what we eat. We're now obsessed with what our pets eat. They make us healthier and happier, so who can blame us for wanting the best?

While the pet food industry has started adding salmon, vegetables and other ingredients humans favor to its products, the store-bought stuff just doesn't make the cut anymore for some owners. They're skipping the pet food aisle altogether in favor of cooking up big batches of Fido's meals.

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Around the Nation
6:41 am
Mon May 26, 2014

World War II Vets Honor Their Own In Cactus Division

Crowds gather around the lead tank of the 1st Battalion 400th Infantry task force, and 103rd Cactus Division, after soldiers entered without resistance in Innsbruck, Austria, on May 19, 1945.
Jim Pringle AP

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 4:04 pm

When Kansas native Torrence Riggs was only 24, his Army division, the 103rd infantry, entered southwest Germany.

"I seen a lot of soldier boys with grim faces, I'll tell you that," he says. "I had one, too."

It was 1945, and the people in Germany's Dachau concentration camp had either been worked or starved to death.

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The Two-Way
12:07 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

On Memorial Day Eve, President Obama Visits Troops In Afghanistan

President Barack Obama, right, is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham, center, and Marine General Joseph Dunford, commander of the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), as he arrives at Bagram Air Field for an unannounced visit, on Sunday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 12:09 am

(This post was last updated at 2:17 p.m. ET.)

Under the cover of darkness and on the eve of Memorial Day, President Obama landed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan for an unannounced visit with U.S. troops.

After a concert from country music star Brad Paisley, Obama spoke before a rally of about 3,000 American troops. Currently, there are 32,000 Americans currently serving in Afghanistan.

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The Two-Way
1:36 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Detroit Federal Judge OKs Rep. John Conyers For Primary

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., addresses supporters during the Michigan Democratic election night party in Detroit. Conyers has served in Congress since 1964, but problems with ballot petitions have threatened to keep him out of the August primary.
Carlos Osorio AP

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:12 pm

This post was updated at 4:40 p.m. ET.

A federal judge in Detroit has ruled that Democratic Rep. John Conyers, the second-most-senior member of the U.S. House, will appear on the August primary ballot, overturning a decision by Michigan's secretary of state who said the candidacy was invalid.

Judge Matthew Leitman issued an injunction ordering Conyers' name to be placed on the ballot, The Associated Press says.

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WEMU News
1:32 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Washtenaw County Sherrif's Office Seeks Help Finding Missing Woman

Tonya Jackson
Credit Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office continues to seek information in the disappearance of Tonya Jackson.

Jackson was last seen on May 3rd and has not been heard from since.

Jackson is described as 5’7”, 180 lbs with brown eyes and driving a silver 2007 SAAB 97X, license plate CCL7888.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jackson is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP or the WCSO Confidential Tip Line at (737) 973-7711.

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WEMU News
8:35 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Re-Built Rutherford Pool Opens Friday

Ypsilanti's re-built Rutherford Pool
Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti's Rutherford Pool finally re-opens Friday evening, following a two-year closure during which the pool was completely re-built.

The new pool will be much more cost-efficient than its worn-out predecessor, and features improvements like new lane laps, wheelchair ramps and a grassy deck area that can be used for picnicking. 

The grand re-opening takes place from 6-8 this evening.  It's free and open to the public.

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Ypsilanti
8:33 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Ypsilanti Budget Focuses On Public Safety, Economic Development

Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange wants to bolster the city's police and fire ranks, and dedicate more of his time to economic development.

Those needs are reflected in the two-year city budget Lange has presented to City Council which, having concluded a pair of budget sessions, will now fine-tune the spending plan. 

Lange wants to give his assistant some of his duties - along with a $10,000 pay raise - and spend $55,000 to hire another city planner so that he and planner Teresa Gillotti can focus on economic development. 

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Michigan News
8:28 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Michigan House Republicans Prefer No Inflationary Ties To Minimum Wage

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Republican wants to make sure state minimum wage doesn't get tied to inflation

A bill to boost Michigan's minimum wage would not be tied to inflation if a state House committee chair gets his way.

The legislation would gradually boost the wage from $7.40 to $9.20 an hour over three years. After 2017, it would index the minimum wage to inflation.

That last provision is something House Government Operations Committee Chair Pete Lund doesn't want.

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Community
6:27 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Critics Of Genetically Modified Organisms Will March In Ann Arbor Saturday

More companies are pledging not to use Genetically Modified Organisms.  That's welcome news to organizers of March Against Monsanto events planned in Ann Arbor and hundreds of other locations Saturday.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on this weekend's March Against Monsanto in Ann Arbor.

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Community
4:37 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Washtenaw County Officials Reject Tax For Road Work, Create Study Committee

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Washtenaw County like most places in Michigan has plenty of roads that need work, particularly after the harsh winter we had this year.  The Washtenaw County Commissioners have opted to form a committee to study options for fixing the roads rather than levy a .4 mill tax in December.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports the Washtenaw County Commissioners have rejected a one-year tax for road repairs and instead created a committee to study how to improve road conditions.
    
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Education
4:31 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Hosting Discussion On Human Trafficking

Credit Eastern Michigan University

Michigan lawmakers are considering efforts to fight human trafficking.  Eastern Michigan Unviersity's Women's Resource Center Thursday hosts Senators Rebekah Warren and Judy Emmons to share their proposals.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Eastern Michigan University's Women's Resource Center hosting a discussion on human trafficking and legislative efforts to address the problem.

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Education
4:25 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

University Of Michigan Again Receives Record Number Of Applications

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Once again a record number of students applied to the University of Michigan.  It's the 8th consecutive year U of M's admissions office has set a record for applications received.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports for the 8th straight year the University of Michigan has received a record number of applications.

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