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4:39 am
Mon March 10, 2014

William Clay Ford Sr. Passes Away at 88

William Clay Ford Sr. passes away at 88.
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William Clay Ford Senior, who helped steer Ford Motor Company for more than five decades and owned the NFL's Detroit Lions, has died at the age of 88.  The company said in a statement Sunday that Ford died of pneumonia at his home. He was the last surviving grandson of company founder Henry Ford.  Ford served as an employee and board member of the automaker for more than half of its 100-year history. The company says in a statement that he was instrumental in setting the design direction for the company's vehicles. CEO Alan Mulally says in a statement that Ford had a profound impact on the company.

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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

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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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WEMU News
7:30 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

U-of-M Study Finds Cost of Care Related to Quality of Care

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University of Michigan researchers have found that the cost of treating children with congenital heart defects varies greatly across U-S Hospitals. Sara K. Pasquali is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan.

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WEMU News
2:42 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Kiwanis Grant to help Education Project for Homeless Youth

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The Washtenaw Intermediate School District's Education Project for Homeless Youth (EPHY) has received a $2,500 grant from the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Foundation.

The money will help the program buy vouchers from local shoe vendors that students can exchange for footwear.

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WEMU News
2:11 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

State Senator Rebekah Warren Will Not Seek Congressional Seat

State Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) will not run for the 12th Congressional Seat now held by retiring U-S representative John Dingell
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There will be a new Representative in the 12th Congressional District next year, but it won't be current State Senator Rebekah Warren. The Ann Arbor Democrat posted the following statement on her Facebook page:  

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Michigan News
12:37 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Michigan's Gay Marriage Trial In the Hands of the Judge

Jayne Rowse, April DeBoer and the children they seek to adopt.

     

 Closing arguments have ended in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, which was approved by voters in 2004.

     Detroit federal Judge Bernard Friedman says Friday he expects to make a decision within two weeks.

     The trial was dominated by different views from scholars about the welfare of children raised by same-sex parents. Two Detroit-area women are trying to convince the judge that there's no "rational" basis under law for Michigan to ban same-sex marriage.

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Michigan News
8:48 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Michigan Requiring More Mental Health Services

Michigan Lt. Governor Calley
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        Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed legislation designed to offer more treatment options in Michigan for people with mental illness, including those who are jailed or at risk of being imprisoned.

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Environment
7:22 am
Fri March 7, 2014

1st Friday Focus On The Environment: The Threat Of Oil Pipelines

Enbridge oil pipeline that burst and spilled more than 800-thousand gallons of oil in The Kalamazoo River
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Water is one of the most important natural resources in Michigan. As a Great Lakes state, perhaps it's the most important. We are also spoiled with an amazing network of inland lakes, rivers and streams that enhance our quality of life in a myriad of ways. So, protecting this resource is something we think about often.  

Invasive species, pollution and water levels are some of the frequent conversations we engage in. What we discuss less frequently is vast number of oil pipelines that run through the state of Michigan near, and sometimes under our precious waterways. That's the topic in the March edition of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment.  

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Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak and Beth Wallace, Community Outreach Coordinator at the National Wildlife Federation's great Lakes Regional Center discuss the hazards of so many oil pipelines around Michigan's waterways.

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Michigan News
10:01 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

State board says PTSD patients should be able to use medical marijuana

Dakota Serna served in the Marines during the Iraq War. He says memories of seeing friends and children killed left him suicidal after he came home. Serna says the only thing that has helped him get his life back on track is using marijuana. 

Jake Neher reports.

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Michigan News
9:59 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

State Lawmakers Target Sale to and Possession of E-Cigarrettes to Minors

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State Senate votes to ban e-cigarette sales to minors

It could soon be illegal to sell electronic cigarettes to children in Michigan. The state Senate unanimously passed legislation Thursday meant to keep the smokeless devices out of the hands of minors. 

So-called "e-cigarettes" deliver a nicotine-laced vapor, but don't contain tobacco. That means the state cannot currently regulate them along with regular cigarettes and other tobacco products.

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Cinema Chat
8:17 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Cinema Chat: Post Academy Awards Edition

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 There is plenty of Hollywood and movie related news this week, and there are some new films showing this weekend. 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO, Russ Collins, have the breakdown for you.

It's Cinema Chat and you can listen right here:

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Community
7:22 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Video Series from Ann Arbor Sesquicentennial Now Available Online

The Ann Arbor District Library is offering a rare glimpse into the city's past through a series of video tapes made during Ann Arbor's sesquicentennial celebration in 1974. 

Amy Cantu is Productions Librarian for the Ann Arbor District Library.  She says the video tapes were converted to a more modern format and are now available online to honor the city's 190th birthday.

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Community
7:08 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

EMU LGBT Resource Center Director Optimistic about Gay Marriage Trial Outcome

Jayne Rowse, April DeBoer and the children they are raising together. The couple seeks to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage and to adopt the children.
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The end is near for the trial involving a Hazel Park couple who want Michigan's ban on gay marriage overturned, but the issue itself is far from being settled.

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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.
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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
4:12 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Ann Arbor Officials Use Social Media to Highlight Pothole Concerns

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A simple post on Facebook and Twitter highlights how big a problem Ann Arbor and the rest of the area are facing in dealing with potholes this winter.

Ann Arbor tries to fill potholes within 24 business hours of notification, but officials admit this year they are struggling in meeting that goal.

You can report a pothole to Ann Arbor by calling 99-HOLES.

(h/t City of Ann Arbor)

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Michigan News
8:42 am
Thu March 6, 2014

GM's New Chief Expected To Speak At University of Michigan Commencement

The University Of Michigan seal
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      A person familiar with the event says that new General Motors chief executive Mary Barra is expected to speak at the University of Michigan's spring commencement in May.      The person asked not to be identified Wednesday because the speaker hasn't been officially announced. Barra is the first woman to head a major U.S. automaker.

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Michigan News
8:36 am
Thu March 6, 2014

You Can Buy a Piece of Elmore Leonard's Life

Leonard in 1989
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        Books, furnishings and other contents from the suburban Detroit home of the late author Elmore Leonard are being sold at a three-day estate sale. The sale at the home in Oakland County's Bloomfield Township runs Thursday through Saturday. A listing on the website EstateSales.net says items include first edition "and/or signed books, furniture, lamps, linens, rugs, garden accessories, outdoor furniture and more."

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Michigan News
8:06 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Michigan Edging Toward Year-Round School

An empty classroom
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Lawmakers in the state House have approved a $2 million program to encourage schools to go year-round. Schools in mostly low-income areas could get money from the state to add air-conditioning and other things allowing them to operate in the summer.

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Michigan News
8:05 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Detroit Mayor Pushing for Scrap Metal Legislation

An AC unit stripped for scrap
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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan hopes to renew state lawmakers’ interest in curbing scrap metal theft across the state. Duggan met with Democrats and Republicans in the state House on Wednesday.     

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Michigan News
8:02 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Road Funding, Medicaid at Heart of Budget Impasse

Michigan State Capitol Building
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The state House and Senate have not been able to agree on a mid-year budget bill. 

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Michigan News
8:01 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

AUDIO: Michigan Supreme Court to Decide the Fate of 350 Juvenile Lifers

The Michigan Hall of Justice
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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether more than 350 inmates sent to prison for murder as juveniles for life without parole will get a chance someday at freedom.

Rick Pluta reports on the upcoming Supreme Court decision regarding the fate of 350 juvenile lifers

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WEMU News
7:21 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Speaking Out on Cut in Great Lakes Restoration Funding

League Of Conservation Voters
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The Michigan League of Conservation Voters is criticizing President Barack Obama's decision to cut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. 

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WEMU News
4:56 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Public Forums Explain ALICE Active Shooter Training

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Parents and the Washtenaw County community at large have the chance to learn more about Active Shooter training designed to ensure a uniform response to those types of threats county-wide.

A pair of public forums this month will introduce the public to the ALICE active shooter training model that’s been adopted locally.  ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.

The intense ALICE training model was adopted in response to a dramatic increase in school violence and school shootings across the nation.

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