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7:35 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

State Senate Considers Road Funding Increase

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State Senate could triple road funding increase passed by House

The Michigan Senate could vote this week on bills that would increase state funding for roads by $1.3-1.4 billion a year. That's almost triple the amount recently approved by the state House.

Under the Senate plan, people would gradually pay more taxes at the pump over the next few years.

The proposal was brought to light the same day the Michigan Chamber of Commerce unveiled a poll suggesting most Michiganders are ready to pay more for better roads.

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Community
5:39 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Hotel Plans Include Saving Portion Of Ann Arbor's Greyhound Bus Station

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The art moderne facade on Ann Arbor's Greyhound Bus Station will be preserved as the building is torn down for a new six story building.  The plannning commission Tuesday night will consider the site plan for a nearly 90,000 square foot building at Huron and Ashley.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor Planning Commission set to consider the site plan for a Hotel that would preserve the facade of the city's Greyhound Bus Station.

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Community
5:32 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Former Department Of Environmental Quality Official To Talk About Risks Of Oil Drilling

West Bay Exploration Vice President Patrick Gibson discusses his company and what they are looking for in Scio Township at a public meeting in April.
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The environmental risks of oil and gas developments and local solutions will be discussed Tuesday night at a meeting at the Scio Township Hall.  Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards are hosting the meeting which will include consultant and former Department of Environmental Quality official Chris Grobbel. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards hosting a meeting Tuesday about the environmental risks of oil drilling.

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Community
5:26 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Week Of Service To Help MISSION House In Ann Arbor

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The Ann Arbor area's homeless community is getting some help next week from local Presbyterian churches. About 300 volunteers will spend time working on MISSION's home on Stone School Road.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on work to take place next week at MISSION's house in Ann Arbor.

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Music
12:48 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

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Michigan News
4:28 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Drug Arrests On The Rise At Michigan State

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  EAST LANSING, MI- Michigan State University reports that it arrested 261 people for drugs in 2012, a 158 percent increase from two years earlier.

The Detroit Free Press says the East Lansing school had more drug arrests than any state school in 2012, the last year for which figures are available. The news says Michigan State had 31 percent more drug arrests than the 199 arrests at the University of Michigan that year.

Michigan State reported 101 drug arrests in 2010.

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Michigan News
4:26 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Gas Taxes May Be Going Up

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  LANSING, MI- Michigan senators are considering whether to significantly increase gasoline taxes over five years to mend roads and bridges.

The talk of pumping more money into transportation infrastructure comes on the heels of a House vote to gradually allow Michigan's 19-cents-a-gallon gas tax to go as high as 32  1/2 cents over time.

It would initially generate $450 million a year, mostly by diverting money from elsewhere in the budget.

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Michigan News
4:23 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Pontiac Silverdome Being Sold Off Piece by Piece

Pontiac Silverdome before the roof collapsed
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  PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - The Pontiac Silverdome once was THE place to see big events.

The 80,000-seat indoor stadium hosted the Super Bowl, the NBA finals, the World Cup, WrestleMania, a papal visit and concerts by Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones.

Nowadays, the venue north of Detroit is a shell of its former self. Its roof is in tatters, allowing the elements to wreak havoc on the seats and turf below. A lack of electrical power has left the stadium's innards dark and mold-covered.

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Michigan News
4:20 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Traverse City Hosting International Tree Conference

Michigan's Project Learning Tree Conference takes place this week
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            TRAVERSE CITY, MI - Environmental educators from 47 states, Mexico, Japan and Puerto Rico are expected to attend an international conference in northern Michigan on trees and forests.

Project Learning Tree begins Monday and runs through Thursday in Traverse City.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the American Forest Foundation program provides educators with resources to teach and inspire young people.

This is the first year the annual conference will be hosted in Michigan.

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Community
6:07 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Lyndon Township Officials Continue Review Of Sand Mining Proposal Monday Night

Many western Washtenaw county residents remain concerned about the proposed sand and gravel mining operation in Lyndon Township.  The planning commission Monday will continue discussions on the special land use request from McCoig Materials for property on M-52 across from Green Lake.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports the Lyndon Township Planning Commission Monday night will continue talks on a proposed sand and gravel mining operation.

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Community
6:03 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council To Set 2015 Budget Monday

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Ann Arbor City Council Monday night will approve city administrator Steve Powers proposed $98 million general fund budget for next fiscal year.    

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Monday night's Ann Arbor City Council meeting when the 2015 fiscal year budget should be approved.

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Community
5:07 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Commuter Challenge Passes Mid-Point

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Over 75-thousand miles of alternative commuting have already been logged by more than 200 teams participating in the Commuter Challenge.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on this year's Commuter Challenge.

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Community
4:40 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's Michael Ford Finalist For New Job

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Crain's Detroit Business is reporting the head of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is one of three finalists to become CEO of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan.  

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2:55 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

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WEMU News
11:23 am
Fri May 16, 2014

New Principal Named For Washtenaw International High School

Nhu Do, incoming Principal/WEOC Program Director for Washtenaw International High School.
Credit Washtenaw Intermediate School District

The Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium (WEOC) has named Nhu Do as the Principal/WEOC Program Director for Washtenaw International High School, an International Baccalaureate program.

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The Two-Way
11:16 am
Fri May 16, 2014

GM Will Pay $35 Million Fine Over Massive Safety Recall

The Chevrolet Cobalt is one of several GM models that were recalled for faulty ignition switches. The carmaker is paying a $35 million penalty.
David Zalubowski AP

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 1:11 pm

The Department of Transportation is ordering General Motors to pay a record $35 million civil penalty for its handling of a recall of more than 2 million vehicles for ignition switch problems. The government says GM violated federal safety laws.

The fine is part of a "consent decree" that's being announced Friday. The agreement also calls for GM to change how it handles review of safety issues.

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WEMU News
11:14 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Weekend Run Benefits C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

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Before you set out on your morning run Saturday, consider running for a good cause.

Washtenaw International High School (WIHI) is hosting its 2nd annual WIHI Charity 5K run/walk.

Last year's inaugural run raised over $3,000 for the Wall of Courage at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.  This year's run also benefits the hospital, with money raised going toward the Perioperative floor.

The theme of this year's event is "Run for Hope".

The WIHI Charity 5K run/walk starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Nichols Arboretum ion Ann Arbor.

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Community
9:20 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Ann Arbor Adopt-A-Park Kickoff Events Planned For Saturday

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Ann Arbor's Adopt-A-Park program helps make the city look a little nicer, and that's the objective of Saturday's 26th Annual Downtown Blooms Day.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Adopt-A-Park kickoff events scheduled as part of Saturday's Downtown Blooms Day in Ann Arbor.

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Community
10:03 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Ann Arbor Area: The Perfect Place To Celebrate American Craft Beer Week

Beer board at Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery.
Credit Bob Eccles

American Craft Beer Week is drawing to a close, but the opportunity to sample some Michigan-made brews will continue long after the week-long celebration ends.

Michigan Brewers Guild Executive Director Scott Graham says Michigan ranks fifth in the nation in number of breweries, and while the amount of beer sold in Michigan that's MADE in Michigan stands at under five percent, there's no reason that number couldn't top 20 percent in the future.

If you missed American Craft Beer Week, don't fret.  July is Michigan Craft Beer Month, and Ypsi-Arbor Beer Week is August 1-9.

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WEMU News
9:55 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Pancake Fly-In Spotlights Eagle Flight Centre

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Eastern Michigan University's Eagle Flight Centre holds its annual pancake breakfast fly-in Saturday, and there'll be more than just airplanes flying at Willow Run Airport.

The event begins with a pancake breakfast by Chris Cakes of Michigan, known around the world for his ability to toss pancakes 10, 20 or even 30 feet right to your plate. 

The event is also a chance to find out more about EMU's flight training program. 

The pancake fly-in starts at eight Saturday morning at the Eagle Flight Centre at Willow Run Airport.

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WEMU News
9:48 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Washtenaw Area Transportation Study Quietly Working On Transportation Issues

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The Washtenaw Area Transportation Study has been busy making important changes behind the scenes.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

WATS is in charge of local implementation of the federal transportation planning process.

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WEMU News
9:43 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

EMU Special Education Program Celebrates A Century Of Service

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Eastern Michigan University's Special Education program  has been helping to educate teachers and assisting children with disabilities for 100 years, and to mark the occasion, it's celebrating.

Over the next three days EMU will host lectures, offer tours and a display of historical archives on campus.

Nancy Halmhuber and Lynne Rockledge are both College of Education Special Education Emeritus faculty.

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Michigan News
9:39 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Michigan Senate Approves Minimum Wage Hike

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State Senate votes to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $9.20 an hour

A bill to raise Michigan's minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.20 an hour by 2017 has cleared the state Senate.

The bill is really an attempt by Republicans in Lansing to kill a petition drive that would raise the minimum wage to 10.10 an hour - including for tipped workers.

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Michigan News
9:35 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Conference Confirms Revenue Reduction

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Michigan's economy improves, but at a slower pace

The long, harsh winter slowed the state's economic recovery. And it took a bite out of tax revenues, leaving Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature with about $300 million less to work with as they put the finishing touches on a new state budget.

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Education
2:48 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Ann Arbor Schools Considering Tuition Program

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Families could soon have the option of paying tuition to have their children attend Ann Arbor Public Schools.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports Ann Arbor Public Schools are considering a tuition program for students that aren't otherwise eligible to attend the district.

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