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11:39 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Google Expands Community Leaders Program To Eastern Michigan University Students

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Google is partnering with Eastern Michigan University to ensure small businesses and non-profit organizations have the tools they need to thrive in the online world.

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WEMU News
8:44 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Smooth Sailing On Ypsilanti Budget Front Thus Far

Credit Bob Eccles

The process of approving the city of Ypsilanti's next budget has been sailing along more smoothly than anyone can remember.

That's according to Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson, who says city department heads are aware of the city's financial situation, and have crafted their budgets accordingly. 

She says the city may not be where it wants to be, but Ypsilanti is generally doing well. 

City Council has another budget session scheduled for May 22nd, but since the process has been moving along so smoothly, that session may not be needed.

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Michigan News
8:40 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

State Senate Postpones Teacher Evaluations

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State Senate votes to delay statewide teacher evaluations… again

It looks like lawmakers could once again delay the implementation of a new statewide teacher evaluation system. The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to push back the deadline until the 2015-2016 school year.

State law requires the new evaluation system to be in place during the current school year. State Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, D-Taylor, says that clearly isn't going to happen.

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Michigan News
8:36 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Changes Possible In Who's In Charge Of Standardized Testing

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Bill would take standardized testing duties away from state education officials

State education officials would no longer oversee K-12 standardized testing in Michigan under a bill in the state House. It would move those duties to the state Department of Treasury.

The state Legislature and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) have been sparring in recent months over standardized tests. The MDE wants to replace the state's MEAP test with a computer-based exam that measures student growth - unlike the MEAP.

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Community
4:40 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Washtenaw County State Lawmakers Say Projected Revenue Declines Another Concern About Roads Plan

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Michigan lawmakers will likely have less money than earlier projected to put into next year's budget.  The revenue estimating conference takes place Thursday, but the House Fiscal Agency is anticipating $873 million dollars less in state revenues for this year and next compared to the January conference.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on projected declines in state revenues and concerns local lawmakers have on plans to use the general fund to pay for road repairs.

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Michigan News
9:36 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Health Institutes Director Speaking At University Of Michigan In Ann Arbor

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins to make address at U-M in Ann Arbor Wednesday
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The director of the National Institutes of Health plans to speak at the University of Michigan on the future of biomedical research.  

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Community
9:02 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Partially Treated Sewage Flows Into Saline River

Saline Wastewater treatment Plant
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Saline officials think their staff did a good job responding to on overflow at the wastewater treatment plant. About 29-thousand gallons of partially treated sewage got into the Saline River yesterday.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on partially treated sewage getting into the Saline River Tuesday.

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Environment
6:13 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Issues Of The Environment: The Ann Arbor Chapter Of 'Citizens Climate Lobby'

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WEMU's David Fair talks with Ginny Rogers of the newly formed Ann Arbor Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, It is a national grassroots effort aimed at getting politicians to adopt a revenue neutral carbon tax to hasten the transition away from fossil fuels. That's the focus of 'Issues of the Environment' for 5/14/2014.

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Michigan News
2:33 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Automakers May Have A Role In Detroit Bankruptcy

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Chrysler, Ford Motor and General Motors are interested in preserving art and shoring up pensions in Detroit's bankruptcy case.  

 

     

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Michigan News
2:18 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Agency: Michigan To Get $422 Million Less Than Expected

Michigan revenue estimates significantly lower than earlier projected.
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Economists are projecting that the state of Michigan will collect about $873 million less in revenue this budget year and next than was projected earlier in the year.  

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Michigan News
2:09 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Conyers' Primary Challenger Commends Ballot Ruling

Congressman John Conyers, (D)-Detroit
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A Detroit pastor seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. John Conyers says an elections clerk should be commended for a ruling that the longtime legislator doesn't have enough signatures to appear on the Aug. 5 primary ballot for Michigan's 13th Congressional District.  Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett said Tuesday that Conyers' nominating petitions were insufficient.

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WEMU News
1:19 am
Wed May 14, 2014

WISD Hosts 'Data Dig' Website Familiarization Sessions

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The Washtenaw Intermediate School District is hosting a pair of information sessions to familiarize the community with Michigan's mischooldata.org website.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

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WEMU News
1:09 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Hamilton Crossing Wins Award

Credit Michiganhousinglocator.com

Ypsilanti's Hamilton Crossing housing development has been recognized by The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coaliton with its 2014 Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Award.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

Ypsilanti Housing Commission Executive Director  says the award recognizes the sense of community among residents, and the special programs offered at the complex. Zachary Fosler says those programs include computer training, employment connections, health care and after school programs.

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Community
8:38 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Oscar Winning 'Searching for Sugar Man' Director Malik Bendjelloul Dies At 36, Police Say

An Aug. 20, 2012 photo from files showing Swedish Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul. Police in Sweden say the film director behind the Oscar-awarded music documentary "Searching for Sugarman," Malik Bendjelloul died Tuesday, May 13, 2014. He was 36. Police spokeswoman Pia Glenvik said Bendjelloul died in Stockholm late Tuesday, but wouldn't specify the cause of death. She said no crime is suspected in relation to the Swedish film maker's death
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Malik Bendjelloul, the acclaimed Swedish film director behind the Oscar-winning music documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" has died. He was 36.

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Michigan News
7:20 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Richardville: Gas Tax, Vehicle Registration Fee Increases 'Just A Matter Of Time'

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R) of Monroe.
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State Senate leader plans to up the ante on road funding in coming weeks

Until recently, it seemed like boosting the state's gas tax, vehicle registration fees, or other new sources of revenue to help fix Michigan's crumbling roads was off the table this year.

But now, state Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, says he hopes to introduce such a plan in the coming weeks.

"It's just a matter of time," Richardville told reporters Tuesday.

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Community
4:26 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Storm Knocks Out Power In Washtenaw County

A tree uprooted in the 16-hundred block of Dexter Avenue in Ann Arbor in Tuesday afternoon's storm.
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Trees have been uprooted and power lines downed in today's thunderstorms.  Several trees were knocked down in portions of Ann Arbor as winds gusted to near 60-miles per hour.  

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Community
3:57 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Oil Drilling Critics Expected At Tonight's Scio Township Trustees Meeting

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.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Opponents of oil and natural gas drilling want to fill the Scio Township Hall for tonight's  Board of Trustees meeting.  The Township isn't expected to take any formal action, but Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards hope to have plenty of public comment.   

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Michigan News
1:35 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Yankee Air Museum Close To Purchase Agreement

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A leader of an effort to save a slice of Rosie the Riveter's old Michigan plant says his group soon will sign a purchase agreement for the property.

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Michigan News
1:18 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Enough Singatures Collected To Put Minimum Wage Proposal On Ballot

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A campaign to raise the minimum wage in Michigan has collected enough signatures for a ballot drive being threatened by Republican legislation.

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Christopher Columbus Ship The Santa Maria May Have Been Found

A 2011 photo shows a replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria, off the Portuguese island of Madeira. The location of the Santa Maria has been a mystery; an explorer says he might have found it.
Eric Risberg AP

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 6:15 am

It's been missing for more than 500 years. But now there are reports that the Santa Maria, the largest ship among the trio that made Christopher Columbus' first expedition to North America, may be found. Undersea explorer Barry Clifford says he thinks he has found the ship in waters off of Haiti's coast.

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Community
8:14 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Awesome Grants Promoting Bike Program, Restoration Agriculture

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The Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation is helping fund free bike valet service at some Ann Arbor events and efforts to plant edible landscapes and perennials .

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the latest grants from the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation.

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Health
8:13 am
Tue May 13, 2014

University Of Michigan Doctor Urging More Attention For Peripeheral Artery Disease

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Doctor Elizabeth Jackson wants your physician to focus on artery issues beyond hearth disease. She is University of Michigan Women's Heart Program Director and an advocate for early detection of Peripheral Artery Disease. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a new study about Peripheral Artery Disease.

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Community
8:11 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Improving Economy Spiking Interest For Developments In Ann Arbor

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A proposed apartment building for active adults highlights a growing number of developments planned for Ann Arbor.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on an increase in development proposals for Ann Arbor, including an apartment building for Ann Arbor Saline Road near Main Street.

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Michigan News
8:09 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

A Push To Make Natural Gas More Readily Available In Michigan's Rural Areas

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State lawmakers look to expand natural gas in rural communities

New legislation in Lansing would make it easier for utilities to expand access to natural gas in rural Michigan.

A state House panel will hold a hearing on the bills Tuesday.

Supporters hope it will help people keep the heat on during the cold winter months. A number of Michigan communities faced propane shortages during this past winter.

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Health
6:54 am
Mon May 12, 2014

U-M Expert: Keep MERS In Perspective

A colorized transmission of the MERS coronavirus that emerged in 2012 is seen in this file photo provided by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Credit National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases

  A University of Michigan expert says we need to keep the threat posed by a new and potentially deadly respiratory infection in perspective.

The first U.S. case of MERS was recently discovered. It has infected about 400 people, mainly in the Middle East, since 2012. It's been fatal in about a third of those cases.

Dr. Howard Markel is a pediatrician, U-M's George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine, and a consultant to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

He says any emerging infectious disease is a serious problem.

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