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8:08 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Ann Arbor Parking Structure To Get Upgrades And Temporary Bus Station

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One of Ann Arbor's oldest parking structures is getting a $5 million update.  The Downtown Development Authority has approved an improvement plan for the building at Fourth and William.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on changes coming to Ann Arbor's 4th and William parking structure.

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Michigan News
8:31 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Actor Jeff Daniels To Join Board Of Michigan's Traverse City Film Festival

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The Traverse City Film Festival is getting a little more star power on its board.  The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports festival officials on Wednesday announced five additions to the board. that includes, actor, playwright and Purple rose Theater Founder Jeff Daniels of Chelsea.

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Michigan News
5:57 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Government Says No Need To Park Recalled GM Cars

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says there's no need to tell owners of recalled General Motors cars to stop driving them.  

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Michigan News
5:47 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Ford Will Buy Back $1.8 Billion In Stock

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Ford says it will buy back up to about 116 million shares of company stock worth about $1.8 billion. 

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Michigan News
5:43 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Student Accused Of Sexual Misconduct Sues School

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A suspended University of Michigan student has sued the school, claiming it denied his rights in a sexual misconduct investigation. 

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Michigan News
9:51 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Researchers: Ash Borer May Have Arrived in 1990s

Emerald Ash Borer
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Researchers say an invasive beetle that's destroyed tens of millions of ash trees in the U.S. and Canada may have arrived in North America a decade before it first was detected.   Michigan State University researchers collected cores from trunks of more than 1,000 ash trees in six southeastern Michigan counties.

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Environment
8:53 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Issues of the Environment: Food Forests in Ypsilanti

Lettuce mix, pak choi, garlic scapes, and serviceberries harvested at Dawn Farms Recovery Center on Stony Creek Road in Ypsilanti.
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In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment, WEMU's David Fair talks with Jesse Tack of Ypsilanti about the growing local food movement in Ypsilanti. 

Food Forests, as they're called are popping up in greater numbers, in part thanks to the group Jesse Tack founded called, Abundant Michigan, Permaculture Ypsilanti, or AMPY. 

Issues of the Environment for 5/7/2014

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Michigan News
6:02 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Michigan Company To Recycle Graduation Gowns

West Michigan company launches effort to recycling graduation attire.
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A Michigan man is making it his business to recycle graduation gowns.  The Grand Rapids Press reports  that Seth Yon's Greener Grads is on a mission to recycle 1 million gowns.

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Michigan News
5:26 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Split Vote In Michigan House To Let Coal Ash Be Used In Roads

A coal ash spill in Tennessee
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Divided Michigan lawmakers have voted to allow for the use of coal ash and other industrial byproducts in cement and other products. The main bill approved 68-42 Tuesday by the Republican-led House would classify coal ash and other materials as "low-hazard" industrial wastes.   

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Michigan News
5:14 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Arson Awareness Week Runs Through Saturday

Arson week runs through May, 17th
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This is Arson Awareness Week in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder says he wants to focus public attention on vehicle arson and the importance of preventing such behavior through a collaborative statewide effort.

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Events
3:04 am
Wed May 7, 2014

'Touch A Truck' Motors Into Ypsilanti

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The 6th annual Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative "Touch a Truck" event rolls into Ypsilanti Saturday.

Children and their families will have the chance to get up close and personal with more than 35 vehicles from organizations like the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, Ypsilanti District Library, Huron Valley Ambulance and Recycle Ann Arbor.

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WEMU News
2:59 am
Wed May 7, 2014

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Chelsea Community Hospital Get Top Marks For Safety

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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital and Chelsea Community Hospital are among five Saint Joseph Mercy Health System hospitals to receive grades of "A" from The Leapfrog Group.

The independent industry watchdog group's latest Hospital Safety Score also awarded A's to St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and St. Mary Mercy Livonia.  St. Joseph Mercy Livingston received a "B".

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WEMU News
2:59 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Local Communities Earn 'Tree City USA' Status

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Arbor Day Foundation have given 125 communities in the state the "Tree City USA" certification for their efforts in 2013.

The program promotes proper tree management in urban areas and awareness for the economic, health and aesthetic benefits of trees.

Among the local communities receiving "Tree City USA" designation: Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline and the Village of Dexter.

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Education
2:58 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Lisiscki Tabbed As Interim Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent

Interim Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent Laura Lisiscki.
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The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education has named Associate Superintendent Laura Lisiscki as the successor to Scott Menzel as Superintendent, at least on an interim basis.

The board Monday night unanimously voted to have Lisiscki take over as Superintendent after Menzel steps down at the end of June. 

Lisiscki will lead the district into its second year, and the Board of Education would take up the question of whether to make her tenure permanent or search for a replacement after elections in November.

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WEMU News
2:58 am
Wed May 7, 2014

U-of-M Professor Co-Wrote Midwest Chapter Of National Climate Assessment

Dr. Donald Scavia, Director of U-of-M's Graham Sustainability Institute.
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The Director of the University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Insitute was the lead co-author of the portion of the latest National Climate Assessment dealing with the Midwest.

The report was presented Tuesday at the White House.

Dr. Donald Scavia says the Midwest will continue to experience warming and increased average precipitation.  The region will also see more frequent intense spring rainstorms, and may experience drier summers. 

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WEMU News
2:57 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Irwin Proposes Tax Break For Teachers Who Donate Supplies

State Representative Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor.
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Michigan teachers could soon get some tax relief for donating materials to the classroom.

Ann Arbor State Representative Jeff Irwin has proposed a bill that would give a tax credit to educators who spend up to $1,000 on supplies for their students.

Irwin says this issue is a symptom of a much larger problem facing public education in Michigan, and shows the state is not doing enough to fund public education.

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Michigan News
2:57 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Teacher Evaluation Standard Closer To State Approval

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Statewide teacher evaluations move forward in state Legislature

Legislation that would create a statewide teacher evaluation system has cleared its first hurdle in the Michigan Legislature. A state House panel approved the bills Tuesday with bipartisan support.

A diverse coalition of Michigan education groups recently came out in support of the legislation. Supporters say that could help clear the way for the Legislature to approve the bills before lawmakers leave Lansing in June for two months.

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WEMU News
2:56 am
Wed May 7, 2014

New Potential Tenant Announced For Thompson Block

The Thompson Block in Ypsilanti's Depot Town.
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A nationally-recognized local brewer of organic tea and beer has signed a letter of intent to move into the Thompson Block in Ypsilanti's Depot Town.

Unity Vibration currently operates out of a facility on Ecorse Road in Ypsilanti Township. 

Early plans call for a kitchen and tasting room in the Thompson Block. 

Draft Magazine named one of Unity Vibration's beers as one of the 25 best of 2013. 

Zingerman's and Espresso Royale have also signed letters of intent to move into the Thompson Block.

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Community
11:03 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Transit Millage Approved By Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township Voters

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Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority riders can expect later service hours coming in August after voters in three communities approved a new transit tax.  The More Buses campaign is declaring victory with about 70 percent of the votes supporting the measure.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on voters approving the AAATA transit millage.

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Education
9:37 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Ann Arbor Schools Again Offering Schools of Choice Seats

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Through June 2nd parents from across Washtenaw County can again apply for schools of choice seats in Ann Arbor Public Schools.  The district has gained about 600 students for next school year, but still hasn't filled all of the 750 choice slots initially offered.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor Public Schools holding a second application period for schools of choice seats.
   
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Community
9:28 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Washtenaw County Commissioners To Consider Resolution Supporting Efforts To Raise Minimum Wage

President Barack Obama at the University of Michigan last month calling for an increase in the minimum wage.
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The Washtenaw County Commissioners will enter the minimum wage debate tonight as they consider a resolution supporting an increase.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports the Washtenaw County Commissioners are considering a resolution supporting efforts to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

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Community
9:18 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Ann Arbor Farmers Market Starting Wednesday Sales Again

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Asparagus will be the starring vegetable as Ann Arbor's Farmers Market Wednesday sales resume.  You can also expect to find meat, bread, and greens to eat, and a variety of plant starts to put in your garden. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports the Ann Arbor Farmers Market is starting Wednesday sales for the season.

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Michigan News
9:09 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Ann Arbor Job Applications Won't Ask About Crime Convictions

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Ann Arbor City Council has approved a new hiring policy removing references to past felony convictions from most employment applications for city jobs. 

The Ann Arbor News reports exceptions to the change approved unanimously Monday night are for police and fire department applicants.

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Michigan News
7:24 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Ann Arbor To Consider Killing Some Deer In City

Deer management plan to be developed in Ann Arbor.
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Ann Arbor plans to consider efforts to control the city's deer population that could include killing some of the animals or sterilization.  The Ann Arbor News reports City Council voted Monday night to direct the city administrator to evaluate Ann Arbor's options and report back by the end of July.

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Michigan News
5:44 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Elections Board Likely to Certify 2nd Wolf-hunting Measure

A 2nd petition drive to protect Michigan Wolves succeeds
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Michigan is expected to certify a second referendum on hunting wolves for the November statewide ballot. The secretary of state's office estimates the group Keep Michigan Wolves Protected collected more than 182,000 valid signatures of registered voters. That's about 21,000 more than needed.  

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