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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

Credit Raise Michigan

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

Credit Abundant Michigan Permaculture Ypsilanti

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

Credit University of Michigan Health System

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

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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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Community
6:53 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Michigan Business Leaders Push For LGBT Discrimination Protections

Credit Ludovic Bertron/ Wikimedia Commons

  Ann Arbor's Jim Toy Community Center is applauding Michigan business leaders for pushing for changes to state law to protect against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Center President Sandi Smith says under current state law, a person can be fired because they're gay or transgendered. 

The Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition has been pushing state legislators to make changes in the law to prevent that kind of workplace bias. 

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A Blog Supreme
10:19 am
Fri May 9, 2014

The First African-American Piano Manufacturer

The high-end Setai Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York, now called Langham Place, took in one of Warren Shadd's pianos
Credit Courtesty of Warren Shadd
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WEMU News
10:03 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Shows Off New Outpatient Surgery Center

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor's Outpatient Surgery Center
Bob Eccles

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital is showing off its new Outpatient Surgery Center this weekend. 

The facility boasts nine state-of-the-art operating rooms, and combines the hospital's orthopedic and non-orthopedic outpatient centers. 

The public is invited to a community open house at the 43-thousand square foot state-of-the-art Outpatient Surgery Center Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  on the St. Joe's campus, 5360 McCauley Drive.

Find more information about the new facility and this weekend's Community Open House online:

http://www.stjoesannarbor.org/body_annarbor.cfm?id=1949&action=detail&ref=359

Community
8:20 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Next Generation Autos To Be Tested In Ann Arbor

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

A five mile test track on University of Michigan's North Campus may be the birthplace of the next generation of vehicles.  The Michigan Mobility Transformation Center hopes to be testing automated and connected vehicles by September.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center's test facility and what it may mean for southeast Michigan.

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Community
8:08 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Ann Arbor Parking Structure To Get Upgrades And Temporary Bus Station

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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

Credit Wikipedia

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.
Credit http://dawnfarmgarden.wordpress.com/

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.
Credit www.greenergrads.org

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
Credit Wikipedia

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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