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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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Michigan News
5:23 am
Tue May 6, 2014

University of Michigan Website Features 3-D fossil Images

University of Michigan Paleontologist Daniel Fisher
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The University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology is developing a website featuring three-dimensional images of mastodons, mammoths and other prehistoric creatures. 

Paleontologist Daniel Fisher and his students began digitally scanning the images more than 20 years ago.

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Community
4:54 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Election Day: AAATA Millage Question Before Voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township

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It’s Election Day for three Washtenaw County communities and the issue of enhanced transit service is at stake.  

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Michigan News
2:44 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Detroit Expecting $195M Lump Sum From Michigan

City of Detroit
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Detroit's latest plan to get out of bankruptcy includes a lump-sum payment of about $195 million from the state to shore up pensions and prevent the sale of city-owned art. 

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Michigan News
2:38 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Livingston County Man Submits Signatures To Run Against Calley

Tea Party conservative Wes Nakagiri will seek nomination for Lt. Governor at the state Republican Convention this summer.
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A tea party activist has filed to run against Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley at the state Republican Party convention in August.  

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WEMU News
2:21 am
Tue May 6, 2014

EMU Names Associate Vice President For Student Affairs

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Eastern Michigan University has a new Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

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WEMU News
2:14 am
Tue May 6, 2014

ABC Microbrewery Now Open For Lunch

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You have a new dining option for lunch in Ypsilanti. The Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery has responded to demand and changed its business hours to include lunch.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

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WEMU News
2:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools Switching Phone Alert Vendors

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A desire to better meet the needs of parents has prompted Ypsilanti Community Schools to switch phone systems. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

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WEMU News
1:54 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Public Meeting To Focus On Local Heroin Problem

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Heroin use is rampant in Washtenaw County. The Ann Arbor Library has become a destination site for users. Overdoses are more frequent, and some of our young people are dying. A public meeting in Saline tonight aims to rally volunteers and provide information on the local war on heroin abuse.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

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Community
4:54 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Ann Arbor May Remove Felony Question From Job Applications

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Convicted felons applying for a job with the City of Ann Arbor will have a little less to worry about. Ann Arbor City Council Monday night considers a resolution eliminating the Felony check-off box from municipal job applications. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor City Council considering a plan to eliminate the felony question from job applications.

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Community
4:50 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Ann Arbor Looking At Deer Population Concerns

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Northeast Ann Arbor residents have raised concerns about the deer population for some time, but council member Jane Lumm says the issue seems to have really spiked in the last couple of years.  City Council Monday night will consider a resolution to have the city partner with a variety of other organizations to develop a deer management plan.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor officials considering the first step towards managing the area's deer population.

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Community
4:43 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Over A Million Dollars Target For Tuesday's Give Local Ann Arbor Area

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Tuesday could be one of the biggest days in local fundraising history. 50 non-profits across Washtenaw County and Plymouth look to raise over $1 million.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Tuesday's Give Local Ann Arbor Area, which wraps up the 50th anniversary celebration for the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.

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Environment
12:57 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Ann Arbor Food Waste Program Shows Early Success

the City of Ann Arbor is improving the environment and saving money with its expanded composting program
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Ann Arbor's expanded compost program is proving popular with the community.

Since April, city residents have been allowed to add all plate scrapings to residential composting bins for pick-up.

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Michigan News
12:05 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Detroit-Area College Cutting 'Community' From Name

Hendy Ford Community College will become Hendy Ford College on Saturday
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Henry Ford Community College is taking the word "community" out of its name.  

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Michigan News
9:43 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Grand Hotel Adds New Room For 1st Time Since 2001

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island unveils new room, with more to come in ensuing years
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The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island has added its first new room in more than a decade. 

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Michigan News
9:35 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Detroit Airport Upgrades Food and Beverage Offerings

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Detroit Metropolitan Airport is upgrading food and beverage offerings at the McNamara terminal with a blend of local eateries, national chains and technology allowing people to be served at the gate.  

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