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WEMU News
3:12 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Man Accused of Shooting at Plow Driver charged with Assault with Intent to Murder

The man accused of shooting at the driver of a front end loader who was clearing snow in Pittsfield Township is now facing charges including assault with intent to murder.  

Bevan Wilson was being held in the Washtenaw County jail on $45,000 cash bond.  He's accused of firing a handgun at the driver of a front end loader who was clearing snow from the parking lot at the Valley Ranch Apartments Tuesday morning. 

The wind shield of the vehicle was damaged, but the driver was not injured.

WEMU News
10:30 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Hundreds Call For Enrollment Diversity At the University of Michigan

Shapiro Undergraduate Library
Credit University of Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Hundreds of University of Michigan students participated in an all-night protest over what they call low minority enrollment and inclusion.  The Ann Arbor News reports students crammed into Shapiro Undergraduate Library for the 12-hour, overnight event.  The "Speak Out" was hosted by the United Coalition for Racial Justice, a group comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff.

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Environment
10:12 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Issues Of The Environment: Pharmaceuticals in Ann Arbor Water

Drinking tap water in Ann Arbor is common practice. It rates rather highly in terms of quality and taste, and most find it difficult to tell the difference between city water and bottled water. Many may not know that research shows pharmaceutical drugs are making it into the water supply.

In this week's "Issues of the Environment"  89.1 WEMU's David Fair explores the issue and what it may mean for you. The guest this week is Larry Sanford, the city of Ann Arbors' Assistant Manager of Water Treatment Services. 

Issues of the Environment for 2/19/14

Community
3:08 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Debate Continues Over Ann Arbor's Public Art Program

Ann Arbor City Council remains conflicted on the city’s public art program.  Council Tuesday night voted ten to nothing for an ordinance amendment that allows them to return old percent for art funds to their original source.  Two resolutions to actually do this however were postponed.  

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Community
2:50 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Likely to Decide Fate of Edwards Brothers Property Monday

With the deadline to use a right of first refusal to buy the Edwards Brothers Property on State Street about a week away, Ann Arbor City Council will hold a special meeting on the issue Monday.  

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WEMU News
12:02 am
Wed February 19, 2014

City of Ypsilanti to Convert Old Lights and Fixtures

Ypsilanti City Council has approved replacing old lights and fixtures in city buildings and parking lots with more energy-efficient LED lights.  

Changing the lights in City Hall, the police and fire departments and their adjoining parking lots is expected to cost $48,000, but will save the city between $8,000 and $12,000 a year in energy costs and about $8,000 a year in labor costs.  

Rebates from D-T-E will save the city an additional $3,000 to $4,000 a year.

WEMU News
12:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council Won't Consider Surveillance Camera Policy

Ypsilanti City Council won't be considering the issue of surveillance cameras in public places - at least not for now.  

City Manager Ralph Lange asked council whether they'd like him to start working on a policy that would cover cameras in areas where crime has been a concern, like along LeForge Road.  

The cameras would supplement surveillance equipment being installed by apartment complexes in the area.  

Mayor Paul Schreiber and council member Pete Murdock said they were skeptical of the effectiveness of cameras in fighting crime.

WEMU News
11:58 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council votes down Special Events Policy

Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night voted down a Special Events Policy designed to go after fees and charges the city hasn't been collecting.  

In voting "no", council member Brian Robb said if the city hasn't been collecting the fees, maybe it doesn't need to.  

Mayor Paul Schreiber said he didn't think the public has had enough time to examine changes in the policy, which is available on the city's website.  

The policy will likely be back before city council at its first meeting in March.

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Michigan News
11:56 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Emergency Road Funding

Emergency road funding could be coming after nasty winterBy Jake Neher  A monster pothole season is upon us - and state lawmakers say they want to help.  A state Senate panel on Tuesday added $100 million for road repairs and maintenance to a mid-year budget bill to help communities fix potholes and plow roads. Lawmakers say local governments need the help to offset the costs of constant snow removal and efforts to fix potholes caused by the nasty winter weather. "That warming and freezing will add to the problems that our counties, our villages, and townships, and state ha

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Michigan News
11:55 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Lawmakers encourage Year-Round School

State lawmakers look to encourage year-round schoolsBy Jake Neher Some at-risk schools in Michigan could soon get more state funding if they agree to go year-round. A state House panel heard testimony on the idea Tuesday. In his budget address this month, Governor Rick Snyder called for a state pilot program to encourage year-round schooling.

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Michigan News
11:55 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Lawmakers encourage Year-Round School

State lawmakers look to encourage year-round schoolsBy Jake Neher Some at-risk schools in Michigan could soon get more state funding if they agree to go year-round. A state House panel heard testimony on the idea Tuesday. In his budget address this month, Governor Rick Snyder called for a state pilot program to encourage year-round schooling.

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Michigan News
11:54 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Legislation would allow Landlords to ban Medical Marijuana Growing and Smoking

Landlords could ban tenants from smoking or growing medical marijuana under billBy Jake Neher  Some Michigan medical marijuana patients and caregivers could soon be banned from smoking or growing cannabis where they live.  A state Senate panel approved a bill on Tuesday that would let landlords decide whether to allow tenants to grow or smoke medical marijuana. "We've had a lot of apartment owners that have people smoking marijuana or growing marijuana, doing damage to the apartments, creating danger for other residents," said state Sen.

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Ypsilanti
8:09 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council approves Speed Humps For Three Residential Streets Near Prospect Road

Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night approved the installation of speed humps on several residential streets near Prospect Road, streets that neighbors say drivers use to avoid Prospect, which is in bad shape and scheduled for re-construction. 

Several residents of Dwight Street spoke in favor of the temporary speed humps, which would be placed on Dwight, Hemphill and Stanley.  The speed humps – on in each block, for a total of six – will cost the city $18,000

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Education
3:22 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

U-M Students, Faculty and Staff to attend Speak Out Protest

University of Michigan students plan to hold an all-night protest over what they say is low minority enrollment and inclusion on campus.   The 12-hour "Speak Out" event is being hosted by the United Coalition for Racial Justice, a group comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

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Education
3:03 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Shares Budget, Strategic Plan Update With Campus

Eastern Michigan University officials hope to avoid using reserves to balance the budget this school year despite student credit hours dipping slightly.  E-M-U officials gave the campus community an update on the budget and strategic plan Tuesday. 

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Community
3:18 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Debate Over Proposed Gravel and Sand Mining In Lyndon Township to Continue Next Month

Lyndon Township’s Planning Commission will continue discussions on a proposed gravel pit and sand mining operation northwest of Chelsea next month.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the debate over a proposed gravel and sand mining operation in Lyndon Township.

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Community
2:59 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council to Discuss Public Art, Edwards Brothers Property

Public art and the future of the Edwards Brothers property on State Street again take center stage at Tuesday night's Ann Arbor City Council meeting.  

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Michigan News
7:49 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Campaign Sets Sights on Higher Minimum Wage

Minimum wage campaign sets its sights at $10.10
By Rick Pluta

The campaign to increase Michigan's minimum wage has upped its goal to $10.10 an hour in four years.

The petition drive had initially set its sights on raising the state minimum wage from its current $7.40 an hour to $9.50 by 2016, and then indexing the wage to inflation. The new wage target is part of an amended filing with the state.

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Michigan News
7:46 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Federal Report on Asian Carp to go Under the Microsope in Lansing Tuesday

Lawmakers to probe Army Corps of Engineers report on invasive species Tuesday
By Jake Neher

State lawmakers want to know whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is inflating the cost and time it would take to keep invasive species out of the Great Lakes.

Army Corp officials will face questions from legislators Tuesday about a report it released last month. It says separating the lakes from the Mississippi River would take more than two decades and up to $18 billion to complete.

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Community
5:00 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Ann Arbor Likely Buying More Road Salt to Get Through This Winter

Communities across the nation are facing shortages of road salt thanks to this year's harsh winter weather.  Ann Arbor isn't in as bad a situation as many communities but the city is looking at buying more salt.

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WEMU News
1:16 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

EMU Professor Reappointed To State Historic Preservation Review Board

EMU Professor Ted Ligibel talks about the unusual architectural niches on Eastern Michigan's historic Sherzer Hall.
Credit Eastern Michigan University

EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE:

YPSILANTI – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has reappointed Ted Ligibel, a professor at Eastern Michigan University, to the State Historic Preservation Review Board. The appointment was announced Jan. 28, 2014. 

Ligibel is director of Eastern Michigan’s award-winning Historic Preservation Program, which is the largest such program in the nation, with 90 graduate students and 15 undergraduates currently enrolled.

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Michigan News
11:19 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Lawmakers Could Vote on E-A-A Expansion This Week

A bill that would bolster a state-run system for struggling schools could get a vote this week in the state Legislature.  Right now, the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) is trying to turn around 15 schools in Detroit. The legislation would allow it to operate up to 50 schools across the state by July of 2015. “That means that the same school reform model that has failed in 15 schools in Detroit could be coming to a neighborhood school near you,” said state Rep. Collene Lamonte (D-Montague).

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Community
9:53 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Proposed Gravel Pit in Lyndon Township Subject of Meeting Monday Night

Many Lyndon Township residents are afraid a large gravel pit and mining operation will hurt the recreation areas that bring people to western Washtenaw County.  The Lyndon Township Planning Commission is holding a meeting Monday night to receive comments on a special land use permit for property on M-52 just south of North Territorial.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a proposed gravel pit and mining operation in Lyndon Township in western Washtenaw County.

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The Roots Music Project
2:51 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

89.1 WEMU Presents: The Defibulators on The Roots Music Project

The Defibulators with the Roots Music Project's Jeremy Baldwin
Credit patrik holubik / WEMU

The Defibulators  swing by during the Roots Music Project with Jeremy Baldwin to perform tracks from "Debt'll Get'em" live in the 89.1 WEMU studios (2014).

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WEMU News
3:42 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Michigan Legislative Democrats propose New Way for Students to pay for College

Michigan's college students could soon have a new way to pay for school. Democrats in the state legislature are proposing a pilot program that would completely pay for a student's college tuition. State Representative Jeff Irwin says students who use the program would pay back a percentage of the their yearly income for the next 20 years, rather than a fixed amount of money like with a typical student loan. If approved, the 53rd District Democrat says the pilot program would assist 200 students, divided evenly between 2-year community colleges and 4-year universities.

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