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8:46 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Grizzlies Fall in First-Ever Football Game

Grizzlies QB Marquis Smith scans the field for an open receiver in Friday's game against Milan.
Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti Community High School lost its first-ever football game to Milan in a contest that took a couple of days to decide.  Friday night's game was suspended in the third quarter due to lightning, and continued Saturday afternoon.  The final score: Milan 13, Ypsilanti Community High 6.  The Grizzlies scored on a 34-yard pass from Mike Caldwell to Jalen Maxwell.  The extra point attempt failed.

Click here for Bob Eccles' report on the game.

2:37 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

SANITARY SEWER OVERFLOW NOTIFICATION

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The city has applied a surface application of lime to kill any remaining bacteria. This lime product appears as a white, powdery substance. Because the sewage reached the Huron River, the City of Arbor took the immediate precaution of closing canoe livery trips in the vicinity, from Argo to Gallup, on Thursday and through Friday. Any body contact is not recommended for at least 24 hours after a known release of raw sewage to waterways. The City of Ann Arbor has completed testing and will evaluate water quality samples over the next 24 hours for presence of harmful bacteria in the Huron River. The determination whether to resume canoe livery operations between Argo and Geddes Dam will be made at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, based upon water sampling results.
11:23 am
Fri August 30, 2013

EMU Announces 2013 Football Broadcast Crew

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The radio broadcast team for the 122nd season of Eastern Michigan University football will be comprised of longtime play-by-play voice Matt Shepard with former Detroit Lion standout Rob Rubick returning as the color analyst after a two-year hiatus. WEMU will continue to serve as the FM flagship and originating station for EMU football and basketball broadcasts. In 2012-13, WEMU broadcast more than 50 live games, as well as interviews and stories during WEMU's news programs.
The radio broadcast team for the 122nd season of Eastern Michigan University football will be comprised of longtime play-by-play voice Matt Shepard with former Detroit Lion standout Rob Rubick returning as the color analyst after a two-year hiatus.
Education
6:58 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board To Consider Creation Of Community Committee

An Ann Arbor School Board member wants district residents, and business leaders, to become more involved. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Trustee Christine Stead believes creation of a new Community Committee would prove beneficial to district Administrators, School Board members and, ultimately, the students.

Ann Arbor Board of Education Trustee proposes formation of a Community Committee

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Government
6:46 am
Fri August 30, 2013

State House To Vote On Medicaid Expansion

The State House had already passed a version of a bill that would extend Medicaid benefits to about 320,000 low-income residents in 2014. The State Senate stalled the measure until this week, when it passed a version with some new elements. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, State House lawmakers are again preparing to vote on Medicaid expansion.

Ypsilanti State Representative David Rutledge looks ahead to next week and a State House vote on Medicaid expansion in Michigan.

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Arts and Entertainment
4:57 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

EMU Marching Band teaches Football Team the School Fight Song

EMU football players and marching band members come together at Rynearson Stadium.
Credit Bob Eccles

Eastern Michigan University's marching band taught the football team the school fight song Thursday afternoon at Rynearson Stadium.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports on this annual tradition:

Bob Eccles reports

3:28 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Geddes Road at Ridge Road - INTERSECTION CLOSURE UPDATE

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The Washtenaw County Road Commission has extended the closure of the Geddes Road and Ridge Road intersection located in Superior Township until mid-September. Construction of the single lane modern roundabout is nearing completion and a separate Media Advisory will be issued once the intersection is scheduled to re-open to traffic. The signed detour continues to be in place directing motorists to use Prospect Road, Holmes Road, Michigan Avenue, and Denton Road.
  • Source: Wcroads
  • | Via: Washtenaw County Road Commission
The Washtenaw County Road Commission has extended the closure of the Geddes Road and Ridge Road intersection located in Superior Township until mid-September. Construction of the single lane modern roundabout is nearing completion and a separate Media Advisory will be issued once the intersection is scheduled to re-open to traffic.
Education
7:02 am
Thu August 29, 2013

EMU Announces Largest Freshman Enrollment In School History

Credit Randy Mascharka / Eastern Michigan University

WEMU's David Fair talks with Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin about a historic Freshman class. 

WEMU's David Fair sits down to talk with EMU President Susan Martin on the record enrollment announcement 8/29

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Community
6:22 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Locals Call For Immigration Reform At All Levels Of Government

Local supporters of immigration reform are calling for action on federal, state, and local levels  of government. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the group, Organizing for Action Washtenaw, hosted a forum on immigration reform Wednesday evening at the University of Michigan. 

Local action group hosts forum at U of M and calls for immigration reform at all levels of government

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Education
5:46 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools To Lease Out Building, Two Others Unused

When classes start in Ypsilanti Community Schools next week, there will be some buildings that won't be in use. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles has a look at what'll happen with those buildings:

Newly formed Ypsilanti Community Schools won't use all of he buildings that comprised the individual Ypsilanti and Willow Run districts.

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Civil Rights
4:47 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

EMU Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington [Slideshow]

EMU students and administration listen to Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech.
Patrik Holubik

Eastern Michigan University marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington with bells and playing King's historic speech at three o'clock, when the speech was originally given. 

Over 100 people attended the ceremony and listened to comments from EMU professor Ronald Woods and state representative David Rutledge.  Rutledge says there are things King would find utterly amazing if he was here today.

Andrew Cluley's Report on the EMU March on Washington Celebration 8/28

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Music
2:59 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

An Interview with Robert Hurst: Detroit Jazz Fest, BoB a Palindrome and More!

Robert and Linda in the WEMU studios
Brad McNett

Linda Yohn sits down with Robert Hurst in the WEMU studio to talk about about  his upcoming Detroit Jazz Festival performance, his new album BoB a Palindrome, life as a musician, and more on this morning's 89.1 Jazz with Linda Yohn

Linda Yohn interviews Robert Hurst ahead of his Detroit Jazz Festival.

Environment
8:32 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Ann Arbor's Bike Sharing Program

Issues of the Environment is a feature produced weekly, and heard exclusively during Morning Edition on 89.1 WEMU.

In this week's installment WEMU's David Fair talks with  Heather Seyfarth, Program Supervisor for the Clean Energy Coalition. The Coalition has partnered with the City of Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to create a large-scale bike sharing program in Ann Arbor. Next spring, there will be 14- bike-sharing stations, and 125-bikes available to members of the public.

Issues of the Environment for 8/28/2013

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Education
7:46 am
Wed August 28, 2013

YCS Looks Forward To Better Transportation For Students

The newly-formed Ypsilanti Community Schools begin classes next Tuesday. The district results from the merger of the former Ypsilanti and Willow Run districts. Last year, each district faced bussing and transportation issues, in large part due to student crossover in the separate districts. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the transportation system for students is expected to run more smoothly this academic year.

Transportation expected to run more smoothly for students in the newly-formed Ypsilanti Community Schools.

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Education
7:23 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Work Begins for Ann Arbor Schools New Superintendent

Jeanice Swift is on the job. Swift is the newly hired Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the districts teachers and staff began the new academic year on Tuesday with an opening day ceremony.

The Ann Arbor Public School District's new Superintendent begins work.

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March on Washington
5:43 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

EMU to Mark 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights March

Eastern Michigan University will mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights March on Washington Wednesday with a ceremony at Martin Luther King Jr. Gardens. 

President Susan Martin will welcome guests to the event at just before three o'clock Wednesday afternoon.  At three, bells and chimes will ring on campus, and Dr. King's speech will be played. 

Following the speech, closing remarks will be offered by State Representative David Rutledge and EMU professor Donald Woods.  Dr. Woods teaches in the university's Department of Africology and African-American Studies. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gardens are located near Welch Hall, off Cross Street on the south side of the EMU campus.

3:32 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

EMU to commemorate 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's 'I Have a Dream' speech

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The events at Eastern echo those in Washington D.C. where there will be a morning re-dedication program at the King Memorial, and ringing of bells at the Lincoln Memorial at 3 p.m., the time King began his " I Have a Dream" address 50 years ago. Stay tuned to WEMU for special coverage of the 50th anniversary from noon to 4 p.m., including live coverage of President Obama's speech starting at 3 p.m.
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University to commemorate 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech Event scheduled for 3 p.m. August 28 at MLK Gardens on Eastern campus by Geoff Larcom, Published August 27, 2013 YPSILANTI - At 3 p.m.
Education
8:03 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools To Launch Without Union Contracts In Place

WEMU file photo
Credit Patrik Holubik / WEMU

On September 3rd, classes will be held for the first time in the newly formed Ypsilanti Community Schools. 

As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, when teachers and staff had to work next Tuesday, they will do so without benefit of  union negotiated contracts.

Employees with Ypsilanti Community Schools are starting off the school year without a union contract.

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Education
7:47 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board Revises November Ballot Proposal

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education has revised language in the ballot proposal that will appear before voters in November. The school board met briefly on Monday to address concerns about the original language for renewal of  the districts voter-approved sinking fund millage.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the question voters will decide is no longer a matter of renewal, but instead, one of continuation.

Ann Arbor School Board changes ballot language for November tax issue.

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local news
6:27 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

EMU Professor Reflects on 1963 Civil Rights March

Dr. Ronald Woods
Credit www.emich.edu

WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Dr. Ronald Woods, an Eastern Michigan University professor and the first head of the school's Department of African-American Studies.  They talked about the 1963 civil rights march on Washington, D.C. and more.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Education
1:28 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

EMU's ROTC Named Top Program in Michigan

Credit Randy Mascharka / Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University's ROTC has received the honor of being ranked the top college ROTC program in the state of Michigan from The College Database.

College ROTC programs were ranked based on their annual tuition rate and having two or more branches represented at the school. Eastern has ROTC programs for the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

Assistant Professor of Military Science at EMU, Captain Renn Moon, says Eastern's ROTC programs offer a lot of benefits for students who join:

Moon on EMU's ROTC

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Education
1:21 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Ypsilanti Head Start School Honors Charles Eugene Beatty

Charles Eugene Beatty, Sr.
Credit emich.edu / Eastern Michigan University

Charles Eugene Beatty is being honored by the Washtenaw County Intermediate School District for his contributions to education in Michigan. The district will renames its Head Start building  in Ypsilanti after the late educator.

Ronnie Peterson is a Washtenaw County Commissioner. He says Beatty is a historic figure and worthy of praise for his contributions to education. Beatty played a role in early childhood study programs that eventually lead to the creation of Head Start, and was inducted into the Michigan Education Hall of Fame in 1985.

audio pending:

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Health & Wellness
1:09 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

U-M Study Shows School Lunches and TV Time Linked with Childhood Obesity

A new study by the University of Michigan's Frankel Cardiovascular Center finds the two most common factors linked to obesity in middle school children are school lunch consumption and watching two or more hours of television a day.

Jean DuRussel-Weston is the Program Manager of Project Healthy Schools.  She says they found some gender-specific habits that influence body weight.
 

Boys on sports teams had reduced risks by up to 23%; girls that drank milk had a 19% reduced risk of being obese.

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Community
10:53 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Ypsilanti's Mayor Pro Tem Marks Civil Rights March Anniversary

Ypsilanti Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson.
Credit Bob Eccles

As marchers descend on Washington, D.C. this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights march, Ypsilanti Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson is among them.

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Click here to listen to Bob's report.

Community
9:31 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Medical Marijuana Conference this weekend in Ann Arbor

Credit “Caveman Chuck” Coker / Foter.com / CC BY-ND

The city of Ann Arbor is hosting the fifth Michigan Medical Marijuana Conference this weekend.


The conference is designed to help educate medical marijuana growers and activists, and will include a variety speakers, panel discussions, and classes.

Conference director Ed Gorski says they chose Ann Arbor to host the event for the third time because of the city's progressive nature towards medical marijuana.

Gorski expects around 500 people to attend.

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