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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.

Education
3:07 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

WISD Superintendent Menzel Talks About Making Up Snow Days

As the state debates how best to have school district make up snow days, there's no question how the superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District would prefer to address the issue.  

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Ann Arbor
2:48 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Ann Arbor Plow Crews seek Help from Residents

The City of Ann Arbor is asking for some help from residents this weekend in clearing snow from residential streets.  

Folks who live on Iroquois between Stadium and Packard are asked to have their cars off the street Saturday from 6am to 2pm so plow crews can come through.  

Same thing for people who live on White between Stimson and Stadium, South Boulevard between Packard and Ferdon, Baldwin from Packard to Stadium, and Cherokee between Baldwin and Ferdon.

On Tuesday of next week, overnight plowing is planned on some other streets.

Residents on Norfolk and Suffolk Avenues are asked to have their cars off the street by 10pm Tuesday. Same for those living on Saxon street, and Dicken from Kent to the end of the street.

WEMU News
1:07 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Certified EMU College of Business Students offer Free Tax Preparation

Credit Bob Eccles

If you earned $52,000 or less in 2013, students from Eastern Michigan University's School of Business will do your taxes for free. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or VITA service is staffed by student volunteers who are certified by the IRS. 

VITA program coordinator Umar Rabbimov says offering the tax help is a great way for students to give back to the community, and for community members to get some relief from the cost of having their taxes done. 

Your next chance to take advantage of the free tax assistance is Saturday from ten a.m. to five p.m. at the College of Business. 

You can find other dates, times and locations here.

11:39 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Take your Valentine home for dinner with some great take-out options

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Mlive Food writer and WEMU host, Jessica Webster shares some great tips to make your Valentine's Day stress-free.
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  • | Via: Jessica Webster
It's almost time for Valentine's Day dinner, and you find yourself with no reservations. Don't panic. You can still wow your sweetheart with a delicious meal without a whole lot of effort. All you need is a nicely set table, maybe a few candles, a decent bottle of wine and a strategically placed takeout order.
Music
6:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Stacey Kent's 'The Changing Lights' Will Light Up Your Valentine's Day

Stacey Kent - The Changing Lights
Credit Courtesy photo

This Valentine’s Day, WEMU will premiere the romantic music of singer-guitarist Stacey Kent and the new CD, The Changing Lights released on  Warner Brothers/Parlophone Reacords.  Each of her previous recordings have been a marvel of delicacy, swing, precision, subtle passion and just-barely disguised emotional frailty.  It is hard to believe that she and her band could top Breakfast On The Morning Tram or Dreamer In Concert  but The Changing Lights further explores Ms.

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9:54 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Coleman Jewett Chair Project

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Coleman Jewett held a special presence in the Ann Arbor educational community and at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, where he sold his handcrafted furniture from a corner post for over forty years. When he died in January 2013, the community response was filled with calls for some kind of memorial to honor a man whose example touched hundreds of lives.
A Creative Memorial to Honor Colemant Jewett
Michigan News
8:23 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Michigan Corrections Director takes responsibility for Prisoner Escape

Michigan Department of Corrections Director Dan Heyns testifies in front of a state Senate budget panel Thursday on a recent prisoner escape in Ionia.
Credit Michigan Public Radio Network

MI corrections director: Ionia prison escape "had nothing to do with" budget cuts
By Jake Neher

The head of the state's prison system blames a murderer's recent escape from an Ionia prison largely on human error. That prisoner escaped earlier this month, and was caught in Indiana the next day.

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Education
3:19 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Count Day appears to have been Kind to Ypsilanti Community Schools

Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education President David Bates (l) and Superintendent Scott Menzel (r).
Credit Bob Eccles

Student count day appears to have shown a substantial rise in the number of students in Ypsilanti Community Schools.  

Superintendent Scott Menzel says unaudited numbers from Wednesday's count showed 4547 students in class - 55 more than in the fall.  

It's possible some students who may have been out sick or not in school for another legitimate reason could be added to the total.  

Similarly, not all the students counted Wednesday may be the "full-time equivalent" students the state uses to determine funding for school districts.  

It'll be several weeks before the official numbers are known.  

Wednesday's count represents 10 percent of the funding equation, while the fall count represents 90 percent.

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