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12:45 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Kicks-off 2015 Budget Talks

Ann Arbor service area leaders have shared their requests for budget changes with City Council.  Changes discussed Monday night include adding three police officers, two additional fire-fighters, and $80,000 for transitioning the public art program to a new model.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor City Council starting fiscal year 2015 budget talks.

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Health
7:13 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Washtenaw County Public Health Recognizes Healthy Workplaces

Washtenaw County Public Health is accepting applications for its Healthy Workplace Awards. The awards honor businesses and organization that promote a healthy living environment in the workplace.  Kathy Fellabaum is  a Health Educator with Washtenaw Public Health.  She says businesses that promote healthy living in the workplace are a real benefit for employees. Fellabaum says you can nominate a business or organization for the Healthy Workplace Awards by filling out an online nomination survey. Businesses can also nominate themselves. Nominations are due by 5:00 pm March 15 and awards will be announced the week of April 7. 

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Winter
7:10 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Washtenaw County Road Salt Supplies Dwindling

Local supplies of rock salt are dwindling as the snow continues to fall in Washtenaw County.

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Education
7:07 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

U-M Scientists Take Steps Toward Possible West Nile, Dengue Fever Vaccine, Treatment

The external face of the flavivirus NS1 protein (sugars in grey balls) is exposed on infected cell surfaces where it can interact with the immune system. This face is also exposed in secreted NS1 particles present in patient sera. The background image shows artificial membranes coated with the NS1 protein.
Credit David Akey, Somnath Dutta

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

  University of Michigan researchers have taken a big step toward the development of a treatment or vaccine for illnesses such as West Nile virus and Dengue Fever.

Lead researcher, Janet Smith is a faculty member in the U-M Life Sciences Institute and Medical School.  She says she and her colleague were able to create a 3-D image of a protein that helps the viruses spread.

Smith says being able to study the protein in this new way will lead to more experiments to examine it at the molecular level, which could lead to development of new ways to attack illnesses such as Dengue Fever and West Nile Virus, which currently have no vaccine or treatment.

The protein, NS1, is produced inside infected cells, where it plays a key role in replication of the virus. NS1 is also released into the bloodstream, where it may help disguise the infection from the patient's immune system and may play a role in the hemorrhage that is seen in severe dengue virus infection.

The research done with scientists at Purdue University appears online in the journal Science.

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Michigan News
5:21 am
Mon February 10, 2014

President Obama signs farm bill in East Lansing

President Obama signs farm bill legislation into law
Credit Michigan Public Radio Network

About 500 people packed a Michigan State University campus hall Friday to witness President Barack Obama sign the new federal farm bill.

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Community
1:46 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Survey Says Voters Approve Tax Hike for More Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Service

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A recent survey finds area voters would support a tax hike to help fund the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's five year transit plan.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a recent survey that indicates the community would support a tax hike to pay for more public transit.
63 percent of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township voters polled would probably or definitely vote for a new tax of less than one mill for additional service.  The survey was conducted in October through December for the AAATA.

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Community
1:33 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Ann Arbor Greenbelt Program Working on Registry of Potential Properties

A portion of Ann Arbor's Greenbelt
Credit A2gov.org / The City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor's Greenbelt Commission is developing a registry of potential properties to be preserved.  The goal is to give property owners interested in finding out more about the program a chance to let the city know.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on some of the work Ann Arbor's Greenbelt Commission hopes to accomplish this year.

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Black History
7:54 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Moments of the Movement: Freeman Hrabowski (part 1)

Freeman Hrabowski

  With so much on the line, one might think that everyone in the Black community would be on the same page when it came to fighting for civil rights. But Birmingham native Freeman Hrabowski explains that many middle-class African-Americans worried that there could be serious consequences for families of protesters. Now the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Hrabowski was one of the few middle-class children who not only joined the protests, but was trained to lead and protect the younger children who were often the catalyst for change in the movement. 

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WEMU News
7:38 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Study says far more Gay and Bi-Sexual Teen Boys use Steroids than Straight Boys

An Eastern Michigan University expert thinks he knows the main explanation for new study results that show that gay and bisexual teenage boys use steroids at a rate almost six times higher than do straight kids.  The study out of Chicago says that 21 percent of gay or bi male teens claimed they have used steroids, compared with four percent of straight boys.  Michael Tew is the Director of the Center for the Study of Equality and Human Rights at Eastern Michigan University.

Community
7:34 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Ypsilanti Hikes Fines for Illegal Dumping

Fines for illegal dumping are going way up in Ypsilanti, in the hopes that it'll help curb a problem that's been costing the Downtown Development Authority money to clean up after.   Mayor Paul Schreiber says one spot in particular has become a haven for illegal dumping. He says people have been leaving things like sofas at the Dumpsters behind businesses along Michigan Avenue. Fines that used to start at $50 for illegal dumping will now start at $2,500 and could go as high as $5,000.

WEMU News
12:21 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

WISD Superintendent Glad to see K-12 Funding Increase in Governor's Budget Plan

The Superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District says he's glad to see an increase in funding for K-12 education in Governor Rick Snyder's budget proposal. Scott Menzel says the proposal would bring an increase of $83 to $111 in per-pupil funding to school districts in the county. Menzel says with several county districts working with small fund balances, and one district operating at a deficit, it's difficult to determine the actual impact the additional state money will have on students. 

Click here for a report from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Menzel believes the most important part of the Governor's education funding plan is a $65,000,000 investment in the Great Start Readiness Program for low-income Pre-school students.

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Eastern Michigan University
7:47 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

'Gamers for Giving' Charity Gaming Tournament comes to EMU

Between 600 and 800 video game enthusiasts will take over the Eastern Michigan University Student Center Ballroom this weekend for "Gamers for Giving", a charity gaming tournament. WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with event founder Zach Wigal about the event. 

Listen below for the interview:

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Community
7:34 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

ArtServe Michigan reviews proposed Michigan Budget

ArtServe Michigan

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

ArtServe Michigan sees some reason to be happy with portions of the Governor's budget proposal. 

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Community
2:55 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Washtenaw County Commissioners Act to Reduce Number of Unlicensed Dogs

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on efforts to decrease the number of unlicensed dogs in Washtenaw County.

Washtenaw County officials hope an ordinance approved last night will decrease the number of unlicensed dogs in the county.  The changes will go into place later this year after an outreach effort.

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Community
2:41 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Washtenaw County Likely to Include Affordable Housing in Redevelopment Plans for Platt Property

Affordable housing will likely be included in the redevelopment of Washtenaw County's old Juvenile Center on Platt Road.  

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Community
2:30 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Washtenaw County Commissioners Chair Thinks Snyder's Budget Proposal Based on Election Year

The chair of the Washtenaw County Commissioners Yousef Rabhi believes Governor Rick Snyder's budget proposal is a reflection that this is an election year.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley shares Washtenaw County Commissioners Chair Yousef Rabhi's thoughts on Governor Rick Snyder's proposed budget.

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WEMU News
4:00 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

EMU Students Get Taste of International Election Process

Seven students and a faculty member from Eastern Michigan University traveled to El Salvador this past weekend, part of a delegation observing the presidential election. Senior Ihsan Ghadieh was among those who helped out at the polls, making sure the election was fair and free.  He says they were motivated to go to El Salvador after taking a class at Eastern on poverty, health and human rights.

WEMU News
3:25 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

EMU Graduate Students Help with Historic Preservation

Eastern Michigan University is partnering with the Michigan Historical Center to help preserve some of the state's history. Five EMU grad students will perform research and catalog artifacts at three historic sites around the state. Faculty Coordinator Nancy Bryk says this is part of a larger effort by the university to help students gain real-life experience. Bryk says EMU's students have done outstanding work with the MHC in the past, and she's proud of the university's entire program. Among the locations the EMU students will be working is the Mann House, in Concord, MI.

WEMU News
2:03 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council Postpones Action on Special Events Policy

It'll be at least a couple more weeks before Ypsilanti City Council approves a new Special Events Policy. Council put the issue off until its next meeting in order to give organizers of events that might be affected by new or increased charges a chance to offer their thoughts.   Amanda Edmonds is Executive Director of Growing Hope, which runs the downtown Ypsilanti Farmer's Market.  Events like the Farmer's Market that run over a period of months could face additional street closure fees than have been assessed in the past, but Edmonds says it doesn't look like the Farmer's Market would pay substantially more than it does now. The city says it wants to do a better job of capturing fees that have "fallen through the cracks" in the past. Council member Brian Robb calls the policy a "no win" for Ypsilanti.

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Black History
7:35 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Moments of the Movement: Alfred Moldovan

Transportation
2:32 am
Wed February 5, 2014

New Blake Transit Center Still A Month From Opening

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the current timeline for the opening of the new Blake Transit Center in Ann Arbor.

The new Blake Transit Center in downtown Ann Arbor is likely a month from opening.  

 Even when the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority opens the building buses will continue to load passengers in temporary locations until spring.  That's because the driveway for the buses won't be completed until then. 

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Ypsilanti
10:51 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council Approves Sale of Public Housing to Private Owner

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Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night approved the second and final reading of legislation to sell the city's remaining public housing stock to a private owner.  

The Ypsilanti Housing Commission will be a partner with the new owner.  

Zachary Fosler is the Housing Commission's Executive Director. He says having the public housing facilities under private ownership will make it easier for the properties to get the renovations and maintenance they need, since federal money for public housing improvements is no longer available.  

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Michigan News
10:48 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Snyder, other Midwest Governors, seek Federal Help with Fuel Emergency

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Governor Rick Snyder and other Midwestern governors have asked for federal assistance to help ease a shortage of propane gas throughout the region. 

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Michigan News
10:46 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Juvenile 'Lifers' Have No Shot at Parole

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So-called "juvenile lifers" in Michigan would not get a chance at parole under a bill approved Tuesday by the state House. That's unless the Michigan Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court rule otherwise.

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Michigan News
4:59 am
Tue February 4, 2014

You Know It's Cold When Kenny Martin Wears Pants

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 8:12 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Kenny Martin finally hit his limit. He's a mailman working out of the Walled Lake post office northwest of Detroit. Despite that northern location he wears shorts all year around. He gives the Detroit Free Press a simple explanation, quote, "I hate pants. They chaffe."

This winter finally broke him. He's put on pants on some of the coldest days though he still likes shorts and adds: I have a very high tolerance for pain. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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