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4:43 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Expanded Medicaid Enrollment Soars

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Sign-ups for expanded Medicaid program soar over 300,000

More than 300,000 low-income Michiganders have signed up for the state's expanded Medicaid program.

In just eleven weeks, the Healthy Michigan program has almost reached the sign-up goal for its entire first year. State officials say that bodes well for the success of the program.

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WEMU News
8:28 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

DTE Energy Working To Restore Power Across Washtenaw County

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Storms that rolled through Washtenaw County knocked out power to several thousand DTE Energy customers Wednesday afternoon.

The utility's outage map shows three main affected areas:

  • Dexter Township area:  500-1500 customers without electricity.
  • Webster Township area:  100-500 customers affected.
  • Southern edge of Ann Arbor into Pittsfield Township:  1500-2500 customers in the dark.

Numerous smaller scattered outages have also been reported.

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Community
6:32 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

University Of Michigan Cancer Center Back To Normal Operations After Hazardous Materials Scare

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The University of Michigan Cancer Center was briefly evacuated Tuesday due to a hazardous material scare. A solvent being used in an autoclave in a seventh floor research area was the cause.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a hazardous material scare at the University of Michigan Cancer Center.

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WEMU News
2:25 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Red Cross Working To Build Up Summer Blood Supply

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The American Red Cross hopes you'll help build up their supply of blood for the busy summer months.

Regular donors can sometimes forget to give over the summer.  Students are also a big part of the donor base, but with school out the Red Cross loses many of their younger donors. 

The Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region is holding close to two dozen local blood donor events through the beginning of July.

Find more information online:

http://www.redcross.org/mi/detroit

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Education
1:15 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Digital Library Partnership Including University of Michigan Wins Court Case

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The HathiTrust Digital Library has been cleared of accusations of copyright infringement by a Federal Appeals Court. The University of Michigan is part of this collaboration of over 90 libraries and universities that are compiling digital information on nearly every topic throughout history.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the HathiTrust Digital Library.

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Community
3:24 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Women's Center Of Southeastern Michigan Still Trying To Serve Clients After Closing Doors

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Women who need mental health counseling, job coaching, and divorce support have one less local resource to turn to for assistance.  The loss of several important grants forced the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan to close it's doors last week.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the uncertain future of the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan and the services they provided.

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Michigan News
3:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Audit: State Misspent In-Home Care Funding

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Audit slams state for $160 million in improper payments for in-home care

Two state departments are under fire for mismanaging a program that provides in-home care for Medicaid patients.

A new audit shows the program has misspent at least $160 million since 2010.

The Michigan auditor general's report says the state also failed to make sure money was actually used to deliver services and that caregivers were qualified.

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5:17 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Plans To Consider Re-Design Of Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza Sent To Parks Advisory Commission

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Ann Arbor City Council is unified in concerns over Liberty Plaza but differ in their thoughts on how to move forward on improving the urban park.  Council referred a resolution to start a re-design process to the Parks Advisory Commission.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the latest efforts to improve Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza.

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WEMU News
2:42 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Ann Arbor, DTE Energy Help Landlords Save On Utilities

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The City of Ann Arbor wants to help provide some energy relief to rental property owners.

They are teaming up with DTE's Multi-Family Program on a pilot program that offers free upgrades like compact flourescent light bulbs, water-saving shower heads and programmable thermostats. 

Heidi Muir, the principal program advisor, says they usually focus on rental properties with five or more units.

This effort targets smaller properties.

"We will accept multi-family properties with two to five units under one contiguous roof," Muir says.

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Community
2:37 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Etched Glass Artwork Approved For Ann Arbor's Stadium Bridges

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Etched glass panels depicting images of trees in Ann Arbor will be installed above and under the Stadium Bridges.  City council has approved spending $385,000 on the final project funded by the old Percent For Art Program.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on artwork approved for Ann Arbor's Stadium Bridges.

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Michigan News
10:45 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Michigan Improperly Spent $160 Million On Medicaid

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State auditors say Michigan improperly spent $160 million over three years caring for Medicaid recipients needing in-home services. 

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Michigan News
10:25 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Detroit Council Again OKs Charitable Trust For City-Owned Art

Detroit Institute of Arts
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Detroit City Council has reaffirmed its approval to move artwork threatened by the city's bankruptcy into a charitable trust. 

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Michigan News
10:21 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Education Achievement Authority Chief Quits

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John Covington has resigned as chancellor of the turnaround district for Michigan's worst-performing schools after three years. Covington said Monday he's leaving to care for his ailing mother and become a school consultant.

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Michigan News
10:15 am
Tue June 17, 2014

GM Recalls 3.2 Million More U-S Cars

General Motors is recalling 3.2 million more cars in the U.S. because of ignition switch problems.  

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Michigan News
10:11 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Detroit Zoo To 'Break Ice' On New Penguin Center

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The Detroit Zoo plans to "break ice" on a center dedicated to penguins. Officials are to take part in an "ice-breaking" ceremony  today for the $29.5 million, 33,000-square-foot Polk Penguin Conservation Center at the zoo in suburban Royal Oak. 

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Michigan News
10:04 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Oral Arguments Set In Michigan Gay Marriage Case

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Oral arguments have been officially scheduled by a federal appeals court about Michigan's dispute over gay marriage. 

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WEMU News
4:33 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Botswana's Ambassador To The U.S. Talks Health Care At St. Joe's

Her Excellency Tebelelo Seretse, the Republic of Botswana's ambassador to the U.S., speaks with staff at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor.
Credit Bob Eccles

There are plenty of ways the health care system in the African nation of Botswana appears to be doing a better job than the U.S. health care system, but both countries can also learn from each other.

That's the assessment from her Excellency Tebelelo Seretse, Botswana's ambassador to the U.S., who spoke with staff at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor Monday afternoon. 

The ambassador says it can take a person in Washington D.C. two weeks to get an appointment with a private physician.

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Michigan News
4:32 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Governor Requests More Help For Refugees

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Snyder: More needs to be done to help refugees in Michigan

The number of refugees who have settled in Michigan has grown in recent years - and Governor Rick Snyder says more should be done to help them.

At a town hall meeting at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Snyder called on community leaders to help the state find ways to help refugees.

"It's important that we find ways to help these people - they've gone through terrible circumstances - about making them feel welcome in our country," Snyder told reporters after the town hall.

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Michigan News
4:32 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Michigan, Israel Sign Research And Development Agreement

Gov. Snyder and Israeli Consul General to the Midwest Roey Gilad met in Dearborn on Monday to sign a memorandum of understanding to do joint industrial research and development.
Credit Michigan Public Radio Network

Michigan forges official relationship with Israel on industrial R&D

Gov. Rick Snyder has cemented a formal relationship between Michigan and Israel to collaborate on industrial research and development.

The governor and Israeli Consul General to the Midwest Roey Gilad signed a memorandum of understanding Monday in Dearborn.
    
Snyder says the deal was reached after more than a year of talks with Israeli officials.

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Community
3:42 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Considering Extended Stay Hotel Plans

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Plans for an extended stay hotel in downtown Ann Arbor should clear their last hurdle tonight.  Ann Arbor City Council will consider the site plan and development agreement for a nearly 90-thousand square foot building at Huron and Ashley.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on an extended stay hotel proposal Ann Arbor City Council will consider Monday night.

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Community
3:42 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Michigan Theater Foundation Buying State Theatre

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For 15 years the Michigan Theater staff has helped choose and market films at Ann Arbor's State Theatre.  A deal reached today will have the Michigan own and operate the portion of the State Theatre that's currently used for movies.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Michigan Theater Foundation buying the State Theatre.
 
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Education
3:41 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Ann Arbor Teachers Want Alternatives To Salary Freeze

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Ann Arbor teachers still hope to find solutions to the district's budget that won't leave last year's wage concession in place.  The district has set a deadline of next Monday to have an agreement in place or the entire contract will be terminated at the end of the month.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports Ann Arbor teachers still want to work with the district to avoid a salary freeze that maintains concessions made last year.

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Education
9:15 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Officials To Share Budget Concerns With State Board Of Education

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Ann Arbor Public Schools leaders get a chance to present funding concerns to the state board of education this week.  Tuesday's meeting comes on the heels of the legislature approving a K-12 budget that forced the district to delay approving next year's budget.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor Public Schools officials sharing their funding concerns with the State Board of Education.
  
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Community
9:14 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Plans To Improve Liberty Plaza

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In recent years there has been a lot of talk about the need for a downtown park above Ann Arbor's underground parking structure.  Now Ann Arbor City Council will consider a resolution to pay for a re-design of the Liberty Plaza just to the northeast of the garage.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor City Council considering another effort to improve Liberty Plaza.

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WEMU News
2:49 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Weather Decent For Viewing 'Super Moon'

EMU's Sherzer Observatory, as seen from the WEMU newsroom window.
Credit Bob Eccles

The weather looks like it will cooperate and give us a decent view of tonight's "Super Moon".

Norbert Vance is director of Eastern Michigan University's Sherzer Observatory. 

He says that as the summer solstice approaches, the moon is at its lowest point on the horizon, "Which gives it the illusion of riding low and mysteriously colored orange in that southern sky."

And being a full moon, it'll appear huge tonight.  But Vance says you can take measurements and see that tonight's moon is no larger than the moon as it appears other nights high in the sky. 

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