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Weather
1:41 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Other Weather-Related Closings, Cancellations and Announcements For January 7

In additional to the long list of school closings, there are other institutions and business closings their doors today.

The Ann Arbor Hands on Museum

The University of Michigan Credit Union

Eastern Michigan University Financial

Recycle Ann Arbor's Drop-Off Station on Ellsworth Road

Recycle Ann Arbor's Re-Use Center will be open but will not be accepting donations.

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10:50 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Eastern Michigan University cancels all classes Tuesday, January 7

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Due to the continuing extreme weather conditions, Eastern Michigan University has canceled all classes Tuesday, Jan. 7. This includes all planned campus activities, lectures and events. The National Weather Service continues to report hazardous weather conditions and the coldest temperatures in 20 years in Michigan, including a wind chill warning and winter weather advisory for the Washtenaw County region. Wind chill temperatures in the region are forecast to reach 39 below on Tuesday. The University plans to be open on Wednesday, Jan. 8 for regular business and classes.
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Walter Kraft
Eastern Michigan University Education First
First Listen
11:49 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

First Listen: Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, 'Give The People What They Want'

Give the People What They Want, Sharon Jones' new album with The Dap-Kings, comes out Jan. 14.
Paul McGeiver Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 10:33 am

For veteran soul singer Sharon Jones, 2013 was a year of frustration, fear and false starts: She'd just announced the summer release of her fifth album, Give the People What They Want, when she was diagnosed with cancer and had to put her career on hold. Tours were canceled, while the finished record had to be shelved until she'd recovered to where she was in a position to promote it. Anyone who's seen Jones live knows how much she pours into performing, so fans appeared to be in for a long wait.

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5:44 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Eastern Michigan University cancels classes for Monday, Jan. 6, due to severe weather conditions

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Due to the extreme snowfall and cold temperatures for our region, Eastern Michigan University has announced the cancellation of all classes at Eastern Michigan University on Monday, Jan. 6. This includes all planned campus activities, lectures and events. Residence halls will remain open this evening and tomorrow to accommodate students who are still moving in and who have already arrived. The University plans to be open on Tuesday, Jan. 7 for regular business and classes.
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Walter Kraft
Eastern Michigan University Education First
The Two-Way
8:22 am
Sun January 5, 2014

'Polar Vortex' Brings Bitter Cold, Heavy Snow To U.S.

A woman cross-country skis in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Saturday. The National Weather Service is warning of "life-threatening wind chill" amid a record-breaking cold spell that has enveloped much of the nation.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 12:08 pm

When the National Weather Service warns of "life-threatening wind chill" affecting the Northern and Central parts of the country, you'd better pay attention.

Here's what it says:

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Education
2:02 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Parents Hopeful for Return of Tuition Based Pre-School

Credit AAPS

As a cost cutting measure Ann Arbor Public Schools closed tuition based pre-school programs at Allen and Thurston Elementary for the current school year. 

A group of parents however have been working with district officials to create a new pre-school program and hope the school board will begin considering the options later this month. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on talks for a new tuition based pre-school program from Ann Arbor Public Schools.

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Community
1:55 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Adding Police Officers

Credit Eastern Michigan University Police

Eastern Michigan University continues to increase efforts to promote safety on campus and off.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Eastern Michigan University adding police officers.

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Community
1:52 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Had A Big Year in 2013, More Growth Expected in 2014

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With two new member communities and a name change, 2013 was a big year for the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.   

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's big changes in 2013, and what could be in store this year.

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Arts
12:41 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Cinema Chat: Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?' 'Spinning Plates' and more

Host David Fair sits down with Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins for a most entertaining conversation on movies, culture and live events to be experienced in the Ypsi-Ann Arbor area each week.   Russ calls in for this edition of 89.1 WEMU's Cinema Chat due to the wintry road conditions. 

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Local News
6:27 am
Thu January 2, 2014

School Closings in Southeast Michigan

Most schools in Washtenaw County remain on Winter Break. Classes were scheduled to resume in many southeast Michigan districts today, but weather has forced closures. For a complete listing of school closings, go to the WEMU web page at www.wemu.org. Or, click through here: http://wemu.org/school-closings.

Capitol News
6:24 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Hunters Miss Target for historic First Wolf Hunt

Wolves on Isle Royale
Credit J.A. Vucetich and R.O. Peterson

  Hunters fall far short of killing 43 wolves in historic first hunt

By Jake Neher

The end of 2013 also marks the end of Michigan’s historic and controversial first wolf hunt. The state had allowed 43 wolves to be killed during the 46-day hunt. But hunters only killed a little more than half that amount.

“We didn’t even come close to that, obviously,” said Ed Golder with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “But it’s important to remember that was a ceiling, not a target.”

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6:12 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

‘The Puck Drops Here’ FAQs

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Capitol News
6:39 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Federal Government Holds Key To Whether State Pharmacies Can Sell Medical Marijuana

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

Michigan pharmacies will be able to sell medical marijuana if feds reschedule

By Jake Neher

Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill into law Monday that clears the way for pharmacies to sell medical marijuana in Michigan. But that’s only if the federal government reclassifies cannabis as a legal prescription drug.

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Education
1:29 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Looking at New Federal Guidelines on Food Sales in Schools

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WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor School Board looking at what they need to do to prepare the district for new federal guidelines on food sold in schools.

Ann Arbor Public Schools next month will be looking at what changes are necessary to prepare the district for new federal guidelines on what food can be sold during the school day. 

The new rules begin July 1st. 

They require the first ingredient of any food sold in schools be a whole grain, fruit, vegetable, or protein. 

SEE ALSO: Ann Arbor Schools To Roll Out Enhanced Security Measures

 

School Board President Deb Mexicotte says the new rules will put some limits on what is available, but doesn't eliminate all snacks. Mexicotte adds, that it doesn't affect food brought to school by students or parents.  The new rules also end 30 minutes after the school day so concession stands at evening events don't have to adhere to the guidelines.

Mexicotte believes the school stores, vending machines and fundraising efforts will face the biggest challenge from the new rules.  She says Chartwells has been planning for the new requirements for some time so the food available in cafeterias should be able to meet the new rules.

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Education
8:43 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent Developing Report from Listen and Learn Tour

Credit AAPS

While students are out of the classroom for the winter break, Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift is working on a report from her  four months long Listen and Learn Tour. 

Swift attended about 90 meetings including one in every school in the district to get feedback on the common themes and patterns that are concerning the district.  Swift says her report should serve as a good outline of issues that the district needs to tackle.

Swift says she expects about a half dozen issues the district will be able to tackle immediately, while many others may take years to fully address. 

Swift says the Listen and Learn tour also served as a valuable way for her to get to know about the unique story behind each neighborhood school.

 — Andrew Cluley is a reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him aCluley@emich.edu.

 

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Capitol News
6:42 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Governor Snyder Signs Bills into Law

Devices that can be used to steal someone’s personal information when they use a credit card are now illegal in Michigan. Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation Thursday banning the sale, purchase, or use of so-called “skimmer” devices.

Proponents of the measure say skimmers can be installed relatively easily on ATMs and other credit card readers. Under the new law, offenders will face felony charges that could come with up to five years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

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Cinema Chat
8:29 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Cinema Chat: Golden Globes, Oscars, Nebraska, Philomena and More

Credit The Michigan Theater

In this day-after Christmas installment of Cinema Chat, Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins begins his conversation with WEMU's David Fair discussing the upcoming awards season.

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Eastern Michigan University
2:22 am
Thu December 26, 2013

EMU Endowment Grows to Largest In School History

Eastern Michigan University's Endowment has grown from about $36 million in 2009 to about $64 million  currently, the largest endowment in the school's history. 

Last year's return on investment was over 15-percent and they have averaged annual returns of over eight percent over the last 20 years. 

Laura Wilbanks is the Chief Financial Officer of the EMU foundation.  Wilbanks says in the last few years they've limited the costs and percentage of endowment spent annually on scholarships and other gifts.  She says the actual dollars spent from the endowment however can increase as the endowment grows. 

Wilbanks says the strong investment return is a result of aggressive investments in the stock market, limited exposure to alternative investments and being dilligent on rebalancing the portfolio.

EMU also successfully completed the Invest, Inspire Fundraising campaign a few years ago.

 — Andrew Cluley is a reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him aCluley@emich.edu.

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Arts
1:27 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art?

Philanthropist Paul Schaap says selling the Detroit Institute of Arts' masterpieces would devastate the city's morale. Christie's has appraised some works in the collection; the auction house estimates that this piece could bring in $20 million.
Detroit Institute of Arts

  Can wealthy art lovers help save Detroit's pension funds — and one of its museums?

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7:06 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Jazz icon Yusef Lateef dies at 93

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Legendary Detroit jazz musician and composer Yusef Abdul Lateef, who came of age in the 1940s and ’50s, moved to New York and helped shape modern jazz, died Monday in his home in Massachusetts.
He considered Detroit his home an incubator for wonderful musicians, his wife, Ayesha Lateef, said.
Community
2:44 am
Tue December 24, 2013

A2 Bike House Getting Good Usage, Program May Expand to Other Parking Structures

Credit Ann Arbor Downtown Development Athority

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the success of Ann Arbor's Bike House that opened in the Maynard Street Parking Structure earlier this year.

The success of Ann Arbor's bike house inside the Maynard Street Parking Structure has officials with the Downtown Development Authority and the Get Downtown Program considering putting another one in other parking structures. 

The enclosed and covered bike house opened in May with space for 30 bikes in what had been two parking spaces. 

GetDowntown Program Director, Nancy Shore says the feedback they've gotten from users of the bike house is that it's another valuable option to get to work.  She adds that they've also heard that some people that occasionally used a bike to get to work are doing so more frequently now that they have a safe place to store their bike out of the elements. 

Shore says the bike house gets the most use from nine-to-five, primarily from people who work in the State Street area.

Community
1:48 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Ann Arbor Police Making Staffing Assignment Changes to Improve Efficiency

The Ann Arbor Police department won't be getting any new officers in January. But, a couple of assignments are changing.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on changes coming for the Ann Arbor Police Department based in part on data collected through electronic patrol activity logs.

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Capitol News
7:03 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Michigan Has Failed to Make Sure Veterans Get Maximum Benefits

Michigan has done a poor job over the last decade making sure veterans collect all the benefits they’re entitled to. That’s according to a new report from the state Auditor General’s office.

The audit shows the Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs (DMVA) has failed to adequately track the performance and spending of veterans’ agencies across the state. That includes organization such as Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion.

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Local News
3:58 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Christopher Taylor Running to be Ann Arbor's Next Mayor

Another Ann Arbor City Council member is seeking outgoing Mayor John Hieftje's job.
Third Ward Democrat Christopher Taylor today announced he's running for mayor in 2014.

Stephen Kunselman who also represents the third ward on council has already announced he's running, while Hieftje has said he won't seek re-election.

Capitol News
11:32 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Governor Snyder Wants More Renewables, Less Coal in Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder says it’s time for state lawmakers to set new energy goals for Michigan. He says those goals should include burning less coal and increasing renewable energy production over the next decade.

Snyder outlined a broad set of goals for energy policy between now and 2025 during a roundtable Thursday in Detroit.

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