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8:16 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Halloween can be Dangerous for Pets

Halloween is a time for candy treats and fun costumes, but as WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, it can be a frightening and potentially deadly time for pets.

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Community
2:02 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Ann Arbor Officials Seek Conflict Of Interest Policy For City Council Members

Credit Matt Peoples / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

An Ann Arbor City Council member plans to introduce a resolution to create a conflict of interest policy for council members at their next meeting.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:
 

Andrew Cluley reports

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Transportation
1:49 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Washtenaw County Starts Anti-Idling Campaign; Asks Drivers To Shut Down Engines When Not In Use

Credit Wasthenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

Washtenaw County has launched a new website to educate motorists on the environmental and financial costs of unnecessary idling. The website is part of a larger educational campaign being run by Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County officials. 

Jeff Kruchmerrick is the Environmental Program Supervisor for Washtenaw County. He explains that there is some simple advice people can follow if they want to help cut down on unnecessary idling.

Kruchmerrick adds that unnecessary idling costs Americans millions of dollars each year and is responsible for about 5 percent of the gas used in the US each year.

More information is available at www.motor-smart.com

1:11 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

37th Ann Arbor Folk Festival Lineup

Lead in text: 
2014 marks the 37th year of the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, a two-night celebration of roots music, a fundraiser for The Ark, Ann Arbor’s non-profit home for folk, roots, and ethnic music. The 37th Ann Arbor Folk Festival is presented by Ford Motor Company Fund.
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  • | Via: The Ark
Friday, January 31, 2014 Iron and Wine Willie Nile Pearl and the Beard The Appleseed Collective Seth Walker, MC ...and more to come! Saturday, February 1, 2014 Patty Griffin Ingrid Michaelson Jeff Daniels Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys Johnnyswim PigPen Theatre Co. The Crane Wives **program subject to change
Health
2:39 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

University of Michigan Offers Free Healthcare Reform Course Online

Credit www.coursera.org/umich

People interested in cutting through all the information and misinformation about healthcare reform can turn to an online class from the University of Michigan. U of M is offering a free online class to help everyone get a better understanding of US health care reforms

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on the Understanding and Improving the US Healthcare System class:

Andrew Cluley reports

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Politics
6:46 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Local Reaction to Michigan Senate Approving Common Core Funding

The Michigan Senate has restored funding to implement the Common Core educational standards. WEMU's Bob Eccles has reaction from one local school district.

Click to listen to Bob's report.

Public Transportation
6:41 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Ride ready for Transit Center Demolition with Temporary Location

Credit Facebook/TheRide

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's Blake Transit Center is being torn down soon, so riders will be directed to a new temporary location. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

Click here to hear Bob's report.

Community
6:39 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Ypsi Community High School Sign finds Ypsi and Willow Run Grads Working Together

Ypsilanti Community High School can thank graduates of the former Ypsilanti and Willow Run high schools for a new electronic sign.

   

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Click here for Bob's report.

Environment
6:44 am
Fri October 25, 2013

The Green Room: Local Speed Limits And Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety

Car speeding on 7th Street in Ann Arbor
Credit Barbara Lucas

Of 22 fatal crashes in Washtenaw County in 2012, six of those fatalities were bikes and pedestrians.  Some say our speed limits are too fast, while others say they are too low.  In this month's installment of WEMU's "The Green Room", Reporter Barbara Lucas explores the controversies regarding speed limits.  

The Green Room -Local speed limits and the impact on bicycle/pedestrian safety

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Community
8:22 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Cold Weather Especially Difficult for area Homeless

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Life is difficult enough for Washtenaw County's roughly 4,500 homeless residents, but as WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, when overnight temperatures start to drop, things can get downright dangerous.  

Bob Eccles Reports

Local News
8:17 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Ann Arbor Justice Center Hosts Drug Take-Back Program Saturday

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Ann Arbor police and several other law enforcement agencies are partnering with the DEA for Saturday's National Prescription Take-Back Program.  

WEMU's Bob Eccles has details.

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Community
8:12 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Yankee Air Museum Holding Ceremony and Tour at Willow Run Airport Saturday

We should soon have a better idea of how the Yankee Air Museum is doing in its effort to raise enough money to buy part of the former Willow Run bomber plant for its new home. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

Click here to hear Bob's report.

Cinema Chat
3:37 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Summit, Nebraska, Nosferatu, NT Live: Macbeth, and more!

Credit The Michigan Theater

In this week's installment of Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins cover Hollywood news and a look at the gamut of movies available in the area over the coming weekend.

Bruce Dern, Will Forte and a sneak peak of an Oscar contender!

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Education
3:35 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools To Roll Out Enhanced Security Measures

Credit Sirius Rust / photo on flickr

About 1/3 of Ann Arbor Public Schools buildings will likely have front doors with security cameras connected to buzzers by the start of school next year.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.

Andrew Cluley reports

The Ann Arbor School board considered several options on how to roll-out enhanced security at the front doors of schools presented by district administrators. While it was just an informational item so no formal vote was taken, board members appeared to agree on a plan to have the buzzer doors added at 12 schools by next fall, and then go district ride the following year.

Superintendent Jeanice Swift says the board has been balancing several competing issues, adding that the 12 schools chosen to go first all have offices that don't have direct line of site with the front door.

She remarked that rolling out the enhanced security measures will include communication and education with families as well as the front office staff. Additionally, the district will also work on signs to help visitors know where to go and how to use the cameras and buzzers.

This two phase approach will cost about $85,000 in the first year, and $105,000 the following year.

   
 

Education
3:17 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Likely To Renew Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium Agreement

Credit AAPS

The Ann Arbor School Board will likely eventually renew their contract to participate in a consortium of three county-wide high school options, but have frustrations on the agreement.  The board discussion last night took place after a large number of Washtenaw International High School and the Early College Alliance spoke in favor of their programs. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

Andrew Cluley Reports

1:20 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Roy Blount, Jr. in conversation

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Roy Blount, Jr., one of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me's most popular panelists, comes to EMU Thursday, November 7, for an onstage conversation with our WEMU's Bob Eccles at Pease Auditorium.
  • Source: Ypsilibrary
  • | Via: Ypsilanti District Library
Author and humorist Roy Blount, Jr. is a frequent guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" and "A Prairie Home Companion." His one-man show at the American Place Theatre was described by the New Yorker as "the most humorous and engaging 50 minutes in town."
Public Health
8:36 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Member Proposes Public Smoking Law

One Ann Arbor city council member says it's time to change the law so that the city can crack down on smoking in public areas legally designated as no-smoking zones. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story:

Bob Eccles Reports

Local News
8:33 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

EMU College of Education Carries On Despite Boycott

The Washtenaw County Education Association has called for a boycott of Eastern Michigan University student teachers, citing EMU's affiliation with the state's Education Achievement Authority. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

Click here to hear Bob's report.

Local News
2:04 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

EMU President Addresses Safety with Students

EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes and President Susan Martin
Credit Taylor Pinson

Eastern Michigan University officials continue to meet with representatives from the city of Ypsilanti and others to discuss ways to improve safety in response to a string of off-campus attacks on students, including the death of Wide Receiver Demarius Reed. 

To reach out to a wider group of students a public safety meeting was held in the middle of the food court at lunch time at the Student Center Wednesday. 

EMU President Susan Martin says they're working quickly to improve security off campus. She says a meeting with campus police and department leadership was taking place today. 

Martin says a meeting with Ypsilanti officials took place yesterday, with another planned for Friday.  She says they're "moving as quickly as we can".

EMU Police chief Bob Heighes says students are safe on campus, but they need to get involved by calling the police when they see things.  He says they are working with the city to improve safety off-campus as well. 

Students are leading a Stop the Violence march, rally, and vigil Thursday.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

Environment
10:21 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Issues of the Environment: The Asian Stink Bug Heads For Washtenaw County

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Credit Michigan State University Integrated Pest Management

The "Brown Marmorated Stink Bug" is already in 36 states and in the District of Columbia. So far, it has made its way to 12-counties in the State of Michigan. 

In 2010, in the Mid-Atlantic Region the bugs caused some 40-million dollars worth of crop and economic damage. And, be rest assured, you don't want these bugs to invade your home. It's name should tell you all you need to know about that! What can be done?

Listen to WEMU's David Fair explore the issues with Dr. Jamin Eisenbach.  He is an Entomologist and Professor in Eastern Michigan University's Department of Biology.

IOE for 10/23/2013

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Government
10:12 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Issues With Ann Arbor Streetlights Remain Unresolved

Credit Lumecon LLC

The future of streetlights in downtown Ann Arbor is up in the air after City Council this week voted down a proposal to replace half of them.  

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the streetlights issue is part of ongoing funding issues between city council and the Downtown Development Authority. 

Ongoing dispute between Ann Arbor City Council and the Downtown Development Authority is now impacting the ability to replace old streetlights in need of replacement.

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Local News
9:16 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

EMU Holds Second Community Forum on Football Player Death and Other Violence

Eastern Michigan University has held a second community forum to discuss the death of wide receiver Demarius Reed and other violence against Eastern students. 

The Demarius Reed homicide, three other attacks of Eastern Michigan University students off campus, and two reports of on-campus criminal sexual conduct with individuals that knew each other all in the last week led E-M-U and Ypsilanti officials to holding a community forum to talk about efforts to improve safety.  E-M-U and Ypsilanti officials met to talk about safety and then were on hand for the community forum.

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Ypsilanti
7:39 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Ypsi DDA Adjusting Nicely to New Home in City Hall

Credit Ypsilanti Downtown Development

The Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority is adjusting to its new location in City Hall.

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Local News
7:38 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Plans for County Recreation Facility on Water Street Moving Forward

Work on a proposed Washtenaw County recreation facility on Ypsilanti's Water Street property is rolling along. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story. 

Hear Bob's report here.

Local News
6:10 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Police Say People Heard Gunshots, Did Nothing to help Demarius Reed

Ypsilanti's interim Chief of Police says at least six people heard gunshots the night Demarius Reed was killed, but didn't call police. 

Tony DiGiusti's comments came at a community forum in the Eastern Michigan University Student Center ballroom Tuesday afternoon. 

Chief DiGiusti says at least one person walked by Reed lying on the ground and did nothing, thinking he was drunk. 

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