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8:28 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Home-Aid Workers To Undergo Background Checks

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Background checks coming for home-aid workers, state can't exclude all felons

Michigan cannot ban all felons from being caregivers in the state's Medicaid in-home care program. That's according to state officials who outlined an upcoming background check system on Monday.

People convicted of patient abuse or neglect, health care fraud, or drug-related crimes will be barred from working with in-home Medicaid patients. But state officials say federal law prevents them from excluding people based on crimes that are not related to in-home care.

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The Green Room
8:14 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Sound Matters: Noise And Its Impacts

The soundboard at LIVE in Ann Arbor
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Approximately 15 percent of Americans under age 70 have preventable noise-related hearing loss. New research is showing that seemingly benign levels of noise can have impacts, and the effects can go far beyond just hearing loss. In this month’s edition of 89.1 WEMU's “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores sound in our environment and it’s potential effects. 

This month’s edition of 89.1 WEMU's “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores sound in our environment and it’s potential effects.

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Michigan News
5:16 am
Mon June 30, 2014

New Michigan Law Allows Forced Treatment For Substance Abusers

A new Michigan allows families and health professionals to seek involuntary treatment for substance abusers.  The law was signed last week by Governor Rick Snyder. It  establishes a procedure under which a family member or health professional can petition a judge for the forced treatment. 

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Michigan News
4:41 am
Mon June 30, 2014

EMU Hosts Ypsilanti Camps For Kids With Autism

EMU's Autism Collaborative Center
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Eastern Michigan University will be introducing kids on the autism spectrum to pirates, dinosaurs and rocket ships this summer.   

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Community
4:33 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Ann Arbor Officials Looking At Options To Register Rideshare Service Drivers

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Shortly after rideshare services Uber and Lyft came to Ann Arbor the city sent the companies cease and desist letters.  Now a proposal to amend the city's taxi cab ordinance is being considered to but some teeth behind the letters.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a possible amendment to Ann Arbor's taxi ordinance.

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Education
4:32 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Ann Arbor Schools Could See Direct And Indirect Growth In Students With Annexation Plan

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Ann Arbor Public Schools could gain more than just Whitmore Lake's approximately 1,000 students if annexation plans move forward.  That's because Whitmore Lake Public Schools currently accepts schools of choice students from Livingston County.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on possible benefits for Ann Arbor Public Schools to annex Whitmore Lake Public Schools.

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WEMU News
4:31 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Library Lunch Program Combats Summer Hunger

The Ypsilanti District Library's Whittaker Rd. branch.
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The Ypsilanti District Library is doing its part to make sure that kids who qualify for free lunch during the school year don't go hungry over the summer.

A free summer lunch program started last Monday, and Librarian Shannon Bovis says more and more kids participated as the week went on.

"We have a capacity of 40," Bovis says. "We haven't given out 40 meals in one day yet, but hopefully we will soon."

About 30 kids piled into a reading room at the Whittaker Road branch this past Friday to enjoy a healthy lunch and a story read to them by Bovis. 

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Community
4:29 am
Mon June 30, 2014

2014-15 Ann Arbor Public Schools Budget Includes Salary Freeze

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Additional students, a freeze on employee pay, and outsourcing custodial work are keys to Ann Arbor Public Schools having a balanced budget for next year.  The school board approved the $197 million general fund plan early Thursday morning.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor School Board passing the district's 2014-15 budget.

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WEMU News
2:16 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Indie Awards Recognize Entrepeneurs

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ANN ARBOR – Independent businesses will be the stars of the show Saturday night when Think Local First of Washtenaw County throws a street party to celebrate its second annual Washtenaw Indie Awards.

 

The party, featuring local food, live jazz and RnB music and craft beers from Arbor Brewing Company, will take place from 6-10 p.m. on Washington Street between Main and Fourth. The award presentations will begin shortly after 7:30.

 

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WEMU News
10:42 am
Fri June 27, 2014

DSO Helps Pease Auditorium Mark 100th Anniversary

Eastern Michigan University's Pease Auditorium
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The 100th anniversary celebration for Pease Auditorium reaches its crecendo with Friday night's concert featuring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra was one of the first acts to take the stage at Pease Auditorium, and the DSO returns Friday night at 8 to help mark the facility's 100th anniversary.

Find more information about Pease Auditorium and its 100th anniversary celebration online:

http://www.emich.edu/univcomm/releases/release.php?id=1402672528

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Community
4:25 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Ann Arbor And Ypsilanti Mayoral Candidates Share Plans Together At Forum

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Ypsilanti Mayoral candidate Amanda Edmonds believes Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and neighboring communities will succeed or fail together.  She made these remarks Thursday at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's unique mayoral forum that brought together candidates for the job in both cities.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the unique Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's Mayoral Forum.

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Community
4:23 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Opponents Of Putting Train Station In Ann Arbor Park Develop Concept For New Station At Current Site

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A group opposed to Ann Arbor using parkland for a new train station has developed a concept to keep the Amtrak facility on Depot Street.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a concept for a new Ann Arbor train station at the current Amtrak location.

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Michigan News
4:23 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Schauer Speaks Out On Charter School Regulation

Democratic candidate for Michigan governor Mark Schauer.
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Schauer says he'd push stricter regulations on charter schools as governor

Former Congressman Mark Schauer says he would put tougher regulations on charter schools if he's elected governor. The Battle Creek Democrat says Gov. Rick Snyder has given bad charter operators a "free pass."

"We need to write into law the oversight that was left out when Rick Snyder lifted the cap on the number of charter schools," said Schauer. "It's the Wild West right now, and these schools see kids with dollar signs on their foreheads."

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WEMU News
4:22 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Artrain Wins National Recognition For Partnerships

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Artrain has won the National Parks Service's Midwest Regional and National Partnership Awards.

The recognition is for Artrain and its partners' contributions to the Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put-in-Bay.

The memorial is part of the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentenial Commemoration.

Artrain President and CEO Deb Polich says other sites that have won this award include the parks in Yosemite and Gettysburg.

Polich says she applauds the National Park Service for wanting to incorporate art and culture into their work.

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Community
4:22 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Ann Arbor School Board Gives Superintendent Swift Excellent Evaluation

From the Listen and Learn tour, to a budget strategy that focused on increasing enrollment new superintendent Jeanice Swift is getting high marks from the Ann Arbor School Board.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent receiving positive marks from the school board.

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Community
4:22 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Federal Grants To Fight Homelessness In Washtenaw County Show Policy Shift

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Ann Arbor's shift from public housing to a voucher based program is being helped by changes in federal policies.  Washtenaw County is receiving about $2.6 million in US Housing and Urban Development Grants. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on federal grants to fight homelessness in Washtenaw County by keeping people in permanent homes.

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WEMU News
2:49 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Washtenaw County Population Growing

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Good new from the U.S. Census Bureau for Washtenaw County.

According to the Bureau, the County's population grew by .87 percent last year, one of the largest increases in southeast Michigan.

Washtenaw County Clerk Larry Kestenbaum says people are drawn to Ann Arbor and the county in general thanks partly to the types of industry available here.

"The other is that Ann Arbor has the national reputation as a good place to live," Kestenbaum says.   

Kestenbaum says Washtenaw County remains one of the economically healthiest areas in Michigan.

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WEMU News
2:48 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Baltia Air Lines Title Sponsor Of Thunder Over Michigan Air Show

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The Thunder over Michigan air show has a new title sponsor.

The show is now the Baltia Air Lines Thunder over Michigan Air Show. 

Baltia Air Lines is the country's newest passenger airline, with offices at Willow Run airport.  It plans to start non-stop 747 service between New York and St. Petersburg, Russia after receiving FAA certification in September. 

Baltia Vice President of Finance Barry Clare says the Thunder over Michigan Air Show was a good fit for the airline.

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Cinema Chat
9:54 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Cinema Chat: Gary Oldman's Playboy Rant, Transformers And More

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WEMU News
5:53 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board Passes Budget

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  Ann Arbor Public Schools has an approved 2014-2015 budget.  It took extending the regular session until after midnight, but the board has voted to approve the funding proposal.  

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Michigan News
5:48 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Detroit Judge Getting Update On Bankruptcy Plan

The judge in Detroit's bankruptcy case is expected to get an update on the voting process from city lawyers.

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Michigan News
5:47 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Plymouth Strength Coach Featured In New TV Show

An upcoming show about a Detroit-area strength coach is set to hold its local premiere. The first episode of Discovery Channel's "American Muscle" series is to be screened Thursday at Barwis Methods Training Center in Plymouth.  The show follows Mike Barwis and the work he does at his gym. Not only does Barwis train top pro, college and Olympic athletes, but he also works with patients who have suffered various injuries, including some who were told they would never walk again.

Michigan News
5:44 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Monroe County Area Student Gets New Robotic Hand

An eighth-grader at a Carleton middle school now has a robotic right hand thanks to school staff members' creativity and a 3D printer.

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Issues of the Environment
4:56 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Issues Of The Environment: Coal Ash And Our Water Supply

Coal Ash Sludge

  A House Bill was recently passed that reclassifies coal ash and a handful of other petroleum byproducts from hazardous waste to low-hazard materials that are suitable for “beneficial uses”.

The coal ash and byproducts will be repurposed to pave roadways and enrich farmland, but environmental watchdog organizations warn that the mercury that is trapped in the ash could eventually leach into groundwater and soil.

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Michigan News
4:28 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Gun Records Exempted From Freedom Of Information Act In Michigan

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws exempting gun records from the state's Freedom of Information Act.

The legislation signed Tuesday codifies a 1999 Michigan Supreme Court decision that found disclosure of gun registry records to be an invasion of privacy. The information will still be available to law enforcement officials for certain purposes, though there are new restrictions on when police can access the records.

 A log of who accessed the records and the reason for doing so also is now required by the new laws.

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