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Environment
7:24 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Legislative Agenda with State Senator Rebekah Warren

State Senator Rebekah Warren (D)-Ann Arbor
Credit Mike Andaloro / WEMU

As we move toward the end of the calendar year, we started to wonder what, if any, environmental bills would move through the legislature. In this week's installment of "Issues of the Environment", WEMU's David Fair talks with State Senator Rebekah Warren, (D)- Ann Arbor, about some of the pressing issues being considered in Lansing.

Issues of the Environment w/ State Senator Rebekah Warren. 9/25/13

Public Safety
5:39 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Pittsfield Township Fire Fighters Practice Plane Crash Response [PHOTOS]

Pittsfield Township fire fighters practice responding to a small plane crash at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport
Bob Eccles

Pittsfield Township fire fighters this week are training for a scenario they hope they'll never encounter in real life - the crash of a small plane at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport. WEMU's Bob Eccles tagged along. 

Bob Eccles reports

Public Health
4:54 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

HSHV Removes 88 Cats from Ypsilanti Township Home

A vet examines one of the 88 cats taken from a home in Ypsilanti Township
Humane Society of Huron Valley

Cruelty investigators with the Humane Society of Huron Valley found horrendous conditions in a home in Ypsilanti Township from which 88 malnourished, flea-bitten cats have been removed. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Click here for Bob's report.

4:21 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Wandering Around Eastern Michigan University

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Looking at Michigan through the viewfinder
  • Source: Blogspot
  • | Via: Michigan Exposures
I decided to go for a walk over to Eastern Michigan's campus tonight as it was a pretty nice night and I haven't been there in a while. First I stopped at the Peninsular Paper Company because I liked the way the light was hitting the area.
Energy
3:54 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

DTE Restarts Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant

DTE Energy Co. has restarted its Fermi 2 nuclear power plant after reinstalling a reactor cooling water pump that had failed and limited power output. 

Health
3:47 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Michigan Health Deptartment Confirms Two Cases of Measles

The Measles Virus
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The Michigan Department of Community Health has confirmed two cases of measles in Michigan this year with one more possible case they are currently investigating. Michigan is one of 16 states with confirmed cases of the highly contagious, viral disease.  

Washtenaw County Public Health Epidemiologist Laura Bauman says there have been no reported cases of measles in Washtenaw County so far. She says the two infants who came down with the disease were not vaccinated:
 

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Transit
12:36 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Pittsfield Township Considers Expanded AAATA Service

Credit TheRide / Ann Arbor Transportation Authority

Pittsfield Township is considering a new five-year agreement with the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority that would include expanded service.   

Bob Eccles Reports

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Community
11:33 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Washtenaw Housing Alliance Recognized By Michigan SOAR

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The Washtenaw Housing Alliance was awarded special recognition by the Michigan Social Security Disability Outreach, Access, and Recovery, or SOAR, State Planning Group last week for its efforts to fight homelessness.  

The SOAR program is a streamlined process aimed at getting eligible adults suffering from homelessness and mental illness or substance abuse access to disability income benefit programs much quicker than they otherwise could.

Julie Steiner is the Executive Director of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance. She says Homelessness in Washtenaw County is a growing problem:
 

Julie Steiner explains the issue impacting residents of Washtenaw County

Steiner adds homelessness is a growing problem in Washtenaw County, which has been made even worse in recent years by a bad economy and cuts to government programs.

To date, the WHA has helped file more SOAR applications than any other group in Michigan.
More than 4,300 people reported being homeless in Washtenaw County at some point during 2012.

Community
2:36 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

EMU Students Say They Don't Text and Drive

Credit ItCanWait.com

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office wants drivers to pledge not to text and drive.  As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, students attending Eastern Michigan University's Homecoming football game this past weekend seem to already be on board.

Click here for Bob's report.

Technology
2:56 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Drivers Would Pay More for a Car with Carbon Capture Technology

Credit umtri.umich.edu

Would you be willing to pay more for a car that comes with a carbon capture system?  As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, drivers responding to a University of Michigan survey said yes, they would.

Click here for Bob's report.

Healthcare
4:34 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Michigan's Medicaid Expansion Impacts Washtenaw County Residents

The Medicaid expansion bill signed into law by Gov. Snyder earlier this week will have a major impact on health care in Washtenaw County. 

Both it and the upcoming state health insurance marketplace will affect many of the people already receiving coverage through the Washtenaw Health Plan. Many people currently receiving health coverage through the Washtenaw Health Plan will lose that coverage and be required to get it instead through either the newly expanded Medicaid or the upcoming health insurance marketplace.


Krista Nordberg is the Director of Enrollment and Advocacy at Washtenaw Health Plan. She says there will likely be timing issues with these changes.
 

Norberg explains that there's all hands on deck in preparation of this plan.

The Washtenaw Health Plan helps people get the health care services they need, like doctor and clinic visits, outpatient lab and X-ray tests, prescriptions, hospitalization and mental health services.


You can learn more at their website: www.ewashtenaw.org

Movies and more
4:08 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Cinema Chat: Salinger, Thanks For Sharing, Prisoners and more

Credit The Michigan Theater

This week's Cinema Chat with David Fair and Russ Collins:

Cinema

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Education
3:56 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Prelimary Enrollment Figures Shows Enrollment decrease

Credit AAPS

Ann Arbor Public Schools are facing both an overall decline in enrollment and some overcrowded classrooms.  The school board last night got an update on preliminary information about the start of the school year.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more. 

  

Andrew Cluley Reports

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Roads
2:56 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Washtenaw Road Commission Seeks Representative

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is taking applications to fill a recently vacated seat on the Road Commission. The selected applicant will represent the general public for the remainder of a six year term that ends in 2018.
 

Resumes must be submitted by September 25. The commissioners will choose an applicant during their October 2 meeting, and the appointment will take effect on January 1, 2014.

More information at http://www.ewashtenaw.org/

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Community
2:50 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Ypsilanti Council Approves Street Light Conversion Fee

An LED streetlamp
Credit meltedplastic / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Ypsilanti land owners will soon be paying more money for street lighting.  The money will be used to help pay for 500 new LED streetlights through out the city, though 

  Ypsilanti already has around 300 LED streetlights. 

The Ypsilanti City Council approved a special assessment fee at this week's  meeting that will charge residents around $120 over the next two years for each parcel of land they own. The city will replace older sodium and mercury-vapor lights with more efficient, longer-lasting LEDs.

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Community
4:57 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Ann Arbor Creates Task Force for Huron River Corridor on N. Main

Ann Arbor City Council has unanimously approved a task force report with recommendations on what to do with the city's North Main Huron River Corridor.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.
 

Andrew Cluley Reports

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Community
4:50 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Football Closures in Ann Arbor

Credit University of Michigan

A week from today Ann Arbor police will meet with community residents to discuss the results of closing a stretch of Main Street before and during University of Michigan football games.  Last night the police chief shared his initial impressions with city council. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more. 

Andrew Cluley Reports

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Business
4:26 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Postpones DDA Financing Action

Ann Arbor City Council has now postponed action until their second meeting in October on proposed ordinance amendments to limit the amount of tax increment financing the Downtown Development Authority can collect.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.

  

Andrew Cluley Reports

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Education
3:35 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Head Start Services To Be Offered In Ypsilanti

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education last night approved a contract with the Washtenaw Intermediate School District to provide Head Start services in the district.  

Bob Eccles Reports

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Education
1:48 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Higher Than Expected Enrollment means More Teachers for YCS

With a couple of weeks of school in the books, Ypsilanti Community Schools is seeing something it didn't really expect: class sizes large enough to warrant hiring some additional teachers. 

10:18 am
Tue September 17, 2013

EMU leads Michigan in freshman enrollment growth over last three years

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Eastern Michigan is the fastest growing public university in the state of Michigan for new freshmen over the last three years. The University’s fall 2013 freshman class of 2,872 tops Eastern’s previous all-time record of 2,854, set in 1999, and represents an increase of 43 percent or 864 students over the last three years, according to final fall enrollment figures. No other public university in Michigan has seen its freshman population grow so significantly over the last three years.
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Eastern Michigan University
EMU leads Michigan in freshman enrollment growth over last three years by Geoff Larcom, Published September 17, 2013 YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan is the fastest growing public university in the state of Michigan for new freshmen over the last three years.
Community
6:25 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Clean Energy America Visits Michigan College Campuses

Energy Northwest engineer Desirée Wolfgramm
Credit cleanenergy4america.org

A group called "Clean Energy America" is touring college campuses across Michigan this week, speaking with students about the role nuclear power will play in the country's energy future.  

WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Desirée ' Wolfgramm, an engineer with Energy Northwest who's traveling with the group.

Bob Eccles reports

Local News
5:14 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Go Beyond the Badge with Washtenaw Co. Sheriff's Office

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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's office has a new community outreach tool - an online video series called "Beyond the Badge". WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke about it with Derrick Jackson, Director of Community Engagement for the sheriff's office.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Local News
3:38 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Ypsilanti Police Chief Amy Walker Announces Retirement

Ypsilanti Police Chief Amy Walker is retiring. 

Walker's October retirement was announced today, and follows more than twenty years of service to the city. 

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Local News
2:11 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

EMU Students Scoff at Friday the 13th

Most Eastern Michigan University students don't seem to mind that today is Friday the 13th.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

Hear Bob's report here.

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