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Business
10:09 am
Thu September 12, 2013

The Ann Arbor News Hits Newstands Once Again

Credit Mlive

Ann Arbor.com ceased to exist today. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports the shift in online content to MLive coincides with a return to The Ann Arbor News moniker for the twice-weekly print edition. 

Local online content moves from Ann Arbor-dot-com to M-Live today, and the print edition of the local news returns to the name Ann Arbor News, after a four year absence.

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Local News
6:26 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

EMU Professor Tests Self-Publishing Waters with Novel

Credit Smashwords.com

Eastern Michigan University professor Phillip Arrington's novel "The Serpent's Sage" has been released through Smashwords and Amazon.com. WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Dr. Arrington about is novel, and his decision to take the self-publishing route with it.

Find the novel here:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/323554

And here:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Serpents-Sage-ebook/dp/B00DTGF5UW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1378938742&sr=1-1&keywords=the+serpent%27s+sage

Click here for the interview.


Environment
8:33 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Right-to-Know Pesticide Legislation

Would you be surprised to know that pesticides are being sprayed around you and your neighborhood? Michigan residents could soon be notified when pesticides have been applied near their properties with new right-to-know legislation.  

In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment, WEMU's David Fair talks with Ann Arbor State Representative Jeff Irwin about House Bill 4841. 

The 53rd District Democrat seeks to pass into law a measure that would give all residents of Michigan the opportunity to register with the State of Michigan, and be notified when pesticides are being used near their property. Right-to-Know pesticide legislation is the focus on this installment of WEMU's weekly feature, Issues of the Environment.

Issues of the Environment for 9/11/13

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Community
8:15 am
Wed September 11, 2013

More Public Input Sought For Downtown Ann Arbor Developments

A consulting firm is looking for feedback on options for possible zoning changes for three downtown Ann Arbor properties.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports,  focus group sessions will take place tonight at 5pm at Bill's Beer Garden and tomorrow at 8am at the Downtown Development Authority. 

Two meetings scheduled to gather public input on three, separate downtown Ann Arbor development projects.

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Government
7:25 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Ann Arbor Parking Rates Will Not Go Up this Year

Some good news for those who regularly park in downtown Ann Arbor. Parking rates are going to hold steady, for the time being. WEMU's Andrew Cluley attended last night's Ann Arbor City Council working session. At that meeting, the Downtown Development Authority  gave its annual update on the city's parking system. 

Parking revenues in Ann Arbor are up, and parking rates will remain the same.

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Elections
7:13 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Byrnes Gets Early Start In Bid To Win 7th Congressional District Seat

Pam Byrnes

The election isn't until November of 2014, but Pam Byrnes is working to make in-roads with the 7th Congressional District constituency now.  The former Democratic State Representative is seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Tim Walberg.  

As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, Byrnes yesterday wrapped up a three-day tour of the seven counties that comprise the 7th district.

Democrat Pam Byrnes Campaigning early to win support in bid to unseat 7th District U-S Representative Tim Walberg.

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Environment
6:25 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Ann Arbor Considers Community Solar Projects

There may come a time when Ann Arbor residents team together and invest in communal solar energy projects. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor officials are calling on the state to remove the barriers that prevent such projects from being developed.

Ann Arbor residents could one day invest together to create communal solar projects

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Local News
9:56 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Ypsilanti Township Votes to Join AAATA

The Ride CEO Michael Ford addresses the Ypsilanti Township board.
Credit Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustees Monday night voted to seek membership in the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Hear Bob's report here.

Community
1:43 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Investigate Security Upgrades

Officials from the Ann Arbor Public Schools are looking into security upgrades at district buildings in response to tragedies at schools across the country. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports:

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Environment
1:36 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

First Friday Focus on the Environment: Detroit River Pet Coke

The area of Detroit along the Detroit River
Credit Associated Press

 The massive pile of black refinery waste that has sat alongside the banks of the Detoit River is gone. The 'Pet Coke' , as it's called, is the waste that's left after heave tar-sands oil is refine. It is not considered hazardous, but it does violate portions of the Clean Air act when it becomes airborne. 

Throughout Detroit and Windsor, the airborne residue can be found throughout nearby neighborhoods.  

Listen in as we focus on the effects of exposure of Pet Coke and the regulations to protect the health of the environment:

listen to the full report

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Courts
11:48 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Washtenaw County Approves New Case Management System

The Washtenaw County Commissioners have approve the purchase of a new case management system for the County's Trial Court. The commissioners voted eight to one last night to purchase the system for $2.3 million. 

WEMU's Andrew Clulely reports:

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Movies and More
11:28 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Cinema Chat: Europa Report, Prince Avalanche, The Audience, 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.

Cinema Chat 8/26

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Environment
10:10 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Local Foods and the Homegrown Festival

Credit http://homegrownfestival.org/

The local foods movement continues to grow throughout the country, and it is becoming particularly prevalent in Washtenaw County. This weekend, Ann Arbor's 6th annual Homegrown Festival will take place at the site of the Farmers market in Kerrytown.

David Fair sits down to talk with the Co-Chair of the Planning Committee of the Homegrown Festival, Jason Frenzel.

Our guest this week is Jason Frenzel. Jason is Co-Chair of the Planning Committee of the Homegrown Festival, and also serves as  stewardship coordinator at the Huron River Watershed Council. 

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Environment
10:03 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Calls for Dioxane Cleanup

A map from the Environmental Health Division of the Washtenaw County Department of Public Health displays an estimated pathway of the Pall-Gelman 1,4-dioxane plume. The The contamination is said to be spreading through a system of underground streams, contaminating the groundwater in those areas.
Credit Washtenaw County Department of Public Health

Ann Arbor City Council has unanimously passed a resolution asking the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to update clean-up standards for 1,4 Dioxane Plumes.  

The issue is important to the city because of the dioxane plume that started at the Pall Gelman facility west of town.  City Council member Sabra Briere says the resolution is important just because it gets people thinking about the issue again.
 

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11:01 am
Wed September 4, 2013

AnnArbor.com moving to MLive.com on Sept. 12

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AnnArbor.com content will move to the MLive.com online and mobile news platforms on Sept. 12, and AnnArbor.com will shut down after four years as a standalone website. Along with that change, the twice-weekly AnnArbor.com print publication will be rebranded as The Ann Arbor News
  • Source: Annarbor
  • | Via: Ann Arbor News
MLive.com online and mobile news platforms on Sept. 12, and AnnArbor.com will shut down after four years as a standalone website.Along with that change, the twice-weekly AnnArbor.com print publication will be rebranded as The Ann Arbor News. The moves were announced Sept. 4 by Dan Gaydou, president of MLive Media Group.
Education
10:32 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Stephen Ross to Give $200M to U. of Michigan

Stephen Ross donates $200 million to the University of Michigan. $100 million for the The Ross School of Business that already carries his name, plus $100 million for athletics.

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Local News
8:46 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Grizzlies Fall in First-Ever Football Game

Grizzlies QB Marquis Smith scans the field for an open receiver in Friday's game against Milan.
Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti Community High School lost its first-ever football game to Milan in a contest that took a couple of days to decide.  Friday night's game was suspended in the third quarter due to lightning, and continued Saturday afternoon.  The final score: Milan 13, Ypsilanti Community High 6.  The Grizzlies scored on a 34-yard pass from Mike Caldwell to Jalen Maxwell.  The extra point attempt failed.

Click here for Bob Eccles' report on the game.

2:37 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

SANITARY SEWER OVERFLOW NOTIFICATION

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The city has applied a surface application of lime to kill any remaining bacteria. This lime product appears as a white, powdery substance. Because the sewage reached the Huron River, the City of Arbor took the immediate precaution of closing canoe livery trips in the vicinity, from Argo to Gallup, on Thursday and through Friday. Any body contact is not recommended for at least 24 hours after a known release of raw sewage to waterways. The City of Ann Arbor has completed testing and will evaluate water quality samples over the next 24 hours for presence of harmful bacteria in the Huron River. The determination whether to resume canoe livery operations between Argo and Geddes Dam will be made at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, based upon water sampling results.
11:23 am
Fri August 30, 2013

EMU Announces 2013 Football Broadcast Crew

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The radio broadcast team for the 122nd season of Eastern Michigan University football will be comprised of longtime play-by-play voice Matt Shepard with former Detroit Lion standout Rob Rubick returning as the color analyst after a two-year hiatus. WEMU will continue to serve as the FM flagship and originating station for EMU football and basketball broadcasts. In 2012-13, WEMU broadcast more than 50 live games, as well as interviews and stories during WEMU's news programs.
The radio broadcast team for the 122nd season of Eastern Michigan University football will be comprised of longtime play-by-play voice Matt Shepard with former Detroit Lion standout Rob Rubick returning as the color analyst after a two-year hiatus.
Education
6:58 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board To Consider Creation Of Community Committee

An Ann Arbor School Board member wants district residents, and business leaders, to become more involved. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Trustee Christine Stead believes creation of a new Community Committee would prove beneficial to district Administrators, School Board members and, ultimately, the students.

Ann Arbor Board of Education Trustee proposes formation of a Community Committee

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Government
6:46 am
Fri August 30, 2013

State House To Vote On Medicaid Expansion

The State House had already passed a version of a bill that would extend Medicaid benefits to about 320,000 low-income residents in 2014. The State Senate stalled the measure until this week, when it passed a version with some new elements. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, State House lawmakers are again preparing to vote on Medicaid expansion.

Ypsilanti State Representative David Rutledge looks ahead to next week and a State House vote on Medicaid expansion in Michigan.

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Arts and Entertainment
4:57 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

EMU Marching Band teaches Football Team the School Fight Song

EMU football players and marching band members come together at Rynearson Stadium.
Credit Bob Eccles

Eastern Michigan University's marching band taught the football team the school fight song Thursday afternoon at Rynearson Stadium.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports on this annual tradition:

Bob Eccles reports

3:28 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Geddes Road at Ridge Road - INTERSECTION CLOSURE UPDATE

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The Washtenaw County Road Commission has extended the closure of the Geddes Road and Ridge Road intersection located in Superior Township until mid-September. Construction of the single lane modern roundabout is nearing completion and a separate Media Advisory will be issued once the intersection is scheduled to re-open to traffic. The signed detour continues to be in place directing motorists to use Prospect Road, Holmes Road, Michigan Avenue, and Denton Road.
  • Source: Wcroads
  • | Via: Washtenaw County Road Commission
The Washtenaw County Road Commission has extended the closure of the Geddes Road and Ridge Road intersection located in Superior Township until mid-September. Construction of the single lane modern roundabout is nearing completion and a separate Media Advisory will be issued once the intersection is scheduled to re-open to traffic.
Education
7:02 am
Thu August 29, 2013

EMU Announces Largest Freshman Enrollment In School History

Credit Randy Mascharka / Eastern Michigan University

WEMU's David Fair talks with Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin about a historic Freshman class. 

WEMU's David Fair sits down to talk with EMU President Susan Martin on the record enrollment announcement 8/29

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Community
6:22 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Locals Call For Immigration Reform At All Levels Of Government

Local supporters of immigration reform are calling for action on federal, state, and local levels  of government. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the group, Organizing for Action Washtenaw, hosted a forum on immigration reform Wednesday evening at the University of Michigan. 

Local action group hosts forum at U of M and calls for immigration reform at all levels of government

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