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4:37 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Michigan Fishing Season Starts Tomorrow

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
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       LANSING -  Anglers in Michigan must have new fishing licenses before casting lines at Tuesday's start of the 2014 fishing season.

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Michigan News
4:32 am
Mon March 31, 2014

State Lawmaker Proposing Electoral Changes

Michigan House of Represntatives
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      LANSING - President Barack Obama secured every electoral vote on his path to re-election Michigan, where Republicans haven't won a presidential race in a quarter-century but currently control state government.

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Michigan News
4:28 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Congress Releases Memo Saying GM Failed To Act

General Motors headquarters in Detroit, MI
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       DETROIT -  A new memo from the House subcommittee investigating the General Motors recalls says GM discussed two separate fixes for an ignition switch defect but canceled them without taking action.

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Community
1:02 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Jerusalem Garden Moving To Old Seva Site

Long time Ann Arbor restaurant Jerusalem Garden is moving later this year to a new larger location.  The restaurant announced Sunday through their Facebook page they will take over the former Seva Restaurant site at 314 East Liberty.

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Education
12:47 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Deadline For Schools Of Choice Applications Is Tuesday

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools hopes for a boost in enrollment through schools of choice are down to the final days.  Tuesday at five is the deadline for applications to be completed.  

The district made 750 schools of choice seats available this year and the more students that come to the district the smaller the projected budget shortfall will be for the fall. 

Superintendent Jeanice Swift says it's hard to know the final number of school of choice kids that will come to the district.

Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift talks about the challenge in knowing how many schools of choice students the district will get in the fall.

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Politics
12:32 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Races Starting To Take Shape

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The potential number of contested Ann Arbor City Council primaries continues to grow.  While only incumbent first ward city council member Sumi Kailasapathy is officially set to appear on the August Democratic Primary ballot now, eight other people have pulled petitions.

  

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WEMU News
8:57 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools Board To Consider Balanced Calendar And Elementary Re-Alignment

Credit Patrik Holubik

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education holds a special meeting Monday evening to consider a preliminary balanced calendar recommendation and three proposals for re-configuring district elementary schools.

The district wants to institute a balanced calendar - basically year-round school - in select buildings next school year.  The Balanced Calendar Study Team will present its preliminary recommendation to the board Monday evening.

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WEMU News
8:45 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Health Plan Enrollment Deadline Approaching

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Monday is the deadline for enrolling in a health care plan under terms of the Affordable Care Act.

Locally, Washtenaw Health Plan has been helping people sign up for health insurance for several months. 

Program administrator Ruth Kraut said she hopes folks not already enrolled try to sign up on their own over the weekend.

"If you have trouble signing up," Kraut said, "you'll be able to testify to that and get a special enrollment period. But you need to have at least started the process."

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WEMU News
8:36 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Study Points To Need For More Affordable Housing In Washtenaw County

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A report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition says Washtenaw County renters pay more than renters in any other Michigan county toward their housing.

The "2014 Out of Reach" report says the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the county is around $740, while a typical full-time worker can only afford to spend $665 a month toward rent without forking over more than 30 percent of their income. 

Carole McCabe is Executive Director of Avalon Housing, which operates low-income housing projects like Pauline Apartments in Ann Arbor.

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Minimun Wage
1:21 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

President Obama To Visit Ann Arbor Wednesday

President Barack Obama
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President Barack Obama will visit Ann Arbor next week to tout his plan for hiking the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

US Rep. Rogers Of Michigan Won't Seek Re-Election

Michael J. Rogers, House Representative from Michigan
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DETROIT (AP) — Seven-term Republican Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan says he won't seek re-election.

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12:52 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

The full 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest schedule reveals tough choices, cheeky pairings

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If you're thinking about heading to the Jazz Fest in New Orleans, check out this article from NOLA.com
  • Source: Nola
  • | Via: Keith Spera
Allen Toussaint showed up for Tuesday's unveiling of the full 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest schedule. So did the late Ernie K-Doe. Toussaint, the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame pianist, songwriter and producer, rocked leather sandals and an impeccable taupe suit with ivory pinstripes.
12:43 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approve 2014-15 Faculty Research Awards

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The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents unanimously approved the Provost’s New Faculty Research Awards for 2014-15 at its March 25 board meeting. Kim Schatzel, provost and vice president of academic and student affairs at Eastern Michigan University, awarded a total of $78,660 to eighteen new Eastern faculty members for research and creative projects under the Provost’s Research Award for New Faculty program.
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  • | Via: Debra Johnson
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Michigan News
11:24 am
Fri March 28, 2014

US Recognizes Michigan Same-Sex Couple Marriages

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has extended federal recognition to the Michigan marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold.

Holder's action on Friday enables the government to extend eligibility for federal benefits to the couples. It came two days after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Michigan won't recognize the marriages performed last weekend. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down the gay marriage ban the day before.

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The Green Room
8:13 am
Fri March 28, 2014

The Green Room: Chimney Swifts In Washtenaw County

Chimney Swift in flight
Credit Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

In nature, Chimney Swifts nest in large hollow trees, but when the logging of Michigan did away with those, the swifts adapted to large chimneys.  

Now, suitable chimneys are also in short supply, and Swift numbers are dwindling.  In the March installment of The Green Room​, Barbara Lucas looks at what we can do to help out.

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Education
12:42 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Third Annual Ann Arbor Marathon Sunday

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Runners will hit the streets of Ann Arbor Sunday morning for the 3rd annual Ann Arbor Marathon, half-marathon, 5-K and 1.2 mile run.  The first two Ann Arbor Marathons took place in June, but this year it has been moved to March based on feedback from runners.

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Education
12:29 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Community Members Open To Ann Arbor Public Schools Proposition To Deal With Budget

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Plans to close Ann Arbor Public Schools estimated $10.7 million budget shortfall for next year without cutting in the classroom is getting positive responses from the community.  Superintendent Jeanice Swift was at Scarlett Middle School last night talking about the budget and getting community feedback.

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Education
12:15 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Ann Arbor Schools Holding Open House For Pre-K Options

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Ann Arbor Public Schools officials hope to get more pre-kindergarten aged kids registered for programs in the district this weekend.  The district is holding an Open House at the Preschool and Family Center Saturday from 10 until 2.

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Michigan News
8:52 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Labor Courses could cost MSU

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MSU could lose $500k for offering labor courses

Michigan State University could risk losing half-a-million dollars if it does not stop offering courses that allegedly promote unionization.

A state Senate panel approved a measure Thursday banning courses at public universities that promote or discourage organizing efforts. It's a reaction to MSU's recent decision to take over some programs from the National Labor College.

Republicans say those courses violate the proposed rule.

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Michigan News
8:48 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Congressional Democrats Seek Federal Acknowledgement of Same-Sex Marriages

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Congressional Democrats ask Holder to recognize MI gay marriages
Rick Pluta

Some congressional Democrats are putting pressure on Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend. They sent a letter today asking US Attorney General Eric Holder to grant federal recognition of the marriages.

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WEMU News
8:42 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Washtenaw County Tops in 'Health Factors' among Michigan Counties

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Washtenaw County finds itself at the top of the list of Michigan's healthiest counties for the fifth straight year.

The "health factors" rankings compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute consider things like the availability of parks and recreational facilities, along with social and economic factors. 

Susan Cerniglia is Public Information Officer for Washtenaw County Public Health.  She says they know there's a strong foundation for good health in the county.

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Environment
7:36 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Study To Help Residents Of Great Lakes Region Deal With Changing Water Levels

Donald Scavia, Director of the University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute.
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The University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute is launching a study to determine how best to help people in the Great Lakes region deal with changing water levels.

Institute Director Donald Scavia said two main areas of concern came out of this week's conference of the Environmental Law and Policy Center at U-of-M:  If lake levels keep dropping, how to stop that; and, how to help residents deal with changing water levels.

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Community
5:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Homegrown Local Food Summit On Monday

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This year's Homegrown Local Food Summit will focus on many cultures one movement.  The summit is Monday at Washtenaw Community College with a potluck and a screening of a film about Grace Lee Boggs one of the headliners for the event on Sunday.   

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Aviation
2:17 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Bomber Hanger Deadline, World Record Attempt Approaching

The portion of the former Willow Run bomber plant that the Yankee Air Museum is trying to save for its new home.
Credit Bob Eccles

The deadline  for the Yankee Air Museum to raise the amount of money needed to save part of the Willow Run Bomber Plant from demolition is about a month away now.

Dennis Norton is the the President of the Michigan Aerospace Foundation and the Founder of the Yankee Air Museum. He said it's more important now than ever for people to step up and help save the plant.

"The demolition of the plant is going on right now," Norton said. "We have only until May 1st to save our piece of it."

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Michigan News
8:53 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Dog alerts residents of fire in Brighton Township

A German Shepard, like the one pictured, alerted residents that a fire had started
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   BRIGHTON TOWNSHIP - A German shepherd is credited with saving the lives of four people who suffered minor injuries in a house fire in Brighton Township.

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