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MLK Day
9:24 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Author Says MLK's Legacy has been "Sanitized"

Author, Tim Wise
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Author Tim Wise says most Americans celebrate a sanitized, whitewashed version of Martin Luther King Jr., not the radical advocate for social justice he really was.   Wise gave the keynote address at Monday's  MLK Day celebration at Eastern Michigan University.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Domestic Violence
8:47 am
Mon January 21, 2013

SafeHouse Sees Increased Need for Services

Playground at SafeHouse Center
Credit Facebook/SafeHouse Center

  While there has not been an increase in domestic violence cases, officials with SafeHouse say the demand for its services has increased over the last few years.  Hear why from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor Schools
9:05 am
Fri January 18, 2013

A2 Schools Celebrate MLK Day

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Ann Arbor public schools wil be close Monday, so the district is celebrating Martin Luther King day with events today.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Local News
9:38 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Residents Share Thoughts On Superintendent Qualties

Michigan Leadership Institute President and C.E.O. Dr. Michael Wilmot leads a discussion on qualities desired in a superintendent.
Credit Bob Eccles

Thursday night's public forum on the qualities folks want to see in a superintendent for the unified Willow Run-Ypsilanti school district was slightly better attended than Wednesday night's meeting on possible names for the district.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Top Music
3:26 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Aguanko's "Elemental" Tops "Sweet Sixteen"

Alberto Nacif playing bata drums during "Elemental" recording session
Jen Prouty

It is no surprise that "Elemental" the new CD by conguero/composer Alberto Nacif and his magnificent ensemble "Aguanko" topped WEMU's "Sweet Sixteen" from January 7th through the 13th.   We will always support great regional talent along with international music figures, but Alberto Nacif means more to WEMU than just great regional talent:  he is family.  Today's "Cuban Fantasy" program on Saturdays at 7PM grew out of an interview that Alberto did with evening jazz host Michael G.

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Politics
8:48 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Warren Weighs in on State of the State Address

Rebekah Warren
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Governor Snyder delivered his third state-of-the-state address Wednesday night.  Washtenaw County State Senator Rebekah Warren was on hand for the speech and says while the Governor offered some good ideas, there was a lot he failed to address as well.  Warren spoke with WEMU's David Fair.

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Ann Arbor School Board
8:42 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Mexicotte Picked to Continue School Board Leadership

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The Ann Arbor school board has again elected Deb Mexicotte to serve as board President.  The board also tweaked a couple of policies at its organizational meeting Wednesday night.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Cinema Chat
8:39 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Cinema Chat: Off to the Sundance Film Festival

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Scoring Amanda's Oscar picks;  Sundance Film Festival underway; new openings downtown and much more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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Local News
10:22 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Unified District Name Suggestions Subject Of Public Forum

U-of-M researcher Katherine Lawrence moderates a public forum on unified district name suggestions.
Credit Bob Eccles

A handful of names for the unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district surfaced as favorites at a public forum last night.  WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

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State Government
9:34 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Rutledge Wants More Help for Local Governments

A local state legislator says he'll be closely watching Governor Snyder's state-of-the-state address tonight, hoping to hear a plan for more help for struggling local governments.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Ann Arbor
9:29 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Ann Arbor as an Example of Good Government

As Governor Rick Snyder gives his state-of-the-state address tonight, Ann Arbor's Mayor wants the state to look at Ann Arbor as an example of good government.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Environment
9:26 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Radon Awareness

January is radon awareness month.   Washtenaw County environmental educator Angela Parsons is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.  She explains the dangers of radon and why you might want to have your home tested for the cancer-causing gas. 

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Ann Arbor City Council
10:53 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Redeveloping City-Owned Parking Lots

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  Ann Arbor's city council has begun discussions on the Downtown Development Authority's proposal for the redevelopment of city-owned surface parking lots.  City council and the DDA held a joint meeting Monday night and much of the talk surrounded the connection William Street project.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Health
10:49 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Flu Outbreak Prompts Some Hospitals to Restrict Visitors

This winter's flu outbreak has prompted three Grand Rapids hospitals to ask visitors who are sick to go home and come back when they're well.  There are no such restrictions in place locally so far.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Education
8:42 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Technology Audit for Ypsi-Willow Run Schools

The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board has approved a technology audit.  Hear more on the audit's findings from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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State Government
8:39 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Zemke Says Education and Jobs are Top Priorities

Newly-elected 55th district state representative Adam Zemke says he's ready to get to work in Lansing, with education and jobs topping his list of priorities.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Ypsilanti
8:41 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Better Buildings Program Reaches Milestone in Ypsilanti

The city of Ypsilanti is the first community enrolled in the Better Buildings for Michigan program to reach 200 homes that have had an energy audit through the program.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Movies and more
8:38 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Cinema Chat

It's the movie awards season and Michigan Theater Programming Director Amanda Bynum has the likely top picks on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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Developing
5:16 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Ypsilanti Police Update Julia Niswender Death Investigation

Investigators say they're still waiting for toxicology results, forensic laboratory analysis and a final autopsy report as they continue their investigation into the death of Eastern Michigan University junior Julia Niswender.  Niswender was found dead in her off-campus apartment about a month ago.  Her death is being investigated as a homicide.  Police say they continue to "investigate and interview a number of subjects", and are working closely with Niswender's family.  Anyone with information that could be useful to investigators is urged to call Detective Sgt.

Ypsilanti City Council
10:04 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Benefits Reduced for New Hires in Ypsilanti

A resolution adopted Tuesday night by Ypsilanti's city council reduces benefits new city hires will receive compared to current workers.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Environment
10:02 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Issues of the Environment

Evan Pratt is Washtenaw County's new Water Resources Commissioner, and he's our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

Tips from Washtenaw County- RiverSafe

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Ypsilanti - Willow Run Schools
11:36 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Neighborhood Elementary Schools to Stay Open

Parents with kids in Ypsilanti and Willow Run neighborhood elementary schools can breathe a little easier.  The unified school board has adopted a resolution keeping those schools open next year.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Environment
9:04 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Recycling Old Electronics

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With many people receiving new electronics over the holidays, the question becomes what to do with old devices. According to the EPA, more than 2.5 million tons of electronic waste is produced each year in the US.  

If the item is still relatively new, it is possible to sell the item on eBay or elsewhere. But, environmentalists hope that the old items won’t just end up in the trash.

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AATA
10:32 am
Fri January 4, 2013

AATA Again Rejects Anti-Israel Ad

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority has again rejected putting an ad calling for a boycott of Israel on its buses.  The AATA board unanimously passed a resolution Thursday night rejecting the proposal for two reasons.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ypsilanti City Council
10:26 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Council Sets Goals for 2013

Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange (l) and Mayor Paul Schreiber
Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti's city council has set its list of priorities for 2013.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has details on council's goal-setting session.

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