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2:42 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Legislative Breakfast to focus on No-Fault Proposal

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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hosts a legislative breakfast Monday at which the topic will be the effort to change Michigan's no-fault auto insurance system.

The meeting is the latest in a series sponsored by the Michigan Brain Injury Provider Council.

Attendees will hear from families who have benefited from no-fault insurance coverage for catastrophic auto accident injuries, along with health care professionals, including Dr. Owen Perlman, Medical Director of Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers.

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Michigan News
3:32 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Michigan House Debates Expanding Troubled Schools Agency

Rick Pluta reports on the debate over expansion of the Controversial EAA

    

By a single-vote majority, the state House has approved a measure that allows Michigan to put some of the worst-performing schools into an alternative system. It expands a bill approved a year ago that created the Education Achievement Authority, which currently runs 15 schools in Detroit.

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Michigan News
3:06 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Ann Arbor Labor Market Has Lowest Rate of Unemployment in Michigan

State's January unadjusted joblessness 8.1 percent   LANSING, Mich. (AP) - At five-percent, the rate of joblessness in the Ann Arbor labor market qualifies as lowest in the state. The Highest rate of unemployment is in the northeastern lower peninsula at 13.2 percent. 

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Michigan News
2:34 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Michigan House Calls For Balanced Federal Budget

Michigan House of Representatives Chamber
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The Republican-controlled Michigan House is asking Congress to convene a constitutional convention requiring that the federal budget be balanced.  

A resolution approved 77-32 Thursday would join Michigan with around 20 other states that have called for a balanced budget convention. Thirty-four states are needed to convene the convention, and 38 would have to ratify the convention's proposal to go into effect.

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WEMU News
2:27 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Research Activities At U of M Face Future Challenges

S. Jack Hu
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A University of Michigan administrator says the school faces serious challenges in continuing to build its research activities despite a steady pattern of growth that led to $1.3 billion in work during the most recent fiscal year.  S. Jack Hu is interim Vice President for Research and submitted his office's annual report to the regents Thursday.  

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WEMU News
2:20 am
Fri March 21, 2014

U of M Health System Names Interim Health System Chief

Dr. Michael M.E. Johns
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The University of Michigan Board of Regents has named former Emory University chancellor Dr. Michael M.E. Johns as interim chief of the school's health system. 

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Michigan News
2:03 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Flooding Reported in Monroe

River Raisen passing through Monroe
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MONROE, Mich. (AP) - Rain, melting snow and ice jams are causing flooding along the River Raisin in Monroe. Some street flooding was reported in Monroe Thursday morning, surrounding homes and vehicles. The Monroe News reports that the Coast Guard cutter Neah Bay helped help break up the ice to let the river flow on into Lake Erie. 

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Community
10:38 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Wurst Challenge Exceeds Expectations for FLY Children's Art Center

A 20 foot bratwurst used in the Wurst Challenge.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Some stomachs may be hurting this morning, but the FLY Children’s Art Center is in a better position thanks to the first ever Wurst Challenge at Ypsilanti’s Wurst bar. 

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WEMU News
7:17 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

As Wait Continues, Gender-Neutral Marriage License Applications are Ready

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The waiting continues for same-sex couples who'd like to marry in Michigan.

A judge is expected to rule soon on whether the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage should be overturned. 

Mary Larkin is Director of Eastern Michigan University's LGBT Resource Center.  She says the tension has been growing since last week.

"I think people are starting to get a little keyed up right now," Larkin said.  "It feels like we're waiting for lottery numbers."

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Community
5:17 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Humane Society of Huron Valley Looking for Information on Abused Dog

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The Humane Society of Huron Valley is looking for information about an abused dog.  The approximately four month old pit bull mix was found Wednesday evening near Gottfredson and Geddes in Superior Township.  A silver van was seen near the dog.  

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Community
4:37 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Ypsilanti Township to Consolidate Several Precincts for May 6th Election

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

A proposed point-seven mill tax to increase Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority service is the only issue on the May 6th ballot in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township.  To save the A-A-A-T-A some money Ypsilanti Township officials will be combining several precincts to limit the number of poll workers needed.

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WEMU News
3:29 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

UnitedHealthcare adds St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston as Providers

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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston are joining the list of health care providers for people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare plans.

The expanded relationship means UnitedHealthcare participants will have access to Saint Joseph Mercy Health System's six hospitals, outpatient health centers and urgent-care facilities, and more than 25 specialty centers.

"We are thrilled to be able to help expand access to care for those in the local community," said Rob Casalou, President and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals.

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WEMU News
11:08 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Ypsilanti and EMU Oral History Presentations Tonight

Ypsilanti Montage
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History is best told by those who have lived it.  Tonight, the recent history of Ypsilanti and Eastern Michigan University will be shared by those who have gained perspective by being immersed in the city/campus culture.   

The VISION Volunteer Center and the EMU School of Social Work have teamed up to host, " Ypsi Lives: Sharing Our Stories at Eastern Michigan University"

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Michigan News
10:42 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Michigan Preparing for Rollout of Medicaid Expansion

Michigan Health Care Card sent to Medicaid Enrollees
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder says April 1 is when hundreds of thousands of low-income adults can begin enrolling for health insurance under Michigan's expansion of Medicaid.  The Republican governor says he's comfortable with the launch date after his administration tested computer systems and developed a plan to get the word out to the public. Coverage will be retroactive to the first day of the month in which people apply.

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Education
1:04 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Begin 2014-15 Budget Talks

CFO Nancy Hoover gives the school board a presentation on Michigan public school finance and its impacts on Ann Arbor Public Schools.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift says the district will innovate its way through next year’s budget.  The school board began budget discussions Wednesday night with a work session.

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Education
12:49 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Considering K-12 International Baccalaureate Program

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Ann Arbor Public Schools officials are looking to create a k-12 International Baccalaureate program.  The plan would use Mitchell Elementary, Scarlett Middle, and Huron High Schools. 

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Michigan News
7:30 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Governor Snyder Supports Treating E-Cigarettes Like Tobacco

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Snyder: Treat e-cigarettes like tobacco

Governor Rick Snyder says he wants electronic cigarettes to be regulated in Michigan as tobacco products. E-cigarettes deliver a dose of nicotine to users in a mist. There is a bill in the Legislature to ban e-cigarette sales to minors, but would not tax them like cigarettes or subject them to other tobacco-related regulations.

The governor says it makes more sense to simply treat them as a tobacco product.

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Community
3:25 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

20 Foot Brat Challenge to Raise Funds for FLY Children's Art Center

This is a seven inch bratwurst at the Wurst Bar. The ones in the challenge will be 34 times as long!!!
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

More young people in Southeast Michigan will continue to have opportunities to make art thanks to several people attempting to eat 20 foot long brats.  Ypsilanti’s Wurst Bar is hosting the first ever Wurst Challenge Thursday evening as a fundraiser for the Fly Children’s Art Center.

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WEMU News
2:39 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Next Step for Thompson Block: Brownfield Tax Credits

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Developers of the Thompson Block in Ypsilanti's Depot Town have secured a 12-year Obsolete Property Rehiabilitation Act tax credit from city council.

Project partner Tyler Weston said the city also approved a Brownfield plan for the project, so the next step is to ask Washtenaw County for Brownfield tax credits.

"What Brownfield allows us to do is essentially get paid back for site improvements at the property" Weston explained.  He said those improvements include things like added parking space and structural improvements to the building.

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WEMU News
2:31 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Impaired Driving Crackdown Underway

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Washtenaw County drivers are on notice: if you drive drunk, you will be arrested.

The Washtenaw County Sherrif's Office is leading a drunk-driving crackdown that runs through the first week of April. 

Derrick Jackson is Director of Community Engagement for the Sheriff's Office.  He said it's a team effort.

"We have partnered with Pittsfield Township and a couple other agencies throughout the county to really focus in on looking for drunk drivers and traffic enforcement around this time of year," Jackson said.

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1:56 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Robot writes LA Times earthquake breaking news article

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WEMU News
1:35 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

EMU Swears In Six New Public Safety Officers

YPSILANTI – Six new police officers were sworn in this month as the Eastern Michigan University Department of Public Safety took another major step in its plan to expand off-campus patrols and collaboration with other area law agencies.

Chief of police Bob Heighes, far left, swears in new officers (l-r): Ermir Vila, Michael Richardson, Michael Harhold, Kevin Dorsey, Bridget Bofysil and Helaina Bell.Credit Eastern Michigan UniversityEdit | Remove

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Ypsilanti
12:06 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Growing Hope Opening Pop-Up Gardening Supply Shop

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Growing Hope is interested in finding out how much interest there is in a local garden supply store, and will open a pop-up shop for a couple of months this spring to find out.

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WEMU News
7:49 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Road Conditions Won't Improve Soon, warns County Road Commission

Credit Andrew Cluley

The Washtenaw County Road Commission is warning that area roads will continue to be in rough shape for a while, as long as the weather continues to freeze and thaw.

Jim Harmon is the road commission's Director of Operations.

"We're experiencing rough road conditions s county-wide at this time," Harmon said, "both on our paved roads and un-paved roads, and our crews are working each day to try and patch and hold these roads together until things completely thaw out and stabalize."

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Michigan News
7:41 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Medical Marijuana Approved for PTSD in Michigan

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PTSD patients now able to get medical marijuana card in Michigan
By Jake Neher

Michiganders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can now get a card to use medical marijuana.

The state's Director of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Steve Arwood, gave final approval to add PTSD to the state's medical marijuana program about a week after it was recommended by a state review panel.

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