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5:08 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Tuition Increasing 3.2 Percent, Budget Approved

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Eastern Michigan University is increasing funding for public safety and financial aid next school year.  The board of regents today approved a $301.9 million general fund budget.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the EMU Board of Regents setting tuition rates and the general fund budget for the 2014-15 school year.

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Michigan News
9:31 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Lawmakers Hike K-12 Funding, Nix Standardized Test

Michigan Capitol
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Michigan lawmakers have given initial approval to a school budget that boosts spending by 4 percent and prohibits the state from replacing its standardized test next year with one developed by a group of states. The bill approved 4-1 Tuesday by a House-Senate conference committee is expected to win final legislative approval this week.

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Michigan News
9:19 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Ann Arbor School Custodians Consider Co-op To Keep Jobs

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Custodians with Ann Arbor schools are considering forming a worker-owned cooperative as part of an effort to keep their jobs if their work is outsourced by the district.    The custodians' union AFSCME Local 1128 voted Saturday to pursue forming the cooperative. The Ann Arbor News reports  the district could contract with the co-op for custodial work without paying into the state retirement system for school employees.

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WEMU News
4:24 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Food Gatherers Eyes Need For Summer Assistance

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More than 1,800 people came together for Sunday's Grillin' for Food Gatherers fundraiser.

The money generated from the event will be used to help the local non-profit organization combat food insecurity throughout Washtenaw County.

Food Gatherers President Eileen Spring says the money raised from yesterday's event will provide 35,000 meals and snacks between now and September.

Find out more about Food Gatherers online:

http://foodgatherers.org

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WEMU News
4:23 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Use Booming In Ann Arbor

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The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority plans to install more electric vehicle charging stations, as use of the stations continues to grow.

A report to the U.S Department of Energy, which provided a grant that covered the cost of installing 18 charging units at six locations around town, shows usage grew from about 2,700 kilowatt hours in the third quarter of 2012 to over 14,000 kilowatt hours in the fourth quarter of 2013. 

DDA director Susan Pollay says Ann Arbor residents tend to gravitate to and embrace new technologies like electric and hybrid vehicles.

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WEMU News
4:22 am
Tue June 10, 2014

U-M Study Links Snoring, High Blood Pressure With Sleep Disorders In Pregnant Women

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A new study from the University of Michigan has found half of pregnant women who snore and suffer from hypertension also have a sleep disorder.

If left untreated, disorders like sleep apnea can result in a variety of health risks for the mother including high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia and a higher risk for C-sections.

The study's lead author, Dr. Louise O'Brien, says if a hypertensive pregnant woman snores more than three nights a week she should likely receive further evaluation by a sleep specialist.

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Michigan News
4:21 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Road Funding Deal May Have To Wait

Credit Andrew Cluley

Gov. Snyder eyes road funding deal this week

Gov. Rick Snyder wants a road funding solution on his desk by the end of this week.

Lawmakers will meet three days this week before they're expected to go on their summer break.

One of the governor's biggest priorities in his first term has been to boost infrastructure spending by more than $1 billion a year. But with political campaigns about to heat up over the summer, a legislative deal still hasn't materialized.

The governor does not want the issue to stay unresolved until the fall - or later.

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WEMU News
4:20 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Clean Energy Coalition Closing In On Launch Of ArborBike

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You could soon have another way to get around downtown Ann Arbor.

The Clean Energy Coalition is getting ready to launch its new bike sharing program called ArborBike.

Once completed, the membership-based program will allow users to check out bikes for short trips in and around the downtown area. The bikes can then be returned to any ArborBike kiosk.

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WEMU News
4:19 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Ypsilanti Fire Department Hopes Grants Will Fund Big Projects

Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange's proposed 2014-15 and 2015-16 budgets include $3 million for the fire department.

Some of that money would be used to repair and department's leaky roof.  The plan is to install solar panels on the roof as the repairs are completed.  It's estimated the panels could save the city $20-thousand a year in electricity costs. 

Grants and other funding will be sought to replace aging extrication gear and buy a new fire truck.

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Education
11:43 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Eastern Michigan University And Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Training Physician Assistants

Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

The combination of an aging population and retiring doctors is creating a shortage of primary care physicians.  Eastern Michigan University and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System are teaming up on a new Physician Assistant program that will help address the problem.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the new Physician Assistant program that started last month at Eastern Michigan University.

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Community
4:33 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Ann Arbor Wants To Improve South State Street Corridor

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor officials hope to improve traffic flow along the South State Corridor. They'll be looking at how to best align with recently adopted land use plans.    

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the South State Street traffic study.

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Community
2:47 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Plans To Reopen Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre Coming Together

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Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre may re-open in the fall with operating expenses cut roughly in half.  Former staff members and other supporters will present the proposal to the Performance Network Theatre board next week, less than a month after operations were suspended.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on efforts to revitalize Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre.

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Michigan News
9:49 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Local Governments May Get Smaller Boost Than Hoped

Local governments in Michigan may get a smaller increase in state revenue sharing than hoped.

Gov. Rick Snyder proposed a 15 percent increase in statutory shared revenue. But House Republicans say a budget agreement includes a 5.5 percent boost in statutory revenue sharing for cities, townships and villages — not including $8 million for financially distressed local governments.

Municipalities also are expected to get 3 percent more next year in revenue-sharing payments guaranteed under Michigan's constitution. A House-Senate committee plans to approve the budget plan Monday.

The Snyder administration said last week revenue sharing would stay "pretty close" to what Snyder proposed. But it's looking like that may not be the case after revenue estimates were revised downward recently.

Snyder's plan to significantly boost payments to counties is intact.

Code Switch
9:43 am
Mon June 9, 2014

What Is Your Race? For Millions Of Americans, A Shifting Answer

The race question on the census is constantly changing.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 7:22 pm

This post has been updated.

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The Two-Way
9:02 am
Mon June 9, 2014

2014 Tony Awards: Audra McDonald Nets A Record Sixth Win

Audra McDonald won her record sixth Tony for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill.
Heather Wines CBS /Landov

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 11:20 am

When a new batch of Tonys was awarded Sunday night, Audra McDonald walked off the stage as the most decorated actress in the event's history. McDonald won for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar And Grill.

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Watch: First Lady Michelle Obama Delivers Eulogy For Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
Nancy Robinson/Maya Angelou's Office AP

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 2:04 pm

This morning at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., family, friends and dignitaries gathered to pay their final respects to author and poet Maya Angelou, who died last week.

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3:57 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Why A News Organization Is Like A University

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At first glance, a news organization may seem to be an odd duck in the university family. We don’t enroll students directly. We don’t give PhDs, and few of us have them. Some critics even assert that we might have a conflict of interest working for a state university and reporting on state officials. But look deeper, we have much in common.
Forty two years ago this week, St. Louis Public Radio began broadcasting from its home at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Coincidentally, those of us
Environment
8:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

1st Friday Focus On The Environment: Newly Proposed Michigan Regulations On Fracking

The process for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
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1st Friday Focus on the Environment is a monthly feature on 89.1 WEMU. Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak this month looks at newly proposed state regulations for the natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The guest this month is fracking expert Jaque Rose. Rose is co-founder of the activist group Friends of the AuGres Watershed.

David Fair interviews fracking expert Jaque Rose, co-founder of the activist group Friends of the AuGres Watershed.

    

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Michigan News
7:26 am
Fri June 6, 2014

State Schools Superintendent: Schools' Finances Stabilizing

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Michigan schools' finances "stabilizing," says state superintendent

Late last year, the state's top education official had dire predictions for the finances of Michigan schools. He predicted the number of districts in deficit could reach 100 "before long."

Now, state Superintendent Mike Flanagan says the situation is stabilizing, and he credits increased funding from the state.

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WEMU News
7:18 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Washtenaw County Forms Roads Funding Committee

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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has created a Roads Funding Committee to study the county's options for paying for road repairs.

The county Board of Commissioners had earlier rejected a point-four-mil tax for road repairs.  This week's vote to create the Roads Funding Committee was just short of unanimous.  Commissioner Conan Smith voted "no".

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WEMU News
7:16 am
Fri June 6, 2014

News Mixed In Washtenaw County Foreclosure Auctions

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This year's tax foreclosure auctions are a mixed bag for Washtenaw County.

There are fewer items for auction this year, but the number land parcels has increased. The major cause for the difference is the foreclosure of three incomplete subdivisions, which are being sold as combined items. County Treasurer Catherine McClary says they are still preparing a list of all properties being auctioned but should have it available to the public in coming days. 

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WEMU News
7:15 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Democratic Lieutenant Governor Candidate Says Voters Are Disappointed in Governor Rick Snyder

Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Lisa Brown.
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Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate Lisa Brown made a stop in Washtenaw County last weekend to push running mate Mark Schauer's plan to move Michigan forward.

Brown says education is an important issue for the people she spoke with during a visit to Ann Arbor, adding that Governor Rick Snyder has disappointed a lot of people who plan to vote Democratic next time.

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Cinema Chat
8:44 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia, '1982', 'Edge of Tomorrow', 'The Fault In Our Stars' And More

The Cinetopia Film Festival is underway! In this week's edition of Cinema chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins fill you on all there is to see at the festival and beyond.

Cinetopia starts tonight in Ann Arbor with screenings of “1982,” “The Skeleton Twins” & John Sayles’ “Go For Sisters!”

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WEMU News
8:18 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Stage 2 Of Ann Arbor-Saline Road Construction Begins Friday

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Driving around the Ann Arbor-Saline Road area can be like waiting for a slow train, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The Washtenaw County Road Commission begins Stage 2 of its Ann Arbor-Saline Road Improvements project Friday.

Northbound lanes will be closed between the eastbound I-94 on ramp and Eisenhower Parkway.

The southbound lane closures at the Main Street intersection and the south side of Northbrook Drive and Oakbrook Drive will remain in effect.

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WEMU News
8:13 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Ypsilanti Council OKs Budget Amendments For Freighthouse, Non-Motorized Projects, Traffic Calming

The Freighthouse in Ypsilanti's Depot Town.
Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night signed off on a handful of budget amendements that direct funds toward non-motorized plan projects, renovation work at the Freighthouse, and future traffic calming projects.

Council member Pete Murdock says the $220,000 for the Freighthouse will go toward upgrading mechanical systems. 

Other amendments include spending $100,000 over the next two budget years on non-motorized projects like the Border-to-Border Trail and a mid-block pedestrian crossing on Michigan Avenue near Water Street. 

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