12:37 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Ramsey Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Stanley Clarke To Headline Detroit Jazz Festival

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The Detroit Jazz Festival announced a slew of headliners Tuesday, including jazz icons Ramsey Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Stanley Clarke and Ron Carter, for the 35th annual festival that takes place over Labor Day weekend in downtown Detroit.
The four-day explosion of jazz, the largest free jazz festival in the world, will be presented on four stages from the Detroit riverfront up to Campus Martius from Aug. 29-Sept. 1. Saxophonist Joshua Redman, who’s toured with Jack DeJohnette and Pat Metheny, will be the 2014 Artist in Residence.
10:43 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Ann Arbor-Saline Road Project To begin April 21st

Phase One detours for upcoming Ann Arbor-Saline road improvement project
Credit Washtenaw County Road Commission

Stage 1 of the Ann Arbor-Saline Road improvement project will get underway two weeks from today. The Washtenaw County Road Commission will complete the project in three phases. In the first phase, the southbound lanes of Ann Arbor-Saline Road will be closed between Eisenhower Parkway and the I-94 exit ramp.  The detours for this phase of the project will be as such: 

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Issues of the Environment
11:41 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Potential Environmental Impact Of Proposed Sand Mine Near Chelsea

A Ready-Mix concrete company, McCoig Materials, is looking to open up a mine on a site north of Chelsea, between the Waterloo and Pinckney Recreation areas. The area has numerous bodies of water and natural areas that could be impacted by the move. McCoig wants to operate the mine for 22 to 30 years and remove 11 million tons of sand and gravel. 

This week on 89.1 WEMU's Issues of the Environment, Dr. Lynn Walter, Professor Emerita of Geology at the University of Michigan, will discuss the environmental impacts of sand mining and the controversial operation proposed for Lyndon and Scio Townships.

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Michigan News
12:44 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Drunken Driver Arrested After Police Station Stop

Credit Pittsfield Township Police

PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say an intoxicated man was arrested after driving to a police station in Michigan as part of an effort to find a bathroom.

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12:38 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Yankee Air Musuem Sets Guinness World Record With 778 Rosie The Riveters

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778 Rosie the Riveter lookalikes came together Saturday to smash the Guinness World Record requirement and make it into the history books. The Yankee Air Museum, Michigan Aerospace Foundation and Save the Bomber Plant campaign attempted to set a Guinness World Record for the "most Rosie the Riveters in one place" in October 2013.
  • Source: Heritage
  • | Via: Krystal Elliott
More than 770 Rosie the Riveter lookalikes, including 19 "Original Rosies" turned out to the Willow Run Airport Saturday, March 29, to help set a Guinness World Record for the "most Rosie the Riveters in one place."
1:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

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

Michael J. Rogers, House Representative from Michigan
Flickr/Attribution-NonCommercial License House GOP

DETROIT (AP) — Seven-term Republican Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan says he won't seek re-election.

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7:46 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

U-M Health System Helping with Health Care Enrollment

The University of Michigan Health System is helping cut through confusion surrounding the upcoming Affordable Care Act deadline.

Americans have until March 31 to enroll in a private health insurance plan or pay a penalty and be forced to wait until the next open enrollment period. That wont come until November. UMHS spokesperson Kara Gavin says enrollment in Michigan's own expanded Medicaid program does not begin until April 1.

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2:24 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Bay County Sheriff's Department asks for help finding missing man

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The Bay County Sheriff's Department is asking for help finding a man missing for close to two weeks. Twenty-five-year-old Alex Schuhmacher was last seen at around 2 p.m. on March 14, when he left a job interview at Logan's Roadhouse in Saginaw Township.
  • Source: Abc12
  • | Via: WJRT-TV
Bay County Sheriff's Department asks for help finding missing man Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:23 PM EDT BAY COUNTY (WJRT) - (03/26/14) - The Bay County Sheriff's Department is asking for help finding a man missing for close to two weeks.
Michigan News
6:58 am
Wed March 26, 2014

U-M Student Government Rejects Israel Boycott Proposal

Credit https://csg.umich.edu/

The University of Michigan Student Government has rejected a proposal calling for a proposed anti-Israel boycott. 

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Same-Sex Marriage
3:14 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Blog: Arguments To Convince 6th Circuit Appeals Court to Lift The Stay On Same-Sex Marriages

UPDATE 4:52 PM Rick Pluta is reporting that no decision was reached in today's hearing.  The trial is likely to go to the Supreme Court which is not likely to decide another same-sex marriage case before its next session. Attorneys seeking to overturn Michigan’s ban say holding up recognition of same-sex marriages hurts families with children. 

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Michigan News
12:18 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

'Yooper' Getting Recognition As Dictionary Entry

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) -- The term "yooper" is getting recognition in the dictionary.

Residents of Michigan's Upper Peninsula call themselves "yoopers." The Daily Press of Escanaba and MLive.com report officials announced Monday that the term will appear in the 2014 edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, which goes on sale next month.

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2:28 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

State Rep. Jeff Irwin Wants Appeals of Same Sex Marriage Ruling Dropped

Wrapping up the paperwork on Washtenaw County's first legal same-sex marriage Saturday morning.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Michigan State Representative Jeff Irwin thinks Attorney General Bill Schuette is wasting tax payer dollars trying to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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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
Credit www.michigan.gov

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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Michigan News
12:02 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

GM recalls 1.18 million SUVs for air bag problem

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 DETROIT (AP) - General Motors is recalling nearly 1.2 million SUVs for defective side air bags. 

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Michigan News
2:04 am
Wed March 12, 2014

State Senate Approves Larger Loan Repayments for Doctors

State Senator John Moolenaar,
Credit http://www.senatorjohnmoolenaar.com/

Michigan lawmakers are working to draw more medical providers to low-resource areas by raising caps for a loan repayment program for health professionals in those areas.  

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2:12 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Congressman John D. Dingell Addresses Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber

Congressman John D. Dingell speaks at the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber luncheon meeting.
Patrick Campion 89.1 WEMU

Retiring Congressman John Dingell headlined today's Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber lunch meeting.

Dingell says organizations like chambers of commerce are an important part of the community, offering the chance for people to speak with elected officials and make sure government is running as it should.

Congressman John D. Dingell speaking after the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's lunch meeting.

Dingell has announced he won't seek re-election when his current term is up.  His wife, Debbie, is running to replace him in the 12th Congressional district, as is Ypsilanti resident Terry Bowman who's running as a Republican.

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7:41 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Ann Arbor Staffing Agency says Hiring Reflects Decline in State Unemployment

The state says Michigan's unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since May of 2008, and the Ann Arbor office of Manpower, Incorporated says that certainly appears to be the case locally.

Ann Arbor Manpower President Susan Carlson says they're businesses are definitely hiring.
She says her office sees the most requests for hiring in the manufacturing sector, but areas such as information technology, health care and customer service are also looking for employees.

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1:17 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Might Resolve Public Art Program Issues Tonight

Public Art in front of Ann Arbor City Hall.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Ann Arbor City Council may have finally found a way to move forward with the city’s public art program.  A series of three resolutions on tonight’s agenda could resolve the long-running debate over the issue.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley previews three resolutions Ann Arbor City Council will consider tonight around the city's Public Art Program.

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2:24 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Thompson Road Closure Starts Monday

Thompson Road construction will begin Monday, 03/04/2014
Credit Flickr / jakelv7500

Southbound Thompson Road between Jefferson and Packard will be closed starting Monday, March 3rd through May 31st of 2015.

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Michigan News
10:42 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Governor Snyder Proposes Foster Care System Overhaul

Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan
Credit Jake Neher

Governor Rick Snyder says the state could do a better job protecting foster children if it changed the way it paid for the service.  The governor unveiled a report Thursday that says the state should pay foster care agencies based on their performance. Right now, those agencies all get paid the same regardless of their track records or the needs of individual foster children.  "Let's focus on what's best for the child," said Snyder. "And the child shouldn't have to think about, worry about, or be concerned about who's bringing those services. They just want the outcomes.

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7:42 am
Fri February 28, 2014

AUDIO: Rebekah Warren Announces Congressional Exploratory Committee

Rebekah Warren in the WEMU Studios

State of Michigan Senator Rebekah Warren has announced today on 89.1 WEMU she will officially launch a Congressional Exploratory Committee for the seat being vacated by Representative John Dingell.

Warren made the announcement herself Friday morning during the Morning Edition with 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair. Listen to Warren’s announcement above.

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The Two-Way
10:28 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Rep. John Dingell, Who Has Served A Record 58 Years, Is Retiring

Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 1:23 pm

Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell, who was first elected to Congress in 1955 to fill a seat his father had held, says he will not seek re-election later this year.

He'll leave office having served in Congress longer than anyone else in history. Last June, Dingell passed the previous record holder, the late Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.

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5:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Mixed Results from New Survey on Farming in Michigan

Michigan had a seven percent decline in farms from 2007 to 2012.  The U-S Department of Agriculture's farm survey found nationwide a four percent decline.  Overall Michigan declined from about 56,000 farms to just over 52,000 farms.

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3:13 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Remembering J Dilla: Hip hop artist’s legacy inspires hope in troubling times

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WEMU's Adrienne Ayers contributed this report for the MotorCity Muckracker. It’s been 8 years since the passing of native Detroiter, hip hop artist, producer, and innovator, James Yancey, who was better known to the public and hip hop world as J Dilla.
Dilla Day started three years ago and is celebrated throughout the city of Detroit every year on Feb. 7, the date of Dilla’s birth. It gains success every year.
2:07 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Jazz artists unite to play Brubeck's 'Gates of Justice' at the Fillmore

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Jason Moran and his trio will play Dave Brubeck's 'The Gates of Justice' at the Fillmore Detroit on Sunday.
  • Source: Freep
  • | Via: Mark Stryker
Chris Collins has organized an ambitious Brubeck revival, 'The Gates of Justice' (1969), an hour-long oratorio for choir, brass-and-percussion orchestra, jazz trio and vocal soloists from both the African-American and Jewish traditions. Pianist Jason Moran, a leading-edge voice in contemporary jazz, will anchor the ensemble with his trio, Bandwagon, but also offer a set of civil rights-themed music with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits.