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Ypsilanti
10:13 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Not Much Interest in President's Speech in Downtown Ypsilanti Tuesday Night

There weren't many people interested in what the President had to say in his State of the Union speech in Downtown Ypsilanti Tuesday night.  

Most were more interested in watching the Michigan State-Iowa basketball game.  

Some said they were DVR-ing the speech and planned to watch it later.  

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Michigan News
7:45 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Mixed Response to possible Tax Break for Oil and Gas Companies

Environmental groups divided over possible tax break for oil and gas companies

By Jake Neher  

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Community
2:51 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Ballot Proposal to Raise Michigan's Minimum Wage Possible This Year

David E. Rutledge 54th District State Representative (D)
Credit State of Michigan

Income inequality is expected to be one of the key topics in President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address, but the issue is making news in Michigan as well. 

SEE ALSO:  Campaign to seek Minimum Wage Hike in Michigan

A new ballot proposal committee is considering over the new few weeks if they will try to put a  question on the November ballot to raise Michigan's minimum wage. 

State Representative David Rutledge says an increase will help Michigan particularly the Ypsilanti area.  Rutledge says it may cost businesses more in salaries, but they will benefit as well through consumers having more money to spend on goods and services.
   
State Senator Bert Johnson has introduced legislation to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $10  per hour by 2016, but similar legislation never made it out of committee last session. 

Michigan's minimum wage has been $7.40 hourly, since 2008, but for tipped workers has remained at $2.65 since the early 1990's.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a possible ballot question to increase Michigan's minimum wage law.

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Ann Arbor
11:27 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Ann Arbor Non-Profit gets $25,000 from Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan

Credit Girls Group.org

  A local non-profit that helps young women in middle and high school become first-generation college students has received a $25,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan. 

Girls Group provides assistance such as help with homework, ACT preparation and filling out college applications. 

Executive Director Sue Schooner says a pilot program in Pioneer High School has Girls Group visiting every week to offer help.

Girls Group is based in Ann Arbor, and since it's creation in 2003, all of it's high school seniors - 51 of them - have graduated from high school and gone on to college.

— Bob Eccles is a reporter and the host of 89.1 WEMU's All Things Considered. Contact him at 734.487.3363, email him reccles@emich.edu, or follow him on Twitter @BobEcclesWEMU

 

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University of Michigan
12:52 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

U-M's New President Mark Schlissel on the Role of the University Beyond Campus [AUDIO]

Mark Schlissel address the audience at the University of Michigan Board of Regents meeting Friday
Credit Screenshot/ University of Michigan live stream

The University of Michigan has named Dr. Mark Schlissel as the school's 14th  President.

On a unanimous vote this morning the University of Michigan Board of Regents, chose to hire Brown University Provost, Dr. Mark Schlissel to serve as Mary Sue Coleman's successor. 

RELATED STORY: U of M Names Schlissel as 14th President - Full speech here

 Schlissel comes to the U of M from Brown University where he has been provost since July of 2011. Prior to working at Brown, he served as Dean of Biological Sciences in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California–Berkeley. Schlissel says the health of the university is connected to the community and the entire state of Michigan.  He says the Victors for Michigan fundraising campaign will be important to maintain the university's high quality programs.

Schlissel says the breadth of academic excellence and the openness and accessibility of a public university made U of M one of the tiny handful of places that would make him consider leaving Brown University.  He says academic excellence and diversity are linked.  Schlissel says that's because students can learn from other students that look at the world differently.

 Schlissel will begin serving on July first, following the official retirement of current president Mary Sue Coleman.  He says he will make frequent trips to Ann Arbor over the next several months to learn more about the challenges and opportunities he will face when starting work at Michigan.

 Coleman says she's thrilled the regents have chosen another biochemist to serve as president.  She says Schlissel will soon see being the President of the University of Michigan is the best job in the world. — Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.

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University of Michigan
10:05 am
Fri January 24, 2014

University of Michigan Names Schlissel as 14th President

Dr. Mark Schlissel. Former Provost at Brown University and the successor to Mary Sue Coleman as President of the University of Michigan
Credit Brown University

The University of Michigan has named Dr. Mark Schlissel as the school's 14th  President. On a unanimous vote this morning the board chose to hire Brown University Provost, Dr. Mark Schlissel to serve as Mary Sue Coleman's successor.

Schlissel has been Provost at Brown since July of 2011. prior to that post, He served as Dean of Biological Sciences in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California–Berkeley. 

SEE ALSO: New U of M President Mark Schlissel on the role of the University Beyond Campus [AUDIO]

 

President Mary Sue Coleman announced last year that she would step down when her contract expires this summer. She will leave as Michigan's fourth longest-serving leader. Coleman was hired in 2002 after seven years as president at the University of Iowa. The 70-year-old Coleman also is the university's first female president. 

WEMU News
7:25 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Brighton Post State Trooper Honored

Credit State of Michigan

A Brighton Post State Trooper has received his department's Bravery Award for his actions in a potentially fatal situation. 

On February 18 2013, Trooper Matthew Keller responded to a report of a break-in, which turned into a vehicle pursuit. The suspect drove onto the yard of a residence, and fled on foot into the home. Inside, the suspect fired at Keller and a fellow officer. The officers returned fire, and Keller fatally wounded the suspect.

First Lieutenent Joel Allen is the Brighton post Commander. He said he is very proud of Keller's quick and decisive action.

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Michigan News
7:18 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Lawyers May Not Have To Pay State Bar Membership Dues

“Right-to-work for lawyers” bill introduced in Lansing

By Jake Neher

Attorneys would no longer be required to pay membership dues to the State Bar of Michigan under a new bill in Lansing.

In 2012, the state made it illegal to require workers to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment, making Michigan the 24th right-to-work state.

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11:47 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Baker’s Keyboard Lounge to Open in Downtown Detroit

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Marking its 80th anniversary, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge is opening a second location this fall, and is working with Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services to find space in downtown Detroit’s lower Woodward corridor or in Capitol Park near the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. The original Baker’s Keyboard Lounge opened as a sandwich shop in 1933, and began booking jazz pianists the following year.
Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 By R.J. King Photograph
Michigan News
11:24 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Statewide Teacher Evaluations Debated in Lansing

Bipartisan legislation in Lansing would create a statewide system to evaluate teachers and school administrators. The evaluations would be based partly on student growth and standardized tests.

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Environment
11:22 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Issues of the Environment: Habitat For Humanity Stewards Energy Savings

Habitat for Humanity volunteers hard at work on a Habitat house on Hull in Ypsilanti.
Credit Courtesy / Facebook / Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley

This week the discussion centers around dispelling the myths of affordable housing. New affordable housing is often equated with being "cheaply built."  We didn't have a definitive answer on the subject, so we went looking. We found that quite opposite is true.  

Our guest this week builds affordable homes in the Metro Detroit Region; quality and efficiency is what makes them affordable. 

Rob Nissly, Housing Director for Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley will discuss the connection between reigning in energy costs and homeownership for lower income residents of Washtenaw County.

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Michigan News
1:27 am
Wed January 22, 2014

State Transportation Director Blasts Lawmakers for Shunning Road Repairs

Credit lynnefeatherstone / Foter.com / CC BY-ND

Michigan’s top transportation official is blasting state lawmakers for all but giving up on passing a long-term road funding fix this year.

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Statewide News
8:07 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Major Boost in Road Funding Not Likely in Michigan in 2014

State lawmakers return to Lansing this week with Governor Rick Snyder’s policy goals for 2014 in hand. But few are optimistic they’ll be able to pass legislation to boost road and infrastructure funding before the November election.

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Statewide News
8:06 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Governor calls for Civility in Martin Luther King Day Address

Snyder renews call for “civility” in MLK Day address

By Rick Pluta

Governor Rick Snyder used a Martin Luther King Day speech to call for more public civility. His remarks come as a state Republican leader continues to roil his party with comments about gay people and Muslims.

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Schools
12:09 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Avoid Borrowing to Meet Cash Flow Concerns in December

Credit Jesse f/2.8 / Foter.com / CC BY-NC

Ann Arbor Public Schools planned to borrow money up to three times during the school year to address cash flow issues caused by a smaller fund balance than in previous years.  The district has now made it through two of the three months that were most likely to require borrowing without needing to seek outside cash. 

SEE ALSO: Ann Arbor Public Schools Parents Hopeful for Return of Tuition Based Pre-School

Chief Financial Officer Nancy Hoover says the planned use of $1.7 million in fund balance this school year, means they may still need to borrow money in June.
 
Hoover adds, the Washtenaw Intermediate School District helped the district avoid the need to borrow money in December by making a bill for transportation services not due until this month. The city of Ann Arbor also helped the district avoid the need for borrowing in December by quickly remitting some of the taxes they collect for the district. 

Hoover says the district's budget included spending $200,000 in interest payments which most of these have now been avoided.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor Public Schools not needing to borrow money last month despite concerns about cash flow issues caused by a smaller fund balance than in recent years.

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Statewide News
8:53 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Listen to the Michigan State of the State Address 2014

Governor Rick Snyder
Credit Wikipedia Media Commons

Governor Rick Snyder issued his 2014 State of the State Address Thursday, January 17, 2014 and 89.1 WEMU carried it live as a partnership with Michigan Public Radio Network.  This is their coverage of the event and the Democratic response.  

SEE ALSO: Washtenaw County Lawmakers Respond to Governor Rick Snyder's State of State Address

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8:38 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Harry Belafonte To Deliver Keynote Civil Rights Address Monday

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An opportunity to hear Henry Belafonte's work first hand at the Ross School of Business keynote lecture during the University of Michigan’s 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium on Monday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. in Hill Auditorium.
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Capitol News
1:56 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Budget experts predict an extra $1.1 billion in state government revenues over 3 years

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan legislative budget experts say state government is taking in hundreds of millions of dollars more than expected eight months ago.

A report released Tuesday from the House Fiscal Agency in Lansing estimates Michigan collected $433 million more than projected in the last budget year and will collect about $327 million more this year.

The estimates are similar to ones given in December by the Senate Fiscal Agency. All told, lawmakers could have $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion more to work with than expected in May.

Legislators will meet Friday to get a consensus estimate on revenues. They're already talking about cutting taxes, though Gov. Rick Snyder has held off on calling for tax relief.

Next month, he will propose a budget for the fiscal year starting this October.

Environment
5:21 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Report Says Climate Change Tough on Michigan's Big Game Animals

Credit Courtesty Victor Shendel / National Wildlife Federation

A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines the effects of climate change for Michigan's big game animals and their habitat. 

The report says deer, moose, and elk experience dire repercussions from human-induced climate change. 

Christopher Hoving is the Wildlife Adaptation Specialist at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He says that a decrease of snowfall will affect the deer population locally and regionally.

Hoving also says that the disease Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD, found in white tailed deer, is more common thanks to longer summers and warmer winters. 

From the report:

Nowhere to Run takes a comprehensive look at the best available science on climate change’s impacts on big game, covering moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and black bears. The most significant effects include:

  • Heat: Moose can become heat-stressed in warm weather, especially in summer if temperatures climb above 60 to70 degrees when moose coats are thinner. Heat stress leads to lower weights, declining pregnancy rates and increased vulnerability to predators and disease. Because of warmer fall and winter temperatures, black bears are already more active than usual during times when they normally conserve energy through hibernation, pushing fat stores to the limit.
  • Drought: More droughts have reduced aspen forests in the west, a favorite elk habitat, and many elk are not migrating as much as they traditionally have. Increasing periods of drought, more invasive plants and wildfires will alter sagebrush and grassland ecosystems, favored pronghorn habitats.
  • Parasites and disease: With less snowpack to kill ticks, moose in New Hampshire are literally being eaten alive, losing so much blood to ticks that they die of anemia. White-tailed deer are susceptible to hemorrhagic disease caused by viruses transmitted by biting midges

Nowhere to Run outlines the key steps needed to stem climate change and save big game:

  1. Address the underlying cause and cut carbon pollution 50 percent by 2030.
  2. Transition to cleaner, more secure sources of energy like offshore wind, solar power and next-generation biofuels and avoid polluting energy like coal and tar sands oil.
  3. Safeguard wildlife and their habitats by promoting climate-smart approaches to conservation.
  4. Factor a changing climate in big game plans and management.

Read the report at NWF.org/Sportsmen. Nowhere to Run is the latest in the National Wildlife Federation’s 2013 Wildlife in a Warming World series:

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

Local News
6:02 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Website Helps Celebrate University Of Michigan History

WEMU's Bob Eccles has a conversation with the folks behind the University of Michigan's Heritage Project.

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Environment
8:38 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Sustainable Food Through Aquaculture in Michigan

Indoor Aquaculture Facility
Credit Creative Commons/ grifray

Sustaining our food future through aquaculture.   Jim Diana is a Professor of Fisheries and Aquaculture at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources, and he's our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

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Environment
8:54 am
Thu November 29, 2012

UofM Oversees Fracking Study

The University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute is overseeing a study of the effects of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Michigan.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Education
8:43 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Bill to Help Consolidating School Districts Stalled Until Next Year

Legislation designed to give consolidating school districts in Michigan three years in which they don't have to worry about competition from new charter schools will not be considered this year.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Environment
8:38 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Report Shows How Wind Energy Displaces Greenhouse Gasses

A state environmental group is out with a report that for the first time equates the amount of wind energy produced in Michigan to the amount of greenhouse gasses it displaced.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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25X25
8:53 am
Wed September 26, 2012

25X25 Campaign Comes to UofM

University of Michigan students in the Michigan Energy Club got an update on state ballot proposal number three.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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