washtenaw county

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

The LPGA Volvik Championship in Ann Arbor is expected to boost the local economy.


U.S. Department of Labor
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About 600 employees in Washtenaw County will be affected by new rules from the U.S. Labor Department.

 

Summer 16
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The Summer 16 Youth Employment Program in Washtenaw County closed its enrollment after only two weeks because of high demand.  


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

In 1980 Congress created the Superfund to clean up hazardous waste sites that have passed criteria placing them on the “National Priorities List.” If and when funding becomes available for a site, the EPA works with the state’s DEQ to remediate it.  When polluters can’t be made to pay to clean them up, the Superfund pays, using taxpayer money. In Michigan, there are currently 65 sites on the National Priorities List.  Should Ann Arbor become one of them?

 


Plastic Bags
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A public hearing will be held tonight at the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners meeting regarding a plastic bag ordinance.


Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
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Two local science-based learning centers for children and their families may soon be merging.


Amtrak
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Residents in Washtenaw County could have another Amtrak stop next year.


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State environmental officials want feedback from Washtenaw County residents about a new plan to stop invasive species.

 

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Michigan state legislators approved a bill that will create a system similar to the Amber Alert set-up that will inform residents when there is an active shooter.  What does this mean for Washtenaw County?


Washtenaw County Sheriff
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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office wants to host a citizen's police academy, but is trying to determine if there is enough interest from the public.  


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton is asking residents to become a 'interrupter' this Saturday, May 14th.

It's a grassroots effort aimed at getting neighbors talking to each other in hopes of making the community a safer place.

Volunteers will go door-to-door to help stem violence and make people more accountable for their behavior.

I spoke to the sheriff about several events going on in the community involving his department.


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May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  There are several places in Washtenaw County that provide services.


Thompson Block
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A Washtenaw County Brownfield program analysis revealed positive impacts that type of project has on the community.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
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The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education will have its first meeting tonight since voters approved a special education millage.  


Plastic Bags
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Local efforts to address the environmental concerns of plastic bag use in Washtenaw County just took a giant step backwards in Lansing.


Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning
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Despite continuing efforts to making driving more safe for motorists, the number of traffic fatalities are on the rise in our state.


Washtenaw County Public Health
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Washtenaw County residents continue to be concerned about the Zika virus.  The local health department is addressing the issue.


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Federal agencies could soon catch up to Washtenaw County when it comes to hiring individuals who have been incarcerated.

 

The Ride
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It's been almost a week since The Ride made major changes to its bus system, and the report is: So far, so good. 


Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department
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Assault and domestic violence cases were down in Washtenaw County last year. That's one of the highlights of the 2015 Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

 

Washtenaw County Michigan Works

The current unemployment rate in Michigan is about 4.8%.  It's lower in Washtenaw County.


Roger Rayle / Scio Citizens for Safe Water

Local citizens and scientists have amassed large amounts of information on Ann Arbor’s 1,4-Dioxane plume. Locally sourced information has been invaluable since University of Michigan student Dan Bicknell first discovered the plume.  It has continued with 23 years of data collection by Roger Rayle of Scio Residents for Safe Water.  Has the information been put to good use?  Has it informed decision-makers?  In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas continues her exploration of this ongoing issue. 


"Swoosh"
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Many colleges around the country are being criticized for spending too much money on athletics, including right here in Washtenaw County.  A recent sports contract will bring in millions to one institution.


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Thousands and thousands of college students leave Washtenaw County to go back home during the summer.  That change has a local impact.


Vote Here
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The Washtenaw County Clerk’s Office expects more registered voters this year over 2012.

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