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James Williams
Haley Moraniec

The holidays are meant to be a happy time, but that is not always the case for many people living in our area.

Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

It's Thanksgiving week, and while many families gather for large dinners and celebrations, not everyone is as fortunate. For some college students, it's an even bigger struggle including in Washtenaw County . I was on hand when students and staff gathered to put together Thanksgiving dinner food baskets at Eastern Michigan University's "Swoop Food Pantry."

Washtenaw County Public Health
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Washtenaw County, along with the its health department and health officer, has taken legal action on isses related to the area's 1,4 Dioxane contamination plume.

Washtenaw County Road Commission

Cold and snowy weather has made driving in the Washtenaw County area challenging.

Flu Vaccine
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It's National Influenza Vaccination Week , and the Washtenaw County Health Department says it's not too late to get your flu shot.

Ballot Box
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The Washtenaw County Elections Division is currently conducting a recount of the of the presidential election.

Shop Small
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Black Friday continues to play a big role in our local economy. But another shopping day is also becoming very popular.

Homeless Man
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'Tis the season for time with family, friends, and loved ones. It is a shared time of year in which the most fortunate among us feast together and then lay our full bellies and contented hearts to comfortably rest in the warmth of our homes. There are too many among us that don't experience the holidays, or any days, in that way.

Thanksgiving
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While many families will be feasting on Thanksgiving Day, there are hungry people going without. It is also a holiday in which a lot of food waste is generated. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Noelle Bowman , solid waste specialist for Washtenaw County, about the best ways to help others and responsibly deal with those Thanksgiving leftovers.

Roundabout
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The Washtenaw County Road Commission is ramping up its efforts to educate the public on roundabouts .

Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan

Southeast Michigan, including Washtenaw County, is one of the few major metropolitan areas without mass transit. After the November election, that does not appear to be changing any time soon...

Washtenaw County
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Here are the results of various candidate races in Washtenaw County.

Washtenaw County
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The following are results of ballot proposals in Washtenaw County.

Democrats will retain all four of Washtenaw County’s District State House seats.

Here you'll find the full coverage of local elections from around Washtenaw County.

Voting Booth
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The day is here! The polls are now open and will remain open until 8 o'clock tonight as voters decide the future of the country and many other local issues.

US-23
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Work begins today on a new type of commuter traffic lane in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties designed to ease traffic congestion.

Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Voters in Washtenaw and three other counties will decide the Regional Transit Authority proposal that, if approved, would create a mass transit system in Southeast Michigan. Their goal is to make the region more connected and accessible. Whether that is of benefit to local businesses is a matter of opinion.

Leaves
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It's that time of year where leaves fall to the ground. What is the best way to dispose of such yard waste? In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Master Compost Class instructor Nancy Stone about the ecologically best ways to clean up your lawn debris.

Greg Dill
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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, and they are expected to make a big decision.

Lisa Barry

On Election Day, Washtenaw County voters will be asked to approve a .10 operational millage for services offered by the county's Department of Veterans Affairs . I spoke with the Director of the Washtenaw County Department of Veteran Affairs Michael Smith and Army veteran Duane Weide, who served in Iraq, about the upcoming millage.

Open Enrollment
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Open enrollment for " Obamacare " starts today. Those who enroll in the health insurance marketplace may have to pay more for it soon.

Jerry Clayton
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It's almost Election Day, and the seemingly endless campaigns seem to have brought up some public safety concerns for both during and after the election. Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton spoke with WEMU about how local law enforcement plans to handle any potential hazards at polling places.

Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

For two decades the State of Michigan’s “containment” policy has allowed polluters to leave contamination in place rather than clean it up. 4,000 such “prohibition zones” exist in the state. In our ongoing look in the Ann Arbor area's 1,4 dioxane plume, we look at the ramifications of that kind of policy.

Recycling
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The amount of waste generated in schools per academic year can be staggering. Fortunately, schools in Washtenaw County seek to change that. This week, we talk with Randy Trent, director of operations for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, about introducing recycling programs in local schools.

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