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More than 500 people attended Thursday night's town hall forum on policing and community relations at Eastern Michigan University.  It was moderated by WEMU.  Panelists included a representative from Black Lives Matter, the ACLU of Michigan, and the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's office. It also featured the organizers of the event, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton and 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. 


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Washtenaw County has decided that its Solid Waste Management Plan is ready for revision.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Washtenaw County environmental services supervisor Jeff Krcmarik about how the plan will change.


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The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders has awarded $4.5 million in human services funding to nonprofits in our county. 


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The Ecology Center in Ann Arbor is working on a project to make sure supermarkets don't sell canned food products that could contain BPA in them.  


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Washtenaw County's "eco-fee" for using plastic or paper bags from retail grocery stores is scheduled to go into effect on Earth Day in 2017. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County solid waste specialist Noelle Bowman about the new ordinance and whether state lawmakers will actually allow for its implementation. 


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June is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month.  It's a disease that affects more than 5.3 million individuals in the United States, and Washtenaw County is not the exception.

 


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Food safety became a huge concern when a man introduced hazardous chemicals to grocery stores in Washtenaw County in May.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Washtenaw County Environmental Health Director Kristen Schweighoefer about what to do if contaminated food becomes a serious problem.


Ramadan Observances Continue In Ann Arbor

Jun 10, 2016
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Members of Ann Arbor’s Muslim community began observing Ramadan this week.


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The Zika virus has reached Washtenaw County. 

 


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Preliminary data shows Washtenaw County is below the statewide average for children who tested positive for elevated blood lead levels.

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Poor air quality in regions of our state contributes to chronic health problems including asthma, COPD, some cancers, and more. In this month's edition of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment, Lisa Wozniak discusses the impact of air pollution on our communities with State Rep. Stephanie Chang and what it would take to move our state forward with environmental justice.I

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The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan has unveiled its new master plan for a rapid public transportation system.

The proposal calls for expanding rail and bus systems and connecting Washtenaw, Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties.

I talked with the Executive Director of Metro Matters and Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith about what this could mean for the community.


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


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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.  


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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?

 


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


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Two local science-based learning centers for children and their families may soon be merging.


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


Officials Want Input On A Plan To Stop Invasive Species

May 17, 2016
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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?


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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.  


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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.


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


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