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Ann Arbor Green Burial Network
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It's "Earth Day" today, and a local organization is using the day to bring attention to "green burials."   


Scott Menzel
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The Washtenaw Intermediate School District will ask voters in the May 3rd election to approve a special education millage.


Gillian Ream Gainsley
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Public transportation in Washtenaw County is growing. The AAATA is expanding service beginning in May, and increased rail service may be on the horizon.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Gillian Ream Gainsley, Ypsilanti representative for the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, about how these transportation methods may impact the local environment.


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Sexual assault is rampant, particularly on college campuses across the country. Washtenaw County has five institutions of higher education. The statistics confirm women in this area are being raped at an alarming rate. WEMU's  David Fair talks with the executive director of Safehouse Center, Barbara Neiss-May, about what is happening here, and what is being done about it. 


Lead Poisoning
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The ongoing water crisis in Flint is raising concerns among many local parents about lead poisoning in Washtenaw County.

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April is National Donate Life Month.  You can register to help those in need.


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Since 1995, 4,000 prohibition zones have been put in place in Michigan to “manage risk,” i.e. prevent people from coming into contact with contaminated soil or water.  In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas looks at how the balance between cleaning up pollution versus managing the risk is playing out when it comes to the Ann Arbor area's 1.4 dioxane plume. 


Start By Believing
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Washtenaw County will soon become the first in the state to pledge to end victim-blaming in sexual assault cases. 

 

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A new study from the University of Michigan's School of Public Health reveals that immigration raids affect community health.  


Creative Many

The creative sector in Washtenaw County employs more than 6,000 people and more than 25,000 statewide.

 

 

 

Vote Here
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If you plan to vote in the May 3rd election in Washtenaw County, you have until today to register. 


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Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor is celebrating 50 years of operations.


Breathalyzer Test
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Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Washtenaw County Medical Society are hosting a panel discussion tonight on drunk driving.


Roger Rayle / Scio Residents For Safe Water

In the United States, approximately 10 million pounds of 1,4-dioxane are produced each year.  It is being detected in groundwater at dozens of sites across the country.  Once thought to be relatively benign, new science says otherwise.  Costs to clean it up are high, and communities are grappling with how to deal with it.  In this installment of  “The Green Room,” WEMU  explores the experiences of two cities:  Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Tucson, Arizona. 

 

 

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Washtenaw County’s economic forecast for this year is looking bright.

 

Absentee Ballot
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The deadline for clerks to process overseas and military absentee voter ballots for the May 3, 2016 election is Saturday.

 


 

Washtenaw County

The search for a new Washtenaw County Administrator could be the focus of Wednesday's Board of Commissioners meeting.

Lisa Barry

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton says community engagement and a thoughtful response are what is needed to deal with the issues they face in the county.

He said people may not want to acknowledge it, but there is a heroin epidemic throughout the entire county.

His deputies have saved 15 lives since they began carrying a drug that reverses the effects of an overdose since last summer.

Sheriff Clayton says mental health issues are also a challenge his department has to deal with.

He says they have partnered with community mental health experts and established crisis intervention programs so there are options for people dealing with a mental health problem.

He also spoke about an emergency communications millage renewal that will be on the local ballot for the March 8th election.

He is urging approval of the ballot question and said it enhances the infrastructure of first responders and improves the way they deal with crime and emergency situations.

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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is advising residents to take extra caution on the roads tonight and tomorrow.

 

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Earlier this month, we took a quick look into the Underground Railroad in our Southeast Michigan.  As part of Black History Month, we continue exploring stories that came out of that era in Washtenaw County.


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The need for food assistance is increasing in Washtenaw County and a local food pantry is stepping up.

 

 


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State Attorney General Bill Schuette and Michigan State Police Director Kriste Kibbey Etue have announced that $1.7 million will go toward processing Michigan's nearly 2,000 untested rape kits. Law enforcement agencies in Washtenaw County are responsible for more than 100 of them.

 

 


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A Washtenaw County fundraising drive to send clean water to Flint has raised nearly $12,000.

 

 


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More than $4,000 has been raised by Washtenaw County residents to send bottled water to the city of Flint.

Washtenaw County Seal
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Washtenaw County will soon be a step closer to hiring a new administrator.

 


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