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.


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.

Creative Commons

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. 

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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.


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.

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.


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

Roger Rayle / Scio Residents for Safe Water

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.