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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.


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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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As concern rises and detection methods improve, 1,4-Dioxane is being discovered in water sources across the country. Central to formulating remediation plans is determination of the safe level of exposure to this probable human carcinogen. What constitutes a true hazard as opposed to an “acceptable risk?”  Barbara Lucas goes in search of the answer in this 24th installment in our series on the Ann Arbor area’s 1.4 Dioxane Plume in “The Green Room.” 


Metro Matters

After resigning from the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners to apply for a full time job with the county, Conan Smith has now withdrawn from consideration for that position as well.


Washtenaw County
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The field of finalists for Washtenaw County administrator has been narrowed down to four, and there are now two people in the running for another county position.


Despite an increased national spotlight on domestic violence, it is an issue that, too often, is still discussed in hushed tones. In Washtenaw County, law enforcement agencies, the prosecutor's office and community leaders are standing up and speaking out. Additionally, they are working closely with Safehouse Center to bring the issue out of the shadows.


Oil Pipeline
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A new natural gas pipeline is in the works and would expend the web of pipelines running through Washtenaw County.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Nancy Shiffler, chair of the Sierra Club's Michigan chapter, about the potential impacts of a new pipeline.  


Washtenaw County Sheriff
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The issue of policing and community interaction continues to be a hot-button topic across the country and right here at home.  Racial profiling and use of excessive force are at the top of those discussions.

RTA
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This November, there will a new public transit plan on the ballot, which, if passed, could impact the environment.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Elizabeth Gerber, who represents Washtenaw County on the Regional Transit Authority's Board of Directors, about the new public transit millage.


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An investigation is underway into racist graffiti painted on the outside of an Eastern Michigan University Building.


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Conversation continues in Washtenaw County about policing and community interactions.  It was the subject of a town hall forum moderated by 89.1 WEMU in July.  On Wednesday night in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County Sheriff held the first in a new series of community meetings .   


The Washtenaw County Health Department has reported the first West Nile Virus case in our area.

 


Plastic Bags
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State lawmakers want to make sure your city won’t tax or ban plastic grocery and retail bags.


Lisa Barry

The United Way of Washtenaw County kicked off its annual fundraising campaign Tuesday by addressing the growing local economic disparity.


9/11 Memorial
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This Sunday marks the 15-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.  The events of that fateful day still inform our lives today, and in a myriad of ways.  It has certainly spawned improvements to our security here in our community.


Conan Smith
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Washtenaw County's Board of Commissioners is holding a special meeting tonight to choose someone to complete the term of former commissioner Conan Smith.


Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve
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Michigan has a new state park, and it's mostly in Washtenaw County.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Douglas Koop, executive director of the Legacy Land Conservancy, about the creation Michigan's 103rd state park and its first-of-its-kind partnership with the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Department.


Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department

One of the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department K-9 officers is getting some extra protection.


Washtenaw County
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If you ever wanted to serve on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, now may be your chance to get on the board quickly. 


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Over forty thousand people are expected to attend the Thunder Over Michigan air show this weekend.  In addition to providing entertainment, it will also help the local economy.


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