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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.

 

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

 


 

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

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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.

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

 


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As it continues to stay cold, more and more homeless people are using shelters in Washtenaw County.


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Buying a home for the first time can be a stressful proposition. But Washtenaw County residents can get an accelerated lesson in navigating the housing market during a workshop tonight.

 

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Best wishes one and all for a Happy New Year!  Make sure you are setting aside the time needed to see all the award nominated films from 2015 as well as all the top films chosen by national movie critics. WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins cover it for you as part of "Cinema Chat." 


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The holidays are here, and that means unwrapping gifts, cooking and eating a lot of food and dealing with holiday decorations. The result? Good times, and a lot of trash.  for a more sustainable Christmas, give a listen to this week's 'Issues of the Environment.' David Fair talks with Recycle Ann Arbor's Outreach and Zero Waste Coordinator Christine Chessler-Stull about having a 'greener' holiday. 


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The Zero: 2016 campaign began one year ago with the goal of helping all of Washtenaw County's homeless veterans off the streets by this January.


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 Don’t bother bringing the skies or snow shovel out of the garage yet. Unseasonably warm weather will continue for at least the next few weeks in Southeast Michigan.


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In the October edition of 89.1 WEMU's '1st Friday Focus on the Environment, we spoke with Yousef Rabhi about a variety of topics. The Washtenaw County Commissioner wants to take his experience to Lansing and take over the seat currently held by term-limited Democratic state representative Jeff Irwin,  Jeff Irwin.

From a desire to reduce Michigan's dependence on fossil fuels, to efforts to remove a controversial pipeline from under the Straits of Macinac to the politics that pose a challenge to effective legislation.

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Officials in Washtenaw County say they’re prepared for a potential emergency in light of an attack on Washington D.C. threatened by international militants.

 

 


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Could it happen here? The City of Flint's water supply has caused elevated lead levels in children in that area. In this week's 'Issues of the Environment' David Fair talks with Washtenaw County Public Health's Medical Director, Alice Penrose, about the safety of the water in this area, and the dangers of lead from other sources. 

    

Communities around the WEMU listening area went to the polls Tuesday to vote on city council members and local leaders, millages for road repairs, and expanding public transit in Washtenaw County. Here you'll find the results as they become available:

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Now’s the time of year a few Snowy owls might arrive in Michigan, if we’re lucky.  In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores a few of Michigan’s owls:  the dangers they face, and why we should care.


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Medicare open enrollment is open until December 15. For Washtenaw County residents, there’s help available to guide them through changes to their federal insurance policy.


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Washtenaw County commissioners passed a resolution Wednesday night to merge local convention and visitors bureaus into one countywide department. Some arts advocates, including Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich, are critical of the proposal for not specifying how much funding the new CVB will devote to arts and culture.

 


 

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