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2:50 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Family Dollar Construction Begins On Water Street

Work has begun at the site of the Water Street Family Dollar store.
Credit Bob Eccles

Construction has begun on the site of a Family Dollar store on the Water Street re-development area.

An official groundbreaking will he held after the August 5th primary election, but construction machinery was busy at work on the site Tuesday, maneuvering around wooden stakes topped with pieces of fluttering fluorescent tape. 

The sidewalk along Michigan Avenue is also marked with fluorescent spray paint. 

The Family Dollar project is the first on Water Street to see construction begin since 1999. 

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Community
5:44 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Sumi Kailasapathy And Don Adams Jr. Square Off In Ann Arbor's First Ward Council Race

 Ann Arbor voters will chose a new mayor this year but the changes won’t necessarily stop there.  Three of Ann Arbor’s 5 wards have contested Democratic Primaries for council seats.  The first ward race pits incumbent Sumi Kailasapathy against challenger Don Adams Junior.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the race between incumbent Sumi Kailasapathy and challenger Don Adams Jr. for Ann Arbor's first ward City Council seat.

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Shots - Health News
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

Lucinda Schreiber for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:52 pm

Medical tests are rarely a pleasant experience, especially if you're worried that something could be seriously wrong. That's true even though we know that regular screenings and tests often help doctors catch issues early.

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Shots - Health News
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 7:37 pm

We know that happiness and social connection can have positive benefits on health. Now research suggests that having a sense of purpose or direction in life may also be beneficial.

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Elections
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Washtenaw County Commission District 5 Candidates Discuss Public Safety

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Roland Sizemore's announcement that he would not seek re-election to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners in District 5 prompted four Democrats to file to replace him.

Keith Jason, Wilma Gold-Jones, Ruth Ann Jamnick and Victor Dobrin each would like to represent Ypsilanti and Augusta Townships on the board. Listen to thee candidates' thoughts on crime and public safety in the audio above.

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Community
3:22 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Focus On Neighborhood Improvements

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's Democratic Mayoral Primary is now just over a week away. The 4 city council members running for the post continue to walk neighborhoods looking for votes.  One of the key's to the election may turn out to be what residents want from the city in these neighborhoods.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on how Ann Arbor's mayoral candidates look at tackling neighborhood issues.

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Community
6:52 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Neighborhood Issues Playing Important Role In Ann Arbor Mayoral Race

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

When it comes to local government what's happening in your neighborhood often plays the biggest role in who gets your vote.  With Ann Arbor's Democratic Mayoral primary less than two weeks away, here's what some residents want.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the issues important to Ann Arbor's neighborhoods that could play a role in deciding the city's next mayor.

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WEMU News
6:44 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Ypsilanti Mayoral Candidates Talk Pubic Safety

Credit Bob Eccles

Three Democrats are seeking to replace Paul Schreiber as Mayor of Ypsilanti.

Growing Hope Executive Director Amanda Edmonds, current city council member and former mayor Pete Murdock, and community activist Tyrone Bridges appear on the August 5th primary election ballot.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports on the  candidates' thoughts on crime and public safety.

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Elections
6:37 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Interview: 12th Congressional District Candidate Raymond Mullins

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Ypsilanti attorney Raymond Mullins is challenging Debbie Dingell in the 12th Congressional district primary on August 5th.  Mr. Mullins visited the WEMU studios to talk about the campaign.

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Education
6:26 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Farewell Celebration For Roberto Clemente Student Development Center Saturday

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This fall, Ann Arbor Public Schools open the new Pathways to Success Campus. It brings together the Roberto Clemente and A2 Tech programs.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor Public School's Roberto Clemente Student Development Center and the farewell celebration planned for Saturday.

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WEMU News
12:43 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Washtenaw County Gauging Affordable Housing Need

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Washtenaw County wants to get a better idea of how great the need is locally for affordable housing, and has launched an online needs assessment to help make that determination.

Paul Montagno is the Sustainable Communities Coordinator for Washtenaw County's Office of Community and Economic Development.

He says this survey will be very helpful in providing policy direction.

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Elections
6:20 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Interview: 12th Congressional District Candidate Debbie Dingell

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As the August 5th primary election draws near, Debbie Dingell, one of two Democrats seeking to fill her husband John's 12th Congressional district seat, stops by the WEMU studios to talk about the campaign.

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Community
5:21 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Judge Denies Injunction To Delay Scio Township Oil Well

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Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge David Swartz has ruled against Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards request for a temporary injunction to prevent the drilling of an exploratory well in Scio township.  It's a victory for West Bay Exploration and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a Washtenaw County judge rejected a request for injunction that would have delayed drilling for oil in Scio Township.

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WEMU News
4:35 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Survey: Candidates Recognize Value Of Arts And Culture

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Candidates running for office in Washtenaw County show a good understanding of the important role that arts and culture play in setting a sense of place and improving the local economy.

That's according to Arts Alliance Director Deb Polich, whose organization hosted a candidates forum Wednesday morning.

"I think the challenge that comes up often is that they don't know the opportunities that exist in other cities and other states that actually make it possible to invest dollars and make public policy that can change the current circumstances," Police says.

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Community
12:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Ann Arbor Asking If Properties Are Available To Become Parkland

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

A pair of properties that developers have had a challenge in using could become Ann Arbor parks.  8 acres of Woods and brush separate U-S 23 from Ann Arbor's quiet Burton Road on the city's eastside. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports Ann Arbor is checking to see if a pair of properties might be available to become parkland.

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Election 2014
3:35 am
Wed July 23, 2014

12th U-S House Seat Candidate Ray Mullins Challenges Opponent Debbie Dingell To Debate

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ray Mullins thinks America needs some people in congress who "give a damn about the poor and middle class."  The Ypsilanti Attorney faces Debbie Dingell in the Democratic primary for the 12th U-S House district. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on 12th U-S Congressional District Candidate Ray Mullins challenging Debbie Dingell to a debate.

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WEMU News
3:26 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Red Cross Aims To Avoid Emergency Blood Shortage

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Blood is not like drinking water - you can't stockpile large supplies for use in emergencies.  It has to be fairly fresh.  And so the American Red Cross finds itself in its usual summertime bind of critically needing donations.

Red Cross Communications Manager Angie Bermudez says it's tough when 20 percent of blood drives take place on college campuses and at high schools.

She says with summer vacations, this is the time of greatest need.

"We're missing a large percentage of our regular donations," Bermudez says.

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Community
3:26 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Ann Arbor Charter Amendments Heading To November Ballot

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Voters will get the chance to once again create requirements to serve as an elected or appointed official in the city.  A pair of charter amendments will appear on the November ballot.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor Charter Amendments voters will consider in November re-establishing requirements to hold elected and appointed office in the city.

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WEMU News
1:55 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Focus On Fun, Involvement In Heritage Festival Parade

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Organizers of this year's Ypsilanti Heritage Festival want the festival parade to spotlight the fun, creative side of the community.

"We really want to foster a little bit of that New Orleans spirit," festival director Andrew Clock says, "where neighborhoods come out and put together floats and acts just to say 'look how cool our neighborhood is'.  We've got a lot of that spirit in Ypsilanti, so we want to make the Heritage Festival parade the opportunity to do that."

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WEMU News
5:46 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Ann Arbor Businessman Being Honored By White House

Zingerman's Co-founder Paul Saginaw
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Zingerman' Co-founder Honored With 'Champions Of Change' Award  

The White House today will honor Paul Saginaw at a ceremony in Washington. he is among those being recognized with a 'Champions of Change' award.

Saginaw is co-founder of the Zingerman's community of businesses. During a visit to Ann Arbor in April, President Barack Obama praised Saginaw for paying his restaurant workers above minimum wage.  

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WEMU News
4:20 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Mayoral Forum Draws Crowd To Downtown Ypsilanti Library Branch

Ypsilanti mayoral candidates (closest to farthest) Tyrone Bridges, Pete Murdock and Amanda Edmonds.
Bob Eccles

The three Ypsilanti mayoral candidates addressed a packed house Monday night at the downtown library branch.

Among the questions the candidates addressed at the public forum was how to tackle the Water Street debt that threatens to swamp the city's financial boat. 

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Community
4:19 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Ann Arbor's Materials Recovery Facility Could Serve As Model To Boost Recycling Across Michigan

Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

Michigan's recycling rate falls well below the regional average. It stands at about 15-percent right now.   Governor Rick Snyder wants to double the rate in the next two years.  The head of the state's Department of Environmental Quality believes an Ann Arbor facility could play a role in boosting recycling across the state. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant's tour of Ann Arbor's Materials Recycling Facility.

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WEMU News
5:16 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Ypsilanti Mayoral Forum Monday Night At Downtown Library

Credit Bob Eccles

Three Democrats are running to be Ypsilanti's next mayor, and they're all scheduled to appear at a public forum Monday night.

The gathering at the Ypsilanti District Library's downtown branch will feature community activist Tyrone Bridges, Growing Hope Executive Director Amanda Edmonds and current city council member Pete Murdock, who all want to replace Paul Schreiber as mayor. 

Organizers say the forum is a chance for voters to hear what the candidates have to say on a variety of issues. 

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WEMU News
5:16 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Got Burger! Receives Warm Welcome In Ypsilanti

Got Burger! at 301 W. Cross St. in Ypsilanti.
Credit Bob Eccles

The owner of the new Got Burger! restaurant on Cross Street in Ypsilanti says the community has really welcomed him, and he looks forward to being an even bigger part of the community.

Haroun Mohammed says he'll be looking for ways to reach out.

"Getting involved in the community, getting involved at EMU and other schools, and just trying to do what we can to give back," Mohammed says.

He says he chose the Cross Street location mainly because there weren't any other burger places around.  

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Community
5:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Share Thoughts On Economic Development

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's Democratic mayoral primary is rapidly approaching on August 5th. Since incumbent Mayor John Hieftje isn't seeking re-election it offers the community a chance to chart a new course in a wide variety of areas.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the economic development plans for Ann Arbor's 4 candidates in the Democratic mayoral primary.

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