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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
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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

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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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Programming
1:00 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Introducing: TED Radio Hour

Are you a curious and imaginative listener, interested in fresh approaches to old problems and new ways to teach and learn? Tune in for this collaboration between NPR and TED, hosted by Guy Raz, on 89.1 WEMU at Noon each Saturday.

Let us know what you think:

Community
4:33 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair Celebrates 45th Anniversary With Focus On Artists

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One of Ann Arbor's four art fairs is marking its 45th anniversary this year.  It's not just the weather that officials with the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair are celebrating.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair celebrating artists as the event turns 45 years old.

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WEMU News
4:32 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Group Sues Michigan DEQ, Oil Developer Over Proposed Scio Township Well

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Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards has filed suit in Washtenaw County Circuit Court, seeking to derail plans for an exploratory oil well in Scio Township.

The suit alleges the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality doesn't abide by its own permitting rules, and that the public was only involved in the process in a superficial manner. 

The MDEQ says its permitting process has a great record of prevailing in such cases. 

West Bay Exploration Company wants to drill the well.  It says the suit will delay the process, but looks forward to moving ahead with drilling.

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Community
4:32 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Community Television Network Continues Art Fair Tradition

Beyond a piece of art you bring home, mostly visitors are left with only memories of each year's Ann Arbor Art Fair. One booth has been recording those memories for years.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the CTN booth at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.

From little kids holding their parents hands to adults clutching some art on a stick, Courtney Kistler asks a simple question, "Hey wanna be on TV?"  Kistler is a production assistant with Community Television Network, or CTN.

She says people typically talk about what they like of the art fair or a new purchase, but it's a free open mic so she hears some interesting stories as well.  "We had a guy who was from India give a little bit of his life history and then he talked about himself in Hindi as well.  So that was pretty cool."

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Community
8:30 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Business Organization Shares Economic Development Wishes Ahead Of Ann Arbor's Mayoral Primary

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From attracting and retaining businesses to new construction projects, economic development is an important issue in every community.  Ann Arbor voters head to the polls August 5th and economic development will be among the issues voters consider when casting their ballot for one of the four Mayoral candidates. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on what the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber member businesses are looking for in terms of economic development assistance from Ann Arbor.

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Community
5:32 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Artists Reveal How They Make Their Work At The Ann Arbor Art Fair

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With about 1,000 artists on hand Ann Arbor's Art Fair gives visitors the chance to check out nearly as many unique art forms.  There also are several places where you can see artists at work.    

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Arts
5:30 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

H.C. Porter Brings The Mississippi Blues To Ann Arbor

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Blues fans and those that want a unique look at life in Mississippi need look no further than Ann Arbor's North University this week.  Vibrant colors pop out of the dark backgrounds, bringing to life the feeling of the blues and the south.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on artist H.C. Porter's blues inspired artwork at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.

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Arts
4:36 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Ring The Bells: A Carillon Campaign Is Going Nationwide

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:40 pm

Reporter Julie Rose unravels the unique art of the carillon. A carillonneur is someone who, at a wedding or funeral, hammers away on wooden pegs with their fists and hands to coax music from large bells. Brigham Young University has a particularly active carillon, with recitals every afternoon — often involving students who have only recently discovered the instrument.

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