The Ecology Center says many of the products it tested from Walgreens contained potentially harmful chemicals.
Healthy Stuff Dot Org Research Director Jeff Gearhart says plasticizers were found in 13 flexible vinyl products. He says the substance has been linked to asthma and liver toxicity.
"So what we're asking is for Walgreens to actuall implement a comprehensive chemical policy," Gearhart says, "get these hazardous products off the shelves and sell products that are healthier and safer for consumers."
The Presidents of the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College have thrown their support behind a transit millage that'll be decided by voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township next month.
Ypsilanti City Council member Pete Murdock says he's filed nominating petitions to run for Mayor.
Murdock says Ypsilanti has done a lot to "right its ship", and he'd like to help maintain that direction.
"We've done a lot of things financially and things are looking a little better than they were four years ago, six years ago," Murdock says. "I think I have the experience and knowledge to provide that leadership."
Murdock says public safety and economic development will continue to be big issues, and he's hopeful the AAATA transit millage will pass next month.
People who live and work along Prospect Road in Ypsilanti are glad to hear the city has approved spending some money to patch up the road and improve driving conditions until the road is completely re-built next year.
Jim Mufarreh owns Prospect Party Store at Prospect and Forest.
"Long time coming," Mufarreh says. "It's well-needed. It's terrible out there. It's a terrible road. It's been needed for years."
Mark Naess lives in the area, and he says the road is almost undriveable.
Detroit's emergency manager is thinking about privatizing the city's water and sewerage department, which provides water for the Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority and scores of other communities in southeast Michigan.
YCUA Director Jeff Castro says the proposal is still in negotiations, but could have a local impact.
"The local suburban communities might not have as much say in certain aspects of the Detroit water and sewer system as we do today," Castro says.
Ann Arbor officials expect to have the construction schedule for the rest of the new skatepark set within the next week. Park Planner Amy Kuras thinks the facility will be completed by the scheduled June 21st grand opening unless there are a lot of weather issues.
Kuras says most of the remaining work is in two areas.
With less than a month to go in its fundraising effort to buy part of the former Willow Run bomber plant, the Yankee Air Museum today welcomes the Spirit of '45 Express to Hangar 1 at Willow Run airport.
The Spirit of '45 Express crosses the country to remind Americans how the people of our nation came together and helped each other during World War II.
The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to force the state of Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of couples who say their constitutional rights are being violated by Gov. Rick Snyder. He won't recognize the marriages for the purpose of benefits until federal courts decide the status of Michigan's ban on gay marriage.
Jay Kaplan is staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan's LGBT Project. Kaplan says the Governor is talking out of both sides of his mouth.
It's still a little over two months before the opening day for the new skatepark in Ann Arbor, but interest in skating already seems to be growing. The skatepark's grand opening is set for June 21st, which is International Go Skating Day.
A student task force has found that the University of Michigan failed to explain a years long delay between the alleged sexual assault of a student by former football player Brendan Gibbons and his expulsion in December.
The Central Student Government examined the school's student sexual misconduct policy and released its task force's findings Sunday. Central Student Government President Michael Proppe says one finding really stuck out.
Windy conditions continue today and it's causing an increasing number of power outages. DTE Energy spokesperson Alejandro Bodipo-Memba tells WEMU about six-thousand Washtenaw County customers are without electricity.
Washtenaw County communities that contract with the Sheriff’s department for policing will likely see one percent increases in their bills in 2016 and 2017. The County Commissioners vote on that proposal this week, but Sheriff Jerry Clayton is calling for a larger conversation on how law enforcement is funded.
Clayton doesn’t believe the current model is sustainable. He thinks a county-wide model could be designed to work for communities that contract with his department and those that have their own police departments.
Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton discusses how a county-wide funding model for policing could work for both communities with their own police department and those that contract for policing from his department.
Solar Ypsi is close to kicking off another season of work trying to expand the use of solar power in Ypsilanti.
Solar Ypsi founder Dave Strenski says their first project will be to install solar panels on the roof of the Freighthouse in Depot Town. After that, they'll turn their attention to the building that houses the city's fire department.
"They need a new roof," Strenski says, "and so we want to try and figure out if they can integrate solar with that."
Organizations and individuals who've gone above and beyond to promote collaboration between Eastern Michigan University and the surrounding community were recognized at an awards luncheon Friday afternoon.
Awards were presented by EMU's Office of Academic Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.
Claudia Petrescu is campus director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She says the honorees all have something in common.
"Community engagement," she says. "We all believe in the community, and giving back."
Despite all of the snow this winter, the sidewalks along Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor remained easily passable for pedestrians. That’s thanks in large part to the Main Street Business Improvement Zone, an effort where property owners have voluntarily agreed to pay more taxes for a variety of services.
Ed Shaffran is President of The Shaffran Companies and chairman of the Main Street BIZ. He says next month property owners on some neighboring streets will vote to see if the BIZ will expand.
White-nose syndrome is deadly for bats, and the disease has now been reported in bats that hibernate in Michigan.
Eastern Michigan University biology professor Dr. Allen Kurta is a nationally-respected bat expert. He says Michigan is populated by nine species of bats, five of which spend their winters in caves or abandoned mines here.