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1:34 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Meet Ann Arbor Candidates For Mayor Saturday

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Primary elections are less than two months away so candidates are getting busy knocking on doors and sharing their vision.  Ann Arbor voters also have several chances to see all four Democrats running for Mayor in the coming weeks.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on upcoming forums with the 4 democrats running to replace outgoing Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje.

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12:01 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

A New Name For Chelsea Community Hospital

Credit Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

After more than five years as a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS), the Board of Trustees of Chelsea Community Hospital has decided to rename the hospital St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.

The name was approved after several months of careful study, market research, mission discernment and input from community members, donors, physicians and colleagues. 

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4:48 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Arbor Hospice Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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Ann Arbor Hospice has come a long way in the last 30 years, as has the field of hospice care.

Gloria Brooks is president and CEO of Arbor Hospice. 

She says they started back in 1984 seeing nine patients a day.  Now, Arbor Hospice cares for more than 250 patients a day in Washtenaw County and six other counties in southeast Michigan. 

Brooks says hospice facilities have faced challenges over the years, most recently from the Affordable Care Act, which has reduced payments to providers.

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4:47 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Habitat For Humanity Focusing On West Willow Neighborhood

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Volunteers from Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley will descend on Ypsilanti Township's West Willow neighborhood this weekend to help homeowners with chores like painting and cleaning out gutters.

A dozen or more homes will be targeted in Saturday's effort. 

Habitat's focus on helping to revitalize the West Willow neighborhood is expected to continue for several years.

Find out more about Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley online:

http://www.h4h.org/

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Community
6:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Ann Arbor Summer Festival Kicks-Off Tonight

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The new executive director of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival hopes everyone in the area will find something they like at the 31st annual event.  That shouldn't be a problem with more than 140 concerts and events kicking-off tonight.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the start of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Community
4:54 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Ann Arbor's 14th Annual Mayor's Green Fair Friday

The Nature House at the Leslie Science and Nature Center.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje believes the Leslie Science and Nature Center is a great example of efforts to make the city more green.  Tonight he'll host the 14th annual Mayor's Green Fair

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Green Fair and Ann Arbor's other "green" efforts.

  

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Education
4:29 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Ann Arbor School Board Waiting To Approve 2014-15 Budget

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The Ann Arbor School Board has taken steps towards completing next year's budget, but chose not to vote on the plan Wednesday night.  The delay is designed to give more time to adjust spending based on the state's new K-12 funding model.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports the Ann Arbor School Board is waiting a couple of weeks to pass next year's budget, but has taken steps forward on the plan.

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Community
11:27 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority Looks To Make Streets And Sidewalks More Vibrant

Ann Arbor's typically vibrant Main Street was quiet following one of this winter's snowstorms.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Improving downtown Ann Arbor streetscapes is becoming a priority. The downtown streets have different primary functions, but the Downtown Development Authority wants to make sure all are as vibrant as possible.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the first public meeting for the Downtown Development Authority's Downtown Streets Framework Plan.

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8:44 am
Thu June 12, 2014

EMU VP Leaving To Become Dingell Chief Of Staff

Congressman John Dingell.
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Eastern Michigan University's Vice President of Government and Community Relations is leaving to take a job as Chief of Staff to retiring Congressman John Dingell.

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8:44 am
Thu June 12, 2014

EMU Discusses 2015 Budget At Forum

EMU's Pease Auditorium.
Credit Bob Eccles

Eastern Michigan University's recently approved $301.9 million fiscal year 2015 spending plan was the subject of a late morning forum.

Chief Financial Officer John Lumm says the budget is fiscally responsible, and will help EMU continue to improve its overall financial position. 

Included in the budget is a tuition increase of 3.2 percent - the maximum allowed by the state for schools wishing to receive funding. 

EMU is also making $4.6 million more in financial aid available, and budgeted for safety enhancements like the hiring of 10 new public safety officers.

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8:44 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Ringleaders Identified In Recent Gang-Related Crime Surge

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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office has identified three or four individuals believed to be the leaders in a recent rash of juvenile gang-related trouble at the Huron Heights apartment complex on Leforge Road.

Director of Community Engagement Derrick Jackson says a group of mostly middle school to early high schoolers has been mimicking gang behavior, leading to numerous calls for police service. 

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8:43 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Washtenaw County Seeks Public Input On Former Juvenile Center's Future

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Washtenaw County will seek the community's thoughts on what to do with the former Juvenile Center property on Platt Road.

A consultant will spend the next seven months helping the county decide how to proceed. 

Plans call for a three-day charrette to give the public a chance to weigh in on the future use of the 13-point-five acre parcel, but dates for that workshop have not been set.

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Community
8:43 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Democratic Nominee For Governor Mark Schauer Speaks To Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber

Mark Schauer at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Headline Lunch.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Democratic Candidate for Governor Mark Schauer says his roots are here in Washtenaw County.  Schauer addressed the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber at Wedsnesday's headline lunch.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Democratic candidate for Governor Mark Schauer speaking at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's Headline Lunch.

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3:06 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Superintendents Blast State K-12 Funding Proposal

Ann Arbor Superintendent Jeanice Swift speaks as other district superintendents and school board members look on.
Credit Andrew Cluley

The Ann Arbor School Board was set to vote on a balanced budget tonight, but the latest proposal for state funding would leave a big hole to fill.

A House Senate committee's proposal would give the district $2.5 million less than Governor Rick Snyder's plan. 

Superintendent Jeanice Swift indicated the board will likely still vote on the original budget tonight.

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5:25 am
Wed June 11, 2014

VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Director Addresses Wait Times

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Veterans spent close to 30 days waiting for their initial appointment at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and director Robert McDivitt says while that's not bad compared to other area healthcare facilities, it's also not where the VA wants to be.

Investigators who conducted a nation-wide audit of the VA health care system plan to make a return visit to the Ann Arbor facility, although no date's been set for that visit. 

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5:25 am
Wed June 11, 2014

WISD Superintendent Concerned About K-12 Funding Proposal

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A proposed increase in per-pupil funding for K-12 schools would actually leave many area districts at the same or even lower funding levels next fiscal year.

That's according to Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel, who says that would be the net result of moving from a funding formula in which poor districts get twice as large of a funding increase as wealthier districts, to a formula where the minimum foundation grant is boosted by $175. 

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5:24 am
Wed June 11, 2014

C.S. Mott Again Ranked Among Nation's Top Children's

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C.S. Mott Children's Hospital has once again been ranked among the best children's hospitals in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Mott has been recognized for excellence in each of the ten specialties the magazine examined since the rankings first came out in 2007. 

The highlight for this year was the area of cardiology and heart surgery, in which C.S. Mott placed in the top ten in the country.

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Community
5:23 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Even With More Affordable Housing, Camp Take Notice Likely To Play Role In Fighting Homelessness

The eventual sale of Ann Arbor's Library Lot should help boost the city's stock of affordable housing. That's because City Council has promised 50 percent of the proceeds will go towards the affordable housing fund.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the role in fighting homelessness that members of MISSION and Camp Take Notice think they will still play even if affordable housing options increase.

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Education
5:08 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Tuition Increasing 3.2 Percent, Budget Approved

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Eastern Michigan University is increasing funding for public safety and financial aid next school year.  The board of regents today approved a $301.9 million general fund budget.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the EMU Board of Regents setting tuition rates and the general fund budget for the 2014-15 school year.

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4:24 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Food Gatherers Eyes Need For Summer Assistance

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More than 1,800 people came together for Sunday's Grillin' for Food Gatherers fundraiser.

The money generated from the event will be used to help the local non-profit organization combat food insecurity throughout Washtenaw County.

Food Gatherers President Eileen Spring says the money raised from yesterday's event will provide 35,000 meals and snacks between now and September.

Find out more about Food Gatherers online:

http://foodgatherers.org

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4:23 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Use Booming In Ann Arbor

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The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority plans to install more electric vehicle charging stations, as use of the stations continues to grow.

A report to the U.S Department of Energy, which provided a grant that covered the cost of installing 18 charging units at six locations around town, shows usage grew from about 2,700 kilowatt hours in the third quarter of 2012 to over 14,000 kilowatt hours in the fourth quarter of 2013. 

DDA director Susan Pollay says Ann Arbor residents tend to gravitate to and embrace new technologies like electric and hybrid vehicles.

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4:22 am
Tue June 10, 2014

U-M Study Links Snoring, High Blood Pressure With Sleep Disorders In Pregnant Women

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A new study from the University of Michigan has found half of pregnant women who snore and suffer from hypertension also have a sleep disorder.

If left untreated, disorders like sleep apnea can result in a variety of health risks for the mother including high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia and a higher risk for C-sections.

The study's lead author, Dr. Louise O'Brien, says if a hypertensive pregnant woman snores more than three nights a week she should likely receive further evaluation by a sleep specialist.

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4:20 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Clean Energy Coalition Closing In On Launch Of ArborBike

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You could soon have another way to get around downtown Ann Arbor.

The Clean Energy Coalition is getting ready to launch its new bike sharing program called ArborBike.

Once completed, the membership-based program will allow users to check out bikes for short trips in and around the downtown area. The bikes can then be returned to any ArborBike kiosk.

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4:19 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Ypsilanti Fire Department Hopes Grants Will Fund Big Projects

Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange's proposed 2014-15 and 2015-16 budgets include $3 million for the fire department.

Some of that money would be used to repair and department's leaky roof.  The plan is to install solar panels on the roof as the repairs are completed.  It's estimated the panels could save the city $20-thousand a year in electricity costs. 

Grants and other funding will be sought to replace aging extrication gear and buy a new fire truck.

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Education
11:43 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Eastern Michigan University And Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Training Physician Assistants

Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

The combination of an aging population and retiring doctors is creating a shortage of primary care physicians.  Eastern Michigan University and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System are teaming up on a new Physician Assistant program that will help address the problem.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the new Physician Assistant program that started last month at Eastern Michigan University.

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