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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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Education
3:40 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Social Work Professor Honored For Lifetime Fighting For Social Justice

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An Eastern Michigan University professor has been honored for her efforts in social work.  The Michigan chapter of the National Association of Social Workers gave Marjorie Ziefert a Lifetime Achievement award.    

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Community
11:57 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Michigan Elvisfest Returns To Ypsilanti

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It may be 35 years since his death, but Elvis fans still flock to a wide variety of events celebrating the "King." Outside of Graceland the place to be this weekend is the 15th annual Michigan Elvisfest in Ypsilanti's Riverside Park.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the 15th annual Michigan Elvisfest taking place this weekend in Ypsilanti.

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WEMU News
5:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels Executive Director Marks One Year On Job

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Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Executive Director Alison Foreman's first year on the job was anything but ordinary.

Just four weeks into the job, she faced a government shutdown that threatened to put her program out of business. 

Since then, things have gone much more smoothly. 

Foreman says they've been able to eliminate a long waiting list, and plan to bring back Friday delivery of a frozen meal for customers to enjoy on Saturday. 

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WEMU News
12:30 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Shooting Victim's Family Struggling With Funeral Costs

The family of a teenager fatally shot in Ypsilanti early Saturday morning needs help paying for his funeral arrangements. 

17 year-old Keon Washington died after being shot while in the 500 block of Madison Street. 

It wasn't long after a reward of $2,500 was announced that police arrested a suspect. 

19 year-old Keandre Duff is being held in the Washtenaw County jail on $70,000 bond.  He faces charges that include assault with intent to murder and carrying a concealed weapon. 

WEMU News
5:52 am
Thu July 3, 2014

IBEW Endorses Debbie Dingell

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Congressional hopeful Debbie Dingell has been endorsed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Dingell is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 12th Congressional District, a seat currently held by her husband, John Dingell, who is retiring at the end of this term.

Debbie Dingell says she's honored the IBEW has chosen to endorse her.

"They're the backbone of the American economy," Dingell says.  "They represent so much about what's right for our community, and I will be a fighter for them and it means a lot to me that they know I will be."

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WEMU News
4:39 am
Tue June 24, 2014

AAATA Rolling Out Transit Improvements Soon

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Next month we'll start to see some of the improvements promised by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority with approval of its .7 mil transit levy.

AAATA says it will begin offering extended hours on many routes starting August 24th. 

It will also start a new route with hourly service between the Ypsilanti District Library and the Ypsilanti Transit Center.

Find a complete listing of transit improvements coming in August online:

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WEMU News
2:42 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Prepare For Color Run Road Closures Saturday In Ypsilanti

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If you'll be driving in the Ypsilanti area Saturday morning, plan on dodging street closures necessary to hold the annual Color Run.

Streets will be closed at 7 a.m. with the 5-K race and walk scheduled to start at 8.  Among the affected streets:

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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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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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Michigan News
10:51 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Hearings Scheduled In EMU Football Player's Slaying

Slain EMU student/athlete Demarius Reed
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Two Detroit men face pre-trial hearings in the robbery and fatal shooting of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed.    The hearings are scheduled this afternoon for Kristopher Pratt and Ed Thomas in Washtenaw County Trial Court in Ann Arbor.

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WEMU News
1:51 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Medical Marijuana Advocates Applaud U.S. House Vote

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Local medical marijuana advocates are cheering the U.S. House for approving a measure that would prevent the DEA from using federal funds to conduct raids on licensed medical marijuana operations.

3rd Coast Compassion Center co-founder Jamie Lowell says it's a historic vote, but he'll also be watching the state legislature as it considers legislation that would affect the industry. 

Charmie Gholson founded Michigan Moms United, and says she was elated to see the bi-partisan effort to reign in the DEA.

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Community
11:50 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Forum To Focus On Federal Pardons, Expunging Criminal Records

The Honorable Judge Deborah A. Thomas
Credit PACJ

Public Action Committee for Justice Thursday evening is holding a public forum on how to expunge criminal records and seek pardons for federal convictions.

Facilitator Judge Deborah A. Thomas will lead the discussion. The subject of pardons will be handled by attorney Christopher Blount. Attorney Robyn McCoy will talk about expunging criminal records.

The forum takes place from 6-8 p.m. at Brown Chapel AME CHurch, 1043 E. Michigan Avenue, in Ypsilanti.

The event is free to the public, and is not limited to Washtenaw County residents.

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WEMU News
7:58 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Tech Firm Expands In Ypsilanti

  A Saginaw-based tech firm with an office in Ypsilanti has moved to a more visible location downtown.

Samsa had been offering website development and software and hardware support from a North Washington Street location, but has moved to 7 South Washington. 

Company President Mike Stackhouse says Ypsilanti's location between Detroit and Ann Arbor is a good spot from which to serve residential and small to medium-sized business customers in southeast Michigan.

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Community
5:52 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

As Summer Vacation Approaches Low-Income Food Programs Grow Important

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  With about one in six Washtenaw County children going hungry, free and reduced lunch programs are vital. As summer approaches Food Gatherers and Ypsilanti Community Schools are sponsoring Summer Food Service Programs.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on summer food programs for low income kids.
 
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Education
4:31 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Hosting Discussion On Human Trafficking

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Michigan lawmakers are considering efforts to fight human trafficking.  Eastern Michigan Unviersity's Women's Resource Center Thursday hosts Senators Rebekah Warren and Judy Emmons to share their proposals.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Eastern Michigan University's Women's Resource Center hosting a discussion on human trafficking and legislative efforts to address the problem.

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Michigan News
1:35 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Yankee Air Museum Close To Purchase Agreement

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A leader of an effort to save a slice of Rosie the Riveter's old Michigan plant says his group soon will sign a purchase agreement for the property.

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Community
8:14 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Awesome Grants Promoting Bike Program, Restoration Agriculture

Credit Abundant Michigan Permaculture Ypsilanti

The Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation is helping fund free bike valet service at some Ann Arbor events and efforts to plant edible landscapes and perennials .

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the latest grants from the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation.

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Community
2:01 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Final ReImagine Washtenaw Report Released

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The final ReImagine Washtenaw Report outlines changes designed to make the five-mile stretch of Washtenaw Avenue between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti more transit-centered and bike and pedestrian friendly.

The plan calls for improvements such as large center medians and buffered bike lanes. 

Communities along the corridor are expected to soon begin making some of the smaller changes outlined in the plan, like connecting sections of sidewalk that currently have gaps between them.

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WEMU News
2:59 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Local Communities Earn 'Tree City USA' Status

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Arbor Day Foundation have given 125 communities in the state the "Tree City USA" certification for their efforts in 2013.

The program promotes proper tree management in urban areas and awareness for the economic, health and aesthetic benefits of trees.

Among the local communities receiving "Tree City USA" designation: Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline and the Village of Dexter.

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WEMU News
2:56 am
Wed May 7, 2014

New Potential Tenant Announced For Thompson Block

The Thompson Block in Ypsilanti's Depot Town.
Credit Bob Eccles

A nationally-recognized local brewer of organic tea and beer has signed a letter of intent to move into the Thompson Block in Ypsilanti's Depot Town.

Unity Vibration currently operates out of a facility on Ecorse Road in Ypsilanti Township. 

Early plans call for a kitchen and tasting room in the Thompson Block. 

Draft Magazine named one of Unity Vibration's beers as one of the 25 best of 2013. 

Zingerman's and Espresso Royale have also signed letters of intent to move into the Thompson Block.

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Community
11:03 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Transit Millage Approved By Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township Voters

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Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority riders can expect later service hours coming in August after voters in three communities approved a new transit tax.  The More Buses campaign is declaring victory with about 70 percent of the votes supporting the measure.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on voters approving the AAATA transit millage.

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WEMU News
2:14 am
Tue May 6, 2014

ABC Microbrewery Now Open For Lunch

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You have a new dining option for lunch in Ypsilanti. The Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery has responded to demand and changed its business hours to include lunch.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

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WEMU News
3:32 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Presidents of UM, EMU And WCC Support Transit Millage

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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.

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Community
11:59 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Sheriff Clayton Wants Discussion On How To Fund Policing Across Washtenaw County

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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.

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