washtenaw county http://michiganradio.org en All the cuts to news gathering should scare us http://michiganradio.org/post/all-cuts-news-gathering-should-scare-us <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Newspapers, even big-city newspapers, are in a sorry state these days.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Thanks largely to the Internet, their circulation and advertising revenue has been in free fall, with the result that they have far less staff than they once did.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">There are also fewer papers than there used to be.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Washtenaw County, outside of Ann Arbor, is home to a collection of fascinating and picturesque little towns like Manchester, Saline, Dexter, and Chelsea. Each had its own thriving weekly newspaper: T</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">he Saline Reporter, Dexter Leader, and Chelsea Standard.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Years ago I did some consulting for the local company that owned those papers and learned that no matter how physically close these places might be, the good people of Chelsea did not want Dexter news in their paper, and vice-versa.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Times are different now.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:47:25 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16996 at http://michiganradio.org All the cuts to news gathering should scare us Washtenaw County ordered to pay in Muslim bias http://michiganradio.org/post/washtenaw-county-ordered-pay-muslim-bias <p>ANN ARBOR –&nbsp;A jury has awarded nearly $1.2 million to a Muslim man who said he was called a terrorist and repeatedly passed over for promotions while working for Washtenaw County.<br /><br />The verdict was returned Thursday in Detroit federal court. Attorney Shereef Akeel says Ali Aboubaker was awarded money for lost wages and pain and suffering.<br /><br />Aboubaker worked for Washtenaw County for 17 years until 2008. The native of Tunisia says he was demoted and bypassed for promotions despite having engineering skills and college degrees.<br /> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 20:12:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16671 at http://michiganradio.org Washtenaw County ordered to pay in Muslim bias Ann Arbor to consider limit on outdoor smoking http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-consider-limit-outdoor-smoking <p>It may soon become more difficult to smoke outdoors in Ann Arbor.</p><p>A proposed city ordinance would prohibit smoking at bus stops and parks designated by the city administrator.</p><p>It would also prohibit smoking near the entrances, windows and ventilation systems of city-owned buildings, which is already banned by a Washtenaw&nbsp;County ordinance.</p><p>The ordinance, introduced by council member Chuck Warpehoski, D-5th Ward, is on the agenda for Monday night's city council meeting.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:24:43 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16282 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor to consider limit on outdoor smoking Native American organization struggling but hopeful http://michiganradio.org/post/native-american-organization-struggling-hopeful <p>A new organization in Ypsilanti that promotes cancer awareness for Native Americans is struggling to stay afloat.<br /><br />Shoshana Beth Phillips is executive director of <a href="http://heritageofhealing.org/">Heritage of Healing.</a> It incorporates native traditions and activities into its services, and supports families with a parent dealing with cancer. (Phillips is originally from the Omaha Nation of Nebraska and <a href="http://uofmhealthblogs.org/cancer/one-native-american-gives-back/6153/">was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer</a> seven years ago.)&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 18:17:23 +0000 Kyle Norris 15808 at http://michiganradio.org Native American organization struggling but hopeful The week in review: Detroit Public Schools, Washtenaw County ID cards, Detroit mayoral race http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-detroit-public-schools-washtenaw-county-id-cards-detroit-mayoral-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>This week, Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/times-running-out-get-5000-new-kids-dps">Detroit Public Schools student quota</a>, Washtenaw County’s <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/new-program-washtenaw-county-could-grant-ids-undocumented-immigrants">identification card plan</a> that includes undocumented immigrants, and the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-vs-napoleon-heats-each-promises-champion-detroit-neighborhoods">continuing campaigns </a>of Detroit mayoral candidates Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan.</p><p><strong>Detroit Public Schools trying to meet enrollment goal</strong></p><p>The Detroit Public School district is depending on enrolling 5,000 more students for the 2013-2014 school year.&nbsp; If the district doesn’t meet its goal, they will lose millions of dollars in funding from the per-pupil-allowance from the state.&nbsp; Jack Lessenberry says that Detroit used to enroll almost 200,000 students thirteen years ago.&nbsp; They now only enroll 46,000.&nbsp; Lessenberry says “they’ve been going door-to-door trying various gimmicks, of course those are sort of dubious too, to get kids to come back.&nbsp; But it’s all about how many bodies they have in seats on Count Day.”</p><p> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Rina Miller & Jack Lessenberry 14210 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review: Detroit Public Schools, Washtenaw County ID cards, Detroit mayoral race In this morning's news: Governor Snyder heads to Asia; Detroit bribery, and IDs for immigrants http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-governor-snyder-heads-asia-detroit-bribery-and-ids-immigrants <p><strong>Governor Snyder in China next week</strong></p><p>Next week Governor Snyder will travel to Asia on a third economic development mission to the region.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.mlive.com/business/index.ssf/2013/08/gov_rick_snyder_china_japan_tr.html#incart_river_default">MLive.com reports</a> that he will visit China and Japan to &ldquo;market the state&#39;s export offerings, promote Michigan as a tourist destination, and convince Chinese business leaders that Detroit, despite its bankruptcy filing, is still a good place to invest.&quot; Funds for the business trip come from the Michigan Economic Growth Foundation.</p><p><strong>Building&nbsp;inspectors charged with bribery</strong></p><p>Yesterday Michigan Attorney Bill Schuette charged seven Detroit building inspectors with bribery.&nbsp; Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Sarah Cwiek<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/schuette-charges-7-detroit-building-inspectors-bribery"> reports</a> that Schuette says &ldquo;inspectors took bribes to overlook code violations &ndash; in some cases, going to the lengths of falsifying architectural plans.&rdquo; An investigation led by the Southeast Michigan Public Corruption Task Force and the FBI led to yesterday&rsquo;s charges.</p><p><strong>Washtenaw program may provide ID cards for undocumented immigrants</strong></p><p>Washtenaw County is considering a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/new-program-washtenaw-county-could-grant-ids-undocumented-immigrants">program that would issue identification cards</a> to all its residents, including undocumented immigrants.&nbsp; The Washtenaw County Board Chairman says that while undocumented immigrants are a large group of people affected by the ID program, they would not be the only ones to benefit.&nbsp; Yousef Rabhi says &ldquo;it could apply to immigrants; it could apply to folks that are homeless; it could apply to folks that are transgender and who don&#39;t believe that the male/female designation on the current state ID is representative of who they really are.&rdquo; Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:36:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14204 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Governor Snyder heads to Asia; Detroit bribery, and IDs for immigrants Officials reject school board recall petition drive http://michiganradio.org/post/officials-reject-school-board-recall-petition-drive <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The elections board in </span>Washtenaw<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> County has rejected a recall petition drive aimed at local school board members. It’s one of the first such actions since the Legislature passed a law making it harder to recall elected officials. The </span>Washtenaw<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> County Elections Commission ruled the petition was not sufficiently clear on why six members of the Ann Arbor Board of Education should be removed by voters.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The board did not rule on whether the petitions were factual. That’s also required under the new law. </span>Washtenaw<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> County Clerk Lawrence </span>Kestenbaum<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;says he thinks that would violate the Michigan Constitution.</span><br><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“For us to make those kinds of determinations flies in the face of what the Constitution provides that the sufficiency of reasons for a recall is a political question, not a judicial question. It’s a political question... means it’s up to the people.”</span><br><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Kestenbaum says he expects the recall law will eventually face a court challenge.</span><br>&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:51:38 +0000 Rick Pluta 13804 at http://michiganradio.org Officials reject school board recall petition drive Wayne v. Washtenaw, a case of drastic health disparities http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-v-washtenaw-case-drastic-health-disparities <p></p><p>Men who live on one side of Rawsonville&nbsp;Rd. have a life expectancy that's six years longer than men on the other side.</p><p>In fact, the life expectancy for males in Washtenaw County is the equivalent of Switzerland, while in Wayne County it's the equivalent of Syria.&nbsp;</p><p>Ron French is a contributing writer for Bridge Magazine, and recently published a story about the health disparities between Wayne and Washtenaw counties, and spoke with us about what he found.</p><p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:57:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 12256 at http://michiganradio.org Wayne v. Washtenaw, a case of drastic health disparities Washtenaw County on the edge of an economic rebound http://michiganradio.org/post/washtenaw-county-edge-economic-rebound <p>Today, the annual Washtenaw County Outlook event will bring&nbsp; economists, businesses, and government officials together to address the current and future economic prospects for the county.</p><p><a href="http://annarbor.com/business-review/washtenaw-county-in-the-midst-of-a-six-year-economic-rebound-adding-25000-jobs/">Lizzy Alfs of AnnArbor.com</a> reports many were surprised to hear an economic forecast that Washtenaw County is expected to increase its job growth.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:31:45 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11891 at http://michiganradio.org Washtenaw County on the edge of an economic rebound Washtenaw County Exploring How to Keep Union Business http://michiganradio.org/post/washtenaw-county-exploring-how-keep-union-business <p>Washtenaw County is exploring how to keep union business in the area, despite Michigan's new Right To Work laws which goes into effect in March. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 22:01:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10625 at http://michiganradio.org Washtenaw County Exploring How to Keep Union Business Stateside: Poverty simulations http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-poverty-simulations <p>To better inform those unfamiliar with the challenges faced by the impoverished and homeless, Julie Steiner will host a poverty simulation tomorrow night at the Michigan Theater.</p><p>Steiner, the director of the <a href="http://www.whalliance.org/">Washtenaw Housing Alliance</a>, spoke with Cyndy about Washtenaw County’s poverty problem.</p><p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 21:20:22 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9876 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Poverty simulations Washtenaw Co. death is Michigan's 5th in meningitis outbreak http://michiganradio.org/post/washtenaw-co-death-michigans-5th-meningitis-outbreak <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are reporting a fifth Michigan death in a national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated steroids.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Community Health said Thursday that its death count has risen by one in the last day. Mlive.com says the latest victim was a 62-year-old Washtenaw County man.</p><p>The state agency now reports 45 Michigan cases of fungal meningitis, plus four non-meningitis infection cases related to the same contaminated steroids.</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:53:19 +0000 The Associated Press 9536 at http://michiganradio.org Washtenaw Co. death is Michigan's 5th in meningitis outbreak First 2012 West Nile Virus case confirmed in SE Michigan man http://michiganradio.org/post/first-2012-west-nile-virus-case-confirmed-se-michigan-man <p>Oakland County health officials say they&#39;ve received Michigan Department of Community Health confirmation of West Nile virus in a 44-year-old man, the first such case reported in the state this year.<br /><br />Today, the Oakland County Health Division announced that the man was hospitalized earlier this month after showing symptoms and he is now at home recovering.<br /><br />On July 3, the MDCH announced it detected the virus in a mosquito pool sample in Saginaw County, and a wild turkey in Washtenaw County.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 19:26:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8469 at http://michiganradio.org First 2012 West Nile Virus case confirmed in SE Michigan man Making public transit easier for Washtenaw Co. Spanish speakers http://michiganradio.org/post/making-public-transit-easier-washtenaw-co-spanish-speakers <p>Casa Latina, a new <a href="http://casalatinami.org/">non-profit organization</a> supporting Washtenaw County&#39;s Latino residents, has some interesting figures:</p><blockquote><ul><li>According to the US Census Bureau, nearly 30 percent of Washtenaw County community members who speak Spanish at home speak English &lsquo;less than well&rsquo;</li><li>Latinos make up 4 percent of Washtenaw County, yet 7.4 percent of those who use public transit are Latino</li><li>More than 70 percent of Spanish speakers in Washtenaw County are native-born US citizens, and 6.5 percent are naturalized citizens</li></ul></blockquote><p>With that in mind, Casa Latina has partnered with the <span><a href="http://www.aata.org/">Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (The Ride)</a> to begin publishing a bus route and scheduling guide in Spanish. </span></p><p><span>In <a href="http://casalatinami.org/2012/05/09/casa-latina-theride-team-up-to-translate-ride-guide/">a press release</a>, </span>Charo Ledón, <span>Executive Director of Casa Latina, commented, &quot;This effort will help many of our fellow community members effectively use the bus system to get to and from work, school and the grocery store. It&#39;s a big step for Spanish-speakers to be able to fully participate in our community.&quot;</span></p><p>And a Spanish translation might just be the first step.</p><p><span>Carrie Rheingans, also with Casa Latina said, </span><span>&quot;In working with TheRide, we learned that there are folks who would like to see the Ride Guide published in other languages, too, and we applaud TheRide for trying this pilot project in Spanish first with Casa Latina.&quot;&nbsp;<br /> </span></p><p><span>According to the release, The Ride&#39;s </span>new website will allow users to find information in several languages.</p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p><em style="padding-right:0px;padding-left:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;padding-top:0px;border-style:initial;border-color:initial;margin-bottom:0px;padding-bottom:0px;border-top-width:0px;vertical-align:baseline;line-height:16px;margin-right:0px;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-size:13px;margin-left:0px;border-right-width:0px;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin-top:0px;border-left-width:0px">This story was informed by the Public Insight Network. If you want to learn how to be a part of our network, click&nbsp;<a href="http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/changing-gears/f8f8b186694f/help-us-cover-this-story" style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;padding-top:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:0px;padding-left:0px;border-top-width:0px;border-right-width:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;border-left-width:0px;border-style:initial;border-color:initial;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(0,82,155);text-decoration:none" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p><p> Wed, 09 May 2012 18:36:52 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7403 at http://michiganradio.org Making public transit easier for Washtenaw Co. Spanish speakers Dexter tornado cleanup continues http://michiganradio.org/post/dexter-tornado-cleanup-continues <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">DEXTER, Mich. (AP) &mdash; The American Red Cross says hundreds of volunteers&nbsp;turned out to help people whose homes were damaged or destroyed by a tornado in Washtenaw County.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">Spokeswoman Jenni Hawes says the village of Dexter is quickly getting cleaned up. The Red Cross moved its services Saturday to Creekside Intermediate School, which is more centrally located.</span></p> Sun, 18 Mar 2012 00:33:14 +0000 The Associated Press 6677 at http://michiganradio.org Dexter tornado cleanup continues Hyundai plans Michigan temperature testing facility http://michiganradio.org/post/hyundai-plans-michigan-temperature-testing-facility <p>DETROIT (AP) - Hyundai Motor Co. says it plans to build a Michigan testing facility to help examine the effects of extreme hot and cold temperatures for vehicle development.</p><p>The expansion announced Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit will be at the South Korean automaker&#39;s Hyundai America Technical Center in Washtenaw County&#39;s Superior Township, near Ann Arbor. Hyundai will spend $15 million on the facility and other upgrades.</p><p>Hyundai says 50 full-time jobs will be added at the location in the coming years.</p><p>To secure the deal, the governor&#39;s office says the state agreed to make a $2.5 million loan to build a power substation.</p><p>The deal was announced after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley toured the show on the second day of media previews. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 21:01:46 +0000 The Associated Press 5724 at http://michiganradio.org Woman sues over wagon accident in Washtenaw County http://michiganradio.org/post/woman-sues-over-wagon-accident-washtenaw-county <p>ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - An employee of a Michigan market who was paralyzed from the waist down after being run over by a horse-drawn wagon during a hayride has filed a lawsuit.</p><p><a href="http://www.annarbor.com/news/woman-paralyzed-in-hayride-accident-files-lawsuit/">AnnArbor.com</a> reports 23-year-old Mary Armbruster of Ann Arbor sued Tuesday in Washtenaw County Circuit Court seeking more than $25,000 from Jenny&#39;s Dexter Market in Webster Township.</p><p>Armbruster claims the market gave her faulty equipment and didn&#39;t fix it when she complained.</p><p>Jennifer Lambers, who owns the market, declined to comment to Ann Arbor.com. A telephone listing for the market was busy when called Thursday morning by The Associated Press.</p><p>The market is a popular weekend destination in Washtenaw County near Dexter, about 40 miles west of Detroit. Thu, 05 Jan 2012 15:13:31 +0000 The Associated Press 5648 at http://michiganradio.org Islamic school may sue over zoning change denial http://michiganradio.org/post/islamic-school-may-sue-over-zoning-change-denial <p>An Islamic school may sue a Washtenaw County township over a zoning decision. The <a href="http://www.pittsfieldtwp.org/Board_Of_Trustees.html">Pittsfield Township Board of Trustees</a> last night&nbsp;turned down the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mia-aa.org/faq.php">Michigan Islamic Academy&rsquo;s </a>request for a zoning change that would have allowed the academy to build a new school in the township, just south of Ann Arbor.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 02:48:37 +0000 Steve Carmody 4713 at http://michiganradio.org Islamic school may sue over zoning change denial Safe at Home (Part 2): Stopping men who batter http://michiganradio.org/post/safe-home-part-2-stopping-men-who-batter <p>October is domestic violence awareness month. At Michigan Radio, we are taking a look at how domestic violence impacts our communities.</p><p>What support and intervention programs are in place to assist those impacted by domestic violence?</p><p>We have already spoken with the Director of Safe House Center in Ann Arbor, which provides assistance to those impacted by domestic violence or sexual assault.</p><p>Now we want to look at the other side of the equation. Jenn White, host of Michigan Radio&rsquo;s All Things Considered, speaks with David Garvin, Senior Director at Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County. &nbsp;</p><p>Garvin manages the Alternatives to Domestic Aggression (ADA) program, a 52 week batterer intervention program that specializes in changing the behavior patterns of men who abuse their intimate partners. Typically, men who participate in the program have been court ordered to do so.</p><p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 17:26:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 4545 at http://michiganradio.org Safe at Home (Part 2): Stopping men who batter Safe at Home (Part 1): Support for survivors of domestic violence http://michiganradio.org/post/safe-home-part-1-support-survivors-domestic-violence <p>October is domestic violence awareness month. At Michigan Radio, we are taking a look at how domestic violence impacts our communities.</p><p>We are also looking at the support and intervention programs in place to assist those impacted by domestic violence.</p><p>Safe House Center is one such support organization. It provides assistance to those affected by domestic violence or sexual assault.</p><p>Jenn White, host of Michigan Radio&rsquo;s All Things Considered, talks with Barbara Niess, director of Safe House Center in Ann Arbor.</p><p> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 21:01:05 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 4515 at http://michiganradio.org Safe at Home (Part 1): Support for survivors of domestic violence