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Due to COVID-19, Eastern Michigan University will not hold its annual September 11 memorial ceremony on campus this year.  

Jeff Roberts
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New state regulations will change the way some firefighting operations are conducted in Michigan.  Firefighting foams can contain high levels of PFAS.  Those forever chemicals are not only detrimental to the environment but also to human health.  Jeff Roberts is chief of the Wixom Fire Department and president of the Michigan Fire Chiefs Association.  He joined 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair to discuss the new regulations and their impacts on training, operations, and safety.


Mike Kennedy
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Hospitals and health care workers have been overwhelmed by the COVID-19 outbreak.  In this difficult time, a simple act of kindness and gratitude can go a long way.  Ann Arbor fire chief Mike Kennedy talks to WEMU's David Fair about an upcoming vehicle procession to honor our local doctors, nurses, and hospital staffs.  Additionally, the chief explains how COVID-19 is impacting function and operations within his department.


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Over the last half-century, PFAS chemicals have been added to the formulation of innumerable products we use on a daily basis.  The manufacture and disposal of these products releases them to our environment, where they can get into our food and water.  Unfortunately for us, they can be harmful to our health, and they don’t biodegrade.  These “forever chemicals” have become pervasive in our lives.

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No one was hurt by a fire that damaged an electrical bicycle manufacturing facility Friday in Ann Arbor.

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In this week's "Civic Matters," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Mary Morgan from the CivCity Initiative about the latest political developments in Washtenaw County.  Among the topics discussed are the AAATA's new "People-Friendly Streets" initiative, raising parking fines in Ann Arbor, and an open house hosted by Ann Arbor's police and fire departments.


Fireworks
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Fireworks are a part of many people's 4th of July celebrations, whether it's watching a professional show or lighting some off in the neighborhood.  Here's what's scheduled in our area and what is legally allowed. 


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Three of Ann Arbor's fire stations will be temporarily closed over the next two months.

Stations 3, 4 and 5 will each be closed for renovations, although only one will be closed at a time.

Assistant Fire Chief Ellen Taylor says each station should only be closed for a few days.

Update 12:05 pm:  10 hours and counting. That's how long firefighters have been combating the downtown blaze at Happy's Pizza, starting shortly before 2 am this morning. The fire is still burning at this hour. As a result, Main Street from Packard to Hoover in Ann Arbor is closed due to the fire. The building is said to be a a total loss. So far, no injuries have been reported.

An eye witness view of the scene is available here: