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The religious community always tries to reach out to those in need.  However, in Ypsilanti, more and more churches are offering their services beyond the typical Sunday activities.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly talk to Pastor Jason Robinson of Ypsilanti's Reach Church, who is among several, faith-based establishments going above and beyond for the public.


Michigan State Senate
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A state Senate committee holds a hearing today on bills to outlaw female genital mutilation in Michigan.  It’s already a federal crime with a penalty of up to five years in prison.  The bill’s sponsors say that’s not tough enough.  A lot of experts say a tougher law may not be enough to deter an entrenched cultural and religious practice.     


The Interfaith Council For Peace and Justice

The Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice and the Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County have responded to an anti-Islam message written at the University of Michigan's Diag.


The Ann Arbor School Board has unanimously passed a resolution asking the state Department of Education to make sure mandatory tests aren't given on major religious holidays.  The resolution has also been supported by Superintendent Jeanice Swift and the Ann Arbor Arab American Parent Support Group. 

Ann Arbor Schools already have a policy prohibiting major exams and other events on three star holidays but the resolution is a response to the Michigan Educational Assessment Program exams taking place in October during Eid-al-Adha. 

School Board Member Glenn Nelson says it was more than just students that had to choose between the required test and an important holiday.  He says all of the teachers he knows that were impacted chose to stay with their students.

Nelson says they hope to speak with the State Board of Education, the state superintendent and others to ensure testing doesn't conflict with important holidays.  He says culture diversity needs to be considered for Michigan to attract people from across the globe.