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Ann Arbor is home to a Alzheimer’s testing site where a new drug is being tested

file000894312228 (1)The A4 study, as it’s known, is focused on people 65 to 85 years old who still have a normal memory, but have early signs of Alzheimer’s.

These people will be administered a drug to see if it will slow or stop the impacts of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Reisa Sperling is the Director at the Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment.

“This is a new study and what’s particularly new about it is trying it in people who don’t yet have symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. So we’re really trying to change the way we think about Alzheimer’s disease and focus on prevention, rather than most of the trials which unfortunately have not done so well at later stages of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Dr. Sperling says the study has been going on since 2014, and results are expected in 2020.

Sperling says the study will cost around $140 million and is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Activists collect thousands of signatures demanding end to Syrian refugee “pause”

Julie Quiroz of Ann Arbor after delivering about 4,700 signatures to the governor’s office on Thursday. Quiroz created an online petition urging Gov. Snyder to continue accepting Syrian refugees.

Julie Quiroz of Ann Arbor after delivering about 4,700 signatures to the governor’s office on Thursday. Quiroz created an online petition urging Gov. Snyder to continue accepting Syrian refugees.

Activists have delivered thousands of signatures to Gov. Rick Snyder urging him to welcome more Syrian refugees. Snyder says he’s “pausing” his efforts to attract additional Syrian refugees to Michigan after last week’s attacks in Paris.
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New Ann Arbor to Traverse City passenger train idea being discussed

Photo courtesy of the Michigan Land Use Initiative.

Photo courtesy of the Michigan Land Use Initiative.


An exploratory project is being launched to bring back passenger train service to a rail line that still exists through central and northern Michigan.
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Minimum wage advocates cheer on President Obama in Ann Arbor



President Obama’s visit comes as groups in Michigan are pushing to raise the state’s minimum wage. Those groups were out in full force to cheer on the president.

The Raise Michigan coalition hopes to put a question on the November ballot. It would ask Michigan voters to raise the minimum wage to 10.10 an hour by 2017 and then tie it to inflation after that.

Frank Houston is with Raise Michigan.

“This can be literally the difference between you keeping your housing, putting food on the table, putting gas in your car, or even owning a car.”

Republican leaders in the state legislature say they have no interest in raising the state’s minimum wage. They say wages will rise on their own as the economy improves.

POTUS stumps in Michigan for minimum wage hike

President Obama was in Ann Arbor today to make the case for an increase in the minimum wage. The President told a crowd at the University of Michigan it’s a mistake to try to boost the economy with tax breaks for the wealthy.

“We believe our economy grows best not from the top down, but from the middle up and the bottom up. And we want to make sure that no matter where you’re born, what circumstances, how you started out, what you look like, what you’re last name is, who you love, it doesn’t matter. You can succeed. That’s what we believe.”

The President has proposed raising the federal minimum wage to 10 dollars and 10 cents. The President also endorsed a ballot drive in Michigan to increase the state minimum wage. Employer groups say an increase in the minimum wage would cost jobs, drive up prices, and slow the economic recovery.