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Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

State Road Fix Plan Could Cost Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millions

As lawmakers in Lansing debate how to fix the state's roads, a casualty could be plans to expand public transit options in Washtenaw County. The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority plans to increase service by 44 percent over the next five years, thanks largely to the transit millage approved by voters this year. Those plans could be in jeopardy if the road funding plan approved by the house goes forward. It would cost the AAATA nearly $2 million annually.
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Bob Eccles

A new brownfield plan could help Ypsilanti attract developers to the Water Street project.


Two very different holiday displays will share the grounds of the Michigan State Capitol next week: a traditional Christian Nativity and an exhibit by the Satanic Temple. The situation has brought controversy — and energized Christians who realized that a planned Nativity was in danger of being canceled.

The story drew intense attention after it emerged that there was a chance the Capitol grounds might host only a Satanic holiday display during the Christmas season, because plans for a Christian display didn't take into account Michigan's rules.

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti City Council is back to full strength. 


American Alan Gross had spent more than five years in a Cuban prison, where he lost five teeth, 100 pounds and much of the sight in his right eye. He could barely walk because of chronic pain and was, his wife Judy Gross said in June, "despondent and very hopeless" because he had 10 years to go in his sentence for crimes against the Cuban state. Then, on Tuesday, his lawyer, Scott Gilbert, told him in a phone call that he was going home.

There was a long pause, his spokeswoman Jill Zuckman said today in Washington, and then Gross said, "I'll believe it when I see it."

On Tuesday, President Obama picked up the phone and talked to Cuban President Raul Castro.

Benjamin Thompson / commons.wikimedia.org

Activating the circuitry of the Amygdala may be the key to help battle addictions.

www.localwiki.org

City of Ann Arbor plans to issue 86 body-worn cameras to the Ann Arbor Police Department.

www.redthumbreminder.com

The Red Thumb Reminder is designed to keep drivers from texting while behind the wheel.

State officials are reporting what they say is a small natural gas leak in a pipeline in the Upper Peninsula that’s owned by Enbridge Energy.

Brad Wurfel of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says the leak near Manistique was discovered, reported, and fixed by Enbridge. He says there was a small amount of liquid natural gas
released, but it quickly evaporated. 

“The good news is there’s no lingering environmental damage to discuss with this incident,” he said. 

Scott Bauer / USDA

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources cautions against knee-jerk solutions to curbing wildlife populations.

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