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#OTGYpsi: Solar Ypsi Helping Ypsilanti Become A Bright Spot In The Renewable Landscape

Dave Strenski from Solar Ypsi has used his hobby to help make Ypsilanti a "solar city." On this week's On The Ground Ypsilanti, Patrick Campion sits down with Dave and Concentrate Media 's Brianna Kelly to talk about his efforts so far, the big grant they're helping Ypsi to secure, and what he hopes for as a brighter future in the city.

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Manchester, Michigan – Incumbents Polly Jo Deacons and Lyndon Uphaus were re-elected to four-year terms in yesterday's Manchester school board election. The pair defeated challengers Dan Burch, Homer Meeks, Brad Roberts, and Gary Shear.

Milan, Michigan – Voters in the Milan School District have rejected a three-year sinking fund millage. The vote was 654 against to 353 in favor of the tax increase.
Milan voters also returned two incumbents to the school board. David Johnson and Ronald Tairant were re-elected to four-year terms.

Ypsilanti – Ypsilanti City Council has followed Ann Arbor's lead and approved an increase in water rates. Ypsilanti rates will climb five-percent to help offset increases passed on by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. There will also be a 22-percent increase in the surcharge that's used to pay for system improvements. Additionally, Ypsilanti water customers will no longer enjoy a discount for promptly paying bills, and a late fee will be assessed if the payment isn't received by the due date.

Ypsilanti – Ypsilanti City Council has approved a budget for the coming fiscal year that includes no funding for the Recreation Department. There is enough money left to keep open the Rutherford Municpal Pool, the Senior Center and the Parkridge Center through the summer months. The historic Freighthouse will be kept open through July of next year. Residents urged council Tuesday night to find the money to keep recreation programs for children and seniors in place. Council says funding simply isn't available, given the tight budget situation.

Ypsilanti – The Ypsilanti Board of Education election is approaching. The two challengers in the race are working as a team and using the slogan, "Continue the Excellence." The incumbants are stressing the need for change in the district.

Incumbants Floyd Brumfield and Andy Fanta, and challengers Melodie Gable and Allen Thompson all appeared at Monday night's "Meet the Candidates" forum. The event was sponsored by the Ypsilanti Education Association, the union representing district teachers.

Ann Arbor – Ann Arbor City Council has agreed to spend 114-thousand dollars to treat the city's stormwater system to kill mosquitos that could transmit the West Nile Virus. The money will be used to purchase and apply a larvacide. The larvacide will be applied this month, and again in June, July, and August. The allocation will cover the expense of a September application, if necessary. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Washtenaw County Health Department had suggested the treatments.

Ann Arbor – Ann Arbor City Council has held it's first vote on proposed changes to the way water customers are billed. The city says changes, and corresponding rate increases, are necessary to maintain the system. The changes would have residential customers charged a fee for being connected to the system, Rates would be increased as water usage increases. A public hearing on the changes has been set for June 16th.

Ann Arbor, MI – The Ann Arbor Board of Education today unanimously approved a new two-year contract with the district's teachers.
Tentative agreement was reached two weeks ago. Teachers approved the agreement yesterday.
The new contract includes wage increases of four percent in the first year and three-and-a-half percent in the second.
Teachers will also see higher out-of-pocket expenses for health care and other reductions in fringe benefits.
The district employs approximately 12-hundred teachers.


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WEMU Receives 2017 Public Radio Station Of The Year Award

For two out of the last three years, 89.1 WEMU has been recognized as the 2017 Public Radio Station of the Year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for Public Radio Group 1, as well as several merit and best in category awards.

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Updated 11:32 a.m. ET

A man killed two people and wounded others in a supermarket in the town of Trebes in southern France, according to the French interior minister. Investigators believe he had also hijacked a car after leaving the nearby city of Carcassonne, killing one person in the vehicle.

A police union official told The Associated Press that the suspect was shot to death when police raided the market.

Reuters reports that Mayor Eric Menassi told LCI TV that the man had entered the grocery yelling, "Allahu Akbar, I'll kill you all."

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Updated at 11:05 a.m. ET

President Trump threatened to veto a massive spending bill on Friday morning, hours before the government could shut down if it doesn't get the funding the legislation approves.

The $1.3 trillion omnibus legislation passed both chambers of Congress after lengthy negotiations between leaders of both parties. The Senate passed it late Thursday, and most lawmakers had left Washington by Friday morning.

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