Bob Eccles http://wemu.org en Ricky Jefferson Will Not Seek Re-Election To Ypsilanti City Council http://wemu.org/post/ricky-jefferson-will-not-seek-re-election-ypsilanti-city-council <p>Ypsilanti City Council member Ricky Jefferson says he will not seek re-election.</p><p></p><p>Jefferson has represented Ward One since winning election in 2010, and told WEMU news earlier this month that he was interested in another term.</p><p>In a statement to supporters, neighbors and business owners, Jefferson said he has pondered the decision for months with his wife, his Pastor and his advisors, and came to the conclusion that "this is the best decision for my family, my supporters and me."</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:08:42 +0000 Bob Eccles 44602 at http://wemu.org Ricky Jefferson Will Not Seek Re-Election To Ypsilanti City Council Debbie Dingell Visits EMU, WEMU Studios http://wemu.org/post/debbie-dingell-visits-emu-wemu-studios <p>Debbie Dingell is running to fill her husband, Congressman John D. Dingell's 12th district seat.&nbsp; She stopped by the WEMU studios Thursday and spoke with WEMU's Bob Eccles.</p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145208768&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:02:55 +0000 Bob Eccles 44545 at http://wemu.org Debbie Dingell Visits EMU, WEMU Studios HealthyStuff.org Tests Walgreens Products http://wemu.org/post/healthystufforg-tests-walgreens-products <p>The Ecology Center says many of the products it tested from Walgreens contained potentially harmful chemicals.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Healthy Stuff Dot Org Research Director Jeff Gearhart says plasticizers were found in 13 flexible vinyl products.&nbsp; He says the substance has been linked to asthma and liver toxicity.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:02:01 +0000 Bob Eccles 44529 at http://wemu.org HealthyStuff.org Tests Walgreens Products Presidents of UM, EMU And WCC Support Transit Millage http://wemu.org/post/presidents-um-emu-and-wcc-support-transit-millage <p>The Presidents of the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College have thrown their support behind a transit millage that'll be decided by voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township next month.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:32:05 +0000 Bob Eccles 44474 at http://wemu.org Presidents of UM, EMU And WCC Support Transit Millage Ypsilanti City Council Member Pete Murdock Running For Mayor http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-member-pete-murdock-running-mayor <p>Ypsilanti City Council member Pete Murdock says he's filed nominating petitions to run for Mayor.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Murdock says Ypsilanti has done a lot to "right its ship", and he'd like to help maintain that direction.<br /><br />"We've done a lot of things financially and things are looking a little better than they were four years ago, six years ago," Murdock says. "I think I have the experience and knowledge to provide that leadership."</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:04:05 +0000 Bob Eccles 44472 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council Member Pete Murdock Running For Mayor Ypsilanti Residents Glad Road Repairs Are Coming http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-residents-glad-road-repairs-are-coming <p>People who live and work along Prospect Road in Ypsilanti are glad to hear the city has approved spending some money to patch up the road and improve driving conditions until the road is completely re-built next year.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Jim Mufarreh owns Prospect Party Store at Prospect and Forest.<br /><br />"Long time coming," Mufarreh says. "It's well-needed. It's terrible out there. It's a terrible road. It's been needed for years."</p><p>Mark Naess lives in the area, and he says the road is almost undriveable.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:34:06 +0000 Bob Eccles 44469 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Residents Glad Road Repairs Are Coming Ypsi Community Utilities Authority Monitoring Possible Privatization Of Detroit Water And Sewerage http://wemu.org/post/ypsi-community-utilities-authority-monitoring-possible-privatization-detroit-water-and-sewerage <p>Detroit's emergency manager is thinking about privatizing the city's water and sewerage department, which provides water for the Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority and scores of other communities in southeast Michigan.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>YCUA Director Jeff Castro says the proposal is still in negotiations, but could have a local impact.<br /><br />"The local suburban communities might not have as much say in certain aspects of the Detroit water and sewer system as we do today," Castro says.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:41:07 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 44437 at http://wemu.org Ypsi Community Utilities Authority Monitoring Possible Privatization Of Detroit Water And Sewerage Former St. Joseph Emergency Facility In Saline Now Urgent Care http://wemu.org/post/former-st-joseph-emergency-facility-saline-now-urgent-care <p>St. Joseph Mercy Health System's former 24-hour emergency care facility in Saline is now a 12-hour-a-day urgent care facility.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The health system made the switch because the number of patients during off hours didn't support a 24-hour operation.&nbsp;</p><p>Health system Chief Operating Officer Robin Damschroder says urgent care hours at the facility on Russell Street are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.</p><p></p><p><br />"There's also going to be phlebotomy lab draw and general x-ray services available approximately those same hours," Damschroder says.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:33:58 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 44436 at http://wemu.org Former St. Joseph Emergency Facility In Saline Now Urgent Care Study Suggests State Of Michigan Not Sharing Fairly With Local Governments http://wemu.org/post/study-suggests-state-michigan-not-sharing-fairly-local-governments <p><strong>Local governments: Tax Day study shows state not paying fair share</strong><br /><br /><br />Local officials say not enough of the revenue Michigan takes in around Tax Day goes to cities, towns, and counties.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:29:37 +0000 Bob Eccles 44435 at http://wemu.org Study Suggests State Of Michigan Not Sharing Fairly With Local Governments Ypsilanti City Council To Consider Funding Road Repairs http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-consider-funding-road-repairs <p>Ypsilanti City Council tonight is expected to consider a resolution to spend $249,000 to fix some of the city's worst roads.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Council member Ricky Jefferson says the city has already had to pay on a couple of claims of bent wheel rims, and the problem is only going to get worse if it's not addressed.</p><p></p><p>The resolution up for council's consideration would target four specific sections of city streets:</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:04:29 +0000 Bob Eccles 44411 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council To Consider Funding Road Repairs Yankee Air Museum Welcomes Spirit of '45 Express http://wemu.org/post/yankee-air-museum-welcomes-spirit-45-express <p>With less than a month to go in its fundraising effort to buy part of the former Willow Run bomber plant, the Yankee Air Museum today welcomes the Spirit of '45 Express to Hangar 1 at Willow Run airport.</p><p></p><p>The Spirit of '45 Express crosses the country to remind Americans how the people of our nation came together and helped each other during World War II.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:49:21 +0000 Bob Eccles 44408 at http://wemu.org Yankee Air Museum Welcomes Spirit of '45 Express ACLU Sues State Over Same-Sex Marriages http://wemu.org/post/aclu-sues-state-over-same-sex-marriages <p>The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to force the state of Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The ACLU filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of couples who say their constitutional rights are being violated by Gov. Rick Snyder. He won't recognize the marriages for the purpose of benefits until federal courts decide the status of Michigan's ban on gay marriage.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:34:37 +0000 Bob Eccles, Rose Carver & Associated Press 44382 at http://wemu.org ACLU Sues State Over Same-Sex Marriages Michigan Student Group Report Critical Of University Response To Sexual Misconduct Allegations http://wemu.org/post/michigan-student-group-report-critical-university-response-sexual-misconduct-allegations <p>A student task force has found that the University of Michigan failed to explain a years long delay between the alleged sexual assault of a student by former football player Brendan Gibbons and his expulsion in December.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Central Student Government examined the school's student sexual misconduct policy and released its task force's findings Sunday.&nbsp; Central Student Government President Michael Proppe says one finding really stuck out.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:20:54 +0000 Bob Eccles & Associated Press 44363 at http://wemu.org Michigan Student Group Report Critical Of University Response To Sexual Misconduct Allegations Clouds Likely To Block View Of Lunar Eclipse http://wemu.org/post/clouds-likely-block-view-lunar-eclipse <p>There's going to be a total lunar eclipse tonight, but with our cloudy weather forecast you probably don't have to worry about getting up or staying up to see it.</p><p></p><p>Professor Norbert Vance is Director of Eastern Michigan University's Sherzer Observatory.&nbsp;</p><p>He says the deepest part of the eclipse will happen just before three Tuesday morning, and the event will be over by 4:30 a.m. or so.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:59:31 +0000 Bob Eccles 44360 at http://wemu.org Clouds Likely To Block View Of Lunar Eclipse Amanda Edmonds Files Nominating Petitions http://wemu.org/post/amanda-edmonds-files-nominating-petitions <p>Amanda Edmonds has filed the required number of nominating petitions for her name to appear on August primary ballot in the race to be Ypsilanti's next mayor.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Growing Hope Executive Director submitted her petitions Friday, according to </span>Ypsilanti<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> City Clerk Frances </span>McMullan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Mayor Paul Schreiber is not seeking re-election. There are no other announced candidates to replace him at this time.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:21:09 +0000 Bob Eccles 44357 at http://wemu.org Amanda Edmonds Files Nominating Petitions Solar Ypsi Ready To Get Busy Installing Solar Panels http://wemu.org/post/solar-ypsi-ready-get-busy-installing-solar-panels <p>Solar Ypsi is close to kicking off another season of work trying to expand the use of solar power in Ypsilanti.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Solar Ypsi founder Dave Strenski says their first project will be to install solar panels on the roof of the Freighthouse in Depot Town.&nbsp; After that, they'll turn their attention to the building that houses the city's fire department.<br /><br />"They need a new roof," Strenski says, "and so we want to try and figure out if they can integrate solar with that."</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:20:42 +0000 Bob Eccles 44278 at http://wemu.org Solar Ypsi Ready To Get Busy Installing Solar Panels EMU Honors Leaders In Community Collaboaration http://wemu.org/post/emu-honors-leaders-community-collaboaration <p>Organizations and individuals who've gone above and beyond to promote collaboration between Eastern Michigan University and the surrounding community were recognized at an awards luncheon Friday afternoon.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Awards were presented by EMU's Office of Academic Service-Learning and Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.&nbsp;</p><p>Claudia Petrescu is campus director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.&nbsp; She says the honorees all have something in common.<br /><br />"Community engagement," she says. "We all believe in the community, and giving back."</p><p></p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:13:30 +0000 Bob Eccles 44277 at http://wemu.org EMU Honors Leaders In Community Collaboaration White-Nose Syndrome Seen In Michigan Bats http://wemu.org/post/white-nose-syndrome-seen-michigan-bats <p>White-nose syndrome is deadly for bats, and the disease has now been reported in bats that hibernate in Michigan.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:40:18 +0000 Bob Eccles 44221 at http://wemu.org White-Nose Syndrome Seen In Michigan Bats EMU Students Compete In Climate Change-Themed Art Contest http://wemu.org/post/emu-students-compete-climate-change-themed-art-contest <p>Eastern Michigan University students are eligible to enter an art competition with a climate change theme and a $750 prize.&nbsp;</p><p>EMU's AMP! student organization is sponsoring the contest, called "The Elapsing City".</p><p></p><p></p><p>Graduate student Mei Mei four phenomenon of climate change are offered as themes: Desertification, Loss of Arctic Sea Ice, Sea Level Rise, and Ocean Acidification.<br /><br />"The artwork must reflect at least two of the four phenomenon," she says.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:10:53 +0000 Bob Eccles 44168 at http://wemu.org EMU Students Compete In Climate Change-Themed Art Contest Garden Ridge Ready To Move Into Kmart Building http://wemu.org/post/garden-ridge-ready-move-kmart-building <p>The Kmart store on Washtenaw Avenue in Ypsilanti Township may be closing, but the building won't be empty for long.&nbsp;</p><p>Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo says Plano, Texas-based home decor chain Garden Ridge is ready to move in.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:12:36 +0000 Bob Eccles 44135 at http://wemu.org Garden Ridge Ready To Move Into Kmart Building Organizers Hold Meeting On rCredits Community Currency http://wemu.org/post/organizers-hold-meeting-rcredits-community-currency <p>Proponents of a community currency that would be used to encourage local trade are holding a meeting Wednesday night to explain the system to Ann Arbor area residents and businesses.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Adam Konner is one of the lead organizers of the rCredits local currency system.&nbsp; He has a background in the co-op movement.<br /><br />"I see this as another way of sort of expanding the democratic economics of co-ops to the broader economy," Konner says.</p><p></p><p><br />The rCredit community currency system is already in use in Massachusets.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:40:04 +0000 Bob Eccles 44102 at http://wemu.org Organizers Hold Meeting On rCredits Community Currency Michigan League Of Conservation Voters Leery Of Drilling Plans http://wemu.org/post/michigan-league-conservation-voters-leery-drilling-plans <p>A Traverse City-based company's plans to drill for oil or natural gas in Scio Township is setting off alarm bells with the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Deputy Director Jack Schmidt says drilling operations bring with them problems like construction, trucks, and fumes and odors.</p><p>"The fact that this is occurring so close to potential residential areas, or could potentially be occurring close to residential areas is a concern," Schmidt says.<br /><br />Schmidt says if oil spills, it can cause problems for local waterways.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:33:25 +0000 Bob Eccles 44101 at http://wemu.org Michigan League Of Conservation Voters Leery Of Drilling Plans Ypsilanti Community Schools Tackling Charter Schools, Schools of Choice Challenges http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-tackling-charter-schools-schools-choice-challenges <p>The Superintendent of Ypsilanti Community Schools says his district is working in the face of challenges such as charter schools and Schools of Choice to become a top option for cradle to career education.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Scott Menzel says Ann Arbor Public Schools' Schools of Choice push poses a challenge, as does the legislature's removing the cap on the number of charter schools in Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:20:52 +0000 Bob Eccles 44100 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Tackling Charter Schools, Schools of Choice Challenges Ann Arbor Summer Festival Announces 2014 Mainstage Lineup http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-summer-festival-announces-2014-mainstage-lineup <p>The Ann Arbor Summer Festival has announced its 2014 Mainstage lineup.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Executive Director Amy </span>Nesbitt<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sat down with </span>WEMU's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Michael Jewett Monday afternoon to talk about the schedule and hear some music from some of the acts scheduled to appear.</span></p><p>See the complete schedule here: <a href="http://a2sf.org/desktop/">http://a2sf.org/desktop/</a></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:15:57 +0000 Bob Eccles 44018 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Summer Festival Announces 2014 Mainstage Lineup Ricky Jefferson, Daniel Vogt Seeking Re-Election To Ypsilanti City Council http://wemu.org/post/ricky-jefferson-daniel-vogt-seeking-re-election-ypsilanti-city-council <p>The terms of three Ypsilanti city council members expire in November, and at least two of them are seeking re-election.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Ricky Jefferson represents the city's first ward, and he tells WEMU news he'd like another term in office.</p><p></p><p>Daniel Vogt represents ward two. He says he'll file for re-election soon.</p><p></p><p>Council member Brian Robb's term also ends in November. He hasn't indicated whether he'll seek re-election.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:32:34 +0000 Bob Eccles 44016 at http://wemu.org Ricky Jefferson, Daniel Vogt Seeking Re-Election To Ypsilanti City Council