WEMU News http://wemu.org en Neighborhood Issues Playing Important Role In Ann Arbor Mayoral Race http://wemu.org/post/neighborhood-issues-playing-important-role-ann-arbor-mayoral-race <div>When it comes to local government what's happening in your neighborhood often plays the biggest role in who gets your vote. &nbsp;With Ann Arbor's Democratic Mayoral primary less than two weeks away, here's&nbsp;what some residents want.</div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:52:27 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49322 at http://wemu.org Neighborhood Issues Playing Important Role In Ann Arbor Mayoral Race Ypsilanti Mayoral Candidates Talk Pubic Safety http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-mayoral-candidates-talk-pubic-safety <p>Three Democrats are seeking to replace Paul Schreiber as Mayor of Ypsilanti.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Growing Hope Executive Director Amanda Edmonds, current city council member and former mayor Pete Murdock, and community activist Tyrone Bridges appear on the August 5th primary election ballot.</p><p>WEMU's Bob Eccles reports on the&nbsp; candidates' thoughts on crime and public safety.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:44:04 +0000 Bob Eccles 49326 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Mayoral Candidates Talk Pubic Safety Interview: 12th Congressional District Candidate Raymond Mullins http://wemu.org/post/interview-12th-congressional-district-candidate-raymond-mullins <p>Ypsilanti attorney Raymond Mullins is challenging Debbie Dingell in the 12th Congressional district primary on August 5th.&nbsp; Mr. Mullins visited the WEMU studios to talk about the campaign.</p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160156453&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:37:05 +0000 Bob Eccles 49323 at http://wemu.org Interview: 12th Congressional District Candidate Raymond Mullins Farewell Celebration For Roberto Clemente Student Development Center Saturday http://wemu.org/post/farewell-celebration-roberto-clemente-student-development-center-saturday <div>This fall, Ann Arbor Public Schools open the new Pathways to Success Campus. It brings together the Roberto Clemente and A2 Tech programs. &nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:26:23 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49321 at http://wemu.org Farewell Celebration For Roberto Clemente Student Development Center Saturday Washtenaw County Gauging Affordable Housing Need http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-gauging-affordable-housing-need <p>Washtenaw County wants to get a better idea of how great the need is locally for affordable housing, and has launched an online needs assessment to help make that determination.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Paul Montagno is the Sustainable Communities Coordinator for Washtenaw County's Office of Community and Economic Development.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 49297 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Gauging Affordable Housing Need Interview: 12th Congressional District Candidate Debbie Dingell http://wemu.org/post/interview-12th-congressional-district-candidate-debbie-dingell <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160002040&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="664px"></iframe>As the August 5th primary election draws near, Debbie Dingell, one of two Democrats seeking to fill her husband John's 12th Congressional district seat, stops by the WEMU studios to talk about the campaign.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:20:28 +0000 Bob Eccles 49261 at http://wemu.org Interview: 12th Congressional District Candidate Debbie Dingell Judge Denies Injunction To Delay Scio Township Oil Well http://wemu.org/post/judge-denies-injunction-delay-scio-township-oil-well <p>Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge David Swartz has ruled against Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards request for a temporary injunction to prevent the drilling of an exploratory well in Scio township. &nbsp;It's a victory for West Bay Exploration and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:21:43 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49260 at http://wemu.org Judge Denies Injunction To Delay Scio Township Oil Well Survey: Candidates Recognize Value Of Arts And Culture http://wemu.org/post/survey-candidates-recognize-value-arts-and-culture <p>Candidates running for office in Washtenaw County show a good understanding of the important role that arts and culture play in setting a sense of place and improving the local economy.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:35:44 +0000 Bob Eccles 49241 at http://wemu.org Survey: Candidates Recognize Value Of Arts And Culture Ann Arbor Asking If Properties Are Available To Become Parkland http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-asking-if-properties-are-available-become-parkland <div>A pair of properties that developers have had a challenge in using could become Ann Arbor parks. &nbsp;8<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;acres of Woods and brush separate U-S 23 from Ann Arbor's quiet Burton Road on the city's eastside.&nbsp;</span></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:08:56 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49232 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Asking If Properties Are Available To Become Parkland 12th U-S House Seat Candidate Ray Mullins Challenges Opponent Debbie Dingell To Debate http://wemu.org/post/12th-u-s-house-seat-candidate-ray-mullins-challenges-opponent-debbie-dingell-debate <div>Ray Mullins thinks America needs some people in congress who "give a damn about the poor and middle class." &nbsp;The Ypsilanti Attorney faces Debbie Dingell in the Democratic primary for the 12th&nbsp;U-S House district.&nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:35:59 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49199 at http://wemu.org 12th U-S House Seat Candidate Ray Mullins Challenges Opponent Debbie Dingell To Debate Red Cross Aims To Avoid Emergency Blood Shortage http://wemu.org/post/red-cross-aims-avoid-emergency-blood-shortage <p>Blood is not like drinking water - you can't stockpile large supplies for use in emergencies.&nbsp; It has to be fairly fresh.&nbsp; And so the American Red Cross finds itself in its usual summertime bind of critically needing donations.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Red Cross Communications Manager Angie Bermudez says it's tough when 20 percent of blood drives take place on college campuses and at high schools.<br /><br />She says with summer vacations, this is the time of greatest need.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:26:45 +0000 Bob Eccles 49176 at http://wemu.org Red Cross Aims To Avoid Emergency Blood Shortage Ann Arbor Charter Amendments Heading To November Ballot http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-charter-amendments-heading-november-ballot <div>Ann Arbor Voters will get the chance to once again create requirements to serve as an elected or appointed official in the city. &nbsp;A&nbsp;pair of charter amendments will appear on the November ballot.</div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:26:13 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49200 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Charter Amendments Heading To November Ballot Focus On Fun, Involvement In Heritage Festival Parade http://wemu.org/post/focus-fun-involvement-heritage-festival-parade <p>Organizers of this year's Ypsilanti Heritage Festival want the festival parade to spotlight the fun, creative side of the community.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>"We really want to foster a little bit of that New Orleans spirit," festival director Andrew Clock says, "where neighborhoods come out and put together floats and acts just to say 'look how cool our neighborhood is'.&nbsp; We've got a lot of that spirit in Ypsilanti, so we want to make the Heritage Festival parade the opportunity to do that."</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:55:56 +0000 Bob Eccles 49112 at http://wemu.org Focus On Fun, Involvement In Heritage Festival Parade Ann Arbor Businessman Being Honored By White House http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-businessman-being-honored-white-house <p><strong><em>Zingerman' Co-founder Honored With 'Champions Of Change' Award &nbsp;</em></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The White House today will honor Paul Saginaw at a ceremony in Washington. he is among those being recognized with a 'Champions of Change' award.</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Saginaw is co-founder of the </span>Zingerman's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> community of businesses. During a visit to Ann Arbor in April, President Barack Obama praised Saginaw for paying his restaurant workers above minimum wage. &nbsp;</span></div><div> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:46:26 +0000 Associated Press & David Fair 49156 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Businessman Being Honored By White House Mayoral Forum Draws Crowd To Downtown Ypsilanti Library Branch http://wemu.org/post/mayoral-forum-draws-crowd-downtown-ypsilanti-library-branch <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gsG-EAFqlkM?list=UUqwCCwrwDVyUvsOxXkKLDOg" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The three Ypsilanti mayoral candidates addressed a packed house Monday night at the downtown library branch.</p><p></p><p>Among the questions the candidates addressed at the public forum was how to tackle the Water Street debt that threatens to swamp the city's financial boat.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:20:04 +0000 Bob Eccles 49140 at http://wemu.org Mayoral Forum Draws Crowd To Downtown Ypsilanti Library Branch Ann Arbor's Materials Recovery Facility Could Serve As Model To Boost Recycling Across Michigan http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbors-materials-recovery-facility-could-serve-model-boost-recycling-across-michigan <div>Michigan's recycling rate falls well below the regional average. It stands at about 15-percent right now. &nbsp; Governor Rick Snyder wants to double the rate in the next two years. &nbsp;The head of the state's Department of Environmental Quality believes an Ann Arbor facility could play a role in boosting recycling across the state.&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:19:31 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49137 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor's Materials Recovery Facility Could Serve As Model To Boost Recycling Across Michigan Ypsilanti Mayoral Forum Monday Night At Downtown Library http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-mayoral-forum-monday-night-downtown-library <p>Three Democrats are running to be Ypsilanti's next mayor, and they're all scheduled to appear at a public forum Monday night.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The gathering at the Ypsilanti District Library's downtown branch will feature community activist Tyrone Bridges, Growing Hope Executive Director Amanda Edmonds and current city council member Pete Murdock, who all want to replace Paul Schreiber as mayor.&nbsp;</p><p>Organizers say the forum is a chance for voters to hear what the candidates have to say on a variety of issues.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:16:54 +0000 Bob Eccles 49029 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Mayoral Forum Monday Night At Downtown Library Got Burger! Receives Warm Welcome In Ypsilanti http://wemu.org/post/got-burger-receives-warm-welcome-ypsilanti <p>The owner of the new Got Burger! restaurant on Cross Street in Ypsilanti says the community has really welcomed him, and he looks forward to being an even bigger part of the community.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Haroun Mohammed says he'll be looking for ways to reach out.<br /><br />"Getting involved in the community, getting involved at EMU and other schools, and just trying to do what we can to give back," Mohammed says.</p><p>He says he chose the Cross Street location mainly because there weren't any other burger places around.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:16:20 +0000 Bob Eccles 49020 at http://wemu.org Got Burger! Receives Warm Welcome In Ypsilanti Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Share Thoughts On Economic Development http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-mayoral-candidates-share-thoughts-economic-development <div>Ann Arbor's Democratic mayoral primary is rapidly approaching on August 5th. Since incumbent Mayor John Hieftje isn't seeking re-election it offers the community a chance to chart a new course in a wide variety of areas. &nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48970 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Share Thoughts On Economic Development Introducing: TED Radio Hour http://wemu.org/post/introducing-ted-radio-hour <p><span style="color: rgb(70, 70, 70); font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;">Are you a curious and imaginative listener, interested in fresh approaches to old problems and new ways to teach and learn? Tune in for this collaboration between NPR and TED, hosted by Guy Raz, on 89.1 WEMU at Noon each Saturday.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(70, 70, 70); font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;">Let us know what you think:</span></p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Patrik Holubik 49009 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair Celebrates 45th Anniversary With Focus On Artists http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-summer-art-fair-celebrates-45th-anniversary-focus-artists <div>One of Ann Arbor's four art fairs is marking its 45th anniversary this year. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's not just the weather that officials with the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair are celebrating.</span></div><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:33:00 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48972 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair Celebrates 45th Anniversary With Focus On Artists Group Sues Michigan DEQ, Oil Developer Over Proposed Scio Township Well http://wemu.org/post/group-sues-michigan-deq-oil-developer-over-proposed-scio-township-well <p>Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards has filed suit in Washtenaw County Circuit Court, seeking to derail plans for an exploratory oil well in Scio Township.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The suit alleges the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality doesn't abide by its own permitting rules, and that the public was only involved in the process in a superficial manner.&nbsp;</p><p>The MDEQ says its permitting process has a great record of prevailing in such cases.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:32:35 +0000 Bob Eccles 48969 at http://wemu.org Group Sues Michigan DEQ, Oil Developer Over Proposed Scio Township Well Community Television Network Continues Art Fair Tradition http://wemu.org/post/community-television-network-continues-art-fair-tradition <div>Beyond a piece of art you bring home, mostly visitors are left with only memories of each year's Ann Arbor Art Fair. One booth has been recording those memories for years.</div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From little kids holding their parents hands to adults clutching some art on a stick, Courtney </span>Kistler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> asks a simple question, "Hey wanna be on TV?" &nbsp;</span>Kistler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a production assistant with Community Television Network, or </span>CTN<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><div>She says people typically talk about what they like of the art fair or a new purchase, but it's a free open mic so she hears some interesting stories as well. &nbsp;"We had a guy who was from India give a little bit of his life history and then he talked about himself in Hindi as well. &nbsp;So that was pretty cool."</div><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:32:14 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48971 at http://wemu.org Community Television Network Continues Art Fair Tradition Business Organization Shares Economic Development Wishes Ahead Of Ann Arbor's Mayoral Primary http://wemu.org/post/business-organization-shares-economic-development-wishes-ahead-ann-arbors-mayoral-primary-0 <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From attracting and retaining businesses to new construction projects, economic development is an important issue in every community. &nbsp;Ann Arbor voters head to the polls August </span>5th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and economic development will be among the issues voters consider when casting their ballot for one of the four Mayoral candidates.&nbsp;</span></div><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:30:39 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48952 at http://wemu.org Business Organization Shares Economic Development Wishes Ahead Of Ann Arbor's Mayoral Primary Artists Reveal How They Make Their Work At The Ann Arbor Art Fair http://wemu.org/post/artists-reveal-how-they-make-their-work-ann-arbor-art-fair <div>With about 1,000 artists on hand Ann Arbor's Art Fair gives visitors the chance to check out nearly as many unique art forms. &nbsp;There also are several places where you can see artists at work.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:32:09 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48950 at http://wemu.org Artists Reveal How They Make Their Work At The Ann Arbor Art Fair