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11:59 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Focus On EMU: Professor Nancy Villa-Bryk Celebrates Historic Preservation Tradition At EMU

Randy Mascharka (left), Alexis Braun Marks, EMU President Martin, EMU Vice President Walter Kraft, Patrick Barry, Jamie Baird, and Nancy Bryk prepare to cut the ribbon at the opening of the historic exhibit in Mckenny Hall on Oct 9, 2014 at Eastern Michigan University.
Credit Tyler Strunk/ Eastern Echo

Professor Nancy Villa-Bryk plays a crucial role in one of the few masters programs in the country of its kind – Eastern Michigan University's Historic Preservation Graduate Program. The thirty-five year old graduate program is also the largest program in the field, boasting over 90 students in its award winning program.  Students, faculty, and staff within the program and throughout the university recently opened an exhibit in EMU’s McKenny Hall, documenting the school’s 168 year history.

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12:05 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

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Education
3:39 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Schools Annexation Plan Focus Of Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Event

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake voters will consider the annexation plan in less than three weeks.  The plan was the focus of much of today's Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's IMPACT 2014 event. Area business leaders heard plenty of questions about the proposal.


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Joybox Express
1:20 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

WEMU Exclusive! Mr. B's Joybox Express: Mark Braun @ Day 46

David Fair talks to Mr. B about his progress:

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Community
8:07 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Work Continues On Plans To Ease U-S 23 Congestion

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If your regular commute is on U-S 23 north of Ann Arbor back-ups are likely the norm. The Michigan Department of Transportation continues to work on plans to ease the congestion.


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WEMU News
8:03 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

First Fall 'Chautauqua At The Riverside' Is Saturday

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The annual Chautauqua at the Riverside event has always been part of the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival - until now.  This year's event happens Saturday at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti.

 

Program Coordinator Val Kabat says they're packing a lot of good stuff into one day.  In fact, she sort of wishes they'd planned for two days.

"Because there were so many good programs to choose from," Kabat says.  "But it will give us a lot to work from next year."

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WEMU News
7:57 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Saturday Is 'Shake Your Mailbox' Day

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Governor Rick Snyder and county road commissions across the state are asking Michigan residents to take some time Saturday giving their roadside mailboxes a shake.  "Shake Your Mailbox Day" is meant to help make sure mailboxes and their supports are ready for the harsh winter months.

Washtenaw County Road Commission Director of Operations Jim Harmon says it's a seasonal burden for property owners with mailboxes by the side of the road.

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Community
3:26 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival Director Resigns

Credit Bob Eccles

When time for the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival rolls around again next summer Andrew Clock will not be at the helm as director.  Clock says festival's board president Wednesday night asked him to resign, and he agreed to step down.

 

Board president David Nickerson says it's been difficult for Clock to put the time and effort into the festival on an ongoing basis.

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Community
10:18 am
Thu October 16, 2014

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WEMU News
11:24 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Ypsilanti Hosts Public Safety Forum

Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti residents have the chance to learn more about their pubic safety departments at a public forum Thursday evening.  The forum will include presentations from the police and fire departments, along with emergency preparedness, code enforcement and the prosecuting attorney.

The meeting is called "Public Safety: How it Really Works." 

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WEMU News
11:15 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Forum Looks At Lessons From Ferguson

Ann Arbor Police Chief John Seto, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton and Michigan ACLU Field Director Rodd Monts.
Credit Bob Eccles

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is working to build community trust in an effort to prevent something like the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri from happening here.   Sheriff Jerry Clayton and Ann Arbor Police Chief John Seto Wednesday night spoke with concerned community members at a public meeting prompted by events in Ferguson.

Sheriff Clayton told a crowd at Ann Arbor's Church of the Good Shepherd that an organizational culture that recognizes biases and can thus avoid them is also needed. 

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-Michigan News
11:07 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Policies Focus On Infants In Foster Care

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State launches effort to reduce trauma for infants in foster care

State officials say too many infants experience psychological trauma when they are removed from their homes and put into foster care. The Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) hopes to change that with a new set of policies.

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Education
6:10 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Additions Planned For Two Ann Arbor Public Schools

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Two of the biggest changes in Ann Arbor Public Schools this year are STEAM at Northside and the Pathways to Success Academic Campus.  Enrollment is up at both schools and work continues on building expansion plans.


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Education
4:21 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

State Representative Doesn't Think Dissolving Whitmore Lake Schools Viable Option

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

To remain in the black despite declining student enrollment, Whitmore Lake Schools officials closed the middle school, eliminated programs, and still have spent essentially all of the district's reserves.  Fearing that the inevitable outcome of this constant reduction in services and enrollment would be state takeover, they turned to Ann Arbor Public Schools for an annexation.  


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Joybox Express
10:55 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Half The Miles, All The Heart: The Joybox Express Crosses Halfway Point In 2,000 Mile Journey

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Ann Arbor’s Mark “Mr. B” Braun has pedaled his custom made, 350 lbs piano bike over 1,000 miles along the Mississippi River -  the half-way point of the journey! Mr. B’s Joybox Express and his cycle team have now entered day 42 on their 2,000 mile ride spread, an effort to raise awareness on the importance of music education and physical fitness. 

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WEMU News
7:40 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Teachers And Support Staff Endorse Ypsilanti Community Schools Board Candidates

Credit Bob Eccles

The union representing teachers and support staff in Ypsilanti Community Schools is out with its list of school board candidate endorsements.  Only one of them is an incumbent.

Ypsilanti Community Schools Education Association President Kelly Powers says the endorsed candidates have a "great vision for the future of our district."  She says they "also see some of the concerns that are there and will address them in an appropriate manner."

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-Michigan News
7:16 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

State Schools Superintendent Mum On School Funding Pre-Election

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan speaks with reporters during Tuesday’s State Board of Education meeting in Lansing.
Credit Michigan Public Radio Network

State's top education official will not weigh in on education funding issue

The state superintendent of schools is refusing to weigh in on the debate over school funding ahead of the November election. That issue has been a central talking point in the governor's race.

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Education
7:10 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

University Of Michigan Policy Clarifies Expectations For Workers During Severe Weather

Credit Andrew Cluley

For decades University of Michigan students could count on classes taking place, no matter the weather. But in January for the first time in 36 years classes were canceled.  A new policy is designed to avoid confusion some employees had about if they still needed to brave the elements to get to work.


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Education
6:25 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Ann Arbor Residents Have Plenty Of Questions About Whitmore Lake Schools Annexation Plan

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools officials believe they now have all the information they're going to get from the state around the proposed annexation of Whitmore Lake Public Schools.  Community members supporting and opposing the plan still have plenty of questions.


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Community
5:54 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Ann Arbor Skatepark Exceeds Expectations

Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's skatepark took years of planning and fundraising to become a reality.  Almost four months after opening, city officials and skateboarders agree it was worth the effort.


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WEMU News
10:58 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Public Forum Highlights Ypsilanti Community Schools Board Of Education Candidates

Credit Bob Eccles

Voters will be choosing from among 18 candidates to fill seven seats on the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education next month.  All but three of those candidates met some of the people whose votes they're courting Monday night at Ypsilanti Community High School.

   

Rather than having every candidate answer the same question, candidates took turns answering questions in small groups.

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-Michigan News
10:58 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Schauer Courts Senior Vote

Democratic nominee for governor Mark Schauer speaks in front of a group of retirees Monday at a local UAW center in Warren.
Credit Michigan Public Radio Network

Schauer rallies seniors on heels of gubernatorial town hall

Democratic nominee for governor Mark Schauer rallied retirees a day after his first, and probably only, public joint appearance with Gov. Rick Snyder. He blasted Snyder's decision to end income tax exemptions for pension income.

Schauer spoke in front of a friendly crowd at a UAW center in Warren.

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-Michigan News
10:54 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Ex-Florida Governor Campaigns In Michigan

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks with attendees after a Michigan GOP rally in Troy on Monday.
Credit Michigan Public Radio Network

Jeb Bush makes campaign stops across Michigan for Snyder, Land

Former Florida governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush campaigned for GOP candidates across Michigan on Monday.

Bush spoke in front of hundreds of Republicans in Troy to cap off his visit to Michigan. He urged GOP faithful to show up to the polls in November for U.S. Senate nominee Terri Lynn Land and Governor Rick Snyder.

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Community
6:10 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

City Council Member Faces Political Newcomer For Ann Arbor Mayor Position

Bryan Kelly
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

In just three weeks voters head to the polls to decide a variety of races.  In Ann Arbor this includes voting on the first new mayor in 14 years.  It's a low key race between a political newcomer and a three term city council member that won the heavily contested Democratic Primary.


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Community
3:57 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Conflict Remains Over Location Of AirRide Stop At Metro Airport

AirRide passengers getting off the shuttle bus at the old International Arrivals curb, needing to cross two lanes of traffic to get to the airport.
Credit Wayne County Airport Authority

Over 1,000 passengers a week head to Detroit Metro Airport from Ann Arbor using the AirRide bus shuttle.  It's been nearly a month since the pick-up and drop-off location at the airport changed from the International Arrivals curb to the Ground Transportation Center. The debate over which location is more appropriate continues.


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