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5:09 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

New Partnership Promoting Electric Vehicle Use In Ann Arbor

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Electric vehicle supporters say the cars provide environmental benefits to everyone in the community by reducing fossil fuel use.  A new partnership is promoting plug in car use.


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Education
9:05 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Gain Over 400 Students

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Students in Ann Arbor Public Schools have more classmates this year. Preliminary numbers indicate efforts to boost enrollment are working. 


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Cinema Chat
9:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Cinema Chat: 'The Drop', 'The One I Love', 'This Is Where I Leave You', 'Tusk' And 'Maze Runner'

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In this week's installment of  "Cinema Chat", you get news from the Toronto Film Festival, predictions of a box office comeback in 2015 and an insiders look at how "Star Wars" presents Disney with a huge opportunity. Additionally, Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins provides previews of this week's movie offerings. 

  

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WEMU News
7:59 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council To Consider Smoking Ban In Tot Lot Parks

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Ypsilanti City Council will soon consider the issue of smoking in some city parks.  The city's Parks and Recreation Commission is recommending that the city's three "tot lot" parks be declared smoke-free.

 

Bob Krzewinski serves on the commission.  He's hopeful council will sign off on the idea.

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Community
5:56 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

77 Ann Arbor Parks Recommended To Go Smoke-Free

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

A trip to Ann Arbor's Farmers Market, a walk along the Huron in Gallup Park, and a trip to the pool at Veteran's Memorial Park could all become smoke-free experiences.  The Parks Advisory Commission has recommended these and other parks should go smoke-free.


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WEMU News
3:28 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Ypsilanti LED Conversion Nearly Complete

Credit Bob Eccles

By the end of next week the conversion of some 1,675 old sodium-vapor and mercury-vapor street lights in Ypsilanti to LED's should be complete.  Not only will the conversion make city streets brighter and safer, it will also save the city about $120-thousand a year.

That's according to City Manager Ralph Lange, who says DTE Energy has 119 post-top lights left to convert. 

Lange says the conversion project cost less than $600-thousand.

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Community
1:41 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Last Winter's Weather Expected To Have Impact On Amount Of Roadwork Done Next Year

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Last winter's harsh weather forced communities across Michigan to use more salt and fill more potholes than is typically the case.  This left less money available for roadwork, and the problems are expected to linger.  


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WEMU News
7:50 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

EMU Part-Time Lecturers Protest Pay Delay

EMU part-time lecturer Zachary Jones speaks with a student in Pray-Harrold Hall Tuesday.
Credit Bob Eccles

Eastern Michigan University part-time lecturers Wednesday will be gathering petition signatures again in the Pray-Harrold building to present to university administration.  They were there Tuesday, saying they're having trouble paying bills and putting food on the table because the school isn't paying them on time.

Part-time lecturers set up a table outside of the Eagle Cafe' in Pray-Harrold, asking people passing by to take a marker and sign an oversized petition sheet on an easel. 

As each page filled up, it was torn off and taped to the wall. 

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WEMU News
7:40 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Ypsilanti Seeking Comment On Zoning Ordinance Revision

Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti's recent re-working of its Master Plan was only half of the process of developing a blueprint for future development.  The city's zoning ordinance puts those changes into law, and that document is now up for public review.

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Community
5:39 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

New Trains, Track Upgrades Expected To Increase Ann Arbor's Amtrak Ridership

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Passengers waiting for the train at Ann Arbor's Amtrak station are often crowded close together, particularly on weekends.  As the station with the most riders in Michigan, city officials are considering options for a new station.  There are reasons to think the station will be getting even more crowded as ridership may be rising in the future.


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Education
5:18 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Proposed Ann Arbor-Whitmore Lake Schools Annexation Focus Of Public Forums

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Seven weeks from now voters in Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake will decide the future of Whitmore Lake Public Schools.  That's when the vote on an annexation plan takes place.  Voters will have several chances to find out more about the proposal.


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Community
5:16 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

More Than Century Old State Law Could Fund Washtenaw County Road Work

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An act passed by the Michigan Legislature in 1909 to keep roads safe for Model T's could lead to a smoother ride for motorists in Washtenaw County next year.  It's back to the future for the latest effort to improve the quality of local roads.


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Community
4:06 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Ann Arbor Officials Still Working To Increase Percentage Of Dogs That Are Licensed

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor residents love their dogs, an estimated 30,000 live in the city.  Yet only about seven percent are properly tagged a despite state law and city ordinance requiring all dogs be licensed.  There's an ongoing effort to boost this percentage in the city.


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Community
10:47 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Tougher Stormwater Management Rules

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

New construction projects in Ann Arbor may soon need to do more about capturing rainfall on-site. The Ann Arbor City Council Monday will consider the first reading of changes to the stormwater management ordinance.  The changes are required to remain in line with the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's rules.


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Roots Music Project
9:44 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Live In-Studio: John Doe Performs

John Doe sat down with Jeremy Baldwin for a live performance and interview on the Roots Music Project ahead of his performance at the Ypsilanti Song Festival.

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Music
9:51 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Pianist Benny Green Brings Impressive Jazz Legacy To University Of Michigan

Benny Green and Linda Yohn in the 89.1 WEMU studios

Benny Green sat down with Linda Yohn to talk about his new position as an instructor in the University of Michigan's Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation studies. 

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Education
7:25 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Professor Receives National Award

An Eastern Michigan University professor has received national recognition for her teaching efforts. 


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Education
6:45 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Ann Arbor Education Association President Says Teacher Certification Process Is Fair And Reasonable

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This week Ann Arbor Public Schools fired two teachers and one assistant principal because they failed to renew their certifications.  The head of Ann Arbor's teachers union says the certification requirements are fair and reasonable.


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Music
1:51 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Listen: Dennis Wilson Pays Homage To Late Gerald Wilson

Composer and arranger, Gerald Wilson seen conducting at the 2008 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Bandleader, composer and arranger Gerald Wilson died Monday at his home in Los Angeles. Wilson's career stretched from the swing era of the 1930s into the 21st century.

  

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Community
8:33 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

New Corridors And Alleys Designed For Ann Arbor Pedestrians

The proposed pedestrian corridor would be just north of the new Blake Transit Center.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority has committed up to 250-thousand dollars for the construction of a pedestrian walkway.  The project will connect Fourth and Fifth Avenues. Alleys and mid-block passages play a role in making downtown pedestrian friendly.


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Ypsilanti
8:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Ypsilanti Preparing For Trash Collection Switch

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The city of Ypsilanti is gearing up for the switch to a new waste hauling contractor, but residents may not even notice the difference.

 

The city switches from Waste Management to Republic Services on September 22nd.  Republic's Municipal Services Manager Scott Cabauatan says there won't be any major changes.

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-Michigan News
7:52 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Michigan Health Chief: Do Your Homework Before Opting Out Of Vaccinations

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Health director calls for reluctant parents to get vaccine counseling

Michigan's top health official says parents who want to opt out of vaccinating their children should first have to be counseled about the risks.

Michigan has one of the highest rates of parents who opt out of vaccinating their childen for preventable diseases such as mumps and measles.

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Michigan News
7:46 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Early Financial Warning System Gets State Superintendent's OK

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State superintendent backs "early warning system" for districts in financial trouble

Michigan's top education official says he supports legislation designed to prevent schools from getting into financial trouble.

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Community
3:28 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Ann Arbor To Share Plans To Mitigate Problems Caused By Footing Drain Disconnection Program

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's footing drain disconnection program was designed to avoid sewer back-ups, like those that caused millions of dollars of damages across metro Detroit last month. The program is currently suspended and three residents sued over the requirement to install sump pumps. Upcoming meetings will outline efforts to resolve issues in homes that have already been disconnected and recommendations for the future of the program will be shared.


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Cinema Chat
11:58 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Cinema Chat: 'The Trip', 'The Drop', 'Alive Inside', 'No Good Deed' And 'Dolphin Tale 2'

Michigan Theater Marquee
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Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO, Russ Collins, has plenty of movie news and previews in "Cinema Chat" this week. 

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