RTA Light Rail
Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan

The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan, known as the RTA, will host its first public forum on how to improve public transportation in Metro Detroit.  That meeting will take place today at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

The RTA is in the process of creating a regional master plan for three major rapid transit corridors.

A meeting will be held from 4PM to 7 PM at EMU's College of Business to get the public's input on what the new system should be.

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Washtenaw County commissioners passed a resolution Wednesday night to merge local convention and visitors bureaus into one countywide department. Some arts advocates, including Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich, are critical of the proposal for not specifying how much funding the new CVB will devote to arts and culture.

Great new movies are opening downtown this week and there are some great special screenings available, we well. Get the details in this week's edition of 'Cinema Chat' with David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins.  

City of Ypsilanti


The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will vote Wednesday night on a proposal to merge local conventions and visitors bureaus into one county-wide entity. The merger has been a contentious issue, especially in Ypsilanti.

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The animal rights group FARM, paid one dollar to any Eastern Michigan University student who watched an animal abuse video of undercover footage from factory farms and slaughterhouses during their visit to campus this week.  

'Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over' Crackdown Results

Oct 6, 2015
Michigan State Police

The results for the end of the summer Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign are in.  That's the crackdown Michigan State Police and other local law enforcement agencies held between August 21st and the Labor Day Holiday weekend.

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Every year, thousands of residents in Washtenaw county (and nearby Wayne county) go to Hope Medical Clinic on the south side of Ypsilanti for free food and medical care.  The executive director, Matt Hudson says they err on the side of compassion and will assist anyone who comes to them for help.

  Just recently they re-purposed an old building on Harriett Street as a farm stand to hand out free produce to those in need several times a week.  They are partners with Food Gatherers which grows and donates some of the free produce.

Simple Recycling

As of today, the city of Ypsilanti has a new service that will help protect the environment. 

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A Chelsea farmer was digging on his property when he encountered a large  piece of bone. He contacted the University of Michigan and a team of paleontologists and researchers uncovered much of the body of what they believe was a 6 to 7 ton Wooly Mammoth that was likely buried there up to 15,000 years ago.


No longer our own Southeastern Michigan Secret, Sean Dobbins is set to make the national release of his album "Journey" on the Detroit Music Factory Records label.

I spoke with Sean just before his appearance at our Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz show.  He explained how the CD is a journey through songs that shaped his early life and took on greater meaning over the years.  


A crowd gathered at the Riverside Arts Center in downtown Ypsilanti last night to voice concerns about the proposed merger of local convention and Visitors Bureaus into one county-wide entity.


College students and university employees are being warned to keep an eye out for phishing scams and other bogus e-mails. Fraudsters often target academic institutions during the fall with online scams and bogus e-mails to try to trick people into giving up personal information.

Michigan State University


BMSB is the acronym for the brown marmorated stink bug, a non-native species that's become a serious agricultural pest in the U.S.

89.1 WEMU's 50th Anniversary celebration continues tonight. A live taping of the news quiz show, 'Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!'  takes place at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. As a little preview, and a little treat for those without tickets to the sold-out show, David Fair hosted  WWDTM host Peter Sagal on-air this morning. Hear the conversation below.

Hollywood news, local movie news, movie previews and some special events. It's all here in this week's 'Cinema  Chat' with David Fair and Russ Collins. 

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Proposals in Lansing would alter existing net-metering laws. Envireonmentalists and proponents of expanded use of renewable energies believe if the measures become law, it will set back gains being made in solar energy growth. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," David Fair talks with Solar Ypsi founder Dave Strenski about the local implications. 

Ypsilanti Depot Town
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The conversation on funding for the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority will soon come to conclusion. Ypsilanti City Council next week, is expected to make a decision on how to spend an expected surplus in property taxes from businesses in Depot Town. 


Eastern Michigan University hosted a public informational session on Dating and Sexual Violence called "Got Consent?"  They invited Washtenaw County assistant prosecutors Arianne Slay and Mark Kneisel to discuss how the criminal justice system operates and the role victims play in police investigations.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation is getting ready to celebrate its 25th anniversary and as part of it its focusing on specific areas of education by investing $350,000 in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, in an effort to create hands-on experience labs in those areas for middle schools. 

Obama, Mary Sue Coleman
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Former University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman has been named the next president of the Association of American Universities. Coleman served as U-M's president from 2002 to 2014 and helped form numerous partnerships with other academic, business and government organizations. 

Ypsilanti Housing Commission

The Ypsilanti Housing Commission has received $90,000 from the Kresge Foundation and other groups like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, KeyBank and Goldman Sachs. The funds will allow help provide a social worker to work one-on-one with low income families in need. 

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Courtesy Photo / The Ann Arbor Summer Festival

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded $9.65 million in grants to various cultural groups in the State. 

Groups in Washtenaw County received a total of $891,055, the third highest amount in the state of Michigan. This was approximately a 19% increase from previous year's total of $749,984 to fund arts and cultural programs in the area.

City Manager Ralph Lange says to maintain Ypsilanti’s roads, not including reconstructing or building new, it would cost the city roughly $2.5 million per year. He says that amount of money is simply not available.

"We just don’t have enough money to put two and a half million dollars in the roads every year.”

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Ideas for video games to organic farms have become a reality through online crowd funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. A University of Michigan grad has now found success through crowd funding for a women's winter coat designed for city life.