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5:16 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

School Bus Drivers Still Needed In Ann Arbor And Ypsilanti

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It's more than three weeks into the school year and the Washtenaw Intermediate School District is still looking to add permanent bus drivers.  Finding enough school bus drivers is a lingering issue. 


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4:16 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

$20K still needed for bronze Adirondack chairs in memory of Coleman Jewett

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Jewett was a fixture at the Farmers Market for 45 years, known for his hand-crafted pine furniture and most notably his Adirondack chairs that he sold.
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Fundraising continues for a public art project that includes dedicating a pair of bronze Adirondack chairs at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market in memory of Coleman Jewett, a familiar face at the market for many years. As a benefit for the memorial project, the Kerrytown District Association is hosting a community celebration in honor of the late Tappan Middle School educator from 4-7 p.m.
Education
12:04 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Outgoing Ann Arbor School Board Member Wants Continued Focus On Attracting More Students

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

No one can be certain what direction the Ann Arbor Board of Education may take after the November Election. We do know there will be some new representation. There are 10- candidates seeking to fill four available school seats. An outgoing trustee  plans to pay close attention to the race.


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WEMU News
8:32 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

U-M Study: Online Ratings Infulence Choosing A Pediatrician

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Would an online review influence your decision on choosing a doctor for your child?  A new University of Michigan study suggests it can make a difference, even if the trustworthiness of the review is questionable.

David Hanauer is a U-of-M associate professor of Pediatrics and lead author of the study.

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WEMU News
8:25 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

EMU Professor Urges Vigilance, Tolerance In Face Of ISIS Threat

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As the Obama administration lines up international support in the effort to dismantle the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, the local Muslim community may find itself caught in the middle.

 

Eastern  Michigan University political science professor Edward Sidlow says prejudice ands bigotry are a reality in the U.S., but we can work to sensitize those around us.

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7:14 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Better Jobs For Disabled Target Of Lieutenant Governor's Push

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley joined advocates at the state Capitol on Monday to unveil a report that shows many Michiganders with disabilities lack decent job opportunities.
Credit Jake Neher

Lt. Gov. Calley says he'll push for better employment for disabled people

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley says the state needs to do more to help people with disabilities get good jobs.

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Community
4:52 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Seeing Ridership Shifts With Later Service Hours

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Taypayer funded improvements to the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority started rolling out a month ago.  


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Community
8:41 am
Mon September 22, 2014

DTE Proposes Natural Gas Pipeline Through Washtenaw County

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Last winter's harsh weather left many states with limited natural gas supplies.  While Michigan wasn't among them, DTE Energy says it's planning a new pipeline to ensure a Michigan never runs short of natural gas.  It's called the Nexus Pipeline and will track right through Washtenaw County.


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WEMU News
7:26 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

U-M Health System Expanding Operating Rooms

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A rising need for surgery has prompted the University of Michigan Health System to expand its operating room facilities.

The multi-million dollar project will be renovating more than 24-thousand square feet for use as support spaces, equipment storage and new operating rooms.

Shon Dwyer is the acting Executive Director of University Hospitals.

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WEMU News
7:12 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Orphan Car Show Celebrates Station Wagon, Ypsilanti's Automotive Heritgate

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Ypsilanti celebrates its rich automotive history this weekend with the Orphan Car Show.

 

Bill Nickels is Secretary of the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum.  He says the last few years haven't been easy for classic car restorers, with the recession hitting hard.

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Community
3:46 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Washtenaw County Oil Opponents Want More Than Proposed Oil Drilling Legislation

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Proposed changes to state law would allow some townships to regulate oil and gas drilling.  Critics of oil drilling in Washtenaw County say the bill doesn't go nearly far enough.


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Community
3:34 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

New Bike Sharing Program Set To Launch Next Week

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You'll have a new way to get around downtown Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan campus starting next week.  The new bike sharing program ArborBike will launch as early as Tuesday.  A lot of people have expressed interest in bike sharing, but it's unclear if this will translate into members.


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Music
11:24 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Drummer Leonard King - Living The Give Back Life

Leonard King professional drummer/vocalist, composer/arranger

Listen to our interview earlier this week with drummer and singer Leonard King. King visited the WEMU studio to discuss his major project:  The Lyman Woodard Organization For the Arts.  In the 1970s Leonard joined the group led by Detroit organist Lyman Woodard and became a major player in Detroit jazz, soul, blues and dance music.  Leonard reminisced  warmly about Lyman Woodard's important and inspirational position in Detroit musical history as well as his own. 

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Community
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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Community
3:28 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Ypsilanti LED Streelight 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 $120,000 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 $600,000.

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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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Education
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 have been 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. 

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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

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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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