News http://wemu.org en Family Dollar Construction Begins On Water Street http://wemu.org/post/family-dollar-construction-begins-water-street <p>Construction has begun on the site of a Family Dollar store on the Water Street re-development area.</p><p></p><p></p><p>An official groundbreaking will he held after the August 5th primary election, but construction machinery was busy at work on the site Tuesday, maneuvering around wooden stakes topped with pieces of fluttering fluorescent tape.&nbsp;</p><p>The sidewalk along Michigan Avenue is also marked with fluorescent spray paint.&nbsp;</p><p>The Family Dollar project is the first on Water Street to see construction begin since 1999.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:50:23 +0000 Bob Eccles 49504 at http://wemu.org Family Dollar Construction Begins On Water Street University of Michigan Wins 5th Solar Car Title http://wemu.org/post/university-michigan-wins-5th-solar-car-title <p><em><strong>Michigan Team Overcomes Early Adversity To Win Another Solar Car Challenge&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of Michigan has won its fifth national title in a row at the American Solar Challenge competition.&nbsp;</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Ann Arbor News reports </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the university's car named Quantum won the eight-day solar vehicle competition. </span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;The 1,700-mile event started July 20 in Austin, Texas. The three-wheeled car was the first to cross the finish line in Minneapolis on Monday afternoon.</span></div><div> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:31:59 +0000 Associated Press 49496 at http://wemu.org University of Michigan Wins 5th Solar Car Title Jury Acquits Man In Eastern Michigan Player Death http://wemu.org/post/jury-acquits-man-eastern-michigan-player-death <div><em><strong>2nd Suspect in Demarius&nbsp;Reed Murder Not Guilty on All Charges &nbsp;</strong></em></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A jury acquitted a man Monday evening in the robbery-slaying of Eastern Michigan University football player </span>Demarius<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Reed.</span></div><div> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:26:20 +0000 Associated Press 49494 at http://wemu.org Jury Acquits Man In Eastern Michigan Player Death Sumi Kailasapathy And Don Adams Jr. Square Off In Ann Arbor's First Ward Council Race http://wemu.org/post/sumi-kailasapathy-and-don-adams-jr-square-ann-arbors-first-ward-council-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Ann Arbor voters will chose a new mayor this year but the changes won’t necessarily stop there.&nbsp; Three of Ann Arbor’s 5 wards have contested Democratic Primaries for council seats.&nbsp; The first ward race pits incumbent <strong><a href="http://sumi4aa.com/" target="_blank">Sumi Kailasapathy</a></strong> against challenger <strong><a href="http://www.votedonadams.com/" target="_blank">Don Adams Junior</a></strong>.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:44:35 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49473 at http://wemu.org Sumi Kailasapathy And Don Adams Jr. Square Off In Ann Arbor's First Ward Council Race WEMU's Weekend Rewind: 7-26-14 & 7-27-14 http://wemu.org/post/wemus-weekend-rewind-7-26-14-7-27-14 <p>Listen to this weekend's programs here:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/44988125&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:01:02 +0000 Patrik Holubik 49452 at http://wemu.org Thousands Without Power In Washtenaw County After Sunday Storms http://wemu.org/post/thousands-without-power-washtenaw-county-after-sunday-storms <p><em><strong>Residents Clean-Up After Severe Thunderstorms &nbsp;</strong></em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are still more than 5,000 residents and businesses in Washtenaw County without power this morning. Residents are cleaning up after a series of severe thunderstorms Sunday that knocked out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:22:29 +0000 Associated Press & David Fair 49444 at http://wemu.org Thousands Without Power In Washtenaw County After Sunday Storms Washtenaw County Commission District 5 Candidates Discuss Public Safety http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-commission-district-5-candidates-discuss-public-safety <p>Roland Sizemore's announcement that he would not seek re-election to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners in District 5 prompted four Democrats to file to replace him.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Keith Jason, Wilma Gold-Jones, Ruth Ann Jamnick and Victor Dobrin each would like to represent Ypsilanti and Augusta Townships on the board. Listen to thee candidates' thoughts on crime and public safety in the audio above.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Bob Eccles 49327 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Commission District 5 Candidates Discuss Public Safety Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Focus On Neighborhood Improvements http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-mayoral-candidates-focus-neighborhood-improvements <div>Ann Arbor's Democratic Mayoral Primary is now just over a week away. The 4 city council members running for the post continue to walk neighborhoods looking for votes. &nbsp;One of the key's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">to the election may turn out to be what residents want from the city in these neighborhoods.</span></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:22:21 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49370 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Focus On Neighborhood Improvements Special Feature: Lunar Glee Club (Lunar Octet) 30th Anniversary Concert This Weekend http://wemu.org/post/special-feature-lunar-glee-club-lunar-octet-30th-anniversary-concert-weekend <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Lunar Glee Club rocked Ann Arbor’s musical world in the 1980s and early ‘90s with their jazz, Afrobeat, funk, calypso and Latin fusion. &nbsp;Sunday July 27th, all 9 original members of the band will present a 30th Reunion Concert at Kerrytown Concert House. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:47:16 +0000 Linda Yohn 49354 at http://wemu.org Special Feature: Lunar Glee Club (Lunar Octet) 30th Anniversary Concert This Weekend The Green Room: The Local Buzz About Pollinator Decline http://wemu.org/post/green-room-local-buzz-about-pollinator-decline <p><br /><em><strong>Michigan's bee population has been devastated. Monarch Butterflies are in swift decline. Our food, and landscaping habits, may be to blame.</strong></em></p><p></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 David Fair & Barbara Lucas 49296 at http://wemu.org The Green Room: The Local Buzz About Pollinator Decline 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 State Elections Board Says 'No' To Minimum Wage, 'Yes' To Wolf Hunting http://wemu.org/post/state-elections-board-says-no-minimum-wage-yes-wolf-hunting <p><strong>$10.10/hour minimum wage petition shot down by state elections board</strong><br /><br /><br />A state elections board has rejected a petition to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:43:29 +0000 Jake Neher 49328 at http://wemu.org State Elections Board Says 'No' To Minimum Wage, 'Yes' To Wolf Hunting 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 Cinema Chat: 'A Most Wanted Man', 'Hercules', 'And So It Goes', 'Sing-A-Long Wizard Of Oz' And More http://wemu.org/post/cinema-chat-most-wanted-man-hercules-and-so-it-goes-sing-long-wizard-oz-and-more <p><strong><em>Movie Openings, Hollywood News And Cinema-Focused Conversation &nbsp;&nbsp;</em></strong></p><p></p><p><em><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Opening Downtown</span></strong></em></p><p></p><p>In <em><strong>“A Most Wanted Man”</strong></em> a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill-gotten fortune, forcing both German and US security agencies to take close interest.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:23:19 +0000 David Fair 49286 at http://wemu.org Cinema Chat: 'A Most Wanted Man', 'Hercules', 'And So It Goes', 'Sing-A-Long Wizard Of Oz' And More 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 Issues Of The Environment: The Urbanwood Project In Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-urbanwood-project-ann-arbor <p><strong><em>In this week's installment of 'Issues of the Environment', we explore the growing benefits of salvage wood and the difference it's making right here at home. &nbsp;</em></strong></p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:30:00 +0000 David Fair 49168 at http://wemu.org 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