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Residents on the southern edge of downtown Ann Arbor will no longer face 180-foot buildings.

Stephen Kunselman
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Update to the story that ran Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

Washtenaw County
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Report highlights stark contrast in the housing market, from east to west in the county.

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Online shoppers in Michigan could see a sales tax added to their purchases starting next October.

The legislation is now in front of Gov. Rick Snyder.

Supporters say it would end an unfair advantage for retailers such as Amazon.com over stores located in Michigan.

“What really pushed it over the line is the amount of companies that are doing business online,” said Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake. “And you have all the brick-and-mortar people that are dying.”

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Proposal to eliminate neighbor approval requirement divides City Council.


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A volunteer program to keep sidewalks clear in one Ann Arbor neighborhood has passed it's first tests with this week's snow. 


Washtenaw County Public Health
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Health care officials in Washtenaw County are hopeful flu season has already peaked.


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A local farmer and musician has taken over an organization designed to promote Washtenaw County businesses and institutions. 


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A major Ann Arbor announcement from the Sundance Film Festival, Hollywood news and movie previews. It's all a part of  this week's edition of 'Cinema Chat!'    


Michigan high school juniors will take the SAT instead of the ACT starting in spring 2016. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced the switch on Wednesday.

The state has provided a free college entrance exam for eleventh graders on the state’s standardized test for several years.

The College Board – the company that administers the SAT – won a three-year, $17.1 million contract.

MDE spokesperson Martin Ackley says the SAT will be a better test that will save the state money.

Commission's goal is to get more properties in the area certified.

Stephen Kunselman
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

County Election Commission approved recall language this week.

Creating a sustainable home can save money in the long-run.

City of Ann Arbor
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City Council member requests tweaking Ann Arbor's crosswalk ordinance.

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An Ann Arbor summer tradition is moving one block south, this year.

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February first sees the implementation of a new smoking ban.

City of Ann Arbor
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City vows to help combat a new threat to its urban forest.

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Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club joins the fight against proposed natural gas pipeline.

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The Pope will soon weigh in on Climate Change and the importance of the environment in religion.  In this month's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment,  Lisa Wozniak talks with ConservAmerica Executive Director Rob Sisson. He is a Republican and a Catholic, and weighs in on how the Pope's environmental encyclical will be received. 


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Governor Rick Snyder has begun his second term as Michigan’s 48th governor. He took the oath of office in a ceremony on the steps of the state Capitol in the freezing cold.   Rick Pluta was there. 


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Michigan Theater / michtheater.org

It's a New Year's edition of 'Cinema Chat' this week! David Fair is joined by Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum to discuss this week's movie openings and Hollywood news and reflect on the year about to end.  

Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation that forbids athletes at public universities in Michigan from organizing a union. It was one of 17 bills signed today by the governor.

The university athlete bill is an effort to preempt what happened at Northwestern University in Illinois, where football players at the private college voted last spring to form a union. There was no known similar effort at a Michigan university.

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