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8:57 am
Fri May 20, 2011

County May Hire Firm to Conduct Internal Audit

Washtenaw County, MI – Washtenaw County officials are considering hiring an outside firm to perform an internal audit of the county's finances. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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WEMU Local
8:53 am
Fri May 20, 2011

'Girls on the Run' 5K on Sunday

Ypsilanti, MI – An organization that helps young girls learn about self respect and healthy living wraps up its ten-week program with a non-competitive 5K run at Eastern Michigan University on Sunday. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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WEMU Local
8:36 am
Thu May 19, 2011

New Development On Tap for Old Mall

Washtenaw County, MI – Washtenaw County's Board of Commissioners has approved a grant application to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, and the brownfield redevelopment plan for Ann Arbor's old Georgetown Mall. The commissioners' Ways and Means Committee, however, postponed consideration of backing a loan for the project, and a public-private partnerships investment policy. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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WEMU Local
8:32 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Cinema Chat

Ypsilanti, MI – Listen to this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU, featuring the Executive Director of the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, Russ Collins.

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WEMU Local
1:38 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Issues of the Environment

Ypsilanti, MI – This week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU examines the negative impacts of high ozone levels on health. Our guest is Dr. Harvey Leo. Dr. Leo is a pediatric allergist and immunologist, and assistant research scientist at the Center for Managing Chronic Disease at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

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WEMU Local
8:39 am
Wed May 18, 2011

Sparking Ypsilanti's Economy

Ypsilanti, MI – The new President of Ann Arbor Spark addressed Ypsilanti's city council Tuesday night. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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WEMU Local
8:28 am
Tue May 17, 2011

Council Delays Budget Vote

Ann Arbor, MI – As expected, Ann Arbor's city council has held off on approving the 2012 fiscal year budget until issues with the Downtown Development Authority over tax and parking revenue can be resolved. However, at Monday night's meeting, citizens called on council to protect public services. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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WEMU Local
8:23 am
Tue May 17, 2011

District Considers New Testing Program

Ann Arbor, MI – To meet new state guidelines for teacher evaluations, the Ann Arbor school district is considering a new testing program. District officials say the test could be a useful tool in personalizing learning. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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WEMU Local
10:26 am
Fri May 13, 2011

Transit Master Plan Taking Shape

Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor Transportation Authority officials say they're getting important feedback from the latest round of meetings on the county-wide transit master plan. Meetings were held in Chelsea, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor this week, with meetings in Dexter and Saline coming up Monday and Tuesday. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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WEMU Local
9:55 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Board Nixes Shared Principals Proposal

Ann Arbor, MI – Two weeks before a formal budget presentation, the Ann Arbor school board has asked the administration not to include a plan for some elementary schools to share principals. The board voted five to two Wednesday night to reject the plan. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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WEMU Local
9:51 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Cinema Chat

Ypsilanti, MI – Listen to this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU, featuring the Executive Director of the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, Russ Collins.

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WEMU Local
9:17 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Trustee Wants to Fight Emergency Manager Law

Ypsilanti, MI – An Ypsilanti school board member wants to form a coalition to fight Michigan's new emergency financial manager law. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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WEMU Local
9:14 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Issues of the Environment

Ypsilanti, MI – This week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU examines raptors - birds of prey in our area. Our guest is the Director of the Raptor Program at the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor, Francie Krawcke.

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WEMU Local
7:23 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Tax Questions Could Delay Budget Vote

Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor's city council may delay a final vote on the next fiscal year's budget due to questions over funds the Downtown Development Authority may owe to other taxing authorities. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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WEMU Local
7:18 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Lawmaker Says Emergency Manager Could Take Over Ypsilanti and Willow Run Schools

Ypsilanti, MI – The Ypsilanti school board got a less-than-pleasant legislative update from a local state representative Monday night. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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WEMU Local
7:14 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Group Opposes Using Parkland for New Amtrak Station in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI – The city of Ann Arbor will receive nearly three million dollars for an environmental study and preliminary engineering of the Fuller Road station as part of federal funds to support high-speed rail in Michigan. At least one local group says it supports high-speed rail, but not Ann Arbor's proposed project. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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WEMU Local
10:36 am
Mon May 9, 2011

Officials Hope to Reduce Number of Elections

Washtenaw County, MI – Last week's election saw very light turnout across Washtenaw County where, in most communities, the renewal of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District's special education millage was the only issue on the ballot. Some clerks around Michigan are hoping to eliminate single-issue elections and increase voter participation. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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WEMU Local
10:26 am
Fri May 6, 2011

Shared IT Services to Expand

Ann Arbor, MI – Efforts by the city of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County to share information technology services are taking a step forward and will include another partner. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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WEMU Local
10:23 am
Fri May 6, 2011

State Senate Weakens Environmental Protections

Ypsilanti, MI – The Michigan Environmental Council says legislation approved by the state senate would take the executive branch out of the picture when it comes to protecting the state's natural resources, and warns that's a bad idea. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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WEMU Local
10:19 am
Fri May 6, 2011

First Friday Focus on the Environment

Ypsilanti, MI – This month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU examines Michigan's energy future and the roles renewable energy sources and nuclear power will play in that future. Our guest is the President and CEO of DTE Energy, Gerry Anderson.

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WEMU Local
8:36 am
Thu May 5, 2011

County Finances Looking Slightly Better

Washtenaw County, MI – Washtenaw County's administrator says the county is in a slightly better position, but still faces big challenges in creating a new two-year budget proposal.
County Administrator Verna McDaniel gave county commissioners a revised financial state of the county Wednesday night. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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WEMU Local
8:30 am
Thu May 5, 2011

Tuition Incease and Layoffs Likely at EMU

Ypsilanti, MI – Eastern Michigan University officials say that the university will have to increase tuition for the upcoming school year, and staff reductions are likely as well. EMU President Susan Martin held a campus-wide budget forum Wednesday to talk about strategies in developing next year's budget. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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WEMU Local
9:58 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Voters Approve Public Safety Millages

Washtenaw County, MI – Voters in four Washtenaw County townships have approved public safety millages. Hear more on Tuesday's election results from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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WEMU Local
9:57 am
Wed May 4, 2011

County Voters Approve Special Education Millage Renewal

Washtenaw County, MI – Voters have approved a renewal of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District special education millage. The issue passed by a margin of 77 to 23 percent according to unofficial results from Tuesday's election. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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WEMU Local
9:32 am
Wed May 4, 2011

City Council On Record Opposing Snyder Budget and EFM Plan

Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti's city council has adopted a resolution that expresses the city government's opposition to what Governor Snyder is trying to do, on both the budget and emergency manager fronts. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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