Ypsilanti, MI – Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin hopes employees will be willing to forgo contractually-approved pay raises to help the school deal with state budget cuts. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the story.
Ypsilanti, MI – David Fair and League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak have this month's First Friday Focus on the Environment. Their guest: Kerry Duggan, Senior Advisor of Legislative Affairs in the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Division of the U-S Department of Energy.
Ann Arbor, MI – Washtenaw County Commununities that contract for police service units from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department likely won't see large increases in the price they pay over the next four years. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the story.
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor City Council has approved a budget for the next fiscal year, but as WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, city officials hope changes in labor contracts will eliminate the need for layoffs.
Ypsilanti, MI – In this week's Issues of the Environment, WEMU's David Fair speaks with local Girl Scouts about their effort to convince their parent organization to stop using palm oil in the preparation of Girl Scout cookies.
Ann Arbor, MI – The Ann Arbor school board has approved plans for a new parking lot at Haisley elementary school. Parents of Haisley students have had mixed opinions on the plans. Here more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor public school officials say they have good and bad news for next school year's budget. Interim Superintendent Robert Allen briefed the school board on the budget proposal Wednesday night. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ann Arbor, MI – Members of the Ann Arbor city council and Downtown Development Authority's mutually beneficial committee think they've come up with language to complete a new parking contract. The committee met Wednesday to finalize language for the city to backstop the DDA if its fund balance drops too low. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor's Northside elementary school is closed today after the building was struck by lightning last night. The strike caused significant damage to the school's chimney. The school is closed so the chimney can be removed today. Classes at Northside are expected to resume tomorrow.
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor's city council and the Downtown Development Authority are still working on final language for a new parking contract, but at least one city council member wants to cut the DDA out of the parking business. City council met briefly Monday night but took no action before adjourning the meeting until May 31st to finish the 2012 fiscal year budget. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – The state budget agreement reached between Governor Snyder and Republican leaders of the state house and senate is not sitting well with one local legislator. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – Local state lawmakers are weighing in on legislation that would privatize most government functions, including K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.