Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor's city council has approved ordinance changes needed to begin a commercial recycling program. City council unanimously approved the ordinance changes Monday night, and approved a contract with Waste Management for commercial solid waste collection. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – The presidents of Eastern Michigan University, Oakland University and Central Michigan University want state lawmakers to maintain funding levels for higher education without relying on federal stimulus funds. That's part of the testimony given at EMU before the state house higher education subcommittee on appropriations Friday. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Washtenaw County, MI – With home values dropping and foreclosures increasing, Washtenaw County commissioners say they want to base revenue projections on the worst case scenario as they start work on the 2010 and 2011 county budgets. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Washtenaw County, MI – As state house Democrats try to pass legislation placing a moratorium on home mortgage foreclosures, local help is already available. Listen to this interview with Washtenaw County Treasurer Catherine McClary on the county's assistance programs for homeowners facing mortgage or tax foreclosures.
Ypsilanti, MI – Listen to this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, featuring the co-chair of the group "Don't Waste Michigan", and chair of the Coalition for Nuclear Free Great Lakes, Michael Keegan.
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor's city council has approved the site plan for an underground parking structure on Fifth Avenue next to the downtown library. Council voted 10 to one Tuesday night for the plan and the sale of nearly 50-million dollars in bonds for the project. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley
Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber says the city is making progress toward transforming itself from an industrial city to a city of knowledge, culture, and entertainment. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Bob Eccles. You can also hear the Mayor's address in its entirety in the story listed immediately below this one in "WEMU Local".
Ypsilanti, MI – Eastern Michigan University is one of 119 colleges and universities to earn recognition for community engagement from the Carnegie Foundation. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – Governor Jennifer Granholm's proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins October first includes cuts in funding to K-12 education. One local school superintendent says he's gravely disappointed by the cuts, but not surprised. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – WEMU's David Fair talks with Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak about the group's environmental priorities for this year and next. Lisa will be the new co-host of WEMU's First Friday Focus on the Environment series beginning March 6. Click on the audio icon above to hear more.
Ypsilanti, MI – Listen to this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, featuring the CEO of Resource Recycling Systems, Jim Frey. Find out how your local recycling operations are being impacted by the national economic crisis.
Washtenaw County, MI – Washtenaw County officials expect large budget adjustments will be needed as the county prepares its fiscal year 2010 and 2011 budgets. County Administrator Bob Guenzel gave the county board of commissioners his financial state-of-the-county report Wednesday night. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti officials hope federal stimulus funds can help the city repave a couple of streets, improve energy efficiency in city-owned buildings, and fund some ground remediation for the Water Street project. Hear more on the priorities list in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – Listen to this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, featuring Ann Arbor's Environmental Coordinator Matt Naud, who discusses what's involved in balancing recreation with environmental issues on the Huron River.
Ypsilanti, MI – A new report released by the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan says health care premiums will double in Michigan by 2016 unless changes are made to the healthcare system. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.