Ann Arbor, MI – The Michigan Supreme Court has thrown out a lawsuit against the Ann Arbor school district for offering health insurance to same-sex partners of district employees. However, Wednesday's ruling does not resolve the issue of domestic partner benefits for gay and lesbian employees. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – Click on the audio icon to hear this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, featuring the Director of Environmental and Utility Services for Ann Arbor's public schools, Randy Trent.
Ypsilanti, MI – Washtenaw County officials hope the county can become the site of a wind farm. County Commissioners voted eight to two Wednesday night to spend up to 86-thousand dollars on a study to determine if the county has the right conditions to generate wind power. Click on the audio icon for more on the story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti's city council has dropped plans for a public hearing into a complaint against Mayor Pro Tem Trudy Swanson. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents says the firings of President John Fallon, Vice-President Jim Vick, and Police Chief Cindy Hall, plus the reprimand of university attorney Ken McKanders will be the only personnel changes made in connection to the university's handling of the rape and murder of a student last December. Click on the audio icon to hear how the university plans to move forward from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor's city council has approved amendments to the Broadway Village at Lower Town development agreement to help move the mixed-use brownfield redevelopment project forward. Three major changes to the plan were approved. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the new plan from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – In this week's installment, WEMU's David Fair and the Michigan Theater's Russ Collins cover, a couple of outstanding independent films and, of course, the new Harry Potter reel. That, and a couple of important reminders for fans of public radio and WEMU!
Ypsilanti, MI – Algae Blooms have long been an issue in area waterways. There is now a better understanding of the causes of those blooms, and progress has been made in finding permanent ways to remediate the problem. Click on the audio link to listen to this week's installment of Issues of the Environment.
Ypsilanti, MI – Click on the audio icon to hear this month's First Friday Focus on the Environment, featuring Michigan Environmental Council President Lana Pollack, and very special guest, the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressman John Dingell.
Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti's city council has approved the second and final reading of an ordinance to place a city income tax proposal on the November ballot. Click on the audio icon for more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – Click on the audio icon to hear this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, featuring the Director of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute at the University of Michigan, Dr. Gary Was.
Ann Arbor, MI – Water and sewer rates in Ann Arbor are increasing, but city council has reduced the proposed water rate increase. The average residential water bill will increase by about four percent under the plan unanimously approved by council Monday night. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ann Arbor, MI – A group of young people has given the Ann Arbor school board ten guiding principles and 22 action plans to help close the achivement gap. Click on the audio icon t hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley on the plan crafted by the Youth Senate and the Youth Empowerment Project.
Monroe County, MI – As the state legislature debates banning smoking in bars and restaurants, one bar in Monroe County continues to fight to allow customers to light up. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – The Ypsilanti school district finished the 2006-2007 budget year in the black by over 700-thousand dollars. District chief financial officer Alan Dowdy says next year looks even better, with a predicted one-point-three million dollar operating surplus. Dowdy says an anticipated per-pupil spending cut from the state did not materialize, and retirement costs actually went down this past year. The district also made four million dollars in budget cuts earlier in the year.