Ypsilanti, MI – Click on the audio icon to hear this month's Friday Focus on the Environment, featuring Michigan Environmental Council President Lana Pollack, and special guest, David Sandalow. Sandalow is a 1974 graduate of Ann Arbor Pioneer High School. He served as Deputy Secretary of State for Environment and Science in the Clinton administration. He's now Director of the Environment and Energy Project at the Brookings Institution. The topic this month is global warming.
Ann Arbor, MI – The University Musical Society in Ann Arbor has been awarded a 750-thousand dollar grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Click on the audio icon for more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – This November, Ann Arbor voters will decide a park maintenance and capital improvement millage request. Two separate millages expire this year, and the city wants to combine the issues into one that would draw one-point-two-five tax mils, generating over five and a half million dollars in annual revenue. Click on the audio icon to hear more about the proposal on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, featuring Ann Arbor's Community Services Area Administrator, Jayne Miller.
Ypsilanti, MI – Since the first of the month WEMU has been conducting a somewhat subtle on-air fundraiser. With the start of the new fiscal year, WEMU finds a host of new financial challenges that all add up to a defecit...that's why WEMU is asking for contributions throughout the month of July. To better explain the situation WEMU General Manager Art Timko spoke with David Fair this morning.
Ypsilanti, MI – Back in February, WEMU's local Morning Edition host, David Fair, embarked on a very public effort to quit smoking. As of Thursday, Dave has been tobacco-free for 144 days. Time for an update, and results of a new study on second-hand smoke. Click on the audio icon for more as Dave talks with Michigan Surgeon General Kimberly Dawn Wisdom.
Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti Mayor Cheryl Farmer will not seek re-election this year. She's spent nearly 12 years in the city's top elected post, and talks with WEMU's Bob Eccles about what's happened during that time, and what she sees ahead for the city. Click on the audio icon for more.
Ypsilanti, MI – Click on the audio icon to hear this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU. This week, we examine efforts to save Whitmore Lake from invasive species. Our guest is the President of the Flint-based lake and pond management firm Aquest, Doug Pullman.
Ypsilanti, MI – The Ypsilanti School Board has approved a 53-point-seven million dollar budget for 2006-2007. Superintendent James Hawkins says it was possible to balance the new spending plan without cutting instructional programs, but Hawkins warned that next year's budget will be much tougher to balance. He says a deficit of nearly four-million dollars is already projected, and there are no big-ticket items, like the sale of school property, to help make ends meet.
Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti Schools Superintendent James Hawkins got a glowing review of his job performance from the district's board of education. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the review from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – There's a mix of good and bad news for Michigan children in the latest 'Kids Count' report from the Annie E. Casey foundation. Click on the audio icon for details from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – Each month, Eastern Michigan University President John Fallon talks with WEMU's David Fair about the major issues facing the university. This time around, the new fiscal year budget takes center stage. Click on the audio icon to hear the complete interview.
Ypsilanti, MI – Amy Grettum is director of the "conscientious cruiser", a commercial-size bus that now serves as a community classroom. Click on the audio icon to learn more about this unique program on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor officials hope the community can become the model for the rest of the state when it comes to mass transportation. On Thursday, the city unveiled a vision of commuter railroads combined with connecting busses or streetcars to ease traffic congestion, reduce energy use, and reduce the need for the construction of expensive roads and parking structures. 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 Cinema Chat from WEMU, featuring the Executive Director of the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, Russ Collins, trying his best to hum an ominous movie theme.