Ypsilanti, MI – Mother's Day is right around the corner, and you may be looking to do something a little more special than picking up some flowers and making breakfast in bed. How about taking Mom to a movie? WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins cover the options available this weekend as part of Cinema Chat. First, they open with some movie news.
Ann Arbor, MI – The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority has approved plans to transfer $2 million to the city to help with the 2011 fiscal year budget. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on the seven-to-four vote.
Ann Arbor, MI – The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan will lead a study on the effectiveness of the Michigan Merit Curriculum and the Michigan Promise scholarship program. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.
Ypsilanti, MI – The President of Washtenaw Community College is keeping an eye on budget talks in Lansing, where one plan would keep funding for community colleges at current levels, and another would trim funding by three percent. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor residents concerned about possible cuts to public safety and human services spoke at a hearing on the city's proposed 2011 fiscal year budget. We have more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – A collaborative effort involving several Washtenaw County agencies and the Dolly Parton Foundation will make every child in two local zip codes eligible for a free book each month until age five. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the story.
Ann Arbor – The president of the Ann Arbor Public Schools teachers' union says he's still confident the union and the district will reach an agreement that is a win-win decision. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.
Ann Arbor – Ann Arbor Public Schools have reached an agreement to keep custodian and maintenance employees in house. The school board approved the contract last night that will save the district more than one-point-eight million dollars next year. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.
Ann Arbor – Washtenaw Intermediate School District officials say the county's schools could save up to 25 percent in busing costs by consolidating service. The Ann Arbor School Board last night got their first official briefing on the plan that could save the district about two million dollars a year. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.
WEMU – There are plenty of films to see over the weekend. Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins joined WEMU Morning Edition host David Fair for this week's edition of Cinema Chat. Before getting to those movie options Russ offered some of the news buzzing out of Hollywood.
Washtenaw County, MI – Washtenaw County officials are moving forward with a plan to increase staff at its jail to cover the additional beds and the new intake area that are part of the facility's expansion. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ann Arbor, MI – Officials with the University of Michigan Depression Center say a plan for federally designated depression centers of excellence will save lives and dollars. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor's Kerrytown bells will ring Saturday morning between 11:30 and noon. The bell ringing is the culmination of Safehouse Center's sexual assault awareness month activities. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – The American Cancer Society is solidly behind Michigan's smoking ban, which takes effect May first. WEMU's David Fair spoke with the Vice President for Public Relations and Communications at the Great Lakes division of the ACS, Gary McMullen. Click to hear more on the expected outcomes of Michigan's smoking ban.
Ypsilanti, MI – For the first time in at least 30 years, tuition, fees, and room and board rates at Eastern Michigan University will not increase for the next school year. EMU's Board of Regents approved a 280-million dollar general fund budget on Tuesday that includes zero percent increases on these important student costs. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti's city council has rejected a proposal to sell a one-acre parcel of Water Street property to a developer who wanted to build a Burger King restaurant on the site. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – Listen to this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU. This week's guest is John Russell. He's a teacher at Ann Arbor's Pioneer high school, and was one of the organizers of the first environmental action teach-in at the University of Michigan in 1970.