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.
Ypsilanti, MI – THe Huron River Watershed Council received a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to coordinate a watershed-wide stream buffer education and policy initiative. The aim is to find more effective ways of protecting the Huron River. Click on the audio icon to learn more on the project on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, featuring Huron River Watershed Council Program Manager Elizabeth Riggs.
Ypsilanti, MI – Michigan U-S Senator Carl Levin is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He tells WEMU's David Fair that while he's glad Abu Zarqawi was killed, it won't change much in the Iraq war. Click on the audio icon to hear Friday's interview with Senator Levin.
Ypsilanti, MI – Russ says he's in Los Angeles conducting serious movie business, but we know he just wanted to see Weird Al Yankovic get his star on the walk of fame. Click on the audio icon to hear this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.
Washtenaw County, MI – The battle over lthe cost for police units between Washtenaw County officials and Augusta, Salem, and Ypsilanti townships will come to a head in August, if not sooner. The county commissioners ways and means committee voted seven to four Wednesday to set August 18th as the deadline for the three townships to sign contracts or lose police protection beyond state minimum guidelines. Click on the audio icon for more on the story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.