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.
Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti's city council has turned down a request to re-zone two parcels of land across Huron Street from the former Exemplar plant for use as a self-storage facility. Click on the audio icon for more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor's city council has approved an 11-story mixed use development for the northeast corner of Division and Washington. The Washington Terrace project will have about 90 one and two bedroom condominiums, and retail space on the ground floor. An old home currently on the site will be moved to Miller and First street to make way for the new development. Another building on the site will be demolished.
Ypsilanti, MI – The firm hired by the city of Ypsilanti to find candidates for the police chief's job met with the public and city officials Monday night to explain the search process. Click on the audio icon for more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ann Arbor, MI – Researchers from the University of Michigan and the Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Healthcare system have found that the question of perspective makes a big difference in how major medical decisions are made. Click on the audio icon for more on the study from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – Willow Run Airport near Ypsilanti was the scene of one of many Memorial Day events held around southeast Michigan on Monday. This one was hosted by the Yankee Air Museum, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Click on the audio icon to hear more from Monday's event from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor School District teachers won't have to worry about starting school without a contract. Wednesday night, the Ann Arbor School Board unanimously approved a contract agreement reached with the Ann Arbor Education Association. Despite the three-year agreement, the district still plans to eliminate 64 teaching positions to trim the district's budget. The new contract provides wage increases of two-point-two-five percent this year, two percent next year, and one-point-seven-five percent in the third year.
Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti's city council has awarded a contract to perform a condition assessment on the city's freighthouse, one of the steps necessary to re-open the historic structure. However, not everyone was pleased with the choice of firms to do the work. Click on the audio icon for more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.