Ann Arbor, MI – Road construction on Maple Road at the M-14 interchange should begin next month as several roundabouts are built near Ann Arbor's new Skyline High School. The district's school board got its first briefing Wednesday night on the two-million dollar contract with Sunset Excavating, and will vote on the deal next week. This marks the last major construction contract for the 93-million dollar high school. The road improvements should be completed this summer, one year before Skyline opens its doors.
Ypsilanti, MI – Eastern Michigan University's contract with the school's faculty expired at the end of last August. After a brief faculty strike, followed by a few negotiating sessions, both sides agreed to fact-finding to resolve the contract impasse. The fact-finder's recommendations are due out by early April. WEMU's David Fair discussed the ongoing contract dispute, and the faculty union's expectations of the fact-finder's report with EMU-AAUP President Howard Bunsis. Click on the audio icon to listen to the interview.
Ypsilanti, MI – This is colon cancer awareness month in the U-S. Before the end of this year, more than 150-thousand people will be diagnosed with the disease. Vicki Rakowski is the Executive Vice-President for the American Cancer Society's Great Lakes Division. She joins WEMU's David Fair to discuss how colon cancer can be detected, and death prevented. Click on the audio icon to hear more.
Ann Arbor, MI – The Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state, alleging it violated the Ann Arbor Film Festival's constitutional rights by taking away its funding. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – Washtenaw County Sheriff's deputies are looking for the mother of an infant found dead near an Ypsilanti Township motel Monday night. Police say the manager of the Manor Motel on East Michigan Avenue found the infant on the ground behind the motel. Deputies say the body may have been there for several days. Officers are checking motel records and neighboring residences for leads. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Sheriff's tipline at 734-973-7711, or 1-800-SPEAK UP.
Ann Arbor, MI – The Defense Department is turning to the University of Michigan to help it find out how deployment locations affect the stress levels of U-S Army personnel. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ann Arbor, MI – For the third time, Ann Arbor's city council has approved a resolution calling for the end to U-S military action in Iraq. On the fourth anniversay of the war's start, council voted eight to two Monday night asking for a bi-partisan effort to bring the troops home. Those casting the 'no' votes say it's an issue that federal lawmakers need to address, not city council.
Ypsilanti, MI – New York Times columnist Randy Cohen is one of the guest speakers during 'Ethics Week' sponsored by Eastern Michigan University's College of Business. WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Cohen prior to his EMU appearance. Click on the audio icon to hear that conversation.
Ypsilanti, MI – A new mental health survey shows many Washtenaw County residents suffer from some form of mental illness, but a lot of these folks aren't getting the care they need. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – John Fountain has been a radio broadcaster for over 50 years, and has been the voice of Eastern Michigan University sports for 44 years. Click on the audio icon to hear this special tribute to John Fountain's sports broadcating career.