Ypsilanti, MI – State Schools Superintendent Michael Flanagan addressed graduates at Eastern Michigan University's fall commencement ceremonies yesterday. Click on the audio icon to hear the full address.
Ann Arbor, MI – When Ann Arbor's third comprehensive high school opens in the fall of 2008, the students will be attending Ann Arbor Skyline High School. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the school board's voting on the name of the new school from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – Last Sunday night, Washtenaw County authorities arrested a man who was attempting to steal chemicals used in the making of methamphetamine. Using the drug is dangerous enough, but making the illegal drug can be even more dangerous to more people. Click on the audio icon to hear more in this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, featuring Washtenaw County's solid waste coordinator, Dan Moody.
Ypsilanti, MI – For decades, the Ypsilanti school district has been the home of the 'Braves', but not any more. The board of education voted Monday night to drop that name and logo. Click on the audio icon for more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – Click on the audio icon to hear this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU. **NOTE** the ticket giveaway heard during Cinema Chat is no longer valid; it was valid during the on-air broadcast only! **
Ypsilanti, MI – The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department will continue to provide police protection to Augusta, Salem, and Ypsilanti townships through 2009. The Ypsilanti Township Board became the last of the three Tuesday night to sign the deal which also allows legal challenges to continue. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – Washtenaw County Administrator Bob Guenzel updated Ypsilanti's City Council Tuesday night on the county jail's overcrowding situation. Click on the audio icon for more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – Time to think about what's in all those trucks speeding along with you on the freeways, and driving through your town and your neighborhood. Click on the audio icon to hear this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, featuring the director of Washtenaw County's HAZMAT team, Victor Chevrette.
Ypsilanti, MI – On the first Friday of each month, WEMU's David Fair is joined by Michigan Environmental Council President Lana Pollack to discuss major environmental issues facing Michigan. This time, the topic is air quality, and our special guest is the Chief of the Air Quality Division of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Vince Helwig. Click on the audio icon to hear this First Friday Focus on the Environment.
Ann Arbor, MI – The Ann Arbor school district's new comprehensive high school will be named either 'Northcrest' or 'Skyline'. Those are the two recommendations made to the board of education by the district's naming committee. Sam Keller is a sixth-grader at Forsythe Middle School and a member of the committee. He says either name would work well for the new high school. The school board will make its choice in the near future.
Ypsilanti, MI – Plenty of new cinematic fare this weekend to help weary shoppers escape the frenzy, and free holiday film offerings as well. Click on the audio icon to hear this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.
Ypsilanti, MI – Just hours before a deadline that would have lead to layoffs in the Washtenaw County Sheriff's department, and the end of sheriff's road patrols in three townships, the county and the townships reached a tentative agreement to maintain police services. The sides agreed in principle to a plan to have four-year contracts comparable to those that other townships have already signed, but to also allow lawsuits filed in the dispute to continue. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – Plans to expand the Washtenaw County jail moved ahead Wednesday night when county commissioners approved the space plan for the project. The plan would add 96 beds to the jail and upgrade the facility's infrastructure. The plan also calls for the creation of a health services campus on Towner street in Ypsilanti, and moving employment training and community services to an expanded location on nearby Harriet street.
Ypsilanti, MI – The federal government is awarding Ann Arbor-based ArtTrain USA its highest honor for community service for museums and libraries. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – WEMU's local Morning Edition host David Fair quit smoking back in early February, and has been smoke-free now for 283 days. Today is the American Cancer Society's annual 'Great American Smoke Out', and Dave talked with ACS Great Lakes Division Vice-President Vicki Rakowski to hopefully inspire other smokers to give quitting a try. Click on the audio icon to hear more.