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Ypsilanti, MI – Washtenaw County officials have asked the Michigan Department of Transportation to improve safety on a stretch of I-94 in the western part of the county. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Washtenaw County, MI – Washtenaw County non-profits that receive funds allowing the county to offer human services will see their funds slashed by 20 percent as part of the county's effort to balance its budget. However, the non-profits may also benefit from a plan to combine the county's funds with money that the city of Ann Arbor and the U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development dedicate to similar efforts. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Washtenaw County, MI – The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Ways and Means Committee has approved the first phase of budget solutions for the 2010 and 2011 fiscal years. County Administrator Bob Guenzel formally presented a plan to address about 14 million dollars of a projected 26 million dollar deficit. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Ypsilanti, MI – Listen to this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU, featuring the Executive Director of the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, Russ Collins.

Ypsilanti, MI – The U-S Secretary of Labor visited Eastern Michigan University Tuesday as part of her southeast Michigan tour. The stop at EMU was intended to focus on worker retraining, but shifted largely to concerns over the closing of the Willow Run Powertrain plant. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti's city council has voted to give the Depot Town Community Development Corporation 45 days notice of the city's intent to cancel the C-D-C's contract to operate Riverside and Frog Island parks. The ultimatum stems from the C-D-C's refusal to change the name of its September music festival. Hear more on the controversy in this story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Ypsilanti, MI – Listen to this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU. This week's guest is Doc Fletcher, whose latest book is "Rivers Less Traveled: The Rivers, the Towns, The Taverns."

Ypsilanti, MI – Tom McPhee is an independent filmmaker from Chelsea who's touring the country with his documentary on the plight of pets left behind when New Orleans was evacuated after hurricane Katrina. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor's water, sewer, and storm water rates are increasing by about two-point-five percent. The increase was approved by city council Monday night. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Ypsilanti, MI – The Ypsilanti school board has decided to start the search for a new superintendent all over again. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor's city council has again delayed approval of the City Place project on south Fifth avenue. This time, though, the delay is expected to be only two weeks.
Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Ypsilanti, MI – GM's announcement that it will close the Willow Run Powertrain plant next year has left local workers stunned. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor public school administrators have formally presented the school board with their proposed 2009-2010 budget. The plan addresses an estimated seven-million dollar deficit. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Ypsilanti, MI – The Ypsilanti school district is facing a lot of budget red ink, but few district residents turned out for a budget hearing Wednesday night. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Ypsilanti, MI – Listen to this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU, featuring the Executive Director of the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, Russ Collins.

Ann Arbor, MI – The Ann Arbor school district will likely have a hybrid school bus in the fall, thanks to a grant from D-T-E Energy Ventures. The grant is expected to be approved by the school board tonight. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Ypsilanti, MI – Tonight, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to Pall Life Sciences' dioxane cleanup plan, even as an underground dioxane plume continues to spread around Scio Township and the west side of Ann Arbor. Hear more on the long-running cleanup controversy in this week's Issues of the Enviroment from WEMU.

Ypsilanti, MI – 54th district State Representative Alma Wheeler-Smith is running for Governor, and says one way to generate more revenue for the state is to change from a flat income tax to a progressive tax. Hear more in this interview with WEMU's David Fair.

Ann Arbor, MI – The Michigan house is working on legislation to ban smoking in workplaces, but there's a long way to go before legislation reaches the Governor's desk. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor officials are looking into adding a special use permit to some commercial property zoning to allow outdoor sales that have apparently been occurring illegally for years. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Ann Arbor, MI – With funding to the arts declining, arts supporters in Ann Arbor say the community's public arts effort is even more important. The Ann Arbor Public Arts Commission held an open house on Thursday. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Scio Township, MI – Some government officials and citizens groups are concerned that a proposal to change the Pall Life Sciences 1-4 Dioxane cleanup plan threatens the source of 80 percent of Ann Arbor's drinking water. The Coalition for Action on Mediation of Dioxane held it's annual update meeting Wednesday night. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Ann Arbor, MI – The University of Michigan's restrictions on travel to Mexico have been lifted. The travel rules were eased when it became clear the outbreak of swine flu wasn't any more dangerous than a normal flu outbreak. Hear more in this story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

Ypsilanti, MI – You have lots of cinematic choices for your weekend. Hear about them all in this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU, featuring Michigan Theater Executive Director, Russ Collins.

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