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.
Ypsilanti, MI – Each month, Eastern Michigan University President Dr. John Fallon stops by WEMU to bring us up to date on a number of issues impacting the university community. Click on the audio icon to hear the latest from WEMU.
Ann Arbor, MI – Results of middle school student and parent surveys about who should attend the Ann Arbor School district's new high school when it opens in 2008 have caused district officials to push back a decision on grade configurations. Wednesday night, Superintendent Todd Roberts recommended tht the school board not take action on the issue next month. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ann Arbor, MI – A couple of large fights at Ann Arbor's Huron High School this fall have some parents concerned about perceptions of violence at the school. Huron High School PTO President Brad Chick told the school board Wednesday night that he wants them to support plans to add security cameras and improve communcations with parents. Board President Karen Cross acknowleged she's experienced communications breakdowns herself, but says that overall, Huron remains a great and safe school despite the incidents this fall.
Ypsilanti, MI – Eastern Michigan University students have a new home away from home. The university officially opened the new, 40-point-five million dollar student center on Monday. Click on the audio icon to hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – When voters hit the polls Tuesday, a state house district that includes western Washtenaw County, part of Ann Arbor, and the city of Saline, could play a big role in Republican efforts to maintain control of the state house. Click on the audio icon to hear WEMU's Andrew Cluley's report on the battle between incumbent Democrat Pam Byrnes and Republican challenger Shannon Brown in the 52nd state house district.
Ypsilanti, MI – They're doing something a little different at Ypsilanti's Adams Academy of Math, Science, and Technology this year. Click on the audio icon to hear WEMU's Bob Eccles' report on a group of third and fourth grade boys participating in this pilot program.
Ypsilanti, MI – Click on the audio icon to hear this month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU, featuring Michigan Environmental Council President Lana Pollack, and our special guest, former state lawmaker Lynn Johndahl.
Ypsilanti, MI – The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Ways and Means Committee has approved the latest plan to expand the county jail. The committee voted nine to one Wednesday night to approve the space plan and a bond sale to help pay for the project. 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 Issues of the Environment from WEMU, featuring the head of the parks and recreation division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Ron Olson.
Ypsilanti, MI – Click on the audio icon to hear this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU. Please note this is an extended Cinema Chat, and focuses on a special event at the Michigan Theater which is Friday night ONLY, 10-27-06,
Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti's city council is setting aside up to 100-thousand dollars from the city's general fund to pay some of the costs associated with the Water Street redevelopment project. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles: