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11:30 am
Wed July 19, 2006

Council Speeds Up Calthorpe Plan

Ann Arbor, MI – Downtown development strategies from the Calthorpe report will be in place more quickly than originally anticipated.
Ann Arbor's city council has approved revisions in the work plan that could cut six months to a year off the timeline.
When finished, the plan will create special overlay zoning districts, streamline the development process, create essential design standards, and clarify historic district criteria.
Public input is still being sought as the plan progresses.

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WEMU Local
9:17 am
Fri July 14, 2006

K-16 Proposal Headed to November Ballot

Ypsilanti, MI – If the Michigan legislature fails to act by midnight Saturday, voters will decide the k-16 education funding proposal in November. The proposal would require annual funding increases for local schools, community colleges, and state universities equal to or greater than the rate of inflation.
Click on the audio icon to hear local opposition and support for the measure, featuring Ypsilanti Township Supervisor RuthAnn Jamnick, and Ypsilanti Schools Superintendent James Hawkins.

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WEMU Local
9:08 am
Fri July 14, 2006

Friday Focus on the Environment

Ypsilanti, MI – Click on the audio icon to hear this month's Friday Focus on the Environment, featuring Michigan Environmental Council President Lana Pollack, and special guest, David Sandalow. Sandalow is a 1974 graduate of Ann Arbor Pioneer High School. He served as Deputy Secretary of State for Environment and Science in the Clinton administration. He's now Director of the Environment and Energy Project at the Brookings Institution. The topic this month is global warming.

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WEMU Local
8:45 am
Thu July 13, 2006

Cinema Chat

Ypsilanti, MI – Click on the audio icon to hear this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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WEMU Local
9:11 am
Wed July 12, 2006

Google Comes to Ann Arbor

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WEMU Local
9:11 am
Wed July 12, 2006

UMS Awarded Major Grant from Duke Foundation

Ann Arbor, MI – The University Musical Society in Ann Arbor has been awarded a 750-thousand dollar grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Click on the audio icon for more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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WEMU Local
9:10 am
Wed July 12, 2006

Issues of the Environment

Ypsilanti, MI – This November, Ann Arbor voters will decide a park maintenance and capital improvement millage request. Two separate millages expire this year, and the city wants to combine the issues into one that would draw one-point-two-five tax mils, generating over five and a half million dollars in annual revenue.
Click on the audio icon to hear more about the proposal on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, featuring Ann Arbor's Community Services Area Administrator, Jayne Miller.

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WEMU Local
12:07 am
Wed July 12, 2006

UMS Gets 750 Thousand Dollar Grant

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10:52 am
Fri July 7, 2006

WEMU Budget Discussion With GM Art Timko

Ypsilanti, MI – Since the first of the month WEMU has been conducting a somewhat subtle on-air fundraiser. With the start of the new fiscal year, WEMU finds a host of new financial challenges that all add up to a defecit...that's why WEMU is asking for contributions throughout the month of July. To better explain the situation WEMU General Manager Art Timko spoke with David Fair this morning.

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WEMU Local
2:43 am
Thu June 29, 2006

Quit With Dave Update

Ypsilanti, MI – Back in February, WEMU's local Morning Edition host, David Fair, embarked on a very public effort to quit smoking.
As of Thursday, Dave has been tobacco-free for 144 days. Time for an update, and results of a new study on second-hand smoke. Click on the audio icon for more as Dave talks with Michigan Surgeon General Kimberly Dawn Wisdom.

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WEMU Local
1:51 am
Thu June 29, 2006

Cinema Chat

Ypsilanti, MI – Click on the audio icon to hear this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU. Listen close, though, as Russ is on the road again, and the cell phone connection was not that good.

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WEMU Local
1:46 am
Thu June 29, 2006

Farmer Looks Back on Mayoral Years

Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti Mayor Cheryl Farmer will not seek re-election this year. She's spent nearly 12 years in the city's top elected post, and talks with WEMU's Bob Eccles about what's happened during that time, and what she sees ahead for the city.
Click on the audio icon for more.

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WEMU Local
8:59 am
Wed June 28, 2006

Issues of the Environment

Ypsilanti, MI – Click on the audio icon to hear this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU. This week, we examine efforts to save Whitmore Lake from invasive species.
Our guest is the President of the Flint-based lake and pond management firm Aquest, Doug Pullman.

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WEMU Local
9:15 am
Tue June 27, 2006

Board Approves New Ypsi Schools Budget

Ypsilanti, MI – The Ypsilanti School Board has approved a 53-point-seven million dollar budget for 2006-2007.
Superintendent James Hawkins says it was possible to balance the new spending plan without cutting instructional programs, but Hawkins warned that next year's budget will be much tougher to balance. He says a deficit of nearly four-million dollars is already projected, and there are no big-ticket items, like the sale of school property, to help make ends meet.

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WEMU Local
9:12 am
Tue June 27, 2006

Ypsi Schools Superintendent Gets Good Report Card

Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti Schools Superintendent James Hawkins got a glowing review of his job performance from the district's board of education. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the review from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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WEMU Local
9:07 am
Tue June 27, 2006

Mixed Results from 'Kids Count' report on Michigan youth

Ypsilanti, MI – There's a mix of good and bad news for Michigan children in the latest 'Kids Count' report from the Annie E. Casey foundation. Click on the audio icon for details from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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WEMU Local
8:41 am
Fri June 23, 2006

EMU Addresses Budget Challenges

Ypsilanti, MI – Each month, Eastern Michigan University President John Fallon talks with WEMU's David Fair about the major issues facing the university. This time around, the new fiscal year budget takes center stage.
Click on the audio icon to hear the complete interview.

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WEMU Local
8:28 am
Thu June 22, 2006

Board Approves New Budget

Ann Arbor, MI – The Ann Arbor Schools Board of Education has approved a 179-million dollar budget for the new fiscal year. Click on the audio icon for details from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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WEMU Local
9:22 am
Wed June 21, 2006

Issues of the Environment

Ypsilanti, MI – Amy Grettum is director of the "conscientious cruiser", a commercial-size bus that now serves as a community classroom. Click on the audio icon to learn more about this unique program on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

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WEMU Local
9:16 am
Wed June 21, 2006

City Approves New Budget

Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti's city council has approved a new budget for the coming fiscal year. Click on the audio icon to hear details on the city's continued belt-tightening from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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WEMU Local
9:13 am
Wed June 21, 2006

EMU Regents Approve Continuation Budget

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WEMU Local
9:08 am
Wed June 21, 2006

District Reaches Contract with Support Staff

Ypsilanti, MI – The Ypsilanti school district has reached tentative contract agreement with its support staff union. Click on the audio icon to hear details from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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WEMU Local
10:05 am
Fri June 16, 2006

Ann Arbor Mobility

Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor officials hope the community can become the model for the rest of the state when it comes to mass transportation.
On Thursday, the city unveiled a vision of commuter railroads combined with connecting busses or streetcars to ease traffic congestion, reduce energy use, and reduce the need for the construction of expensive roads and parking structures.
Click on the audio icon to hear more on the story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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WEMU Local
9:57 am
Thu June 15, 2006

Board Approves Boundary Plan for New High School

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WEMU Local
9:49 am
Thu June 15, 2006

Ann Arbor Schools Cut Budget by $7-million

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