A new Michigan House bill wants to make it a lot easier to monitor surface-water levels through a process called CrowdHydrology. 

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor's city council will host a public hearing Thursday to discuss if guns should temporarily be allowed to be fired in the city. 

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Milan residents voted in favor of amending the city’s charter to dedicate funding for road repair.

Nearly 78% of voters agreed to the amendment.

Mayor Michael Armitage told WEMU that residents have been asking the city to address the issue for years. He says, “Ever since taking office I’ve heard from residents that they would be supportive of a millage if it was dedicated for roads.”


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After beating 5th Ward Ann Arbor city council member Mike Anglin in the primary election, Chip Smith celebrated another victory last night in the general election. 



Ann Arbor City Council member Jane Lumm celebrated her re-election last night.




Lumm beat challenger Sally Hart Peterson with 64% of the vote. At her campaign party at Paesano Restaurant on Washtenaw Avenue, Lumm says she did not expect to gain such a wide margin against Peterson.

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Former Ann Arbor city council member Sally Hart Petersen did not get enough votes to beat incumbent Jane Lumm for the 2nd Ward race in the general election. 

Communities around the WEMU listening area went to the polls Tuesday to vote on city council members and local leaders, millages for road repairs, and expanding public transit in Washtenaw County. Here you'll find the results as they become available:


Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace, also known as Obamacare, is now open.

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A public community reception will be held this Thursday November 5th at the Ann Arbor city hall lobby so you can meet candidates interested in the chief of police job.

Voters in Ann Arbor's 2nd Ward head to the polls next Tuesday to elect either an incumbent or former ward representative. Independent Jane Lumm is seeking a third consecutive term on city council. She is challenged by Democrat Sally Hart Peterson who served on council from 2012 to 2014. We caught up with both to discuss their visions for Ann Arbor and allow them to tell you why they deserve your vote. 

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Two lucky Eastern Michigan University students had a chance to win one year of free tuition during the Eagles Vs. Western Michigan game at Rynearson stadium in Ypsilanti Thursday night.  The activity was planned as a way for the university to say thank you to students for attending games.   

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For now, the Regional Transit Authority has completed its public meetings in Washtenaw County regarding the creation of a mass transit system in our area.  The last one took place in Ann Arbor.

Saline Area Schools

Next week, voters in Saline will see a twenty year bond proposal on the ballot from Saline Area Schools.  The funds are needed for school building improvements. 

Get all of the details from the 2015 local elections from WEMU News here

The district is asking voters to approve $67.5 million dollars.

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Now’s the time of year a few Snowy owls might arrive in Michigan, if we’re lucky.  In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores a few of Michigan’s owls:  the dangers they face, and why we should care.

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In less than a week, Scio Township voters will decide if they will approve a millage that would expand public bus service in that area. 


To help address the transportation needs of veterans in our state, AmeriCorps and the Michigan Region 10 Veterans Community Action Team has started a program called Wheels for Warriors. 

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Daylight Saving Time ends early Sunday morning, otherwise known as "falling back" where we gain an hour.

Ann Arbor State representative Jeff Irwin had introduced a bill to eliminate what he calls our "bi- annual clock setting dance" but it has so far been stalled in committee. 

But he says we need more discussion as to why we keep changing times and spoke me.

Michigan Theater

New movie openings, special  screenings, ongoing film series, a movie star appearance in Ann Arbor and Hollywood news. It's all here for you on "Cinema Chat' this week with WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater CEO and Executive Director, Russ Collins. 

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The stalemate over road funding continues in the Michigan Legislature.  Jake Neher has the details.

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The emergency manager of the Detroit school district took a trip to Lansing today to ask state lawmakers for help.  Rick Pluta has the story.

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Michigan students struggled with the state’s new standardized test.  Jake Neher explains.

The Allen Creek Greenway in Ann Arbor is coming. A budget allocation from Ann Arbor City Council earlier this year has the ball rolling. Where are we now? How quickly is the project moving?    In this week's 'Issues of the Environment," David Fair  seeks those answers in a conversation with the President of the Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy, Joe O'Neil. 

Ann Arbor's 5th Ward will have a new city council member next month.  Incumbent Mike Anglin will not appear on the November ballot after losing the primary election.  We spoke with the two candidates in the running.

Terry Collins
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Its rare for Eastern Michigan University to cheer for the New York Mets during the baseball World Series, but they are doing it because of a local connection. Terry Collins, the current manager for the Mets graduated from EMU in 1971 and was a student athlete at the university.

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Eastern Michigan University's Aging Studies Program is having a special program Wednesday October 28th featuring a lecture by Dr. Adam Marks, Clinical assistant professor in the division of geriatrics and palliative medicine at the University of Michigan. He will be speaking on how  Americans deal with death, and  how that has changed over the past 100 years.