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Snyder hopes Legislature will tackle road funding in "lame duck"

Fresh of a re-election victory that also saw more Republicans elected to the Legislature, Governor Rick Snyder is developing plans for the next four years. But he says the Legislature should not wait for the new year to approve some sort of plan to raise more than a $1 billion dollars in revenue for roads and transit projects.

Washtenaw County
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Studies show more than twice as much money stays in a local economy when spent at local businesses rather than outside firms.  Washtenaw County spent $47 million on contracts in 2012 and county officials want to boost the amount staying in the area.  The County Commissioners Ways and Means Committee tonight considers a local vendor preference purchasing policy.


Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Ann Arbor Summer Festival

One of Ann Arbor's biggest events is temporarily looking for a new home.  For only the second time in 32 years, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival's Top of the Park is moving.


All But 1 Of 10 Ypsilanti Charter Proposals Pass

Nov 5, 2014
Bob Eccles

Voters in Ypsilanti approved all but one of the proposed charter amendments on Tuesday's ballot.

 

Voters rejected a proposal to give city council the power to have ordinances take immediate effect with a two-thirds majority vote (Proposal E).   Nine other charter amendments passed.

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Newly elected Representative for the 12th District, Debbie Dingell, took some time this morning to answer questions submitted by WEMU listeners.

Listen in as she talks about what challenges she'll face as a freshman member of Congress, gives her thoughts on global warming and gun control and shares just how big John Dingell's shoes really are.


Christine Stead and Donna Lasinski
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The Ann Arbor School Board will have two new faces in January as a result of yesterday's election.  It's unclear how this will impact the board moving forward.


Robb, Brown Elected To Ypsilanti City Council

Nov 5, 2014
Bob Eccles

Incumbent Brian Robb will continue to represent Ypsilanti's third ward on City Council.

 

Robb beat challenger Tyler Weston Tuesday, garnering 59 percent of the vote to Weston's 41 percent.

Nicole Brown will represent the first ward. 

She beat Sigrid Melvin in the race for the seat left open by incumbent Ricky Jefferson's decision not to seek re-election. 

Jefferson ran an unsuccessful campaign for Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education.

Whitmore Lake Annexation Defeat
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Whitmore Lake Public Schools officials need to consider other options to avoid falling into deficit.  Voters in that district approved annexation but residents in Ann Arbor Public Schools rejected the plan.


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Voters Tuesday chose to return just two of the incumbent Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education to the panel.

 

One of them was Maria Sheler-Edwards, who says the district needs to "stay the course."

“We put some great programs in place,” Sheler-Edwards says, “we have a balanced budget this year, and we need to make sure that we continue being financially responsible, bring up our achievement and stabilize our enrollment.”

John Hiefjte and Christopher Taylor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Don’t expect any major changes in Ann Arbor city government after yesterday’s election. A few names may be changing but most of the policies are expected to remain the same.


Debbie Dingell
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Debbie Dingell is going to Washington, where she'll take her husband, John's 12 Congressional District seat.

Dingell defeated Republican Terry Bowman in Tuesday's election.

Speaking live Tuesday night on WEMU, Dingell said her priorities will be Michigan's priorities.

Edmonds Declares Victory In Ypsilanti Mayor Race

Nov 4, 2014
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Amanda Edmonds has given a victory speech to supporters at the Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery.

The founder and Executive Director of Growing Hope is leading write-in challenger Steven Taylor by a wide margin in early un-official results. 

Edmonds says she told supporters she's looking forward to moving Ypsilanti forward.

Early Results Not Going Annexation's Way

Nov 4, 2014
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Early results out of Ann Arbor have the Ann Arbor Schools annexation of Whitmore Lake schools failing. 

With nine of 74 precincts partially counted, the issue is failing 56 to 44 percent.

No results yet from Whitmore Lake.

SEE ALSO: 

Ann Arbor Voters Reject Plan To Annex Whitmore Lake Public Schools 

The Associated Press is reporting that Democratic US Rep. Gary Peters has defeated former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land for US Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Carl Levin.

The Detroit Free Press projects Republican Governor Rick Snyder will win re-election, defeating Democrat Mark Schauer.

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Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje sat down with Patrick Campion to discuss his 14 years in office, what led him to politics in the first place and what his plans are now that his time as Mayor is coming to an end.  

Whitmore Lake Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

It could be a close call for the proposed annexation of Whitmore Lake Public Schools by Ann Arbor schools.  Voters randomly polled in both communities by 89.1 WEMU had mixed thoughts on the issue.

The long election campaign season has come to an end, and the November 4th mid-term elections are behind us. WEMU is your source with the best local coverage on issues that matter to you, and we have provided you updates on all the elections and results right here.

Bob Eccles

Tuesday is election day, and Washtenaw County officials are getting ready for higher-than-usual turnout. About 48 percent of eligible voters are expected to participate this year.

That's two percent more than the last mid-term election.

Washtenaw County Director of Elections Ed Golembiewski says they're also expecting more voters to use absentee ballots than ever before.

Washtenaw County
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Proper identification is required many places these days including banks, government offices, and when making purchases at many stores.  Washtenaw County is taking steps to provide an I-D for the approximately 38,000 people locally who don't have a driver's license.


Whitmore Lake Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

It's Decision time for Whitmore Lake Public Schools. Voters in Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake tomorrow decide if the annexation plan moves forward.  Elected officials and those seeking office have mixed thoughts on the proposal.


Ann Arbor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

In recent years communities across Washtenaw County have made efforts to promote safe, alternative transportation methods.  Expansion of the Border to Border trail and other bike lanes are some of these changes.  A new effort is designed to make sure everyone in the community knows where they can bike safely.


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As University of Michigan alumni return to campus for tomorrow's homecoming game, they will find a different former football player leading the athletic department. President Mark Schlissel accepted the resignation of Dave Brandon this morning and named Jim Hackett the Interim Athletic Director. Hackett is the former Chief Executive of Steelcase and was Brandon's teammate at Michigan in the 1970's.   

Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

Bats are in double trouble:  Bat species that migrate long distances are being killed in wind turbines, while White-nose syndrome is devastating bat species that migrate shorter distances.  Meanwhile, homeowners routinely kill bats when they find them in their houses.  But we need bats (just not in our attics!), so safe and humane removal can be done via a “bat exclusion.” That's the focus of the Halloween installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room".   

Patricia Ashford Manley
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Four of the seven seats on the Ann Arbor School Board will be decided by the results of next week's election.  Nine candidates are actively campaigning for the positions and I interviewed them all.  Patricia Ashford Manley is the focus of today's final report.


Twin Celebrations At Willow Run Airport

Oct 30, 2014
Bob Eccles

There were a couple of big celebrations Thursday at Willow Run Airport.  The airport re-dedicated its re-built main runway, and the Yankee Air Museum closed on the purchase of part of the former bomber plant.

After a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, the Yankee Air Museum's B-17G bomber "Yankee Lady" made the inaugural take-off and landing on the runway.

Airport Director Chris Mullin says the runway replaces the original strip, built in 1940. He expects the re-built runway to last 35-40 years.

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