News

Pages

WEMU News
2:49 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Weather Decent For Viewing 'Super Moon'

EMU's Sherzer Observatory, as seen from the WEMU newsroom window.
Credit Bob Eccles

The weather looks like it will cooperate and give us a decent view of tonight's "Super Moon".

Norbert Vance is director of Eastern Michigan University's Sherzer Observatory. 

He says that as the summer solstice approaches, the moon is at its lowest point on the horizon, "Which gives it the illusion of riding low and mysteriously colored orange in that southern sky."

And being a full moon, it'll appear huge tonight.  But Vance says you can take measurements and see that tonight's moon is no larger than the moon as it appears other nights high in the sky. 

Read more
2:27 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Singer Jimmy Scott Dies At 88

Lead in text: 
Jimmy Scott, whose distinctively high soprano voice—caused by a rare genetic condition called Kallmann’s syndrome—gave his music a purity and youthfulness even into old age, died June 12 in his sleep at his Las Vegas home. His death, the cause of which has not yet been revealed, was confirmed by a family friend. Scott was 88.
Born James Victor Scott in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 17, 1925, one of 10 children, “Little” Jimmy Scott, as he was known early in his career, was born with the aforementioned condition, which stunted his physical growth and made him unable to reach puberty. As a result, Scott’s singing voice was unusually high for an adult male, however he used it to his advantage onstage and in the recordings he made beginning in the late 1940s with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Charlie Parker and others.
Community
1:34 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Meet Ann Arbor Candidates For Mayor Saturday

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Primary elections are less than two months away so candidates are getting busy knocking on doors and sharing their vision.  Ann Arbor voters also have several chances to see all four Democrats running for Mayor in the coming weeks.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on upcoming forums with the 4 democrats running to replace outgoing Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje.

Read more
WEMU News
12:01 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

A New Name For Chelsea Community Hospital

Credit Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

After more than five years as a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS), the Board of Trustees of Chelsea Community Hospital has decided to rename the hospital St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.

The name was approved after several months of careful study, market research, mission discernment and input from community members, donors, physicians and colleagues. 

Read more
WEMU News
4:48 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Arbor Hospice Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Credit arborhospice.org

Ann Arbor Hospice has come a long way in the last 30 years, as has the field of hospice care.

Gloria Brooks is president and CEO of Arbor Hospice. 

She says they started back in 1984 seeing nine patients a day.  Now, Arbor Hospice cares for more than 250 patients a day in Washtenaw County and six other counties in southeast Michigan. 

Brooks says hospice facilities have faced challenges over the years, most recently from the Affordable Care Act, which has reduced payments to providers.

Read more
WEMU News
4:47 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Habitat For Humanity Focusing On West Willow Neighborhood

Credit h4h.org

Volunteers from Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley will descend on Ypsilanti Township's West Willow neighborhood this weekend to help homeowners with chores like painting and cleaning out gutters.

A dozen or more homes will be targeted in Saturday's effort. 

Habitat's focus on helping to revitalize the West Willow neighborhood is expected to continue for several years.

Find out more about Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley online:

http://www.h4h.org/

Read more
Michigan News
4:47 am
Fri June 13, 2014

State Supreme Court To Hear Two More Medical Marijuana Cases

Credit wikimedia commons

Michigan Supreme Court takes two more medical marijuana cases

The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear two more medical marijuana cases. Two medical marijuana cardholders want the state's highest court to rule that a voter-approved law shields them from criminal charges.

In both cases, the defendants say the fact that they have medical marijuana cards should protect them from prosecution even if they did not abide by the letter of the law.

Read more
Community
6:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Ann Arbor Summer Festival Kicks-Off Tonight

Credit Ann Arbor Summer Festival

The new executive director of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival hopes everyone in the area will find something they like at the 31st annual event.  That shouldn't be a problem with more than 140 concerts and events kicking-off tonight.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the start of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Read more
Community
4:54 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Ann Arbor's 14th Annual Mayor's Green Fair Friday

The Nature House at the Leslie Science and Nature Center.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje believes the Leslie Science and Nature Center is a great example of efforts to make the city more green.  Tonight he'll host the 14th annual Mayor's Green Fair

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Green Fair and Ann Arbor's other "green" efforts.

  

Read more
Education
4:29 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Ann Arbor School Board Waiting To Approve 2014-15 Budget

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The Ann Arbor School Board has taken steps towards completing next year's budget, but chose not to vote on the plan Wednesday night.  The delay is designed to give more time to adjust spending based on the state's new K-12 funding model.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports the Ann Arbor School Board is waiting a couple of weeks to pass next year's budget, but has taken steps forward on the plan.

Read more
Community
11:27 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority Looks To Make Streets And Sidewalks More Vibrant

Ann Arbor's typically vibrant Main Street was quiet following one of this winter's snowstorms.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Improving downtown Ann Arbor streetscapes is becoming a priority. The downtown streets have different primary functions, but the Downtown Development Authority wants to make sure all are as vibrant as possible.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the first public meeting for the Downtown Development Authority's Downtown Streets Framework Plan.

Read more
Michigan News
10:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Ann Arbor Schools Hire Company For Custodial Work

Credit a2schools.org

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education has approved hiring company to run its custodial services starting in July.  The Ann Arbor News reports 114 custodians will no longer be employees of the district as of June 30. Crew chiefs also would be laid off. 

Read more
WEMU News
8:44 am
Thu June 12, 2014

EMU VP Leaving To Become Dingell Chief Of Staff

Congressman John Dingell.
Credit dingell.house.gov

Eastern Michigan University's Vice President of Government and Community Relations is leaving to take a job as Chief of Staff to retiring Congressman John Dingell.

Read more
WEMU News
8:44 am
Thu June 12, 2014

EMU Discusses 2015 Budget At Forum

EMU's Pease Auditorium.
Credit Bob Eccles

Eastern Michigan University's recently approved $301.9 million fiscal year 2015 spending plan was the subject of a late morning forum.

Chief Financial Officer John Lumm says the budget is fiscally responsible, and will help EMU continue to improve its overall financial position. 

Included in the budget is a tuition increase of 3.2 percent - the maximum allowed by the state for schools wishing to receive funding. 

EMU is also making $4.6 million more in financial aid available, and budgeted for safety enhancements like the hiring of 10 new public safety officers.

Read more
WEMU News
8:44 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Ringleaders Identified In Recent Gang-Related Crime Surge

Credit eWashtenaw.org

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office has identified three or four individuals believed to be the leaders in a recent rash of juvenile gang-related trouble at the Huron Heights apartment complex on Leforge Road.

Director of Community Engagement Derrick Jackson says a group of mostly middle school to early high schoolers has been mimicking gang behavior, leading to numerous calls for police service. 

Read more
WEMU News
8:43 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Washtenaw County Seeks Public Input On Former Juvenile Center's Future

Credit wikipedia commons

Washtenaw County will seek the community's thoughts on what to do with the former Juvenile Center property on Platt Road.

A consultant will spend the next seven months helping the county decide how to proceed. 

Plans call for a three-day charrette to give the public a chance to weigh in on the future use of the 13-point-five acre parcel, but dates for that workshop have not been set.

Read more
Michigan News
8:43 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Governor Snyder Not Fan Of Restoring MEAP Test

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.
Credit michigan.gov

Snyder: Restoring MEAP test not his preference

Governor Rick Snyder says he's not giving up on plans to change Michigan's standardized student test. That's despite a provision in the School Aid budget that lawmakers could send to the governor soon. It says schools have to stick with the current test - the MEAP -- for at least another year.

The governor wants the state to use "Smarter Balanced," a new student test that's aligned with the controversial "Common Core" education standards.

Read more
Community
8:43 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Democratic Nominee For Governor Mark Schauer Speaks To Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber

Mark Schauer at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Headline Lunch.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Democratic Candidate for Governor Mark Schauer says his roots are here in Washtenaw County.  Schauer addressed the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber at Wedsnesday's headline lunch.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Democratic candidate for Governor Mark Schauer speaking at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's Headline Lunch.

Read more
WEMU News
3:06 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Superintendents Blast State K-12 Funding Proposal

Ann Arbor Superintendent Jeanice Swift speaks as other district superintendents and school board members look on.
Credit Andrew Cluley

The Ann Arbor School Board was set to vote on a balanced budget tonight, but the latest proposal for state funding would leave a big hole to fill.

A House Senate committee's proposal would give the district $2.5 million less than Governor Rick Snyder's plan. 

Superintendent Jeanice Swift indicated the board will likely still vote on the original budget tonight.

Read more
Issues of the Environment
8:30 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Deer Management In Ann Arbor

Deer captured in an Ann Arbor yard
Washtenaw Citizens for Ecological Balance

Deer overpopulation in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County is responsible for increasing home and vehicle property damage and is threatening the area's ecological balance.

This week, David Fair talks with Maurita Holland about the issues creating the problem and the potential solutions.

Read more
WEMU News
5:25 am
Wed June 11, 2014

VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Director Addresses Wait Times

Credit annarbor.va.gov

Veterans spent close to 30 days waiting for their initial appointment at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and director Robert McDivitt says while that's not bad compared to other area healthcare facilities, it's also not where the VA wants to be.

Investigators who conducted a nation-wide audit of the VA health care system plan to make a return visit to the Ann Arbor facility, although no date's been set for that visit. 

Read more
WEMU News
5:25 am
Wed June 11, 2014

WISD Superintendent Concerned About K-12 Funding Proposal

Credit wash.k12.mi.us/

A proposed increase in per-pupil funding for K-12 schools would actually leave many area districts at the same or even lower funding levels next fiscal year.

That's according to Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel, who says that would be the net result of moving from a funding formula in which poor districts get twice as large of a funding increase as wealthier districts, to a formula where the minimum foundation grant is boosted by $175. 

Read more
WEMU News
5:24 am
Wed June 11, 2014

C.S. Mott Again Ranked Among Nation's Top Children's

Credit mottchildrens.org

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital has once again been ranked among the best children's hospitals in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Mott has been recognized for excellence in each of the ten specialties the magazine examined since the rankings first came out in 2007. 

The highlight for this year was the area of cardiology and heart surgery, in which C.S. Mott placed in the top ten in the country.

Read more
Michigan News
5:24 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Richardville: More Funding For Film Incentives

Credit wikimedia commons

Michigan film incentives to stay at $50 million, Senate leader wants more

The top Republican in the state Senate says he's not satisfied with the amount of money lawmakers have set aside for film and TV productions.

The Legislature is expected to wrap up a state budget this week. It will include $50 million in film incentives. That's the same as last year, but half of that money is now slated to continue into future budgets.

Read more
Michigan News
5:24 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Road Funding Discussions Dredge Up 'Right To Work'

Credit wikimedia commons

'Right to work' part of discussions on roads package

Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats at the state Capitol over road funding may have resurrected the controversy over Michigan's right-to-work law.

There's a lot of deal-making happening in Lansing as the Legislature enters the final days before its summer recess. The two biggest issues are finishing the state budget, and coming up with more than $1.2) billion new dollars a year for roads - Governor Rick Snyder's top priority before lawmakers leave Lansing.

Read more

Pages