89.1 Jazz with Linda Yohn

Music Director, Linda Yohn hosts 89.1 Jazz  on 89.1 WEMU each weekday


8:14 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Menzel To Step Down As Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent At End Of June

Ypsilanti Community Schools and Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel.
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Ypsilanti Community Schools will be in the market for a new Superintendent at the end of June.

That's when Scott Menzel steps down from that position - a transition that was part of the plan when the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts merged. 

Menzel says the school year isn't over, but he thinks Ypsilanti Community Schools is in pretty good shape.

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Michigan News
8:07 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Minimum Wage Alternative Offered In State Legislature

Michigan senator Rick Jones.
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State GOP Senator offers minimum wage hike alternative

A Republican in the state Senate wants to boost Michigan's minimum wage to $8.15 an hour.

Sen. Rick Jones' introduced the legislation Thursday, which would be an alternative to a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage.

That ballot drive would boost the rate from $7.40 an hour to $10.10 an hour. It would also eventually raise the rate for tipped workers from $2.65 to $10.10 an hour.

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3:28 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

All Lanes Of Eastbound Washtenaw Avenue In Ypsilanti To Be Restored Friday Morning

Repairs have been made to broken storm water pipes and the roadway on eastbound Washtenaw Avenue at College Place.
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Eastbound Washtenaw Avenue at College Place in Ypsilanti should be back to three lanes of traffic sometime Friday morning.

That's according to the Michigan Department of Transportation, which worked with the city to repair damage to the roadway caused by broken storm water lines. 

The right and center lanes had to be closed in order to make the repairs. 

MDOT says it will have to come back at some point in the future and apply lining to the storm water pipes, which will require a lane closure.

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12:15 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Ann Arbor Eyeing Backlog Of Tree Maintenance

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Ann Arbor City Administrator Steve Powers is suggesting city council approve $1 million to attack a backlog of tree pruning and maintenance in his 2014-15 fiscal year budget.

Powers says high-priority tree pruning would be done with the funding, along with dead tree and stump removal.

Powers says the funding will help "to maintain Ann Arbor Tree City's urban forest, and to reduce risks to public safety."

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11:41 am
Thu April 24, 2014

EMU Senior Wins National Titles in Forensics

EMU Senior Patrick Seick wins national titles in forensics tournament.
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Host EMU finishes fifth out of 86 teams

Eastern Michigan University's Patrick Seick has won national championships in two Forensics events. The National Forensic Association Collegiate tournament was held on the Ypsilanti campus April 18-21. 

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10:50 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Hosting Digital Divas

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More than 500 middle and high school girls are coming to Eastern Michigan University for Friday's Digital Diva conference.

Students will have the opportunity to attend sessions on computer repair, computer assisted design software, online security and a variety of other technology based topics.

Digital Diva Chairperson Susan Gregory says they started doing the conference four years ago to encourage women to go into non-traditional jobs.

"Hopefully it then inspires them to pursue a technology degree," Gregory says, "and pursue a career in technology."  

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Cinema Chat
8:21 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia, Locke, The Lunchbox, The Other Woman and More

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WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins present this week's edition of Cinema Chat!

CINETOPIA -- The Best Films From the World’s Best Film Festivals -- June 4-8, Detroit/Ann Arbor

More Screens, More Films!

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8:22 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

2014 Ypsilanti Heritage Festival Loses, Adds Attractions

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival board chair David Nickerson addresses Ypsilanti City Council in early December, 2013.
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This year's Ypsilanti Heritage Festival will look as bit different than in past years, as new attractions are added and others decide to strike out on their own.

Among the elements that won't be part of the festival this year is Chautauqua at the Riverside, which is moving to October this year. 

David Nickerson is chair of the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival board.

"With that being primarily presented at Riverside Arts, especially this last year we noticed that people weren't necessarily flowing up out of the park and to that event and to the venue," Nickerson says.

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Michigan News
8:11 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Republicans At Odds Over Detroit Pensions

Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger.
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Gov. Snyder and Senate leader not embracing Bolger's union demands

Republican leaders in Lansing are not joining House Speaker Jase Bolger's calls for unions to contribute to Detroit's bankruptcy settlement.

Gov. Rick Snyder and several foundations have signed off on a complicated deal to protect retiree pensions and artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The state's contribution to the so-called "grand bargain" would be about $350 million, and state lawmakers would have to approve that money.

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