Ypsilanti, MI – There's been a lot of rain in Washtenaw County in the past month, and the landscape is green, but earlier this summer, there were extended hot and dry periods, and the scenery was decidedly brown. Weather definitely impacts local agriculture, but was it as bad as it felt this summer? Click on the audio icon to find out on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, featuring MSU Extension Service agriculture and natural resources educator, Ned Birkey.
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor's best-known street icon has passed away. "Shakey Jake" Woods died in his sleep Sunday night. He was 82. Jake was a fixture around Ann Arbor since the 1970's. He was known for wearing colorful suits, carrying a guitar he seldom played, and greeting people with the phrase "movin' on." Funeral services for Jake Woods are still pending as of this morning.
Ypsilanti, MI – For much of the past year, media coverage of Eastern Michigan University has focused on controversy, but that's beginning to change. EMU Executive vice-president Donald Loppnow joined WEMU's David Fair Thursday morning to talk about the university's efforts rebuild a positive image, and refocus on putting education first. Click on the audio icon to hear more.
Ypsilanti, MI – Momentum is building to create more wind farms to help meet Michigan's increasing energy needs, but the giant turbines threaten bats, which are crucial to the ecology. Click on the audio icon to hear this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, featuring Eastern Michigan University biology professor, and nationally-recognized bat expert, Allen Kurta.
Ypsilanti, MI – Legislation approved by the Michigan House urges the federal government to approve a one-million dollar grant to establish a passenger rail line linking Ann Arbor and Howell. Click on the audio icon for more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – Despite ongoing complaints from Washtenaw County Road Commission employees and retirees, the county Board of Commissioners has declined to expand the road commission. County commissioners voted six to four Wednesday night against the expansion. Click on the audio icon for more on the story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.