Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor's city council has changed the zoning of the South University area to align it with other parts of the city's downtown. On Monday night, council unanimously approved a central business district and parking zoning designation for the South University area. Councilmember Jean Carlberg says the change should help promote mixed use of the area, and will allow taller buildings. South University merchants had asked city officials for the zoning change.
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor school district custodial and maintenance staff will be getting a pay raise this year. Wednesday night, the school board unanimously approved an agreement which calls for a one percent pay raise now, and another one percent increase in January. 171 custodial and maintenance workers are represented by AFSCME. Superintendent Todd Roberts says negotiations are continuing with the district's secretaries and para-professionals, whose contracts expired over the summer.
Ypsilanti, MI – The weather outside coupled with WEMU's fundraiser makes this an excellent weekend to stay inside to take in a movie, and listen to 89-point-one. Click on the audio icon to hear this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.
Ypsilanti, MI – The Washtenaw County Road Commission does much more than road repair and snow plowing. It's also heading up an initiative aimed at keeping small streams and creeks clean, thus protecting the major waterways they feed. Click on the audio icon to hear more about the effort on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, featuring county road commission planner Brian Shorkey.
Ypsilanti, MI – The Ypsilanti school board hopes voters will follow its lead and vote against the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative on the November ballot. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – Edward Jones financial advisor Jeff Crause joins WEMU's Bob Eccles every Monday afternoon to talk about making the most of your money. This time, taking stock of (and in) the future. Click on the audio icon to hear more.
Ypsilanti, MI – Michigan Environmental Council President Lana Pollack joins WEMU's David Fair on the first Friday of each month to talk about environmental issues. This week, they examine the role such issues are playing in the current election campaigns. Click on the audio icon to hear the discussion, featuring the Associate Director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University, Dave Poulson.