Ypsilanti, MI – The Ypsilanti School Board has approved a new contract with the district's teachers. Last night's unanimous vote puts a contract in place from August 30th of this year through August 31st of 2007. Ypsilanti Education Association President Kelly Powers says teachers have already given their overwhelming approval to the new contract, and she says morale is high, as it's the first time in a long time that teachers will be able to go into summer break knowing they have a contract in place.
Ypsilanti, MI – As farmland and other open space continues to give way to development, small communities like Dexter in Washtenaw County find they're running out of wastewater treatment capacity to accommodate the growth. What are some solutions? Click on the audio icon for some answers on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.
Washtenaw County, MI – It's election day in Washtenaw County. There are school board elections in all nine school districts in the county, plus a county-wide millage for a new radio communications system for emergency responders. Voters in Superior Township will also decide a separate millage to raise money to defend the township's master growth plan. Polls are open until 8 o'clock tonight. Remember to vote today!
Ypsilanti, MI – The city of Ypsilanti will have a new Mayor after the November general elections. Cheryl Farmer has decided against seeking a fourth tem in office. She says the business demands of her medical practice have grown, and she can no longer ask her partners to accommodate her Mayoral schedule. Farmer says it's been an honor to serve Ypsilanti and its residents over the last eleven-plus years.
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor's city council has approved a resolution calling for end to the war in Iraq. Council voted 10 to 1 Monday night to approve the resolution, which says the city's share of the costs of the war is nearing 83-million dollars. The resolution also calls for the funds currently being spent on the war to be transferred to efforts to meet the needs of America's most vulnerable people.
Washtenaw County, MI – Voters across Washtenaw County head to the polls Tuesday to vote on a plan to collect a two-tenths of a mil tax to upgrade the radio communications system for emergency responders. In addition to the county-wide millage election, voters in Superior Township will be voting on a tax to create a legal defense fund to battle unwanted development. Click on the audio icon for details on both millage issues from WEMU's Andrew Cluley and Brian Nemerovski.
Ypsilanti, MI – Retired General John Coburn addressed Eastern Michigan University graduates during commencement ceremonies Sunday. Coburn is a 1962 EMU graduate, and he said today's graduates are leaders in a period of dynamic change, and guards of the state. Click on the audio icon to hear Coburn's commencement adress.