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.
Ypsilanti, MI – Eastern Michigan University officials hope a new branding effort will help attract and retain more quality students, faculty, and staff, and keep alumni linked to the school. The tagline "education first" is the centerpiece of the marketing campaign. Click on the audio icon for more on the story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti's city council has approved changes in the city's solid waste collection services. The changes were made because it's costing the city more to get rid of trash. Click on the audio icon for more on the story from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ann Arbor, MI – The proposed dog park at Swift Run park in southeast Ann Arbor remains on target for an early November opening. City council has approved a 130-thousand dollar construction contract with Margolis Companies for berms, fencing, benches, signs, and parking lot improvements. Parks and Recreation Services Manager Christen Smith says the park will have separate areas for larger dogs and smaller dogs to play off-leash.
Ypsilanti, MI – Click on the audio icon to hear this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, featuring the Director of the Food System Economic Partnership, Jennifer Fike. Find out how you can get more locally-grown food.