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4:16 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Ann Arbor Skatepark Grand Opening Saturday

Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

Years of planning and fundraising will be worth it for area skaters as they celebrate the grand opening of Ann Arbor's new skatepark tomorrow.  The event will include a demonstration by skating legend Tony Hawk and other professional skaters at 4 PM.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the grand opening of the Skatepark.

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WEMU News
8:28 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

DTE Energy Working To Restore Power Across Washtenaw County

Credit dteenergy.com

Storms that rolled through Washtenaw County knocked out power to several thousand DTE Energy customers Wednesday afternoon.

The utility's outage map shows three main affected areas:

  • Dexter Township area:  500-1500 customers without electricity.
  • Webster Township area:  100-500 customers affected.
  • Southern edge of Ann Arbor into Pittsfield Township:  1500-2500 customers in the dark.

Numerous smaller scattered outages have also been reported.

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Community
6:32 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

University Of Michigan Cancer Center Back To Normal Operations After Hazardous Materials Scare

Credit University of Michigan Health System

The University of Michigan Cancer Center was briefly evacuated Tuesday due to a hazardous material scare. A solvent being used in an autoclave in a seventh floor research area was the cause.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a hazardous material scare at the University of Michigan Cancer Center.

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Education
1:15 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Digital Library Partnership Including University of Michigan Wins Court Case

Credit HathiTrust Digital Library

The HathiTrust Digital Library has been cleared of accusations of copyright infringement by a Federal Appeals Court. The University of Michigan is part of this collaboration of over 90 libraries and universities that are compiling digital information on nearly every topic throughout history.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the HathiTrust Digital Library.

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Community
3:24 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Women's Center Of Southeastern Michigan Still Trying To Serve Clients After Closing Doors

Credit Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan

Women who need mental health counseling, job coaching, and divorce support have one less local resource to turn to for assistance.  The loss of several important grants forced the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan to close it's doors last week.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the uncertain future of the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan and the services they provided.

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WEMU Newsommunity
5:17 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Plans To Consider Re-Design Of Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza Sent To Parks Advisory Commission

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor City Council is unified in concerns over Liberty Plaza but differ in their thoughts on how to move forward on improving the urban park.  Council referred a resolution to start a re-design process to the Parks Advisory Commission.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the latest efforts to improve Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza.

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WEMU News
2:42 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Ann Arbor, DTE Energy Help Landlords Save On Utilities

Credit dteenergy.com

The City of Ann Arbor wants to help provide some energy relief to rental property owners.

They are teaming up with DTE's Multi-Family Program on a pilot program that offers free upgrades like compact flourescent light bulbs, water-saving shower heads and programmable thermostats. 

Heidi Muir, the principal program advisor, says they usually focus on rental properties with five or more units.

This effort targets smaller properties.

"We will accept multi-family properties with two to five units under one contiguous roof," Muir says.

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Community
2:37 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Etched Glass Artwork Approved For Ann Arbor's Stadium Bridges

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Etched glass panels depicting images of trees in Ann Arbor will be installed above and under the Stadium Bridges.  City council has approved spending $385,000 on the final project funded by the old Percent For Art Program.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on artwork approved for Ann Arbor's Stadium Bridges.

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Community
3:42 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Considering Extended Stay Hotel Plans

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Plans for an extended stay hotel in downtown Ann Arbor should clear their last hurdle tonight.  Ann Arbor City Council will consider the site plan and development agreement for a nearly 90-thousand square foot building at Huron and Ashley.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on an extended stay hotel proposal Ann Arbor City Council will consider Monday night.

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Community
3:42 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Michigan Theater Foundation Buying State Theatre

Credit Michigan Theater

For 15 years the Michigan Theater staff has helped choose and market films at Ann Arbor's State Theatre.  A deal reached today will have the Michigan own and operate the portion of the State Theatre that's currently used for movies.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Michigan Theater Foundation buying the State Theatre.
 
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Education
9:15 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Officials To Share Budget Concerns With State Board Of Education

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools leaders get a chance to present funding concerns to the state board of education this week.  Tuesday's meeting comes on the heels of the legislature approving a K-12 budget that forced the district to delay approving next year's budget.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor Public Schools officials sharing their funding concerns with the State Board of Education.
  
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Community
9:14 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Plans To Improve Liberty Plaza

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

In recent years there has been a lot of talk about the need for a downtown park above Ann Arbor's underground parking structure.  Now Ann Arbor City Council will consider a resolution to pay for a re-design of the Liberty Plaza just to the northeast of the garage.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor City Council considering another effort to improve Liberty Plaza.

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Community
1:34 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Meet Ann Arbor Candidates For Mayor Saturday

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Primary elections are less than two months away so candidates are getting busy knocking on doors and sharing their vision.  Ann Arbor voters also have several chances to see all four Democrats running for Mayor in the coming weeks.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on upcoming forums with the 4 democrats running to replace outgoing Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje.

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Community
6:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Ann Arbor Summer Festival Kicks-Off Tonight

Credit Ann Arbor Summer Festival

The new executive director of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival hopes everyone in the area will find something they like at the 31st annual event.  That shouldn't be a problem with more than 140 concerts and events kicking-off tonight.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the start of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Community
4:54 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Ann Arbor's 14th Annual Mayor's Green Fair Friday

The Nature House at the Leslie Science and Nature Center.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje believes the Leslie Science and Nature Center is a great example of efforts to make the city more green.  Tonight he'll host the 14th annual Mayor's Green Fair

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Green Fair and Ann Arbor's other "green" efforts.

  

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Education
4:29 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Ann Arbor School Board Waiting To Approve 2014-15 Budget

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The Ann Arbor School Board has taken steps towards completing next year's budget, but chose not to vote on the plan Wednesday night.  The delay is designed to give more time to adjust spending based on the state's new K-12 funding model.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports the Ann Arbor School Board is waiting a couple of weeks to pass next year's budget, but has taken steps forward on the plan.

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Community
11:27 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority Looks To Make Streets And Sidewalks More Vibrant

Ann Arbor's typically vibrant Main Street was quiet following one of this winter's snowstorms.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Improving downtown Ann Arbor streetscapes is becoming a priority. The downtown streets have different primary functions, but the Downtown Development Authority wants to make sure all are as vibrant as possible.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the first public meeting for the Downtown Development Authority's Downtown Streets Framework Plan.

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Community
8:43 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Democratic Nominee For Governor Mark Schauer Speaks To Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber

Mark Schauer at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Headline Lunch.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Democratic Candidate for Governor Mark Schauer says his roots are here in Washtenaw County.  Schauer addressed the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber at Wedsnesday's headline lunch.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Democratic candidate for Governor Mark Schauer speaking at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's Headline Lunch.

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Issues of the Environment
8:30 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Deer Management In Ann Arbor

Deer captured in an Ann Arbor yard
Washtenaw Citizens for Ecological Balance

Deer overpopulation in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County is responsible for increasing home and vehicle property damage and is threatening the area's ecological balance.

This week, David Fair talks with Maurita Holland about the issues creating the problem and the potential solutions.

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Community
5:23 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Even With More Affordable Housing, Camp Take Notice Likely To Play Role In Fighting Homelessness

The eventual sale of Ann Arbor's Library Lot should help boost the city's stock of affordable housing. That's because City Council has promised 50 percent of the proceeds will go towards the affordable housing fund.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the role in fighting homelessness that members of MISSION and Camp Take Notice think they will still play even if affordable housing options increase.

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Community
4:33 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Ann Arbor Wants To Improve South State Street Corridor

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor officials hope to improve traffic flow along the South State Corridor. They'll be looking at how to best align with recently adopted land use plans.    

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the South State Street traffic study.

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Community
2:47 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Plans To Reopen Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre Coming Together

Credit Performance Network Theatre

Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre may re-open in the fall with operating expenses cut roughly in half.  Former staff members and other supporters will present the proposal to the Performance Network Theatre board next week, less than a month after operations were suspended.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on efforts to revitalize Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre.

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WEMU News
8:18 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Stage 2 Of Ann Arbor-Saline Road Construction Begins Friday

Credit eWashtenaw.org

Driving around the Ann Arbor-Saline Road area can be like waiting for a slow train, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The Washtenaw County Road Commission begins Stage 2 of its Ann Arbor-Saline Road Improvements project Friday.

Northbound lanes will be closed between the eastbound I-94 on ramp and Eisenhower Parkway.

The southbound lane closures at the Main Street intersection and the south side of Northbrook Drive and Oakbrook Drive will remain in effect.

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Issues of the Environment
8:30 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Early Success With Ann Arbor's New Food Composting Program

Food waste composting
Credit Wikipedia

Thousands have taken to the City of Ann Arbor's expanded composting program. It now allows residents to add all food scraps to their composting carts, and keeps the material out of landfills, benefiting the environment and, ultimately, the budget. WEMU's David Fair discusses the early successes of the program with Ann Arbor Solid Waste Coordinator, Tom McMurtrie 

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The Green Room
7:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

When It Rains, It Pours: Local Efforts To Contain Floodwaters

Storm water spilling over high flow dam at Mary Beth Doyle Park
Barbara Lucas 89.1 WEMU

Water is life-giving, but too much, too fast is destructive. Climate change is causing more severe rainstorms, creating challenges for both homeowners and municipal governments.

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