Ann Arbor

2:37 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

SANITARY SEWER OVERFLOW NOTIFICATION

Lead in text: 
The city has applied a surface application of lime to kill any remaining bacteria. This lime product appears as a white, powdery substance. Because the sewage reached the Huron River, the City of Arbor took the immediate precaution of closing canoe livery trips in the vicinity, from Argo to Gallup, on Thursday and through Friday. Any body contact is not recommended for at least 24 hours after a known release of raw sewage to waterways. The City of Ann Arbor has completed testing and will evaluate water quality samples over the next 24 hours for presence of harmful bacteria in the Huron River. The determination whether to resume canoe livery operations between Argo and Geddes Dam will be made at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, based upon water sampling results.
Education
7:47 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board Revises November Ballot Proposal

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education has revised language in the ballot proposal that will appear before voters in November. The school board met briefly on Monday to address concerns about the original language for renewal of  the districts voter-approved sinking fund millage.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the question voters will decide is no longer a matter of renewal, but instead, one of continuation.

Ann Arbor School Board changes ballot language for November tax issue.

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Health & Wellness
1:09 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

U-M Study Shows School Lunches and TV Time Linked with Childhood Obesity

A new study by the University of Michigan's Frankel Cardiovascular Center finds the two most common factors linked to obesity in middle school children are school lunch consumption and watching two or more hours of television a day.

Jean DuRussel-Weston is the Program Manager of Project Healthy Schools.  She says they found some gender-specific habits that influence body weight.
 

Boys on sports teams had reduced risks by up to 23%; girls that drank milk had a 19% reduced risk of being obese.

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Community
9:31 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Medical Marijuana Conference this weekend in Ann Arbor

Credit “Caveman Chuck” Coker / Foter.com / CC BY-ND

The city of Ann Arbor is hosting the fifth Michigan Medical Marijuana Conference this weekend.


The conference is designed to help educate medical marijuana growers and activists, and will include a variety speakers, panel discussions, and classes.

Conference director Ed Gorski says they chose Ann Arbor to host the event for the third time because of the city's progressive nature towards medical marijuana.

Gorski expects around 500 people to attend.

Education
9:26 am
Fri August 23, 2013

More Ann Arbor Teachers Recalled

Credit AAPS

The Ann Arbor public school district continues to recall teachers laid off in the spring, but as WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the pace has slowed to a trickle.

Andrew Cluley Reports

Community
9:23 am
Fri August 23, 2013

New Ann Arbor Shopping Center draws Big Crowds

Ann Arbor's newest shopping center may not be completely finished, but it had packed crowds for its grand opening Thursday. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the story.

Click here to listen to Andrew's report.

Education
10:03 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board Approves Participation in Washtenaw Education Options Consortium

Credit AAPS

Andrew Cluley Reports

The Ann Arbor School Board has approved an agreement on participating in the Washtenaw Education Operations Consortium.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the board has some concerns, but unanimously approved the deal so that students will be able to participate in three programs this year.

City Planning
8:44 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Ann Arbor Planning Commission Weighs In On The Sale Of The Old YMCA Property

Based on recommendations made Tuesday night, we may be getting a better picture of what  new development of the old YMCA property in Ann Arbor will look like.

The Ann Arbor Planning Commission issues its recommendations last night. Should the city choose to sell the property to a private developer, the Planning commission urges it use the "Request For Proposal" process. 

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the commission also include a list of conditions any developer should have to meet in order to benefit the city in the long term.

Ann Arbor Planning Commission recommends list of conditions for development of old YMCA property.

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A2 Council
8:18 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Approves Drinking Water System Plan

Ann Arbor City Council has approved the sale of bonds to help maintain a pair of pump stations key to the city's drinking water system.  

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council last night agreed to sell  up to $31. million in  bonds to pay for system upgrades.

Ann Arbor agrees to sell over three million dollars in bonds to fund improvements to pump stations that fuel the city's drinking water supply.

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Taxes
7:17 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board To Consider Tax Measure

Credit AAPS

Voters in the Ann Arbor Public School District will likely be asked to renew a sinking fund millage in November. 

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the school board last week discussed the issue and are to vote this week on putting the question on the ballot.

Ann Arbor School Board is expected to ask district voters to renew sinking fund millage.

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Taxation
6:47 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Bond Measure

Ann Arbor City Council has a fairly light agenda for tonight's meeting.  Council will consider an ordinance authorizing the sale of up to $3.5  million  in Water Supply System Bonds.  

If approved,  the revenue generated will be used, in part, for additions and upgrades at the Barton and South Industrial pump stations.  The bonds will be paid back through Water Supply system revenues.

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Education
8:42 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools New Superintendent Gets Five-Year Contract

The new Superintendent of the Ann Arbor Public School District will be on the job for the start of the new academic year. 

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Board of Education last night approved a five-year contract for the former Colorado Springs District 11 Assistant Superintendent of Instruction.

Ann Arbor Schools new Superintendent, Jeanice Swift will be paid 200-thousand dollars in base salary for each of the five years of a contract approved by the Board of Education Wednesday evening.

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Community
9:17 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Extra Security At U-M Football Games Includes Closing Part of Main Street

Proposed closure areas
Credit University Planning Office

A portion of Main Street next to Michigan Stadium will be closed before and during all U of M football games this fall. 

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council last night approved the closures, citing a need for security upgrades.

Ann Arbor City Council approves partial closure of Main Street next to Michigan Stadium on football Saturdays, as a security enhancement.

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City Council
8:45 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Ann Arbor Stands Up to Stand Your Ground Law

Credit cseward / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

The City of Ann Arbor has not had to deal with a case that falls under the so-called "stand your ground"  law, as was the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.

But, Michigan law certainly allows for the possibility. Ann Arbor City Council last night passed a resolution calling on state lawmakers to repeal Michigan's version of the law, and to make other changes to state gun regulations.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports:

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Liner Notes
1:03 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Live In Studio: Seth Walker

Seth Walker in the WEMU Studio
Credit Brad McNett / WEMU

Before his performance at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Seth Walker stopped by the  WEMU studios to perform a few acoustic blues songs from his new album, Time Can Change.

Seth also discusses  his unique musical background which spans classical music to raucous rock-n-roll.

Listen to the full interview here:

Seth Walker Joins us in the WEMU studios 8/8/13

Government
9:43 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Washtenaw County Commissioners Debate How to Spend Higher-Than-Projected Revenues

The Washtenaw County budget is in much better shape through the second fiscal quarter than originally projected.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the question now under debate is how best to use the additional money.

Washtenaw County Commissioners explore best use of higher than expected revenues through the 2nd quarter of the fiscal year.

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Environment
6:27 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Local Author Examines Changing Automotive Culture

Micki Maynard
Credit www.michelinemaynard.com

A local author is writing a book that focuses on the changing automotive culture.  

Micki Maynard of Ann Arbor is a Forbes Magazine contributor and former New York Times Detroit bureau chief.  Her book is titled Curbing Cars: Rethinking How We Get Around

WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with her about the book, and her Kickstarter campaign to get it funded.

Click here to listen to the interview.

 

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Local News
12:21 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Jack Eaton Wins Ann Arbor 4th Ward Democratic Primary

Jack Eaton and his campaign manager Kathy Griswold celebrate his 4th Ward Democratic Primary victory.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Jack Eaton has defeated long-time Ann Arbor City Council member Marcia Higgins in the city's Fourth Ward Democratic Primary.  Eaton claimed nearly 65 percent of the vote.

Eaton says his campaign was focused on having the city provide basic services like police and fire.  He says a narrow loss in the primary last year helped energize his campaign this year and increased his name recognition.

Nobody has filed to run against Eaton in the November general election.

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Local News
12:11 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Kunselman Wins Ann Arbor 3rd Ward City Council Primary

Stephen Kunselman and his wife celebrate winning Ann Arbor's 3rd Ward Democratic City Council Primary.
Credit Andrew Cluley

Incumbent City Council member Stephen Kunselman claimed about 52 percent of the vote in Ann Arbor's Third Ward Democratic City Council Primary.  Kunselman defeated challenger Julie Grand, the chair of the city's Park Advisory Commission.

Kunselman says his victory is a sign that residents want more attention paid to Ann Arbor's neighborhoods and not so much of a focus on the downtown area.

No candidates have filed to run against Kunselman in the November general election.  If he wins that race it will be his fourth term on City Council.

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Liner Notes
8:18 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Seth Walker and Corndaddy at the Ark

Two shows of great interest to WEMU listeners are coming up soon at The Ark: blues and roots singer-songwriter Seth Walker on Thursday, August 8th and Ann Arbor’s beloved roots-rock quartet Corndaddy on Friday, August 16th.

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Elections
7:55 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Election Day in Washtenaw County

As far as elections go, today is going to be a light day in Washtenaw County.

Ypsilanti Township has four tax questions on the ballot.

  1. Proposition "A" would generate revenues to replace some of the fire service revenues lost due to decrease in property values.
  2. Proposition "B" would generate revenues to replace some of the police services revenue lost due to decrease in property values.
  3. Proposition "C" would raise money for the purpose of providing revenues for recreation and park facilities, bike paths, the repair of sidewalks and roads and general operating purposes.
  4. Proposal "D" Would provide money for waste collection and environmental protection.

In Ann Arbor, there are two contested, Democratic primary races for city council.

  • In the 3rd Ward Julie Grand is looking to unseat Incumbent Stephen Kunselman.
  • In the 4th Ward. Marcia Higgins seeks to fend off a challenge from Jack Eaton. The winners today will be unopposed in November, barring a write-in campaign.


 Voters in the Whitmore Lake School District will decide a $12.3 million dollar bond issue. If passed, the district would sell bonds to raise money to remodel and update school facilities.
   

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has a look at anticipated voter turnout today.

Election Day Preview

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Elections
7:21 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Ann Arbor 4th Ward Democratic Primary Preview

A long-time Ann Arbor City Council member is facing a challenge from a candidate running for a seat for a third time in Ann Arbor's 4th ward. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on tomorrow's democratic primary election between incumbent Marcia Higgins and challenger Jack Eaton.

Preview of Tuesday's 4th Ward Democratic Primary Election in Ann Arbor's 4th ward.

Elections
7:15 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council 3rd Ward Primary Election Preview

Tuesday is primary election day, and while the ballot is rather light, Voters in Ann Arbor's 3rd ward  will be among those going to the polls. 

Residents there will choose between incumbent City Councilman Stephen Kunselman and challenger Julie Grand. WEMU's Andrew Cluley

Preview of Tuesday's Democratic Primary election in Ann Arbor's 3rd Ward.

Parks & Rec.
6:56 am
Mon August 5, 2013

On-line Survey Regarding Parks in Downtown Ann Arbor Ends Today

Today's the last day to share your feelings on parks in Ann Arbor's downtown through an online survey.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more. 

On-line survey regarding parkland in downtown Ann Arbor ends today

A pair of online survey's are giving people a chance to share their thoughts on parks in Downtown Ann Arbor and possible sites for dog parks in the city. 

                                                                     Take the survey here.

Over 1,000  people have responded to both surveys.  Ingrid Ault is the Chair of the Downtown Park Subcommittee of the Park Advisory Commission. Ault says the downtown park survey has three primary questions: If the community thinks there is a need for more downtown park space, what the space should look like, and how to fund it. Ault says in September community meetings will be held to further flesh out possibilities about downtown park space. 

Local News
2:34 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Livability.com Ranks Ann Arbor 2nd Among College Towns

For the third time in as many years, Ann Arbor has been rated as one of the ten best college towns in America by Livability.com - this year placing second, its best rating to date. 

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