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Ann Arbor Public Schools
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A group of parents, union members, and others in the community continue to object to Ann Arbor Public Schools plan to outsource custodial work.  Earlier this month the school board accepted a bid from GCA Services that will reduce custodial costs by $2 million annually.  


Ann Arbor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

How will Ann Arbor's next mayor take on the challenges around the city's always changing downtown?  That will be among the primary topics discussed Wednesday night at a mayoral debate hosted by Literati Bookstore.  


Ann Arbor Public Schools
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Ann Arbor teachers are voting on an agreement that will freeze wages for next school year.  The deal was reached after the district announced they would cancel the entire teachers contract  if necessary to hold salaries flat.  


TheRide.org

Next month we'll start to see some of the improvements promised by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority with approval of its .7 mil transit levy.

AAATA says it will begin offering extended hours on many routes starting August 24th. 

It will also start a new route with hourly service between the Ypsilanti District Library and the Ypsilanti Transit Center.

Find a complete listing of transit improvements coming in August online:

AnnArbor.VA.gov

The director of Ann Arbor's VA hospital says the facility will continue to cooperate with any and all reviews of the facility.

This comes on the heels of the release of a letter to President Obama from an investigator that says a whistleblower at the facility reported that employees were "practicing unsafe and unsanitary work practices" and untrained workers were improperly handling instruments. 

Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System director Robert McDivitt says any allegations about patient safety are taken very seriously.

  A federal investigator says a health care center for veterans in Ann Arbor has not dealt adequately with complaints about unsafe practices.

     The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System was among facilities mentioned in a letter to President Barack Obama from Carolyn Lerner of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.

     The letter released yesterday says a whistleblower reported that employees were "practicing unsafe and unsanitary work practices" and untrained workers were improperly handling instruments.

Wikipedia

The University of Michigan has approved a 2.6 percent increase in tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates. 

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.  


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.

University of Michigan Health System
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.  

HathiTrust Digital Library
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.  


Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan
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.   


Liberty Plaza
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.   

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.

Ann Arbor
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.  


Ann Arbor Greyhound Bus Station
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.  


State Theatre
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.  

 
Ann Arbor Public Schools
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.  

  
LIberty Plaza
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.   


Ann Arbor
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.  


Ann Arbor Summer Festival
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.  


Nature House at the Leslie Science and Nature Center
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

  

Ann Arbor Public Schools
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.  


Main Street Ann Arbor
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.   


Mark Schauer
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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.   

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