Ann Arbor

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A proposed point-seven mill tax to increase Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority service is the only issue on the May 6th ballot in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township.  To save the A-A-A-T-A some money Ypsilanti Township officials will be combining several precincts to limit the number of poll workers needed.

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Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift says the district will innovate its way through next year’s budget.  The school board began budget discussions Wednesday night with a work session.

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Ann Arbor Public Schools officials are looking to create a k-12 International Baccalaureate program.  The plan would use Mitchell Elementary, Scarlett Middle, and Huron High Schools. 

Ann Arbor officials are warning motorists to avoid Covington Drive on Ann Arbor's west-side.  A water main break is disrupting traffic on Covington between Scio Church and Agincourt.  Crews are on the scene making repairs.

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Ann Arbor City Council has approved using between 6500 square feet to 12,000 square feet of the land above the underground parking structure for an urban park.

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The American Red Cross was on the scene of a fire at a University of Michigan sorority house early Tuesday morning. No one was hurt and the cause of the fire at the Alpha Gamma Delta house is still under investigation.

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While work is still underway, The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority opened the new Blake Transit Center today.

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Some Ann Arbor bars did more business by noon today than they do on a typical Monday, as the city celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day.

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A growing number of adults are competing in a wide variety of sports and Washtenaw County is no exception.  Nearly 200 people in the area are in the middle of competing in the Crossfit Open. 

Ann Arbor area bars and restaurants were busier than normal at lunchtime today, as the University of Michigan began play in the Big Ten Basketball tournament.  Michigan escaped their first Big Ten Basketball Tournament game with a 64-63 win over Illinois.

A Community-wide effort is underway to close the achievement gap that exists in many area schools.  Ann Arbor’s chapter of the Link will host a public meeting Saturday at Washtenaw Community College to discuss what they already have in place.  

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At least one Ann Arbor neighborhood may change the way snow and ice is removed from sidewalks next winter.  Ann Arbor businessman Paul Tinkerhess and others are working on the SnowBuddy concept to have a small tractor plow all of the sidewalks in the Water Hill neighborhood.  

Lyndon Township's Planning Commission tonight continues discussions on a proposed gravel pit and sand mining operation.  About 200 people attended a meeting last month on a special land use request from McCoig Materials for a site on M-52 across from Green Lake.  

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Downtown Ann Arbor is now basked in sunshine, and the sidewalks are cleared, but that doesn’t mean people are venturing out just yet.  Main Street remains a little quieter than normal Wednesday afternoon, following another snowstorm.

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First Fridays Ypsilanti
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An Ypsilanti organization that puts on art shows on the first Friday of each month has received a $1,000 grant from micro-philanthropic group A2Awesome.  

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Ann Arbor area residents interested in climate and adaptation can find out more about what’s going on locally tonight at the main Ann Arbor District Library.  The library and the city of Ann Arbor are hosting another forum in the Sustainable Ann Arbor Series.

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The Great Lakes pushed within a couple of points from setting a new record for the percent of frozen surface.  The 95 percent frozen mark set a record in 1979, now appears to be safe, and a University of Michigan scientist doesn’t believe there will be lasting weather impacts from the large amounts of ice, either. 

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This has been a harsh winter for area homeless people and pushed shelters to capacity and beyond. 

Winter Isn't Over Yet, Spring Flooding Possible

Mar 11, 2014
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    Another round of winter weather is expected to drop 3 to 7 inches of snow on southern Michigan, including the Washtenaw County area.  This could lead to Ann Arbor breaking the annual snowfall record.

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Michigan is highlighting a rare disease Tuesday in the hopes more doctors will be able to identify the issue.

Just under 1,000 patients are on Fibromuscular Dysplaisia registries.  

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Retiring Congressman John Dingell headlined today's Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber lunch meeting.

Dingell says organizations like chambers of commerce are an important part of the community, offering the chance for people to speak with elected officials and make sure government is running as it should.

Dingell has announced he won't seek re-election when his current term is up.  His wife, Debbie, is running to replace him in the 12th Congressional district, as is Ypsilanti resident Terry Bowman who's running as a Republican.

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When the city of Ann Arbor closes on the sale of the old Y-lot $600,000 dollars will be transferred to the Ann Arbor Housing Commission to help finance renovations at the organizations five largest properties.  The projects are the first of the commission’s properties to transition from traditional public housing to a voucher based program. 

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The Ann Arbor Police Department is just over one-third of the way through a six month effort to increase pedestrian and motorist safety.  Almost 50 officers have worked overtime in the last two months specifically for the 26 Weeks to Safer Streets Program. 

The state says Michigan's unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since May of 2008, and the Ann Arbor office of Manpower, Incorporated says that certainly appears to be the case locally.

Ann Arbor Manpower President Susan Carlson says they're businesses are definitely hiring.
 
She says her office sees the most requests for hiring in the manufacturing sector, but areas such as information technology, health care and customer service are also looking for employees.

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