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10:29 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

The Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday!

Fourth of July 2013 Edition: Politics Takes A Holiday! Recorded live in Washington.

  Statistics show that many people who have not listened to past specials have been audited by the IRS. Coincidence? Probably! So relax and celebrate your country by helping the Capitol Steps make fun of it. It's not like there isn't a lot of material to work with...

Not for the faint of heart or for those considering running for office. 

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A2 Council
7:44 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Delays Decision on Shortening Meetings

Ann Arbor City Council tables rule changes that would further limit public comment time in regular meetings, but add public comment to council work sessions.

  Ann Arbor City Council has put off a decision on proposed rule changes aimed at shortening the length of its meetings.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, a couple of vacationing council members forced the delay.

Local News
6:20 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Ann Arbor Superintendent Semi-Finalists Identified

  The Ann Arbor school district has identified the six semi-finalists to be the district's next superintendent, and a couple of them are local. 

Dr. Henry Hastings is a full-time instructor at Eastern Michigan University, and Dr. Benjamin Edmondson is principal of Ann Arbor's Roberto Clemente High School. 

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Environment
9:44 am
Fri June 28, 2013

The Green Room: The Future of Cycling in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti

Credit Barbara Lucas

"The Green Room" is WEMU's monthly exploration of our environment, and efforts to live more sustainably in Washtenaw County.

 

Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti are increasingly becoming bicycle-friendly.  As residents throughout Washtenaw County look long and hard at how to better live sustainably in the future, this form of alternative transportation will only continue to grow. In this month's installment of WEMU's "The Green Room", Barbara Lucas explores where we are locally, and how we stack up against a city like Copenhagen, Denmark where 55-percent of the population commutes by bike.

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Environment
8:58 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Pall Life Sciences Remediation

Remediation continues on Dioxane Plume that spread from the former Gelman Sciences property in Scio Township. Now, current property owners Pall Life Sciences is leaving, but there is still a great deal of remediation work to be done.

Pall Life Sciences is  leaving the Ann Arbor area this summer, prompting many to become concerned about the company's commitment to ongoing remediation of 1-4, Dioxane contamination. 

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Local News
5:58 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

I-94 Construction to Require Complete Closures

Road work on I-94 through Ann Arbor starting next month will result in the complete shutdown of the highway in one direction several weekends in the coming months.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has details.

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Housing
5:55 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Reserves To Help Ann Arbor Housing Commission Absorb Sequestration Hit

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The city of Ann Arbor will be dipping into funding reserves to help the Housing Commission deal with federal sequester budget cuts.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the story.

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Local News
4:53 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

U of M Health System Reports Record Number Of Patients Served

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A record number of patients were served by the University of Michigan Health System in the last year, and their satifaction with their care was at a record high, as well. 

The U-of-M Health System briefed the university's Board of Regents today, saying it should break even financially when the fiscal year ends June 30th, with revenue of $2.37 billion. 

Hospitals and Health Centers C-E-O Doug Strong told the regents that patient care activity was up 4.1 percent, revenue climbed nine percent, and and surveys indicated record-high patient satisfaction. 

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Local News
3:02 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Public Weighs In On Ann Arbor Superintendent Search

The Ann Arbor school board has received a lot of input on what the community is looking for in the district's next superintendent.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, input has come in online, and through a series of small group meetings Wednesday.

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Local News
4:11 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Ypsilanti On Verge Of Joining AATA

The city of Ypsilanti is on the verge of becoming a member of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authortiy.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Local News
2:23 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Greenway Along Western Edge Of Ann Arbor Moves Forward

Ann Arbor City Council has adopted a resolution committing to funding a project at 721 North Main.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the move means a proposed greenway along the city's western edge takes a couple of steps forward.

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City Ordinance
2:16 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

No New Digital Billboards or Conversions in Ann Arbor

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  Ann Arbor City Council has amended the city's signs and outdoor advertising ordinance to prohibit new digital billboards, or conversions of old billboards to digital.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the story.

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Local News
2:52 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

ACLU says Ann Arbor Schools Should Not Charge For 7th Hour Classes

The ACLU of Michigan recently deemed an AAPS proposal to be unconstitutional
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  The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan wants Ann Arbor Public Schools to to re-think charging high school students for seventh hour classes.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the story.

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Education
6:16 am
Thu June 13, 2013

AAPS Sets 2013-14 Budget at 183.5 Million Dollars, Eliminates 30 Teaching Jobs

Ann Arbor Public Schools will use almost one-point-two million dollars in reserves to balance next year's budget.  as WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the School Board early this morning approved the district budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

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Local News
2:16 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Street Performances Encouraged In Ann Arbor

Downtown Ann Arbor sidewalks may become low-key concert venues more frequently.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on a proposal to encourage street musicians.

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Local News
2:13 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Local Motorists Talk About High Gas Prices

With gas prices soaring, local motorists are as baffled as anyone else as to why we're paying so much to fill up our tanks.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Arts
9:19 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia Film Festival Special Edition

The 2nd annual Cinetopia Film Festival kicked off in Ann Arbor Thursday night and will run right through the weekend. With so much to cover, a second installment of Cinema Chat this week seemed appropriate and needed! In this bonus edition, WEMU's David Fair is joined by Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins and Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum. Additionally, there is a special appearance by Richmond Arquette! Richmond is the co-star of the film, "This is Martin Bonner."  The film will be shown twice at Cinetopia, the first of which is 9:30 tonight. 

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Economic Development
6:18 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Ann Arbor DDA Passes New Budget, Funds Affordable Housing & Street Lights

The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority has passed it's budget for fiscal year 2013-2014. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, several of the appointed DDA board members expressed concerns about budget amendments included at the request of Ann Arbor City Council.

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Public Housing
12:11 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Public Housing in Ann Arbor to Move to a Voucher System

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  Ann Arbor officials have taken the first step to change the city's public housing program to a voucher-based model.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley provides the details.

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Transportation
12:07 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Construction Set to Start on New U of M Parking Structure

Construction of the structure will add 530 parking spaces to the university's parking system near the medical campus. The project will provide the Wall Street area and medical center campus with environmentally-sustainable features. Plans include trees and gardens for storm water management which may also be used for irrigation and reducing storm runoff to the river.
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In about a year, there will be about 530 more parking spaces in Ann Arbor. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, construction will soon get underway ont he University of Michigan's new parking structure between Maiden Lane and Wall Street.

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Transportation
10:49 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Ann Arbor Transportation Authority Moves Closer To Expansion

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  The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority may soon have a new name to reflect the inclusion of the city of Ypsilanti as an official member. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council Monday night took a necessary step in that direction.

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Arts
10:42 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Ann Arbor's Percent For Art Program is Replaced

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  The Public Art Ordinance in Ann Arbor has been revised, and the result is elimination of the "Percent for Art"  mechanism of arts funding. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council Monday night approved amendments to the ordinance that favors consideration of public art projects on a case-by-case basis in Capitol Projects.   

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Environment
9:07 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Ann Arbor's PACE Program

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In this week's installment of "Issues of the Environment" WEMU's David Fair talks with the Clean Energy Coalition's Rebecca Filbey. Rebecca is the Program Supervisor for the City of Ann Arbor's Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE program

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Arts
9:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Neutral Zone Artists Win Grant for Murals Project in Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authory has awarded a five-thousand dollar grant that will provide stipends for young, local artists to  create murals on the western edge of the city. WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports.

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Local News
6:43 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

ReImagine Washtenaw Holds Public Workshops

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ReImagine Washtenaw is holding a series of public workshops.  WEMU's Bob Eccles interviewed project manager Nathan Voght.

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