Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor Skatepark
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Ann Arbor's skatepark took years of planning and fundraising to become a reality.  Almost four months after opening, city officials and skateboarders agree it was worth the effort.


Bryan Kelly
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In just three weeks voters head to the polls to decide a variety of races.  In Ann Arbor this includes voting on the first new mayor in 14 years.  It's a low key race between a political newcomer and a three term city council member that won the heavily contested Democratic Primary.


AirRide at Detroit Metro Airport
Wayne County Airport Authority

Over 1,000 passengers a week head to Detroit Metro Airport from Ann Arbor using the AirRide bus shuttle.  It's been nearly a month since the pick-up and drop-off location at the airport changed from the International Arrivals curb to the Ground Transportation Center. The debate over which location is more appropriate continues.


US Representative Gary Peters and Senator Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin
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U-S Representative Gary Peters brought his campaign for Senate to Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan Thursday.  He's highlighting his stance on a couple of higher education issues. 

  

 

Ann Arbor’s guitar legend George Bedard had a lifetime experience this summer that few will ever be able to claim:  he traveled to Honduras and played in a U.S. State Department Tour.  

Whitmore Lake Public Schools
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In less than a month voters in the Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake school districts will decide if annexation plans move forward.  Many Whitmore Lake voters have questions, but appear to accept annexation as the best option.


Sabra Briere

Some of the Burr Oak Trees in the last remaining mature grove in Ann Arbor are dying. Find out why, and what can be done about it in this week's edition of "Issues of the Environment."  

    

Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

To balance the budget this year, Ann Arbor Public Schools have been counting on a boost in attendance, and the additional per-pupil dollars that comes with more kids in the classroom.  The final enrollment number will be up, but likely not as much as hoped.


Ann Arbor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Trying to live on what is legally considered a "living wage" is seriously challenging.  Flip the coin, and paying that wage can be equally challenging. That is particularly true of non-profit organizations.  The challenge before Ann Arbor City Council tonight is to try and strike a balance.


Blimpy Burger
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor area residents can once more get their Blimpy Burger fix.  The restaurant at Packard and Division closed over a year ago to make way for construction of a University of Michigan graduate student residence hall.  This morning's rain couldn't keep people away from the grand opening of Blimpy Burger's new location.


dogs
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Many dog lovers in the Ann Arbor area may be howling with disappointment next week.  They will need to find a new place to let their four legged friends run free. The Swift Run Dog Park will be closed for repairs.


Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's plans for increased bus service continue to move forward.  The authority expanded service this summer on 19 routes, and additional enhancements are planned next summer.  The budget for the authority's fiscal year that started this week includes a focus on vital equipment purchases.


Ann Arbor Parking Meter
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For the first time in two years most parking rates in Ann Arbor could be going up in January. Downtown Development Authority board members say the increase is needed but some downtown business owners want more services in return. 

This includes better snow removal, planting flowers, and more removal of cigarette butts and litter.Jerusalem Garden owner Ali Ramlawi is concerned the price hike will continue the negative perception many have about parking in Ann Arbor. He questions the need for the increase. "Giving a holiday, maybe saying hey we made so much money lets give one day or three days during the Christmas season free parking.  Help encourage and not just saying well, listen, we can squeeze a little bit more out of this cause we can, cause this is where the lines intersect on the supply and demand chart," Ramlawi says.
Safehouse Center
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October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  It's a topic that's been in the news a lot this year with several professional football players involved in high-profile cases.  The director of SafeHouse Center believes society is taking the issue a lot more seriously.


Alex Hartley
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University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel is calling for a review of the school's in game safety procedures following quarterback Shane Morris continuing to play after suffering a concussion Saturday. In the statement Schlissel expressed extreme disappointment in the events surrounding the handling of the injury.  Students and Michigan fans want bigger changes in the athletic department.


Bob Guenzel
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A well known name in Washtenaw County has been tapped to lead the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority until a new C-E-O is hired.  Former County Administrator Bob Guenzel is expected to run The Ride for about six months.


Dexter
dextermi.gov

For nearly a decade officials in Dexter have been in the process of making the switch from a village to become a city.  Voters get a final say in November.  Some see it as an opportunity, while others are concerned with what could be lost.


Ann Arbor Ypsilanti SmartZone
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The next high tech start-up in Ann Arbor could get support from economic development efforts in Lenawee County.  Officials with the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti SmartZone think a partnership with the new Adrian Tecumseh SmartZone will benefit both communities.


Parents want their children to do well in school and get into college. But almost 40 percent of parents in an NPR, Robert Wood Johnson poll say their high school student is experiencing a great deal of stress from school. The impact of academic stress on student mental health is a growing concern.


contaminated water
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There are a myriad of concerns over the health of the Great Lakes. From toxic algae blooms to urban chemical run-off, the quality of the world's largest fresh-water system is under constant scrutiny. A University of Michigan professor confirms the concern is warranted, and is urging action throughout the basin. 


ReImagine Washtenaw
ytown.org

Connecting Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Washtenaw Avenue is the busiest street in the county.  An effort to give this corridor a more pedestrian friendly make-over is now five years old.  Most of the progress made so far is only on paper, but is expected to produce long term results.


US-23
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Over 60,000 cars a day use U-S 23 between M-14 and I-96.  It's frequently the site of accidents and slow morning and evening commutes.  The Michigan Department of Transportation hopes the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority can help ease congestion.


www.michtheater.org

A heartbreakingly tragic story, an acting tour de force from a couple of Saturday Night Live alums and some unique film events and opportunities. It's all covered in this week's edition of "Cinema Chat."   

  

Dexter
dextermi.gov

Michigan's next city could be in Washtenaw County.  Voters in the Village of Dexter decide in November if they approve of a proposed city charter.  Don't expect a lot of changes regardless of the outcome of the vote.


Ann Arbor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Building a new house or office always includes challenges meeting all codes and getting permits.  In Ann Arbor just figuring out how much it costs to tie into the water and sewer system can be difficult.  The city is looking at developing a fee structure that is more easily understood.


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