Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor
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As the Michigan State Police investigate Sunday night's shooting of 40-year-old Aura Rosser by an Ann Arbor Police officer, there's one piece of evidence they won't have.  That's a video recording of the incident.  A city council member says discussions about adding body cameras for police officers just became a higher priority in his mind.


DDA Sets 2015 Ann Arbor Parking Rates

Nov 6, 2014
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The cost of parking at a meter in Ann Arbor is going up on January 1st.  The board of the Downtown Development Authority has approved new rates that include a hike for metered parking of ten cents per hour.

Parking garage rates will stay at $1.20 an hour. Monthly permit parking will also cost more next year.

Susan Pollay is the DDA's Executive Director.  She says a lot of information went into the decision.

Ann Arbor District Library

Technology associated with libraries is constantly changing, but  one thing remains constant: Ann Arbor District Library ranks among the best library systems in the country.

For the seventh straight year, the library system has earned a five-star ranking in the Library Journal's yearly Index of Public Library Services. 

Washtenaw County
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Studies show more than twice as much money stays in a local economy when spent at local businesses rather than outside firms.  Washtenaw County spent $47 million on contracts in 2012 and county officials want to boost the amount staying in the area.  The County Commissioners Ways and Means Committee tonight considers a local vendor preference purchasing policy.


Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Ann Arbor Summer Festival

One of Ann Arbor's biggest events is temporarily looking for a new home.  For only the second time in 32 years, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival's Top of the Park is moving.


Christine Stead and Donna Lasinski
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The Ann Arbor School Board will have two new faces in January as a result of yesterday's election.  It's unclear how this will impact the board moving forward.


Whitmore Lake Annexation Defeat
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Whitmore Lake Public Schools officials need to consider other options to avoid falling into deficit.  Voters in that district approved annexation but residents in Ann Arbor Public Schools rejected the plan.


John Hiefjte and Christopher Taylor
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Don’t expect any major changes in Ann Arbor city government after yesterday’s election. A few names may be changing but most of the policies are expected to remain the same.


The long election campaign season has come to an end, and the November 4th mid-term elections are behind us. WEMU is your source with the best local coverage on issues that matter to you, and we have provided you updates on all the elections and results right here.

Whitmore Lake Public Schools
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It's Decision time for Whitmore Lake Public Schools. Voters in Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake tomorrow decide if the annexation plan moves forward.  Elected officials and those seeking office have mixed thoughts on the proposal.


Ann Arbor
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In recent years communities across Washtenaw County have made efforts to promote safe, alternative transportation methods.  Expansion of the Border to Border trail and other bike lanes are some of these changes.  A new effort is designed to make sure everyone in the community knows where they can bike safely.


The University of Michigan
University of Michigan

As University of Michigan alumni return to campus for tomorrow's homecoming game, they will find a different former football player leading the athletic department. President Mark Schlissel accepted the resignation of Dave Brandon this morning and named Jim Hackett the Interim Athletic Director. Hackett is the former Chief Executive of Steelcase and was Brandon's teammate at Michigan in the 1970's.   

Patricia Ashford Manley
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Four of the seven seats on the Ann Arbor School Board will be decided by the results of next week's election.  Nine candidates are actively campaigning for the positions and I interviewed them all.  Patricia Ashford Manley is the focus of today's final report.


Judges Gavel
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Next week, voters across Michigan, including here in Washtenaw County, will cast votes to decide a wide variety of judicial positions.  A legal expert says they may be some of the most difficult candidates to evaluate, but also are some of the most important votes.


Donna Lasinski
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Ann Arbor Public Schools voters have plenty of candidates to choose from as they fill four of the seven seats on the school board in next week's election.  While I am interviewing all nine candidates actively running, today's report is on Donna Lasinski.


The Corner Health Center
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After a long career with Washtenaw County Public Health and spending the last five years leading The Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti, Ellen Clement is retiring.  Clement has helped guide The Corner through changes brought on by health care reform.


Hunter Van Valkenburgh
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The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will be interviewing all of the candidates, Hunter Van Valkenburgh is the focus of today's report.


Whitmore Lake High School
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Decision day is just one week away, as voters in the Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake Public Schools Districts will consider the annexation proposal.  A pair of open houses are designed to answer some cultural concerns raised by some in Ann Arbor. 


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The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority thinks an express bus route between Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor would be a great idea.  The DDA is working to have the route included in the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's five-year plan.

DDA Executive Director Susan Pollay says the highest bus ridership for downtown workers currently is on the number four route along Washtenaw Avenue, and the number five route along Packard Road.

Jeffery Harrold
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The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I'm interviewing all of the candidates, Jeffery Harrold is the focus of today's report.


University of Michigan employee parking at Fuller Park
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Parking and transportation in Ann Arbor have long been contentious issues, and it isn't likely to change anytime soon.  The hot topic now is rail transportation versus parking for U of M Hospital employees.


89.1 WEMU and Sesi Motors present the 5:01 First Friday Jazz Series dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Jan Winkelman.

Join us for a 5:01 pm celebration of music and fun at Rush Street.  We will return to Rush Street, 314 South Main between Liberty and William Streets in Ann Arbor.  

 

Don Wilkerson
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The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will interview all of the candidates, Don Wilkerson is the focus of today's report.


Brian Calley
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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley highlighted a change in culture in the state while speaking at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's Headline Lunch today.  He expects more progress if voters re-elect Governor Rick Snyder.


Roland Zullo
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The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will be interviewing all of the candidates, Roland Zullo is the focus of today's report.


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