Ann Arbor

Nixon and Dhu Varren
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

New housing developments often lead to concerns about increased traffic.  But what if the additional traffic is expected to use an already busy and awkward intersection?  Ann Arbor officials hope to avoid this problem on the city's north side where Green and Dhu Varren Roads don't quite line up where they intersect with Nixon. A redesign of the intersection is expected to be part of developments planned for the area.


Christine Stead
Christine Stead

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, incumbent trustee Christine Stead is the focus of today's report.


Susan Baskett
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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, incumbent trustee Susan Baskett is the focus of today's report.


Ann Arbor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor has been a leader in Michigan when it comes to the city's non-discrimination ordinance.  The law is now getting a much needed update.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Next month's election could dramatically change the appearance of the Ann Arbor School Board.  Four of the seven seats are up for election, and the board will have at least two new faces as Glenn Nelson and Irene Patalan aren't seeking re-election.  Voters get a chance to meet the candidates tonight.


Whitmore Lake Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake voters will consider the annexation plan in less than three weeks.  The plan was the focus of much of today's Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's IMPACT 2014 event. Area business leaders heard plenty of questions about the proposal.


US-23
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If your regular commute is on U-S 23 north of Ann Arbor back-ups are likely the norm. The Michigan Department of Transportation continues to work on plans to ease the congestion.


STEAM at Northside
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Two of the biggest changes in Ann Arbor Public Schools this year are STEAM at Northside and the Pathways to Success Academic Campus.  Enrollment is up at both schools and work continues on building expansion plans.


Whitmore Lake Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

To remain in the black despite declining student enrollment, Whitmore Lake Schools officials closed the middle school, eliminated programs, and still have spent essentially all of the district's reserves.  Fearing that the inevitable outcome of this constant reduction in services and enrollment would be state takeover, they turned to Ann Arbor Public Schools for an annexation.  


University of Michigan Central Campus
Andrew Cluley

For decades University of Michigan students could count on classes taking place, no matter the weather. But in January for the first time in 36 years classes were canceled.  A new policy is designed to avoid confusion some employees had about if they still needed to brave the elements to get to work.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools officials believe they now have all the information they're going to get from the state around the proposed annexation of Whitmore Lake Public Schools.  Community members supporting and opposing the plan still have plenty of questions.


Ann Arbor Skatepark
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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.


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