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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
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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.


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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
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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
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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.


Washtenaw Intermediate School District
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It's more than three weeks into the school year and the Washtenaw Intermediate School District is still looking to add permanent bus drivers.  Finding enough school bus drivers is a lingering issue. 


Ann Arbor Public Schools
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No one can be certain what direction the Ann Arbor Board of Education may take after the November Election. We do know there will be some new representation. There are 10- candidates seeking to fill four available school seats. An outgoing trustee  plans to pay close attention to the race.


Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Route 46
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Taypayer funded improvements to the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority started rolling out a month ago.  


DTE Energy
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Last winter's harsh weather left many states with limited natural gas supplies.  While Michigan wasn't among them, DTE Energy says it's planning a new pipeline to ensure a Michigan never runs short of natural gas.  It's called the Nexus Pipeline and will track right through Washtenaw County.


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A rising need for surgery has prompted the University of Michigan Health System to expand its operating room facilities.

The multi-million dollar project will be renovating more than 24-thousand square feet for use as support spaces, equipment storage and new operating rooms.

Shon Dwyer is the acting Executive Director of University Hospitals.

Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards
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Proposed changes to state law would allow some townships to regulate oil and gas drilling.  Critics of oil drilling in Washtenaw County say the bill doesn't go nearly far enough.


ArborBike
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You'll have a new way to get around downtown Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan campus starting next week.  The new bike sharing program ArborBike will launch as early as Tuesday.  A lot of people have expressed interest in bike sharing, but it's unclear if this will translate into members.


Electric Vehicle Charging Station Sign
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Electric vehicle supporters say the cars provide environmental benefits to everyone in the community by reducing fossil fuel use.  A new partnership is promoting plug in car use.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
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Students in Ann Arbor Public Schools have more classmates this year. Preliminary numbers indicate efforts to boost enrollment are working. 


Liberty Plaza
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A trip to Ann Arbor's Farmers Market, a walk along the Huron in Gallup Park, and a trip to the pool at Veteran's Memorial Park could all become smoke-free experiences.  The Parks Advisory Commission has recommended these and other parks should go smoke-free.


Ann Arbor Amtrak Station
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Passengers waiting for the train at Ann Arbor's Amtrak station are often crowded close together, particularly on weekends.  As the station with the most riders in Michigan, city officials are considering options for a new station.  There are reasons to think the station will be getting even more crowded as ridership may be rising in the future.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
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Seven weeks from now voters in Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake will decide the future of Whitmore Lake Public Schools.  That's when the vote on an annexation plan takes place.  Voters will have several chances to find out more about the proposal.


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An act passed by the Michigan Legislature in 1909 to keep roads safe for Model T's could lead to a smoother ride for motorists in Washtenaw County next year.  It's back to the future for the latest effort to improve the quality of local roads.


Ann Arbor
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Ann Arbor residents love their dogs, an estimated 30,000 live in the city.  Yet only about seven percent are properly tagged a despite state law and city ordinance requiring all dogs be licensed.  There's an ongoing effort to boost this percentage in the city.


Ann Arbor
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New construction projects in Ann Arbor may soon need to do more about capturing rainfall on-site. The Ann Arbor City Council Monday will consider the first reading of changes to the stormwater management ordinance.  The changes are required to remain in line with the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's rules.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
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This week Ann Arbor Public Schools fired two teachers and one assistant principal because they failed to renew their certifications.  The head of Ann Arbor's teachers union says the certification requirements are fair and reasonable.


Blake Transit Center Opening
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Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority has committed up to 250-thousand dollars for the construction of a pedestrian walkway.  The project will connect Fourth and Fifth Avenues. Alleys and mid-block passages play a role in making downtown pedestrian friendly.


Ann Arbor
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Ann Arbor's footing drain disconnection program was designed to avoid sewer back-ups, like those that caused millions of dollars of damages across metro Detroit last month. The program is currently suspended and three residents sued over the requirement to install sump pumps. Upcoming meetings will outline efforts to resolve issues in homes that have already been disconnected and recommendations for the future of the program will be shared.


Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department
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At least two Washtenaw County residents recently received phone calls claiming to be from the county's Warrants Division.  In reality, they were phone scams seeking a $500 money card. Washtenaw County Sheriff's officials say some simple guidelines should be followed when people receive suspicious calls.


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