Ann Arbor

Community
6:52 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Last Minute Tax Rush

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Tuesday's the deadline to file your taxes and plenty of people are still finishing, or just starting their paperwork.   

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Community
11:59 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Sheriff Clayton Wants Discussion On How To Fund Policing Across Washtenaw County

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Washtenaw County communities that contract with the Sheriff’s department for policing will likely see one percent increases in their bills in 2016 and 2017.  The County Commissioners vote on that proposal this week, but Sheriff Jerry Clayton is calling for a larger conversation on how law enforcement is funded. 

Clayton doesn’t believe the current model is sustainable.  He thinks a county-wide model could be designed to work for communities that contract with his department and those that have their own police departments.

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton discusses how a county-wide funding model for policing could work for both communities with their own police department and those that contract for policing from his department.

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Community
7:10 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Ann Arbor's Main Street BIZ Could Expand, Result In More Sidewalks Cleared Of Snow

Sidewalks on Ann Arbor's Main Street quickly cleared after one of this year's many snowstorms.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Despite all of the snow this winter, the sidewalks along Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor remained easily passable for pedestrians.  That’s thanks in large part to the Main Street Business Improvement Zone, an effort where property owners have voluntarily agreed to pay more taxes for a variety of services. 

Ed Shaffran is President of The Shaffran Companies and chairman of the Main Street BIZ.  He says next month property owners on some neighboring streets will vote to see if the BIZ will expand.

Chair of Ann Arbor's Main Street Business Improvement Zone Ed Shaffran discusses why the zone may be expanding.

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Community
4:22 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

International Soccer Game at Michigan Stadium Sold Out

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Fans interested in attending the Manchester United-Real Madrid game at Michigan Stadium will likely need to turn to the secondary market if they don't have tickets yet.

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Education
7:25 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools To Send Schools Of Choice Notifications By Early Next Week

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools officials say they are pleased with the number of schools of choice and young fives applications the district received.  The exact number of applicants won’t be released until next week after all of the applications have been processed and seats are filled.  

Director of Communications Liz Margolis says they have to let parents know by Tuesday or Wednesday the status of applications.

Ann Arbor Public Schools Director of Communications Liz Margolis discusses how schools of choice applicants will be notified of their status.

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Education
4:30 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Credit Rating Lowered

Standard and Poor’s has lowered the Ann Arbor Public Schools credit rating from AA-Plus to A-Plus.  The downgrade came after the district used more reserves than originally anticipated this fiscal year. 

Communications Director Liz Margolis says it’s the second downgrade in the last couple of years, but they shouldn’t continue.

Ann Arbor Public Schools Director of Communications Liz Margolis discusses why further credit rating downgrades aren't anticipated.

In a statement Superintendent Jeanice Swift says they have in place a solid financial plan to improve fiscal stability.  Swift highlights efforts to increase revenue through attracting more students while also taking steps to decrease expenditures without reducing services for students.  She believes these moves will help the district begin to rebuild fund balance within a reasonable time.

According to Margolis efforts to increase enrollment appear to be working and the district should be able to increase fund equity next year.  She believes this combined with contract concessions the district is working on should lead to higher credit ratings.  Margolis adds since the district has no plans to sell bonds now she doesn't anticipate an immediate financial impact from the credit downgrade.

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Community
10:59 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Ann Arbor Accepting Plate Scraps In Compost Carts

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Plate scrapings are now being accepted in Ann Arbor composting carts.  The city added the food scraps this year after a study of residential trash found about half of it was food that could be composted.

  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor accepting plate scraps in compost carts.

  

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Community
10:47 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Library Green Supporters Hope For Progress On Park After City Council Sets Size

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Members of the Library Green Conservancy are hopeful Ann Arbor City Council actions will help people work together to develop a park above the city’s underground parking structure.  Last month council approved 65-hundred to 12-thousand square feet to be used as a park, but that’s now been revised to approximately 12-thousand square feet.

Library Green Conservancy member Will Hathaway thinks everyone wants the same goal, a quality park above the underground parking structure.

Will Hathaway of the Library Green Conservancy discusses the future of the land above the underground parking structure.

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Music
4:25 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

89.1 WEMU Presents: Mr. B Live In-Studio

Marilyn Gouin 89.1 WEMU

Mr. B (Mark Braun) visits the 89.1 WEMU studios to perform with special guests, Lila Ammons & Axel Zwingenberger ahead of their Blues and Boogie Celebration at the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan this weekend.

Community
7:11 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Company Considers Drilling West of Ann Arbor

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A Traverse City-based company is moving forward with plans to possibly drill for oil or natural gas in an area just west of Ann Arbor.  

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Community
11:56 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Pros And Cons Of Transit Millage Discussed At League Of Women Voters Forum

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

About 150 people packed the downtown Ann Arbor Library’s multi-purpose room to find out more about the proposed point-seven mill transit tax last night.  Supporters of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority millage appeared to outnumber critics at the League of Women Voters forum. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the League of Women Voters community forum on the proposed Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority millage.

    

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Arts
3:15 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Ann Arbor Summer Festival Announces 2014 Mainstage Lineup

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival has announced its 2014 Mainstage lineup.

Executive Director Amy Nesbitt sat down with WEMU's Michael Jewett Monday afternoon to talk about the schedule and hear some music from some of the acts scheduled to appear.

See the complete schedule here: http://a2sf.org/desktop/

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Construction
10:43 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Ann Arbor-Saline Road Project To begin April 21st

Phase One detours for upcoming Ann Arbor-Saline road improvement project
Credit Washtenaw County Road Commission

Stage 1 of the Ann Arbor-Saline Road improvement project will get underway two weeks from today. The Washtenaw County Road Commission will complete the project in three phases. In the first phase, the southbound lanes of Ann Arbor-Saline Road will be closed between Eisenhower Parkway and the I-94 exit ramp.  The detours for this phase of the project will be as such: 

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Community
12:28 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Senior Groups Supporting Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millage

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

With the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millage vote now less than a month away a wide variety of groups have endorsed the effort, including several agencies that work with seniors.  As Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township consider a point-seven mill tax to pay for expanded Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority service, senior groups have consistently come out in support. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ypsilanti Senior Center supporting the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millage.

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Community
12:07 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Resolution Urging State Drop Appeals To Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor City Council is set to ask state officials to drop appeals to the court ruling that briefly allowed same-sex marriages to take place.  Council tonight will consider a resolution urging Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette to suspend efforts to contest Judge Bernard Friedman’s ruling.  

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Community
12:53 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Soccer Powers Manchester United And Real Madrid To Play At Michigan Stadium

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Two of the biggest teams in soccer will meet this summer at Michigan Stadium.  Manchester United will take on Real Madrid in Ann Arbor on August 2nd, as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup.  

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Movies
4:26 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia Expansion, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Captain America and More

Credit The Michigan Theater

Cinetopia International Film Festival scheduled for June 4-8 in Detroit, Ann Arbor - More days, venues, screenings, and programs on tap for 2014

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Community
12:57 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Making A Foolish Weekend For Ann Arbor, FoolMoon And Festifools

FestiFools Studio
Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

University of Michigan students have been hard at work the last six weeks in a studio at the back of the university’s public safety building preparing for Ann Arbor’s foolish weekend.  Most of the large puppets that are the heart of Sunday’s Festifools come from students most of who aren’t art students.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the making of FestiFools and FoolMoon.

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Community
5:32 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Cinetopia Film Festival Growing In Its Third Year

The third annual Cinetopia International Film Festival will include a greater presence in Detroit. About 100 screenings will be split equally between Ann Arbor and Detroit for this year's festival which runs from June 4th through the 8th.   

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Community
5:14 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Foolish Weekend On Tap For Ann Arbor

Some of the old FestiFools puppets in the FestiFools Studio.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Expect plenty of foolishness in Ann Arbor this weekend, with FoolMoon Friday night, and Festifools taking over Main Street Sunday afternoon.  Several hundred illuminated decorations are expected to be part of the FoolMoon processionals Friday evening around eight.   

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Education
4:58 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Clague Middle School Students Learn About Online Safety

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The internet provides a powerful tool for students tying to learn, but can also pose big security risks. Officials with Google brought their "Good to Know School Roadshow" to Clague Middle School Thursday to help students avoid dangerous online behavior. 

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Community
12:46 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Ann Arbor Y Lot Sale Closes

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

While most attention was being paid to President Barack Obama visiting Ann Arbor Wednesday, an important sale was completed.  Dennis Dahlmann the owner of the Campus Inn and the Bell Tower Hotel completed the purchase of the former Y-M-C-A lot on South Fifth Avenue. 

City Administrator Steve Powers thinks the sale is a positive in two ways.

Ann Arbor City Administrator Steve Powers discusses a couple of benefits of the sale of the former Y-M-C-A lot.

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Community
6:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

President Obama Gets Good Response From University Of Michigan Students

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

President Barack Obama got a positive response from University of Michigan students as he discussed a hike in the minimum wage.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on President Barack Obama's visit to Ann Arbor to push for a hike in the federal minimum wage law.

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WEMU News
1:58 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

President Obama In Ann Arbor To Talk Minimum Wage

The crowd awaiting President Barack Obama's remarks at the University of Michigan Intramural Building.
Credit Andrew Cluley

President Barack Obama is in Ann Arbor, where he'll push his proposal to increase the federal minimum wage.

The President stopped at Zingerman's on his way to the University of Michigan's Intramural Building, where he is said to have ordered a #2 Rueben sandwich.

The President backs a proposal to gradually hike the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley is covering the President's visit.  Stay tuned for details throughout the afternoon.

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Community
6:30 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

University of Michigan Spring Football Scrimmage Means Parking Restrictions

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's normal game day parking restrictions will be in place on Saturday.  That's because the University of Michigan Mott Spring Football Scrimmage is scheduled for 2 PM.

Parking and vendor operations will be similar to a football Saturday game day in Ann Arbor, with special event no-parking restrictions in effect that day.

Admission to the spring game is free.  Complete details here.

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