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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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Michigan News
12:44 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Drunken Driver Arrested After Police Station Stop

Credit Pittsfield Township Police

PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say an intoxicated man was arrested after driving to a police station in Michigan as part of an effort to find a bathroom.

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Transportation
11:35 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Backs Transit Millage

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The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber is throwing its support behind the Ann Arobr Transportation Authority transit millage.

AAATA is asking voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township to approve a .7 mil issue in May to expand service.

In a statement supporting the millage, the A2Y Chamber said it has been its policy for many years to support increased regional mass transit.

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Community
11:33 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Planning Commission To Consider Ruth's Chris Plan, Drive-Thru Facilities Change Tuesday

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Ann Arbor's Planning Commission Tuesday will consider the site plan for a proposed restaurant on Fourth Avenue, as well as a change to the zoning ordinance regarding drive-thru facilities. 

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Community
11:06 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Ann Arbor Huron High School Student Honored for Tsunami Relief Efforts

Ann Arbor Huron High School senior Andy Hsiao is a Distinguished Finalist for Michigan in the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.  Hsiao was presented with an engraved bronze medallion for the honor this morning.

Hsiao raised nearly $6,000 through T-shirt sales and a benefit concert for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  Since then, he founded Youth Impact, a club that helps to raise money and awareness for charitable organizations with events and projects that are created and implemented by young people.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), represent the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. All middle and high schools in the U.S., along with all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award last November. Two State Honorees—one middle and one high school student—plus a select number of Distinguished Finalists from each state and the District of Columbia were selected based on criteria such as personal initiative, effort, impact and personal growth. 

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Community
1:02 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Jerusalem Garden Moving To Old Seva Site

Long time Ann Arbor restaurant Jerusalem Garden is moving later this year to a new larger location.  The restaurant announced Sunday through their Facebook page they will take over the former Seva Restaurant site at 314 East Liberty.

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Education
12:47 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Deadline For Schools Of Choice Applications Is Tuesday

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Ann Arbor Public Schools hopes for a boost in enrollment through schools of choice are down to the final days.  Tuesday at five is the deadline for applications to be completed.  

The district made 750 schools of choice seats available this year and the more students that come to the district the smaller the projected budget shortfall will be for the fall. 

Superintendent Jeanice Swift says it's hard to know the final number of school of choice kids that will come to the district.

Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift talks about the challenge in knowing how many schools of choice students the district will get in the fall.

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Politics
12:32 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Races Starting To Take Shape

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The potential number of contested Ann Arbor City Council primaries continues to grow.  While only incumbent first ward city council member Sumi Kailasapathy is officially set to appear on the August Democratic Primary ballot now, eight other people have pulled petitions.

  

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Minimun Wage
1:21 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

President Obama To Visit Ann Arbor Wednesday

President Barack Obama
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President Barack Obama will visit Ann Arbor next week to tout his plan for hiking the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

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Education
12:42 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Third Annual Ann Arbor Marathon Sunday

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Runners will hit the streets of Ann Arbor Sunday morning for the 3rd annual Ann Arbor Marathon, half-marathon, 5-K and 1.2 mile run.  The first two Ann Arbor Marathons took place in June, but this year it has been moved to March based on feedback from runners.

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Education
12:29 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Community Members Open To Ann Arbor Public Schools Proposition To Deal With Budget

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Plans to close Ann Arbor Public Schools estimated $10.7 million budget shortfall for next year without cutting in the classroom is getting positive responses from the community.  Superintendent Jeanice Swift was at Scarlett Middle School last night talking about the budget and getting community feedback.

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Community
5:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Homegrown Local Food Summit On Monday

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This year's Homegrown Local Food Summit will focus on many cultures one movement.  The summit is Monday at Washtenaw Community College with a potluck and a screening of a film about Grace Lee Boggs one of the headliners for the event on Sunday.   

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Community
12:20 am
Wed March 26, 2014

2014 Ann Arbor Film Festival Begins

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The 52nd annual Ann Arbor Film Festival kicked off last night at the Michigan Theater with a variety of short films, including three North American premieres and a world premiere.

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Community
12:07 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Cold Weather Delaying Start Of Ann Arbor-Saline Road Construction Project

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The road construction project on Ann Arbor-Saline between Eisenhower and Oak Valley Drive that was expected to start next week won’t get going for another couple of weeks or so because the ground remains frozen. 

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Live Music
11:02 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz: Tumbao Bravo At Rush Street Tonight

89.1 WEMU’s free Sesi Motors – Jan Winkelman 5:01 Jazz series springs to life Friday, April 4th with one of your best-loved Latin jazz bands – Tumbao Bravo

Dance and enjoy the afternoon with your friends!

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

Join us for a  5:01 PM celebration music and more on Friday, April 4th

 The show is at the newly renovated  Rush Street,  314 S. Main Street in Ann Arbor.  Admission is free.

Community
2:28 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

State Rep. Jeff Irwin Wants Appeals of Same Sex Marriage Ruling Dropped

Wrapping up the paperwork on Washtenaw County's first legal same-sex marriage Saturday morning.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Michigan State Representative Jeff Irwin thinks Attorney General Bill Schuette is wasting tax payer dollars trying to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Community
1:33 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Growing Number of Washtenaw County Residents Competing in Crossfit Open

Athletes training at Joust Strength and Conditioning practice deadlifts.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Nearly 200 people in the area are seeing where they stack up against the rest of the world in the Crossfit Open, which claims to be seeking the fittest on Earth.  The vast majority have no thoughts about advancing to the regional or world games, so why does the number of participants continue to grow?

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Community
12:42 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Ann Arbor To Announce Plans This Week to Address Parking, Traffic Concerns Near Argo Canoe Livery

Plenty of parking at the Argo Canoe Livery on a rainy day in March while the Huron River is still mostly frozen. That hasn't been the case frequently in warmer months.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The popularity of the Argo Cascades and other activities on the Huron River has also posed parking and traffic problems around the Argo Canoe Livery.  Ann Arbor officials Wednesday will share proposed solutions to these issues.

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Community
4:37 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Ypsilanti Township to Consolidate Several Precincts for May 6th Election

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

A proposed point-seven mill tax to increase Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority service is the only issue on the May 6th ballot in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township.  To save the A-A-A-T-A some money Ypsilanti Township officials will be combining several precincts to limit the number of poll workers needed.

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Education
1:04 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Begin 2014-15 Budget Talks

CFO Nancy Hoover gives the school board a presentation on Michigan public school finance and its impacts on Ann Arbor Public Schools.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift says the district will innovate its way through next year’s budget.  The school board began budget discussions Wednesday night with a work session.

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Education
12:49 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Considering K-12 International Baccalaureate Program

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools officials are looking to create a k-12 International Baccalaureate program.  The plan would use Mitchell Elementary, Scarlett Middle, and Huron High Schools. 

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Community
5:09 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Water Main Break Disrupting Traffic on Ann Arbor's West Side

Ann Arbor officials are warning motorists to avoid Covington Drive on Ann Arbor's west-side.  A water main break is disrupting traffic on Covington between Scio Church and Agincourt.  Crews are on the scene making repairs.

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Community
4:32 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Ann Arbor Takes Steps Towards Determining Future of Land Above Underground Parking Structure

The proposed park would be on the left side of this picture, with the high density development to be built on the right side of the picture.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor City Council has approved using between 6500 square feet to 12,000 square feet of the land above the underground parking structure for an urban park.

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