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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.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
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In November residents in the Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake school districts will decide if annexation plans move forward. Ann Arbor Public Schools officials think decisions made in the coming weeks in Lansing will be important to voters.


University of Michigan Central Campus
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A University of Michigan emergency alert Wednesdat morning about a gunman on campus turned out to be a pair of Reserve Officer Training Corps members.  UM police are taking several steps in light of the incident.


Kingsley Rain Garden
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Rain gardens are a valuable tool in Washtenaw County's efforts to keep pollution out of the Huron River. Over two million gallons of storm water will be filtered this year by the 160 rain gardens installed by individuals that have taken a class though the county.  The program is expanding so communities across Michigan can benefit.


Whitmore Lake Public Schools
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What could be the final year for cash strapped Whitmore Lake Public Schools is underway.  In November voters in Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake will decide if annexation plans move forward. Whitmore Lake residents still have lots of questions.


STEAM at Northside
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Ann Arbor Public Schools have rolled out a variety of new initiatives this year. Many of the changes are a result of last year's Listen and Learn tour by Superintendent Jeanice Swift. The new STEAM at Northside program's different approach to education has resulted in an enrollment spike.


4th and William parking structure
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Starting in January you may need to dig a little deeper in your pocket to pay for parking in Ann Arbor. The Downtown Development Authority is proposing hikes to some parking rates.  


Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards
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It's ball one in Scio Township.  A Traverse City-based oil and gas company was looking for a strike as it dug its first exploratory well in search of fossil fuel deposits, but missed the plate.  Some local lawmakers and drilling opponents now hope to get on base in Lansing.


University of Michigan Central Campus
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The University of Michigan is celebrating the inauguration of Mark Schlissel as the school's 14th president.  Many students don't know much about Schlissel and have varied thoughts on what they want him to do.


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Ann Arbor area residents will celebrate the local food movement tomorrow evening at the Seventh Annual Homegrown Festival.  A lot goes into taking produce from area farms to a finished dish to eat.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
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In her first year on the job Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift led a wide variety of changes in an effort to meet community desires and boost attendance.


Deer Damaged Bush
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Deer, they're majestic, graceful and, to some Ann Arbor residents, a major nuisance.  So much so that City Council has committed $20,000 to get public buy-in on a plan to manage the deer population.  


Renewable energy
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In 2008 Michigan lawmakers approved a requirement for 10 percent of the state's power to come from renewable sources by the end of 2015. Utilities are on pace to likely hit that target, but it's unclear what the state's energy policy will be going forward.  A bipartisan group of lawmakers hope the upcoming energy policy discussion will led to fewer barriers for individuals and small groups to produce and sell green power.


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After years of industrial contamination and economic stagnation, things may be turning around in Ann Arbor’s Lower Town, thanks to a new recreational feature in the Huron River, and the soon-to-be-announced DTE proposal to develop the Mich-Con property across the river.  Community responses are mixed, ranging from cautious optimism to elation.  


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Repair work continues on the Ann Arbor Senior Center.

The center was closed earlier this month and its programs temporarily relocated when the building's drywall ceiling started separating from the rafters.

Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation manager Collin Smith says they should finish repairs soon and have the center reopened early next month.

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