Ann Arbor

Stephen Kunselman
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Despite losing his bid to become Ann Arbor's next Mayor, Stephen Kunselman will continue to represent the 3rd Ward on City Council and plans to continue pushing for an increased focus on improved basic services. 


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Low voter turnout expected in Washtenaw County   


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Washtenaw County elections officials don't expect further legal challenges from an absentee ballot snafu in Ann Arbor's third ward.  A lot of work has gone into ensuring every vote can count.


Ann Arbor's Main Street
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Ann Arbor voters take a big step towards deciding the city's next mayor Tuesday with the Democratic Primary.  Downtown is the heart of the city, but what's the vision for its future?  And what role should the Downtown Development Authority play?  


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It's taking a little longer than expected, but the Clean Energy Coalition's ArborBike program is gearing up for a fall launch.

Nick Helmholdt is operations manager for the bike share program, which was originally targeting a June kick-off.  He says plans now call for installation of equipment the first week in September.

"We are currently targeting the 12th of September as a public launch date," Hemholdt says.

10 of the planned 14 bike sharing stations will open this fall. 

Michigan Stadium Manchester United Real Madrid
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Over 100,000 fans pack Michigan Stadium 6 or 7 Saturdays every fall.  The crowds also give the city's bars, restaurants, and hotels something to cheer about by boosting sales.


Ann Arbor's Main Street
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Next week Ann Arbor voters take a big step towards deciding the city's next mayor with the Democratic Primary. 

Downtown is the heart of the city, but what's the vision for its future?  And what role should the Downtown Development Authority play? 


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The Red Cross has helped several families find temporary shelter after a fire Wednesday night forced them to vacate their homes.


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Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake Public Schools voters will decide in November if annexation plans should go forward.  If they do it will be the second time a pair of Washtenaw Intermediate School Districts have merged in the last few years.  


Ann Arbor
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Voters in Ann Arbor's Third Ward will be choosing a new City Council representative in next week's Democratic Primary as Christopher Taylor is running for mayor instead of re-election.  Bob Dascola, Julie Grand, and Samuel McMullen are all on the ballot. 


Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium
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Football is coming to the Big House this weekend. A sold out crowd of over 100,000 will be on hand to see a game much different than what is played on Saturday afternoons in the fall. 


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If annexation is approved, a combined Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake School district would become the 4th largest in the state.  Just over a month ago, the Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake School Boards held a joint meeting to start talks about possible annexation.  We'll likely know after a meeting Wednesday night at Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School if a plan will be put before voters this fall to move forward with combining the districts.


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Ann Arbor's 2nd Ward Voters To Elect New City Council Member

 Ann Arbor voters will chose a new mayor this year but the changes won’t necessarily stop there.  Three of Ann Arbor’s 5 wards have contested Democratic Primaries for council seats.  The first ward race pits incumbent Sumi Kailasapathy against challenger Don Adams Junior.


Ann Arbor Neighborhood
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Ann Arbor's Democratic Mayoral Primary is now just over a week away. The 4 city council members running for the post continue to walk neighborhoods looking for votes.  One of the key's to the election may turn out to be what residents want from the city in these neighborhoods.


Ann Arbor Neighborhood
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When it comes to local government what's happening in your neighborhood often plays the biggest role in who gets your vote.  With Ann Arbor's Democratic Mayoral primary less than two weeks away, here's what some residents want.


Roberto Clemente Student Development Center
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This fall, Ann Arbor Public Schools open the new Pathways to Success Campus. It brings together the Roberto Clemente and A2 Tech programs.  


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Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge David Swartz has ruled against Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards request for a temporary injunction to prevent the drilling of an exploratory well in Scio township.  It's a victory for West Bay Exploration and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.


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A pair of properties that developers have had a challenge in using could become Ann Arbor parks.  8 acres of Woods and brush separate U-S 23 from Ann Arbor's quiet Burton Road on the city's eastside. 


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Ann Arbor Voters will get the chance to once again create requirements to serve as an elected or appointed official in the city.  A pair of charter amendments will appear on the November ballot.


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Zingerman' Co-founder Honored With 'Champions Of Change' Award  

The White House today will honor Paul Saginaw at a ceremony in Washington. he is among those being recognized with a 'Champions of Change' award.

Saginaw is co-founder of the Zingerman's community of businesses. During a visit to Ann Arbor in April, President Barack Obama praised Saginaw for paying his restaurant workers above minimum wage.  

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Michigan's recycling rate falls well below the regional average. It stands at about 15-percent right now.   Governor Rick Snyder wants to double the rate in the next two years.  The head of the state's Department of Environmental Quality believes an Ann Arbor facility could play a role in boosting recycling across the state. 


Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates
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Ann Arbor's Democratic mayoral primary is rapidly approaching on August 5th. Since incumbent Mayor John Hieftje isn't seeking re-election it offers the community a chance to chart a new course in a wide variety of areas.  


Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair
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One of Ann Arbor's four art fairs is marking its 45th anniversary this year.  It's not just the weather that officials with the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair are celebrating.


Beyond a piece of art you bring home, mostly visitors are left with only memories of each year's Ann Arbor Art Fair. One booth has been recording those memories for years.

From little kids holding their parents hands to adults clutching some art on a stick, Courtney Kistler asks a simple question, "Hey wanna be on TV?"  Kistler is a production assistant with Community Television Network, or CTN.

She says people typically talk about what they like of the art fair or a new purchase, but it's a free open mic so she hears some interesting stories as well.  "We had a guy who was from India give a little bit of his life history and then he talked about himself in Hindi as well.  So that was pretty cool."

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