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Last week, the Ann Arbor District Library hosted the fourth in a series of civic sustainability forums.  Among the panelists were CivCity Initiative executive director Mary Morgan and WEMU's Patrick Campion.  In this week's "Civic Matters," Patrick and Mary meet again to discuss the forum and all of the other civic events coming up this week.

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The City of Ann Arbor needs your help to choose the winners of a manhole cover art contest. 

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address, and Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor was watching.  Mayor Taylor shares his perspective on the potential impacts of proposed policies introduced in the address in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair.

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The City of Ann Arbor will begin deer culls at seventeen parks and nature areas today.  This is the lethal part of the city's 2018 Deer Management program that will help control the deer population. 

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With even colder weather upon us, local government officials are offering tips on what to do to stay warm-and out of danger-during this cold snap.

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The 2017 holiday season is over, so what's going to happen to all of that holiday waste?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Christine Chessler-Stull, Outreach & Zero Waste Coordinator for Recycle Ann Arbor, to discuss reducing, reusing, and recycling during the holidays, particularly how to recycle or dispose of difficult items like bubble wrap, batteries, and electronics, following the gift-giving season.

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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Noelle Bowman, Solid Waste Program Specialist for Washtenaw County, about the magnitude of food waste, especially during the holidays.  She addresses some of the causes and offers tips for prevention and local resources for wasting less. 

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The need to consider a voluntary water use restriction in the City of Ann Arbor has passed.

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Ann Arbor has always championed public transportation, due to its benefits for the environment.  But certain standards still must be met.   In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Eli Cooper, Transportation Manager for the City of Ann Arbor, about an environmental assessment report on a proposed train depot for Ann Arbor.

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About fifteen swastikas and racial slurs were spray painted at the Veterans Memorial Skate Park in Ann Arbor. 

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It's still unknown if voters in Ann Arbor will see a Library Lot proposal on the November ballot.



The city of Ann Arbor could soon get more Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons for pedestrian crossings.  City Council has it as part of its agenda for Monday night's meeting

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Just how long should the mayor and city council members serve in Ann Arbor?  That question will be addressed at Thursday night's Ann Arbor City Council meeting

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The city of Ann Arbor is letting residents get a first hand look at where their water comes from.

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In the past, the city of Ann Arbor has actively tried to regulate Uber and similar transportation companies.  That may be the case again after the suspect in the Kalamazoo shootings was identified as an Uber driver.

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City Council member requests tweaking Ann Arbor's crosswalk ordinance.

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February first sees the implementation of a new smoking ban.

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City vows to help combat a new threat to its urban forest.


City of Ann Arbor plans to issue 86 body-worn cameras to the Ann Arbor Police Department.

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources cautions against knee-jerk solutions to curbing wildlife populations.


The west side of downtown Ann Arbor may see a new trail, thanks to a group of University of Michigan graduate students.


Residents will no longer need to face flooding and frequent repairs.


Three of Ann Arbor's fire stations will be temporarily closed over the next two months.

Stations 3, 4 and 5 will each be closed for renovations, although only one will be closed at a time.

Assistant Fire Chief Ellen Taylor says each station should only be closed for a few days.

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Ann Arbor voters will be choosing from among four Democratic candidates for mayor in next week's primary election, and a new poll finds city council member Christopher Taylor with a big lead.

The Ann Arbor Chronicle published results of the poll by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling, which shows Taylor the favorite among 39 percent of voters polled.  Council member Sabra Brier is closest, with 19 percent. 

Chronicle Editor Dave Askins says he wasn't surprised by the results, but the clustering seen in the polling was unexpected.


Ann Arbor officials are trying to make it easier for  people to communicate with them.

The city's website has been redesigned for improved social media integration and includes a new "A2 Fix It" app that allows people to report potholes, graffitti and other issues from their smart phone or other connected device.

Ann Arbor spokesperson Lisa Wondrash says residents will have an easier time navigating the new website and finding the information they need.