Organizers of this year's Ypsilanti Heritage Festival want the festival parade to spotlight the fun, creative side of the community.
"We really want to foster a little bit of that New Orleans spirit," festival director Andrew Clock says, "where neighborhoods come out and put together floats and acts just to say 'look how cool our neighborhood is'. We've got a lot of that spirit in Ypsilanti, so we want to make the Heritage Festival parade the opportunity to do that."
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.
AG prison report cites human, technology errors as prime cause of inmate escape
A report by the Michigan Attorney General's office has found both human and technology failures played a part in the prison escape of a convicted murderer.
Michael Elliot slipped out of the Ionia Correctional Facility last February 2 by crawling under fences during a heavy snowfall. He wore white clothes to blend into the snow. He was captured about 24 hours later in Indiana.
Detroit due to report results from pension vote The city of Detroit is expected to report the results of voting on pension cuts by retirees and former and current workers. The outcome will have an impact on the city's bankruptcy case, which goes to trial on August. 14th.
Snyder, Paulson to discuss foreign investment today
Governor Rick Snyder and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson are expected to discuss how foreign direct investment can benefit Michigan and the Detroit area. They will speak Monday afternoon during a Detroit Economic Club event at Ford Field.
Three Democrats are running to be Ypsilanti's next mayor, and they're all scheduled to appear at a public forum Monday night.
The gathering at the Ypsilanti District Library's downtown branch will feature community activist Tyrone Bridges, Growing Hope Executive Director Amanda Edmonds and current city council member Pete Murdock, who all want to replace Paul Schreiber as mayor.
Organizers say the forum is a chance for voters to hear what the candidates have to say on a variety of issues.
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.
Are you a curious and imaginative listener, interested in fresh approaches to old problems and new ways to teach and learn? Tune in for this collaboration between NPR and TED, hosted by Guy Raz, on 89.1 WEMU at Noon each Saturday.
After several requests from station supporters to give The Roots Music Projectmore time on the 89.1 WEMU airwaves, management has decided to move the program to a new time and expand it from two hours to three. Starting this Saturday, July 19, the popular show and its host, Jeremy Baldwin, can be heard starting at 4:00pm.
89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the CTN booth at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.
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."
AG Schuette won't give details on his opposition to medical marijuana bills
The state attorney general is not saying why he opposes bills that would ease restrictions on medical marijuana in Michigan. Some top lawmakers are now urging Bill Schuette to detail his concerns.
A state House panel approved the two bills this week. House Bill 4271 would let communities allow and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. House Bill 5104 would also allow patients to use edible and other non-smokable forms of marijuana.
From attracting and retaining businesses to new construction projects, economic development is an important issue in every community. Ann Arbor voters head to the polls August 5th and economic development will be among the issues voters consider when casting their ballot for one of the four Mayoral candidates.