William Clay Ford Senior, who helped steer Ford Motor Company for more than five decades and owned the NFL's Detroit Lions, has died at the age of 88. The company said in a statement Sunday that Ford died of pneumonia at his home. He was the last surviving grandson of company founder Henry Ford. Ford served as an employee and board member of the automaker for more than half of its 100-year history. The company says in a statement that he was instrumental in setting the design direction for the company's vehicles. CEO Alan Mulally says in a statement that Ford had a profound impact on the company.
When the city of Ann Arbor closes on the sale of the old Y-lot $600,000 dollars will be transferred to the Ann Arbor Housing Commission to help finance renovations at the organizations five largest properties. The projects are the first of the commission’s properties to transition from traditional public housing to a voucher based program.
The Ann Arbor Police Department is just over one-third of the way through a six month effort to increase pedestrian and motorist safety. Almost 50 officers have worked overtime in the last two months specifically for the 26 Weeks to Safer Streets Program.
University of Michigan researchers have found that the cost of treating children with congenital heart defects varies greatly across U-S Hospitals. Sara K. Pasquali is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan.
There will be a new Representative in the 12th Congressional District next year, but it won't be current State Senator Rebekah Warren. The Ann Arbor Democrat posted the following statement on her Facebook page:
Closing arguments have ended in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, which was approved by voters in 2004.
Detroit federal Judge Bernard Friedman says Friday he expects to make a decision within two weeks.
The trial was dominated by different views from scholars about the welfare of children raised by same-sex parents. Two Detroit-area women are trying to convince the judge that there's no "rational" basis under law for Michigan to ban same-sex marriage.
Water is one of the most important natural resources in Michigan. As a Great Lakes state, perhaps it's the most important. We are also spoiled with an amazing network of inland lakes, rivers and streams that enhance our quality of life in a myriad of ways. So, protecting this resource is something we think about often.
Invasive species, pollution and water levels are some of the frequent conversations we engage in. What we discuss less frequently is vast number of oil pipelines that run through the state of Michigan near, and sometimes under our precious waterways. That's the topic in the March edition of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment.
Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak and Beth Wallace, Community Outreach Coordinator at the National Wildlife Federation's great Lakes Regional Center discuss the hazards of so many oil pipelines around Michigan's waterways.
Dakota Serna served in the Marines during the Iraq War. He says memories of seeing friends and children killed left him suicidal after he came home. Serna says the only thing that has helped him get his life back on track is using marijuana.
There is plenty of Hollywood and movie related news this week, and there are some new films showing this weekend. 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO, Russ Collins, have the breakdown for you.
Potholes line roads throughout the area, but one particularly rough stretch will be the site of major improvements. Construction starts at the end of the month on the stretch of Ann Arbor Saline Road near I-94.
A person familiar with the event says that new General Motors chief executive Mary Barra is expected to speak at the University of Michigan's spring commencement in May. The person asked not to be identified Wednesday because the speaker hasn't been officially announced. Barra is the first woman to head a major U.S. automaker.
Books, furnishings and other contents from the suburban Detroit home of the late author Elmore Leonard are being sold at a three-day estate sale. The sale at the home in Oakland County's Bloomfield Township runs Thursday through Saturday. A listing on the website EstateSales.net says items include first edition "and/or signed books, furniture, lamps, linens, rugs, garden accessories, outdoor furniture and more."
Lawmakers in the state House have approved a $2 million program to encourage schools to go year-round. Schools in mostly low-income areas could get money from the state to add air-conditioning and other things allowing them to operate in the summer.