Communities across the nation are facing shortages of road salt thanks to this year's harsh winter weather. Ann Arbor isn't in as bad a situation as many communities but the city is looking at buying more salt.
YPSILANTI – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has reappointed Ted Ligibel, a professor at Eastern Michigan University, to the State Historic Preservation Review Board. The appointment was announced Jan. 28, 2014.
Ligibel is director of Eastern Michigan’s award-winning Historic Preservation Program, which is the largest such program in the nation, with 90 graduate students and 15 undergraduates currently enrolled.
A bill that would bolster a state-run system for struggling schools could get a vote this week in the state Legislature. Right now, the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) is trying to turn around 15 schools in Detroit. The legislation would allow it to operate up to 50 schools across the state by July of 2015. “That means that the same school reform model that has failed in 15 schools in Detroit could be coming to a neighborhood school near you,” said state Rep. Collene Lamonte (D-Montague).
Many Lyndon Township residents are afraid a large gravel pit and mining operation will hurt the recreation areas that bring people to western Washtenaw County. The Lyndon Township Planning Commission is holding a meeting Monday night to receive comments on a special land use permit for property on M-52 just south of North Territorial.
Michigan's college students could soon have a new way to pay for school. Democrats in the state legislature are proposing a pilot program that would completely pay for a student's college tuition. State Representative Jeff Irwin says students who use the program would pay back a percentage of the their yearly income for the next 20 years, rather than a fixed amount of money like with a typical student loan. If approved, the 53rd District Democrat says the pilot program would assist 200 students, divided evenly between 2-year community colleges and 4-year universities.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or VITA service is staffed by student volunteers who are certified by the IRS.
VITA program coordinator Umar Rabbimov says offering the tax help is a great way for students to give back to the community, and for community members to get some relief from the cost of having their taxes done.
Your next chance to take advantage of the free tax assistance is Saturday from ten a.m. to five p.m. at the College of Business.
It's almost time for Valentine's Day dinner, and you find yourself with no reservations. Don't panic. You can still wow your sweetheart with a delicious meal without a whole lot of effort. All you need is a nicely set table, maybe a few candles, a decent bottle of wine and a strategically placed takeout order.
This Valentine’s Day, WEMU will premiere the romantic music of singer-guitarist Stacey Kent and the new CD, The Changing Lights released on WarnerBrothers/Parlophone Reacords. Each of her previous recordings have been a marvel of delicacy, swing, precision, subtle passion and just-barely disguised emotional frailty. It is hard to believe that she and her band could top Breakfast On The Morning Tram or Dreamer In Concert but The Changing Lights further explores Ms.
Coleman Jewett held a special presence in the Ann Arbor educational community and at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, where he sold his handcrafted furniture from a corner post for over forty years. When he died in January 2013, the community response was filled with calls for some kind of memorial to honor a man whose example touched hundreds of lives.
WEMU's Adrienne Ayers contributed this report for the MotorCity Muckracker. It’s been 8 years since the passing of native Detroiter, hip hop artist, producer, and innovator, James Yancey, who was better known to the public and hip hop world as J Dilla.
This week's edition of Cinema Chat, Michigan Theater Director, Russ Collins sits down to talk with WEMU's Program Director, Patrick Campion to talk about about the latest upcoming movies downtown and around town. The conversation starts with a discussion on the impact of Shirley Temple on film and American culture.
Cinema Chat is a regular feature heard each Thursday during Morning Edition on 89.1 WEMU.
SHIRLEY TEMPLE A GREAT, PINT-SIZED MOVIE STAR
Shirley Temple, Hollywood’s most famous child star ever, has died in Woodside, CA at the age of 85. The cause of death was not disclosed. She made her first appearance on the screen at the age of 3, and by the time she turned 13, she had already appeared in 46 feature films. She made seven movies in 1934 alone, including Bright Eyes, in which she sang the song with which she was most closely identified, “The Good Ship Lollipop.” She did a memorable tap dance with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson in the Civil War musical The Little Colonel. During the Great Depression, She was the top box-office attraction from 1935 through 1938. At one point, President Franklin Roosevelt famously declared, “As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.” In middle age she was a diplomat to the UN and ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia and finally chief of protocol at the State Department.
Ann Arbor Public Schools new Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations is excited to work closer to students in a k-12 district again. The district Wednesday night hosted a reception for Marios Demetriou who comes to Ann Arbor from the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.
School Districts across Michigan including Washtenaw County are working to find and verify all students that missed school Wednesday. That's because the February count day is the basis for ten percent of per-pupil funding. The bulk of state aid is based on the fall count day.
Some nasty potholes are gobbling up wheels and tires, and Washtenaw County drivers are paying the price.
One tipster told WEMU last night that a pothole on Packard Road just west of Platt had a line of cars pulled over to the side of the road with flat tires.
Jason Gary has seen the damage first-hand. He's parts manager at AutoMotion in Ann Arbor, where they've seen a lot of bent rims.
Gary says if a wheel can't be balanced or repaired, it's sent to a wheel straightener in the Detroit area. He says they usually make two or three trips a week to Detroit, but lately they've been sending two or three wheels a day to the vendor.
Gary says the potholes in our area are the worst he's seen in almost 20 years of living in Michigan.
That's consistent with a warning earlier this week from the state transportation director, who warned the pothole season may be the worst drivers have experienced.
Report says parole systems costs taxpayers millions By Rick Pluta
A new report says Michigan's parole system is too stingy when it comes to releasing prisoners with sentences of up to life in prison.
The report by the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending says there are 850 lifers in Michigan prison for second-degree murder and other violent crimes who could be paroled. In many cases, they're older and the report says very unlikely to re-offend.
Backyard farmers blast proposal to exclude them from "Right to Farm" law By Jake Neher
A state board is expected to decide next month whether to strip protections from Michiganders who raise chickens and other livestock in residential areas.
Dozens of "backyard farmers" and their supporters blasted the proposed rule change Wednesday at an agriculture commission meeting in Lansing. It would exclude them from Michigan's Right to Farm Act, which protects farmers from nuisance complaints and lawsuits.
Critics of the Education Achievement Authority want to not only stop the spread of the reform effort but also want it out of Detroit, that was the message Tuesday night at a community forum on the issue hosted by the Ann Arbor Education Authority.
Almost all of Eastern Michigan University's full-time lecturers in the College of Education have received layoff notices. College of Education Dean Jan Joseph says declining enrollment in the program means fewer lecturers are needed. She says EMU is not unique in seeing enrollment for education students dropping. She says it's a trend that most teacher training programs have seen over the past decade or so. College of Education lecturers teach student teachers and place them in area school districts for hands-on training.