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Community
10:53 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Ypsilanti's Mayor Pro Tem Marks Civil Rights March Anniversary

Ypsilanti Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson.
Credit Bob Eccles

As marchers descend on Washington, D.C. this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights march, Ypsilanti Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson is among them.

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Click here to listen to Bob's report.

Community
9:31 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Medical Marijuana Conference this weekend in Ann Arbor

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The city of Ann Arbor is hosting the fifth Michigan Medical Marijuana Conference this weekend.


The conference is designed to help educate medical marijuana growers and activists, and will include a variety speakers, panel discussions, and classes.

Conference director Ed Gorski says they chose Ann Arbor to host the event for the third time because of the city's progressive nature towards medical marijuana.

Gorski expects around 500 people to attend.

Education
9:26 am
Fri August 23, 2013

More Ann Arbor Teachers Recalled

Credit AAPS

The Ann Arbor public school district continues to recall teachers laid off in the spring, but as WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the pace has slowed to a trickle.

Andrew Cluley Reports

Community
9:23 am
Fri August 23, 2013

New Ann Arbor Shopping Center draws Big Crowds

Ann Arbor's newest shopping center may not be completely finished, but it had packed crowds for its grand opening Thursday. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the story.

Click here to listen to Andrew's report.

Community
10:57 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Ypsilanti Restaurant to Shine in National Spotlight

Credit Bob Eccles

The national spotlight will be shining on a fixture of our local restaurant scene this weekend, as Haab's is featured on the QVC Network. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story:

Hear Bob's story here.

Education
10:03 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board Approves Participation in Washtenaw Education Options Consortium

Credit AAPS

Andrew Cluley Reports

The Ann Arbor School Board has approved an agreement on participating in the Washtenaw Education Operations Consortium.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the board has some concerns, but unanimously approved the deal so that students will be able to participate in three programs this year.

Local News
10:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Ann Arbor Voters to decide School Millage Renewal

Hear Andrew's report here.

The Ann Arbor School Board has voted to put a renewal of the district's sinking fund millage on the November ballot. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the story.

Arts
9:57 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Cinema Chat: The World's End, The Spectacular Now, 8 1/2 and more

Credit The Michigan Theater

WEMU's Bob Eccles talks with Michigan Theater Director of Programming and Education Amanda Bynum about movies and the business of entertainment in this week's edition of Cinema Chat. 

Click here to listen to Cinema Chat.

Ypsi Council
3:21 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Ypsi City Council Approves Street Light Special Assessment District Roll

Ypsilanti City Council has voted unanimously to have the city Assessor create a tax roll for the city-wide Streetlight Special Assessment District, and to file the roll for public examination. 

The cost of replacing streetlights with more efficient LEDs will be covered by the $58 every parcel of city land would pay each year for two years.  That's a big change from the original proposal, which had residents paying for the replacement and operation of the lights for the next 18-years. 

Environment
9:04 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Butterfly Species in Washtenaw County

Today, we'll  focuses on butterfly species in Washtenaw County. There are more than you might think, and these delicate creatures can be a good indicator as to the health of the local environment.

IOE 08/21/2013

This week's guest is John Swales,  the North American Butterfly Association  population survey coordinator for Washtenaw County and U-M Professor Emeritus of Linguistics. We'll be discussing his long-standing participation with the NABA butterfly counts, and what the surveys tell us about the status of different butterfly species in Washtenaw County. 

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City Planning
8:44 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Ann Arbor Planning Commission Weighs In On The Sale Of The Old YMCA Property

Based on recommendations made Tuesday night, we may be getting a better picture of what  new development of the old YMCA property in Ann Arbor will look like.

The Ann Arbor Planning Commission issues its recommendations last night. Should the city choose to sell the property to a private developer, the Planning commission urges it use the "Request For Proposal" process. 

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the commission also include a list of conditions any developer should have to meet in order to benefit the city in the long term.

Ann Arbor Planning Commission recommends list of conditions for development of old YMCA property.

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A2 Council
8:18 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Approves Drinking Water System Plan

Ann Arbor City Council has approved the sale of bonds to help maintain a pair of pump stations key to the city's drinking water system.  

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council last night agreed to sell  up to $31. million in  bonds to pay for system upgrades.

Ann Arbor agrees to sell over three million dollars in bonds to fund improvements to pump stations that fuel the city's drinking water supply.

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Ypsi Council
11:23 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Ypsi City Council Adopts Resolution Supporting Repeal of 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Opponents of "Stand Your Ground" address Ypsilanti City Council.
Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night adopted a resolution seeking the repeal of Michigan's "Stand Your Ground" law.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Click here to listen to Bob's report.

1:11 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Update: Packard Rd. Paving Operations

Lead in text: 
The Washtenaw County Road Commission and Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. will begin milling and asphalt paving operations on Packard Rd. from Golfside Rd. to approximately 1,700 feet east of Hewitt Rd. These paving operations are expected to last until August 21, 2013.
Details Thursday, August 8, 2013 the Washtenaw County Road Commission and Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. will begin milling and asphalt paving operations on Packard Rd. from Golfside Rd. to approximately 1,700 feet east of Hewitt Rd. These paving operations are expected to last (10 business days) until August 21, 2013.
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Taxes
7:17 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board To Consider Tax Measure

Credit AAPS

Voters in the Ann Arbor Public School District will likely be asked to renew a sinking fund millage in November. 

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the school board last week discussed the issue and are to vote this week on putting the question on the ballot.

Ann Arbor School Board is expected to ask district voters to renew sinking fund millage.

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Education
6:55 am
Mon August 19, 2013

YCS Board of Education To Take Action On Several Items Before Start Of School Year

WEMU file photo
Credit Bob Eccles

It may not be terribly exciting, but tonight's agenda for the Ypsilanti Community schools Board of Education includes some items important to helping the newly-formed district get the school year started on the right foot.  

WEMU's Bob Eccles provides a preview of tonight's session:

YCS Board of Education meeting preview 8/19/13

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Taxation
6:47 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Bond Measure

Ann Arbor City Council has a fairly light agenda for tonight's meeting.  Council will consider an ordinance authorizing the sale of up to $3.5  million  in Water Supply System Bonds.  

If approved,  the revenue generated will be used, in part, for additions and upgrades at the Barton and South Industrial pump stations.  The bonds will be paid back through Water Supply system revenues.

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Music
2:46 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Live In Studio: Rick Roe

As a pianist, Rick Roe says much with his terrific touch, his surprising song selections and understanding of the importance of the space between the notes.  This morning was truly special as Rick Roe discusses his musical life and his new CD, “Swing Theory” plus, his upcoming CD release concert.

Listen to the full interview here:

Rick Roe in the WEMU Studios 8/15/13

Education
8:42 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools New Superintendent Gets Five-Year Contract

The new Superintendent of the Ann Arbor Public School District will be on the job for the start of the new academic year. 

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Board of Education last night approved a five-year contract for the former Colorado Springs District 11 Assistant Superintendent of Instruction.

Ann Arbor Schools new Superintendent, Jeanice Swift will be paid 200-thousand dollars in base salary for each of the five years of a contract approved by the Board of Education Wednesday evening.

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Education
8:15 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board Eliminates 7th Hour Fee For High School Students

A plan to charge Ann Arbor high school students a $100 fee to take an optional 7th hour class has been dropped. The Board of Education last night voted unanimously to drop the fee for the coming academic year. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the board is sending the fee proposal back to its planning committee for further review.

Facing an ACLU lawsuit, the Ann Arbor School Board drops plan to charge high school students a 100-dollar fee for taking a 7th hour class.

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Community
6:25 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Public Comment Sought on Draft Ypsi Parks & Rec Plan

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The city of Ypsilanti is seeking public comment on its draft 2013-2018 Parks and Recreation Plan.  WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with City Planner Bonnie Wessler about it.

Click here to hear the interview.

View the plan here


Environment
9:41 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Ann Arbor Trees and City Policy

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To many, Ann Arbor is Tree Town.  In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment, we will explore the current health status of Ann Arbor's tree population and the city policies aimed at maintaining its lush canopy. 

David's guest this week is Lynn Borset. Lynn is a founding member of the citizens group, The Ann Arbor Tree Conservancy.  The group is pushing Ann Arbor officials to make a stronger budgetary and policy commitment to the city's trees.

Issues of the Environment 8/14/13

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Education
8:59 am
Wed August 14, 2013

WISD Gears Up to Help Homeless Students in the New Academic Year

Shelves stocked with supplies for the WISD's Education Project for Homeless Youth.
Credit Bob Eccles

School, in and of itself, can be hard enough. How difficult must it be for children who are homeless? It's a question that more children in Washtenaw County have to answer than you might think. The Washtenaw Intermediate School District last year helped make sure more than 1,300 students classified as homeless were able to attend classes. 

As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the WISD's Education Project for Homeless Youth is now gearing up for a new academic year.

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District looks to public to help homeless children in Washtenaw County successfully attend classes this fall.

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Government
8:26 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Washtenaw County Explores New Case Management System for Trial Court

For nearly a decade, Washtenaw County trial Court has relied on an outdated case management system. In fact it's a system that, since 2005,  has lacked support from any existing software firm. 

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, a new system has been identified, but debate continues on how to pay for upgrade among the members of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. 

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Music
4:44 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

The Roots Music Project: Corndaddy Live in Studio

Corndaddy live in the WEMU studios

Local favorites, Corndaddy appears on The Roots Music Project ahead of their performance at the Ark in Ann Arbor

Listen to the full interview & performance here: 

Corndaddy visits the WEMU studios ahead of their show at the Ark 8/10/13

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