A decision on ordinances effecting the way the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority operates has been postponed until September. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council last night voted unanimously to delay consideration of the issues.
Supporters and opponents of the Village of Dexter continue to discuss the possibility of becoming a city. Both sides share a love for Dexter, but they are unsure of what becoming a city will mean for them individually, or as a community.
Ultimately, voters are asked to decide if they want to find out what proposals the City Council Commission would make, or if they definitely want to remain a village and end the process now. Hear the full story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
The Obama administration wants to continue funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at its current level of $300 million, but is it enough? This month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU examines how the initiative has helped the Great Lakes. Our guest is the Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center, Andy Buchsbaum.
Washtenaw County agencies have received just over $4 million in federal funds for programs battling the problem of homelessness. The second round of grants from the U-S Department of Housing and Urban development was announced Thursday. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
For the first time ever, Washtenaw County officials will be preparing a four-year budget proposal. County commissioners voted 7 to 2 Wednesday night in favor of a resolution directing the county's administration to develop a quadrennial budget. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Hidden dangers posed by underground oil pipelines could threaten the Huron River. Laura Rubin is Executive Director of the Huron River Watershed Council, and she's our guest on this week's Issues of Environment from WEMU.
The music festival season starts very soon in Southeastern Michigan. In anticipation, we featured a very festive CD: Toussaintville by Swingadelic on 89.1 Jazzthis morning. Swingadelic is 13-piece ensemble from Hoboken, New Jersey led by bassist Dave Post. Swingadelic’s previous CD, The Other Duke in tribute to composer/arranger Duke Pearson was huge WEMU listener and staff favorite.
Jazz Appreciation Month concludes with International Jazz Day on Tuesday, April 30th and the global release of Woman Child by the trans-national singing sensation, Cécile McLorin Salvant on April 29th. “Woman Child” truly is a cause for celebration.
It’s official – the mascot for Ypsilanti Community Schools is the Grizzlies, and the school colors are black and “Vegas” gold.
The unified school board Thursday night accepted the recommendation of its Name and Identity Advisory Group.
A new mascot and colors means buying things like new uniforms and signs. Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel says that’ll be covered by a six million dollar grant from the state.
Ann Arbor public schools superintendent Pat Green's proposed budget cuts of $8.7 million for next school year include a reduction of 75 employees. It's the starting point for budget discussions, as we hear from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Students in the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts have voted, and it looks like the mascot for the new Ypsilanti Community Schools will be the Grizzlies.
Students in grades seven through 12 voted, and more than 45 percent chose Grizzlies. A little over 30 percent liked Trailblazers, and Flyers got less than 20 percent of the vote.
The unified Willow Run-Ypsilanti school board Thursday night will consider a recommendation from its Name and Identity Advisory Group that it approve Grizzlies as the mascot, along with a black and "Vegas" gold color combination.
Ypsilanti city council Tuesday night approved a contract with the city's police officers union. The approval followed a tie vote earlier in the meeting that rejected the contract.
Council members Brian Robb, Susan Moeller and Pete Murdock had voted "no" on the contract. Moeller wasn't happy that the contract didn't include raises. Robb wanted pension costs for Police Officers Association members capped, similar to the city's contract with the Command Officers Association. Council member Daniel Vogt was not present at the meeting.
Washtenaw County's point-in-time homeless count saw a jump of 123 additional people without shelter this year compared to the count day in 2011. County officials fear the problem of homelessness may continue to grow. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
Grants encourage students to walk or bike to school rather than ride in a car or school bus. First ward Ann Arbor city council member Sabra Briere is our guest this week on Issues of the Environment from WEMU.