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EMU
3:08 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

'Back to Bowen' Moving To Convocation Center

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Eastern Michigan University's planned "Back to Bowen" basketball games are being moved back to the Convocation Center. 

The university cites "unanticipated issues" with Bowen Fieldhouse as the reason for the venue change. 

Game dates and times are unchanged.  Ticket prices for the men's game are also unchanged, while women's game tickets will cost eight dollars. 

Apparel pre-orders will be automatically refunded, and those who bought tickets in advance for the November contests will be contacted by the ticket office about exchanging their tickets.

Taxes
12:36 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Still No Agreement Between Ann Arbor and Downtown Development Authority

Ann Arbor City Council has, once again, delayed an ordinance amendment that would limit the tax increment financing revenue the Downtown Development Authority may collect.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley Reports, the  council also took another vote on a controversial appointment to the DDA board.

Andrew Cluley Reports

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Transportation
12:02 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Delays Vote on Accepting Ypsilanti Township into the AAATA

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Ann Arbor City Council on Monday night postponed a vote on amending the articles of incorporation of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to include Ypsilanti Township.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council voted eight to three last night to delay a decision until the second meeting in November.

Ypsilanti Township seeks to join the AAATA. Ann Arbor City Council says....not so fast.

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Local News
8:42 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

YCS Board Approves Coordinated School Health Team

Credit Bob Eccles / WEMU

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved the creation of a Coordinated School Health Team. WEMU's Bob Eccles has details.

Click here for Bob's report.

Local News
6:57 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Community Forum, Anti-Violence Rally Scheduled at EMU

As police continue to investigate the death of EMU student athlete Demarius Reed, another campus and community forum has been scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. 

Reed was found dead in his off-campus apartment complex early Friday morning.  Investigators say the 20 year-old had suffered several gunshot wounds, and my have been the victim of a robbery. 

Tuesday's community forum begins at 4:00 p.m., with Ypsilanti's interim Chief of Police giving an update on the investigation and answering any questions he can. 

Local News
6:54 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Funeral Arrangements Made, Memorial Fund Established for Demarius Reed

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Funeral arrangements have been set for the Eastern Michigan University student athlete found dead in his off-campus apartment complex Friday morning.

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Community
5:02 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Ann Arbor Could Soon Be Certified As 'Redevelopment Ready' Community

Washtenaw County could soon have two communities certified as Redevelopment Ready.  The Michigan Economic Development Corporation took over the program two years ago and is in the middle of re-certifying Ypsilanti, while Ann Arbor joins the list of  eight new communities to be evaluated.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.
 

Andrew Cluley reports

 

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Local News
7:12 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

EMU President Calls Football Player's Death Senseless

The Eastern Michigan University community came together this afternoon for an update on the death of football player Demarius Reed.  Reed's body was found this morning in the hallway of an off-campus apartment complex and law enforcement say it's an apparent homicide. 

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Local News
1:49 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Police Treating EMU Football Player's Death as Homicide

Demarius Reed
Credit emich.edu

Ypsilanti police say Eastern Michigan University student and football player Demarius Reed suffered multiple gunshot wounds. 

The 20 year-old was found dead in and apartment complex and LeForge and Clark Roads this morning. 

Investigators believe Reed may have been the victim of a robbery, although no-one is in custody at this time. 

An autopsy has been performed, but results won't be known for some time. 

The junior from Chicago was a Communication, Media and Theater Arts major, and a wide receiver on the football team. 

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Local News
8:21 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Ann Arbor Attorney Sues State over Prison Abuse of Teens

An Ann Arbor attorney is suing the state on behalf of seven teenage boys who said they were sexually and physically abused in prison. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

Click here for Bob's report.

Environment
8:18 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Recycling Drop-off Station now accepting Textiles

Recycle Ann Arbor's Ellsworth Road drop-off station now accepts textiles, including clothing, curtains, bedding, towels, belts, shoes and soft toys.  

WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

Hear Bob's report here.

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Local News
8:16 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Another Big Gift for U-of-M's 'Victors for Michigan' Campaign

The University of Michigan has received another generous donation toward its "Victors for Michigan" fundraising campaign. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Click here to hear Bob's report.

Local News
8:14 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Is Recent Auto Sales Slump Due to Government Shutdown?

Auto sales fell in the second week of October despite expectations to the contrary. WEMU's Bob Eccles has a look at one local dealership's take on the sales slump.

Hear Bob's report here.

Local News
8:12 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Argo Cascades Public Art Project down to Two Finalists

The Argo Cascades Public Art Project is down to two finalists, and each artist presented their design concepts to the public Thursday afternoon at Ann Arbor City Hall. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Click here to hear Bob's report.

Local News
12:04 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Water Street Family Dollar Sign Crisis Averted

The crisis that could have derailed plans for a Family Dollar store in the Water Street Re-Development Area has been averted.

City Council on Tuesday approved a development plan for the store that removed a provision to allow a so-called monument sign on the property – something a representative of the developer suggested could be a deal-breaker. 

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Local News
3:15 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Washtenaw Health Plan gets help from ACCESS as HealthCare.Gov irons out Wrinkles

Washtenaw Public Health gets help from ACCESS as the website HealthCare.gov irons out wrinkles thast have made it difficult to enroll in health care plans. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Local News
3:11 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Faith-Based Program Celebrates with Stewardship Dinner

A new faith-based program serving in Washtenaw County holds its first stewardship dinner Thursday night. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

Click here to hear Bob's report.

10:39 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Humans 1, Robots 0

Lead in text: 
Computers seem to be replacing humans across many industries, and we're all getting very nervous. But if you want some reason for optimism, visit your local supermarket. See that self-checkout machine? It doesn't hold a candle to the humans—and its deficiencies neatly illustrate the limits of computers' abilities to mimic human skills.
Computers seem to be replacing humans across many industries, and we're all getting very nervous. But if you want some reason for optimism, visit your local supermarket. See that self-checkout machine? It doesn't hold a candle to the humans-and its deficiencies neatly illustrate the limits of computers' abilities to mimic human skills.
Business
10:17 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Proposed Dollar Store On Ypsilant's Water Street In Jeopardy

Action taken by Ypsilanti City Council last night may put the Family Dollar store planned for Water Street in jeopardy.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story. 

Bob Eccles Reports

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Community
9:24 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Water Street Re-Development Area Update

Ypsilanti has been getting a few nibbles from developers interested in the Water Street Re-Development Area. Discussions are in the very early stages, but Ypsilanti has been seeing a lot more interest in the Water Street Re-Development Area over the past six months.

City Planner Teresa Gillotti says there's been a lot more interest over the past six months.  Gillotti explains that developers interested in building a variety of housing types have been in contact with her office.
 

Gillotti adds that they've also been reaching out to grocery stores, since many of the comments gathered during the ShapeYpsi planning process indicated an interest for a larger, more traditional grocery store in the downtown area.  Aside from the Family Dollar and Recreation Center proposals, Gillotti says everything else is in the very early discussion stage. Gillotti says aside from the Family Dollar and Recreation Center proposals, other talks are in the very early stages, but she's hopeful it won't be long before firm proposals can be brought to city council for consideration.

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Transportation
10:27 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Ann Arbor Transit Update

Ann Arbor City Council got an update on a variety of public transportation projects at last night's work session.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, current progress could result in less traffic along the I-94 corridor and increased options in all five of Ann Arbor's wards.
 

Ann Arbor City Council gets update on variety of transit plans.

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Business
8:30 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Deadline for Ann Arbor 'Y' Lot Offers is Friday

The city of Ann Arbor hopes to sell the "Y" lot and avoid a big payment that would come due in December if it doesn't. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Click here to hear Bob's report.

Community
8:28 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

City of Ann Arbor Hiring Consultant to perform Assessment

The city of Ann Arbor is hiring a consultant to assess the way it provides services to residents. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

Click here to hear Bob's report.

Local News
8:25 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

EMU College of Business Makes It 10 Straight Years on Princeton Review List

Eastern Michigan University's College of Business has done it again - making the Princeton Review's list of top business schools in the country for the 10th straight year. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Hear Bob's report here.

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issues of the environment
2:45 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Issues of the Environment: March Against Monsanto

This Saturday, Ann Arbor will again be host to a "March Against Monsanto."  The local march is part of a global effort to bring awareness to the potential environmental and health problems genetically modified organisms create, and to some of the suspect practices of the company.

 

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