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Elections
4:18 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Election Results: Candidate Races Outside of Ann Arbor

In Chelsea:

Mayor Jason Lindauer has won re-election. There will be a couple of new faces on City Council. Jim Myles will join council after winning a four year term, unseating Incumbent Dustin Suntheimer. Myles joins Incumbents Melissa Johnson and Mayor Pro-Tem Cheri Albertson in winning full terms. There were also two partial, two-year terms seats available on Chelsea City Council. Incumbent Frank Hammer and newcomer Jane Pacheco won those seats.

In Milan:

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Local News
3:17 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Lumm Re-Elected in Ann Arbor's Second Ward Council Race

Voters in Ann Arbor's Second Ward have re-elected Jane Lumm to City Council.  Lumm claimed 56 percent of the vote yesterday, while Democrat Kirk Westphal received 42 percent and Conrad Brown of the Mixed Use Party got two percent. 

Lumm says her victory is another sign Ann Arbor voters want a focus on core services.  Lumm says she's pleased that overall city council continues to gain independent voices that will encourage greater debate. 

Westphal says he hopes to continue to serve on the planning commission and other boards but is concerned city council will pass on opportunities to enhance Ann Arbor's future.

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Local News
3:14 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Briere Wins Re-Election to Ann Arbor First Ward City Council Seat

Voters in Ann Arbor's first ward have given Sabra Briere a fourth term on city council.  Briere claimed 66 percent of the vote to 32 percent for challenger Jeff Hayner yesterday. 

Briere says she thinks voters have appreciated her efforts to respond to their concerns.  Briere says she hopes voters also considered her communication efforts. 

Hayner says he believes just by running some of the issues he's been concerned about are getting discussed by city council.

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Local News
3:10 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Ann Arbor Public Schools Sinking Fund Millage Passes

Ann Arbor Public Schools will continue to have a dedicated source of funding for facility maintenance and upgrades. 

Voters approved a five year continuation of the sinking fund millage yesterday.  The one-mill tax was approved by over 80 percent of voters. 

School Board Member Glenn Nelson says the sinking fund is an important piece of the overall budget.  He says without the millage the shape of schools would have been reduced and instruction would have suffered as well.  Nelson says the community has once again invested in education and the area's future.  He says the sinking fund millage is an education tax that completely remains in the district.

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Local News
3:05 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Kunselman Wins In Ann Arbor's Third Ward

Incumbent Ann Arbor City Council member Stephen Kunselman has defeated a challenge from a former campaign volunteer.  Kunselman received 70 percent of the vote yesterday, with Sam DeVarti of the Mixed Use Party claiming 28 percent. 

Kunselman says the results of all of the council races show voters still want a greater priority placed on core services.   He says council will continue to focus on making stronger neighborhoods.  Kunselman says it will be nice to have more allies on council as he looks to run for mayor next year.

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Local News
3:01 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Write-In Candidates Can't Stop Eaton, Anglin

Democrat Jack Eaton claimed nearly 90 percent of the vote for Ann Arbor's fourth ward City Council race, and incumbent Mike Anglin won in the fifth ward with about 68 percent. 

Eaton and Anglin were the only names on the ballot in their respective wards, but both candidates also faced write-in campaigns in the last few weeks before the election. 

Eaton says the write-in efforts came without participation in debates and other campaigning so voters couldn't get a clear picture of these candidates.

Eaton's challenger was William Lockwood, while Anglin faced write-in campaigns from Thomas Partridge who announced his campaign months ago and Chip Smith who registered as a write-in candidate less than a month ago.
Eaton also faced a tongue-in-check write in campaign from a 20 pound carp that was pulled from a pond in West Park a year ago.

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Local News
10:34 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Local Election Results (Un-official)

Un-official election results have Saline Township voters saying "yes" to a road maintenance millage renewal.  The one-mil issue generates revenue to take care of the township's gravel non-primary roads. 

School district voters appeared generous with their support Tuesday, approving an operational millage renewal for Saline Area Schools.  Ann Arbor schools voters also approved a sinking fund millage renewal.

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Safety
2:51 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Local Pedestrian Safety Advocate Pushing for State Crosswalk Law

A local pedestrian safety advocate has launched an online petition drive to prompt state lawmakers to pass a Michigan crosswalk law. 

Former Ann Arbor school board member Kathy Griswold says crosswalks in her city lack the proper infrastructure, such as good lighting, to be safe to use.  She points to a new mid-block crossing on Huron east of State as an example where lighting has been an issue.

Griswold says a state crosswalk law would mean standardized, safe pedestrian crossings across Michigan. 

You can find her petition at www.Change.org.

Education
10:51 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Graduate School Open House Planned At EMU

Credit Eastern Michigan University

This press release comes from Eastern Michigan University:

Eastern Michigan University to host Graduate Open House for prospective students on Nov. 16 Great chance to learn about graduate school programs and opportunities for advancement at Eastern

 

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Community
12:36 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Ann Arbor Seeks Resilient City Designation

Credit Rockafeller Foundation

Ann Arbor officials believe the city is pretty well prepared to handle a wide variety of disasters, but hope to win a one-million dollar grant to become even more resilient.  Ann Arbor applied to the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities program.  

Environmental Coordinator Matt Naud says many of the communities that applied are coastal communities facing rising water levels, hurricanes and other issues.  He says Ann Arbor has a different story to tell and could serve as a good model community for across much of the US and the globe.  Naud adds that with climate change the types of storms Ann Arbor does face are more extreme now than in the past. 

He maintains that the resilient cities program can help strengthen neighborhoods to respond to disasters with less need for outside help.

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Environment
9:36 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

League of Conservation Voters on Governor's Renewable Energy Report

Governor Snyder has released a new report that shows that Michigan has the ability to move towards more usage of renewable energy.  

Jack Schmitt is the Deputy Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

He says the Snyder Administration's report shows we have the potential to triple our current renewable energy goal.

Schmitt also says wind energy could be an alternative for renewable energy in Michigan, reducing our dependency on the environmentally destructive method of burning coal.

Public Transportation
9:34 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

The Ride Seeking Public Input on its Performance

Credit Facebook/TheRide

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority wants your opinion on its overall performance in a series of public meetings. 

Marketing Coordinator Don Kline says The Ride is seeking public feedback for it's five-year transit improvement program.  The program aims to increase transit access in under-served areas with more destinations, and more frequent and direct service.

There are several public meetings planned.  Find the meeting schedule at MovingYouForward.org.

Local News
9:31 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Graham Sustainability Institute marks Climate Adaptation Week

The University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute is marking Climate Adaptation Week. 

Two free events highlight ongoing climate change adaptation projects at the institute. 

Beth Gibbons is Project Manager of Great Lakes Adaptation and Assessment for Cities at the Graham Institute.

She says a Sustainability Town Hall event takes place Wednesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery.  There is also a climate-change related tour at the Nichols Arboretum Thursday from 10 am until 12pm, starting at the Reader's Center. 

More information at graham.umich.edu.

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Education
9:27 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Report Says Many 3rd Graders Don't Meet Proficiency Standards

A new national report says only one in three children who started school in the late 1990's had the necessary cognitive skills by the third grade to go on to be successful adults.

Jane Zehnder-Merrell is the Director of the Kids Count in Michigan project. She explains that the study helps to chart the trajectory of kids' lives.

The report followed 13,000 kids who began kindergarten at the end of the 1990's. Children from lower-income families had the lowest rate of sufficient cognitive development.

Zehnder-Merrell says funding programs that support these families, such as cash assistance or food stamps, would positively affect these rates.

Education
9:21 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools Early Childhood Group Addresses Learning at Earliest Levels

Early Childhood Advisory Committee addresses the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education
Credit Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Early Childhood Advisory Committee is working on ways to improve education at the earliest levels, going as far as finding ways to give parents pre-natal help in making education choices. 

The committee presented a draft plan to the school board last night. 

Margy Long co-chairs the group.  She's also director of the Success by Six Great Start Collaborative.

Long says achievement gaps happen when every child isn't ready to learn by the time they enter kindergarten.

She says the Early Childhood Advisory Committee is trying to expand on what's been done in the area before. 

She says teachers can't do everything, so a Family Resource Center could help. 

The committee will make its formal report to the school board in early 2014.

Education
9:17 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Ypsilanti School Board Adopts Anti-Gun Resolution

Ypsilanti Community Schools trustees Tony VanDerworp, Greg Myers and Vice-President Don Garrett, Jr. (l-r)
Credit Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education has adopted a resolution asking the state legislature to change the laws on the open carrying of firearms to specifically prohibit the practice on school property. 

Board President David Bates says students need a safe environment to thrive, and staff need safe schools to properly do their jobs.

The resolution adopted Monday night is similar to one adopted last month by the Rockford, Michigan school board.  

Also Monday night, the Ypsilanti Community Schools board approved a six-month contract with Margolis Companies for snow removal services.

Click here to listen to Bob Eccles' report.

1:02 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Jazz in 1959: One Year for All Time presented by Nik Thompson

Lead in text: 
With over a century of rich and colorful history (so far!), American jazz has no shortage of marquee and impactful eras worthy of study. It is possible, however, that preceding and formative jazz evolutions expressed their culmination during the final year of the decade of the 1950s. The special sound of 1959 brought us genre-defining recordings from some of the most important artists of jazz history. Even more remarkable is the fact that these standout recordings came from both the new faces in modern jazz (Dave Brubeck, Omette Coleman) and the veterans of early jazz (Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald). Join us here to enjoy the unique musical experience of 1959 – the transcendent year that bridged the post-bop, modern, and avant-garde jazz movements, and set a lofty standard for the second half of the 20th century.
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Elections
11:25 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 5th Ward City Council Race

Voters in Ann Arbor's 5th ward tomorrow will have a choice of three candidates, although only one name will appear on the ballot. Incumbent Democrat Mike Anglin is seeking re-election. His name will be the only name voters see. 

But, as WEMU's David Fair reports, there are two Democratic write-in candidates seeking to pull off an upset:

Ann Arbor's 5th Ward Election preview 2013

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Elections
11:13 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 1st Ward City Council Race

Ann Arbor's first ward council member, Sabra Briers is being challenged by independent Jeff Hayner in tomorrow's election.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

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Elections
11:07 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 4th Ward City Council Race

Election Day is tomorrow, and in Ann Arbor's 4th ward, the outcome is just about certain. Democrat John Eaton, or Jack, as he prefers to be called, defeated current councilwoman Marcia Higgins in the August Primary, and appeared to be unopposed for the general election. 

But, as WEMU's David Fair reports, voters do have the option of a registered write-in candidate:

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Community
1:36 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Progress Expected This Week on Sale of YMCA Lot in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor will look to sell the former YMCA lot to Dennis Dahlmann who made a $5.25 million offer for the property. 

City Council will consider a resolution Thursday to have the city administrator negotiate with the owner of the Campus Inn and Bell Tower Hotel.  Dahlmann's proposal for the site includes a development that wouldn't maximize what's possible for D-1 zoning. 

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Local News
5:40 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

ACA Symposium set for Monday

The public is invited to a free symposium where the Affordable Care Act will be discussed by media and policy experts. 

Marianne Udow-Phillips is Director of the Center for Health Care Research and Transformation, which is hosting Monday's event. 

Udow-Phillips says journalists from the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the New York Times will discuss how the Affordable Care Act has been portrayed in the media. 

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Sports
3:28 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

EMU E-Club Alumni Chapter Announces 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Class

Credit Eastern Michigan University Athletics

Eastern Michigan University's E-Club Alumni Chapter says seven former school athletes are being added to its Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Men's basketball stars Earl Boykins and Derrick Dial are being honored, along with women's basketball stand-out Wondella Devers, women's track and field star JoyAnn Clark, swimmer Dennis Betts, football and basketball player Donald Stewart, and former EMU Athletic Director Gene Smith, who currently serves in the same capacity at Ohio State. 

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Environment
3:16 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

1st Friday Focus on the Environment: Michigan's Energy Future

Credit Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council

On the first Friday of every month, WEMU Morning Edition Host David Fair partners with Michigan League of Conservation voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak. Together they invite a guest to spend 20-minutes discuss a topic of environmental importance. 

This month, our guest is Dan Scripps. Dan is a former State Representative and current President of the  Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. Today's conversation centers on progress that has been made in both energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in the state, where we are going next, and how we'll get there.

Michigan's Energy Future: That's the topic on WEMU's First Friday Focus on the Environment.

1st Friday Focus on the Environment for 11/01/2013

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Holidays
2:54 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Workshops Promote Meaning over Consumerism in Holiday Celebrations

Credit Timo Kirkkala / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

The University of Michigan Credit Union is hosting a couple of workshops designed to steer people towards a life of meaning rather than a life of consumption this holiday season.  

Washtenaw County Treasurer Catherine McClary is a co-sponsor of the "Tis The Season to Hang Onto Reason" workshops. She says the program provides alternative ways to celebrate the upcoming holidays, not based on consumerism. 

The workshops are taught by Kathryn Greiner, Director of Education at the U-of-M Credit Union and a renowned speaker and budget guru. 

The workshops are free of charge, but pre-registration  is required.

The first is scheduled for Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  The second is Thursday, November 7th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Both take place at the University of Michigan Credit Union. 

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