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7:54 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Michigan AMBER Alert System OK Despite Partial Government Shutdown

Michigan's AMBER Alert system won't be affected by the partial federal government shutdown. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more. 

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Arts & Culture
7:51 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

New Public Art Dedication In Ann Arbor

A new piece of public art that hangs in the second floor of the Justice Center lobby in Ann Arbor is being dedicated Thursday evening. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Hear Bob's report here.

Local News
7:49 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Local Boards and Commissions need Volunteers

If you've been itching to do your civic duty, this may be the chance you've been waiting for.  As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, more than a dozen Washtenaw County boards and commissions are seeking volunteers who'd like to serve.

Click here to hear Bob's report.

Community
8:23 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: An Interview With SafeHouse Director, Barbara Neiss-May

Safehouse Center in Washtenaw County provides shelter to women and children in need of protection. It serves those impacted by domestic violence and sexual abuse. There is rarely a time in any given year that the shelter isn't full to capacity. As October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, WEMU's David Fair took occasion to talk with the Executive Director of Safehouse Center. Barbara Neiss-May has made it her life's work to serve those in need.

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Local News
6:31 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Ann Arbor-Saline Road to get Face-lift

Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Oak Valley Drive and Eisenhower Parkway is getting some much needed attention. WEMU's Bob Eccles has a look at the upcoming construction project.

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Local News
6:24 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

U-of-M Launching Most Ambitious Fundraising Campaign in its History

The University of Michigan next month will officially launch the most ambitious fundraising campaign in school history. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

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Local News
6:22 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

HSHV Named Best Large Shelter by Michigan Pet Fund Alliance

The Humane Society of Huron Valley is being hailed as the Best Large Animal Shelter in the state by the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the award recognizes the shelter for having the best "save rate" in 2012.

Hear Bob's report here.

Business
3:16 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Postpones DDA Appointment Of McWilliams

Ann Arbor City Council will likely vote again on a controversial appointment to the Downtown Development Authority board at their next meeting.  City Council took several actions connected to the appointment of Al McWilliams last night.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

Andrew Cluley Reports

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Public Works
2:52 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Approves Solid Waste Plan Update

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The Ann Arbor City Council has approved an amended update to the solid waste resource plan. City Council last night unanimously approved the plan after making a couple of amendments.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

Andrew Cluley reports

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Education
2:26 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools Approve $158k Alarm Systems; Hires Gibelyou As Facilities Director

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education last night approved replacing the alarm systems in several district buildings.  Superintendent Scott Menzel maintains that most of the new systems are being installed in former Willow Run school district buildings.

Bob Eccles has the full story:

Bob Eccles Reports

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Local News
3:56 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Carbon Roundtable at University of Michigan

This summer President Barack Obama gave a speech on his climate action plan, and last month his administration shared proposed rules for carbon emissions from new power plants.   The Sierra Club and local experts talked about the president's plan and other climate change issues at a roundtable discussion at the University of Michigan September 23rd. 

Andrew Cluley's report.

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Community
2:45 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

AAATA's Blake Transit Center Construction Update

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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority continues construction of the new Blake Transit Center, with much of the brick and stonework up on the south-side of the building.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley toured the facility and has this report:

    

Andrew Cluley reports

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Local News
8:24 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

EMU and Thomas Cooley Law School Team Up

Eastern Michigan University and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School are now offering four joint degree programs.

The schools have formed a partnership allowing students to take up to six masters level course credits from either institution's program and apply them toward their degree. 

Programs will be offered in educational leadership, health administration, business administration, and human resource and organizational development.

Community
11:51 am
Fri October 4, 2013

4th Annual City-Wide Open House In Ypsilanti

If you've been thinking about buying a home in Ypsilanti, this weekend is your chance to find out more about what's available. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles has more:

Bob Eccles Reports

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Fri October 4, 2013

The Arts Alliance Brings 'PowerArt' Project To Ann Arbor

Example of a vinyl-wrapped traffic box in Boise with artwork by David Spear.

Downtown Ann Arbor is expected to get some more artwork, this time on the outside of the grey metal traffic signal boxes that are often covered in graffiti.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

Andrew Cluley reports

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Environment
9:36 am
Fri October 4, 2013

First Friday Focus on the Environment: The Farm Bill

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Senator Debbie Stabenow joins David Fair and Lisa Wozniak as our guest on the 1st Friday Focus on the Environment on WEMU 89.1 FM. Our topic? The Farm Bill, stalled in the House even before the government shut down.

Listen to the full discussion here:

First Friday Focus on the Environment 10/4

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Local News
7:29 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

U-of-M Boasts New Online Sustainability Journal

A new online journal launched this week by the University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute makes academic sustainability research easier to understand and use. 

Institute Doctoral Fellow and and Michigan Sustainability Journal Editor Nicholas Rajkovich says the journal grew out of a conversation between students on where they could publish their research.

Rajkovich says policy makers and stake holders in different communities can use the Michigan Sustainability Journal to help them make decisions.

Hear WEMU's Bob Eccles' report here.

Arts and Culture
10:28 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Cinema Chat: Enough Said, Dumb and Dumber To, Inequity for All, Parkland and More

Credit The Michigan Theater

After a week away, Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins made his return to Cinema Chat, and sat down with WEMU's David Fair to discuss Hollywood news and new movie offerings. 

Cinema Chat for 10/3/2013

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Politics
10:18 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council 2nd Ward Candidate Forum

Voters in Ann Arbor's 2nd ward will have three city council candidates to choose in November. Incumbent Jane Lumm is being challenged by Democrat Kirk Westphal and Conrad Brown of the Mixed Use Party. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports,  all participated in Wednesday night's candidates forum sponsored by The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area.

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Politics
9:47 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council 1st Ward Candidate Forum

In the November Elections, there are three city council candidates on the in Ann Arbor's 1st ward. One has  already dropped out of the race.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the remaining two candidates shared their thoughts Wednesday night at a League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area forum.

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Transportation
8:32 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Regional Transit Authority Hires Hertel As CEO

John Hertel

The new Regional Transit Authority that aims to link Washtenaw County with Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb  counties, now has a CEO.  The RTA board met Wednesday in Ann Arbor. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports,  the board approved a contract with the current CEO of SMART, John Hertel.

Regional Transit Authority approves contract with John Hertel to serve as the RTA's new Chief Executive Officer.

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1:49 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Oscar Castro-Neves dies at 73; bossa nova guitarist and orchestrator

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Oscar Castro-Neves, a Brazil-born guitarist who helped to create the cool, sensuous rhythms of bossa nova and orchestrated music for movies including “L.A. Story" and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," has died. He was 73.
Famous from age 16, Oscar Castro-Neves toured with Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz and orchestrated music for films and TV. Oscar Castro-Neves, a Brazil-born guitarist who helped to create the cool, sensuous rhythms of bossa nova and orchestrated music for movies including "L.A. Story" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," has died.
Politics
10:41 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council 5th Ward Candidate Forum

In November, voters in Ann Arbor's fifth ward will be choosing between Incumbent councilman Mike Anglin and write-in candidate Tom Partridge.   The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area had both participate in a candidate forum last night.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley was there.

5th Ward candidates for Ann Arbor City Council meet in a pre-election forum.

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Politics
10:33 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Ann Arbor 3rd Ward City Council Candidates Forum

The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area hosted candidate forums for those running in contested races for Ann Arbor City Council. In the 3rd Ward,  Stephen Kunselman is facing a challenge from someone who helped get him elected four years ago.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Sam Devarti is challenging the Incumbent for the seat, but the forum revealed that the candidates are in agreement on many of the issues.

3rd Ward Candidate Forum for Ann Arbor City Council

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Government
10:20 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Ypsilanti Firefighters Contract Approved

Credit City of Ypsilanti

The president of Ypsilanti's fire fighters union says with last night's City Council approval of a new contract, the proposed Public Service Officer model is dead.  

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story:

The new contract for Ypsilanti Firefighters wins city council approval.

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