2:59 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

An Interview with Robert Hurst: Detroit Jazz Fest, BoB a Palindrome and More!

Robert and Linda in the WEMU studios
Brad McNett

Linda Yohn sits down with Robert Hurst in the WEMU studio to talk about about  his upcoming Detroit Jazz Festival performance, his new album BoB a Palindrome, life as a musician, and more on this morning's 89.1 Jazz with Linda Yohn

Linda Yohn interviews Robert Hurst ahead of his Detroit Jazz Festival.

8:32 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Ann Arbor's Bike Sharing Program

Issues of the Environment is a feature produced weekly, and heard exclusively during Morning Edition on 89.1 WEMU.

In this week's installment WEMU's David Fair talks with  Heather Seyfarth, Program Supervisor for the Clean Energy Coalition. The Coalition has partnered with the City of Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to create a large-scale bike sharing program in Ann Arbor. Next spring, there will be 14- bike-sharing stations, and 125-bikes available to members of the public.

Issues of the Environment for 8/28/2013

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7:46 am
Wed August 28, 2013

YCS Looks Forward To Better Transportation For Students

The newly-formed Ypsilanti Community Schools begin classes next Tuesday. The district results from the merger of the former Ypsilanti and Willow Run districts. Last year, each district faced bussing and transportation issues, in large part due to student crossover in the separate districts. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the transportation system for students is expected to run more smoothly this academic year.

Transportation expected to run more smoothly for students in the newly-formed Ypsilanti Community Schools.

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7:23 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Work Begins for Ann Arbor Schools New Superintendent

Jeanice Swift is on the job. Swift is the newly hired Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the districts teachers and staff began the new academic year on Tuesday with an opening day ceremony.

The Ann Arbor Public School District's new Superintendent begins work.

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March on Washington
5:43 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

EMU to Mark 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights March

Eastern Michigan University will mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights March on Washington Wednesday with a ceremony at Martin Luther King Jr. Gardens. 

President Susan Martin will welcome guests to the event at just before three o'clock Wednesday afternoon.  At three, bells and chimes will ring on campus, and Dr. King's speech will be played. 

Following the speech, closing remarks will be offered by State Representative David Rutledge and EMU professor Donald Woods.  Dr. Woods teaches in the university's Department of Africology and African-American Studies. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gardens are located near Welch Hall, off Cross Street on the south side of the EMU campus.

3:32 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

EMU to commemorate 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's 'I Have a Dream' speech

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The events at Eastern echo those in Washington D.C. where there will be a morning re-dedication program at the King Memorial, and ringing of bells at the Lincoln Memorial at 3 p.m., the time King began his " I Have a Dream" address 50 years ago. Stay tuned to WEMU for special coverage of the 50th anniversary from noon to 4 p.m., including live coverage of President Obama's speech starting at 3 p.m.
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Eastern Michigan University to commemorate 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech Event scheduled for 3 p.m. August 28 at MLK Gardens on Eastern campus by Geoff Larcom, Published August 27, 2013 YPSILANTI - At 3 p.m.
8:03 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools To Launch Without Union Contracts In Place

WEMU file photo
Credit Patrik Holubik / WEMU

On September 3rd, classes will be held for the first time in the newly formed Ypsilanti Community Schools. 

As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, when teachers and staff had to work next Tuesday, they will do so without benefit of  union negotiated contracts.

Employees with Ypsilanti Community Schools are starting off the school year without a union contract.

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7:47 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board Revises November Ballot Proposal

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education has revised language in the ballot proposal that will appear before voters in November. The school board met briefly on Monday to address concerns about the original language for renewal of  the districts voter-approved sinking fund millage.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the question voters will decide is no longer a matter of renewal, but instead, one of continuation.

Ann Arbor School Board changes ballot language for November tax issue.

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local news
6:27 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

EMU Professor Reflects on 1963 Civil Rights March

Dr. Ronald Woods
Credit www.emich.edu

WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Dr. Ronald Woods, an Eastern Michigan University professor and the first head of the school's Department of African-American Studies.  They talked about the 1963 civil rights march on Washington, D.C. and more.

Click here to listen to the interview.

1:28 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

EMU's ROTC Named Top Program in Michigan

Credit Randy Mascharka / Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University's ROTC has received the honor of being ranked the top college ROTC program in the state of Michigan from The College Database.

College ROTC programs were ranked based on their annual tuition rate and having two or more branches represented at the school. Eastern has ROTC programs for the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

Assistant Professor of Military Science at EMU, Captain Renn Moon, says Eastern's ROTC programs offer a lot of benefits for students who join:

Moon on EMU's ROTC

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1:21 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Ypsilanti Head Start School Honors Charles Eugene Beatty

Charles Eugene Beatty, Sr.
Credit emich.edu / Eastern Michigan University

Charles Eugene Beatty is being honored by the Washtenaw County Intermediate School District for his contributions to education in Michigan. The district will renames its Head Start building  in Ypsilanti after the late educator.

Ronnie Peterson is a Washtenaw County Commissioner. He says Beatty is a historic figure and worthy of praise for his contributions to education. Beatty played a role in early childhood study programs that eventually lead to the creation of Head Start, and was inducted into the Michigan Education Hall of Fame in 1985.

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Health & Wellness
1:09 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

U-M Study Shows School Lunches and TV Time Linked with Childhood Obesity

A new study by the University of Michigan's Frankel Cardiovascular Center finds the two most common factors linked to obesity in middle school children are school lunch consumption and watching two or more hours of television a day.

Jean DuRussel-Weston is the Program Manager of Project Healthy Schools.  She says they found some gender-specific habits that influence body weight.

Boys on sports teams had reduced risks by up to 23%; girls that drank milk had a 19% reduced risk of being obese.

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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.

9:31 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Medical Marijuana Conference this weekend in Ann Arbor

Credit “Caveman Chuck” Coker / Foter.com / CC BY-ND

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.