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Public Housing
12:11 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Public Housing in Ann Arbor to Move to a Voucher System

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  Ann Arbor officials have taken the first step to change the city's public housing program to a voucher-based model.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley provides the details.

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Transportation
12:07 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Construction Set to Start on New U of M Parking Structure

Construction of the structure will add 530 parking spaces to the university's parking system near the medical campus. The project will provide the Wall Street area and medical center campus with environmentally-sustainable features. Plans include trees and gardens for storm water management which may also be used for irrigation and reducing storm runoff to the river.
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In about a year, there will be about 530 more parking spaces in Ann Arbor. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, construction will soon get underway ont he University of Michigan's new parking structure between Maiden Lane and Wall Street.

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Environment
11:59 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Issues of the Environment: The Greening of Ann Arbors Municipal Golf Courses

Leslie Park Golf Couse is owned and operated by the City of Ann Arbor
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In this week's installment of "Issues of the Environment", WEMU's David Fair talks with Scott Spooner about the the environmental initiatives underway at the public golf courses in Ann Arbor. Mr. Spooner is the Superintendent of Golf Courses for the City of Ann Arbor.

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Education
3:25 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Ypsilanti Community School Teachers Given Assignments

Teachers who'll be making the jump from the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts to Ypsilanti Community Schools have been given their building and grade assignments. 

Willow Run Superintendent Laura Lisiscki says trying to place teachers where they wanted to teach was a daunting task. 

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Transportation
10:49 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Ann Arbor Transportation Authority Moves Closer To Expansion

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  The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority may soon have a new name to reflect the inclusion of the city of Ypsilanti as an official member. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council Monday night took a necessary step in that direction.

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Arts
10:42 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Ann Arbor's Percent For Art Program is Replaced

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  The Public Art Ordinance in Ann Arbor has been revised, and the result is elimination of the "Percent for Art"  mechanism of arts funding. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council Monday night approved amendments to the ordinance that favors consideration of public art projects on a case-by-case basis in Capitol Projects.   

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Law Enforcement
10:28 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Asks DDA to Fund Three Downtown Beat Cops

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  If Ann Arbor City Council gets its way, there will soon be three, new beat officers patrolling the downtown area. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the council Monday night passed a resolution asking the Downtown Development Authority to provide the necessary funding for those positions.

 

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Education
10:21 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Calendar and Schedules Set for New Ypsilanti Community Schools

   Bell times, bus scheduling and an academic year calendar are now in place for the Ypsilanti Community School District that  begins its official existence on July 1st. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the decisions were finalized Monday night.

 

Environment
7:44 am
Fri May 31, 2013

The Green Room: Volunteers Help Preserve Balance and Quality in Area Waterways

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The Green Room

Clean Water sustains life. And, clean water is dependent on a healthy watershed. Measuring the health of these watersheds is not just the job of scientists, As Barbara Lucas discovers in this months installment of WEMU's "The Green Room",  it also takes a virtual army of citizen volunteers.  

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Environment
7:19 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Water Street Trail in Ypsilanti Featured in National Trails Day

    

The American Hiking Society on Saturday will  host an event as part of National Trails Day.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports it will be an opportunity for the community to acquaint itself with the Water Street Trail and progress being made on the Border to Border Trail in Washtenaw County.

 

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Movies and more
9:16 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia Approaches, Transforming Loss

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In this week's installment of "Cinema Chat", WEMU's David Fair finds out more about the rapidly approaching "Cinetopia Film Festival" and talks with Julie Stotler of The Kite Network.  the Kite Network is sponsoring tonight's Michigan Theater showing of the documentary, "Transforming Loss", but only after recognizing Russ Collins birthday!

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Government
9:06 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Future of City Owned Property at 721 North Main in Ann Arbor is Under Consideration

It would cost the city of Ann Arbor three-point-four million dollars just to improve the condition of its property at 721 North main to "maintainable." As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the North Main-Huron River Corridor Vision Task Force received an update on the property Thursday night, as it continues to work towards a recommendation for city council.

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Local News
6:17 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Huron River Watershed Council Holds Resident Conversations

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The Huron River Watershed Council is embarking on a series of "resident conversations" to hear concerns and answer questions from those who live along the water's edge.  WEMU's Bob Eccles interviewed HRWC Executive Director Laura Rubin about the effort.

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Safety
4:31 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Local Support For State Effort To Limit Fireworks Use

An Ypsilanti City Council member is applauding the state legislature for considering a measure that would allow local governments to restrict the hours during which consumer fireworks can be used. 

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Environment
9:07 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Ann Arbor's PACE Program

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In this week's installment of "Issues of the Environment" WEMU's David Fair talks with the Clean Energy Coalition's Rebecca Filbey. Rebecca is the Program Supervisor for the City of Ann Arbor's Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE program

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Arts
9:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Neutral Zone Artists Win Grant for Murals Project in Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authory has awarded a five-thousand dollar grant that will provide stipends for young, local artists to  create murals on the western edge of the city. WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports.

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Local News
6:43 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

ReImagine Washtenaw Holds Public Workshops

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ReImagine Washtenaw is holding a series of public workshops.  WEMU's Bob Eccles interviewed project manager Nathan Voght.

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Education
8:18 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Efforts Continue to Save the Reading Intervention Program in Ann Arbor Schools

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The Ann Arbor School Board continues to contemplate how to make nearly nine-million dollars in further budget reductions for next school year. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, one program that continues to  be a primary focus is the reading intervention program.  

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Environment
8:02 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Insects Threaten Michigan Hemlock Trees, May Face Similar Fate as Ash Trees

Hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae), commonly abbreviated as HWA, is a true bug native to East Asia that feeds by sucking sap from hemlock and spruce trees.
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Hemlock trees in Michigan face an insect threat similar to the bug that wiped out most of the state's ash trees.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story. 

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Transportation
7:42 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Salem Township Residents Petition for Repairs to North Territorial

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The conditions of one road in northern Washtenaw County has gotten so bad that hundreds of motorists have signed a petition asking for improvements.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the details. 

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Environment
9:07 am
Fri May 24, 2013

March Against Monsanto comes to Ann Arbor

The March Against Monsanto will be held May 25

Downtown Ann Arbor, on Saturday, will be the site of a protest march and rally. The "March Against Monsanto" will begin at 1 pm on the University of Michigan central campus Diag, and proceed to Hanover Square Park for the rally.  On "Morning Edition" today, WEMU's David Fair caught up with the woman who organized the protest, Kryssi Jones.

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Education
8:54 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Ann Arbor School Officials Seek Public Input in its Superintendent Search

The Superintendent search is underway in the Ann Arbor School District and applications are beginning to roll in. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, district officials are gathering public input before any interviews are conducted.

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Business
5:54 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Locally Sourced, Bike Delivery Ice Cream to come to Ypsilanti

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Soon Ypsilanti residents will be able to have ice cream delivered at  home, with future plans to expand to Ann Arbor in the near future. WEMU's Bob Eccles sits down with Rob Hess,  of Go! Ice Cream to talk about his passion for ice cream and cycling.

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Public Safety
5:01 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Ypsi Firefighters to Present Hybrid Police/Fire Concerns to City Council

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It looks as though Ypsilanti City Council will go ahead and allow the city's firefighters union to make a presentation on why it believes a hybrid police and fire model is wrong for Ypsilanti. 

City Manager Ralph Lange has recommended cross-training police to also respond to fires as a way to make the best use of city employees. 

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Weekend
12:44 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia, Whiskey and Fast Cars!

On this week's edition of "Cinema Chat"  WEMU's David Fair has a different co-host. While Russ Collins spent the morning toiling elsewhere, Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum filled in to provide all of the movie information you'll need.

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