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9:54 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

YCS Board Approves Requesting Extended Debt Repayment

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education in session Monday night.
Credit Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved sending a letter to state Treasurer Andy Dillon asking for an extended period of time to re-pay its debt. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story. 

Hear Bob's story here.

Arts and Culture
6:10 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Last Shadow Art Fair This Weekend

"The next & last Shadow Art Fair is on July 20, 2013, noon to midnight, at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, MI"

The last  Shadow Art Fair will be held this weekend. WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Mark Maynard, one of five founders of the Shadow Art Fair, about the fair and why they're calling it quits.

Hear the interview here.

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Community
8:19 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Art Fairs Kick Off with Tonight's Townie Street Party

The Townie Street Party will feature an evening of live outdoor performances featuring The Macpodz, Dragon Wagon, and Seth & May, kids activities, and more.

The Art Fairs begin this week in Ann Arbor. Tonight, locals get a pat on the back for being good sports about hosting the large crowds the  fairs bring to the downtown area. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports,  there will be plenty to do at tonight's kick-off to Art fairs week.

Ann Arbor gears up for Art Fairs week with the annual "Townie Street Party."

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Education
8:12 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools to Seek Debt Payment Extension

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education will meet tonight in what, technically, is it's first-ever regular session. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more on the agenda before the board tonight.

WEMU's Bob Eccles previews the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education meeting for Monday, July 15th.

Arts
7:58 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Public Input Sought For Public Art Project At New Ann Arbor Rain Garden

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Some very large, small mouth bass may be coming to a new Ann Arbor rain garden. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission and artist Joshua Wiener are looking for feedback some feedback on his proposal for steel sculptures.

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Transportation
7:25 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Stretch Of I-94 Will Be Closed This Weekend

A stretch of Eastbound I-94 on the southern edge of Ann Arbor is going to be closed this weekend. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, it is the first of several planned closures of the highway in coming months.

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Arts and Culture
9:52 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Cinema Chat: Pacific Rim, Grown Ups 2, Federico Fellini and More

Credit The Michigan Theater

  Every Thursday at 7:40am, WEMU's David Fair visits with the Executive Director of the Michigan Theater to cover Hollywood news, and provide a heads up on all of the movies available in the area over the coming weekend. Today, was certainly no exception, as David welcomed Russ Collins back to the studio!

Cinema Chat for 7/11/2013

Government
9:43 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Washtenaw County Commissioners Gather Public Comment on Shelved Bond Proposal Plan

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners last week decided to shelve a proposal to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in bonds. the money generated for the bond sale would have been used to cover the county's long-term pension costs and retiree health care. Commissioners decided to wait until such time the state of Michigan spells out its rules for a bond sale of this kind. Still, the issue is far from dead. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Board of Commissioners last night went forward with a public hearing on the issue, gathering more input from the community.

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Government
9:33 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Incumbents Meet Challengers in Candidates Forum

Third ward candidates Julie Grand (l) and incumbent Stephen Kunselman.
Credit Bob Eccles

Two Democratic Ann Arbor City Council members face primary election challenges on August 6th. In the 3rd Ward, Incumbent Stephen Kunselman is being challenged by Julie Grand. In the 4th Ward, John Eaton seeks to unseat Marcia Higgins, and advance to the November General Election. The candidates met Wednesday night  in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area. WEMU's Bob Eccles was there and has this report.

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Photo Gallery
5:18 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Summer Fun with WEMU!

Joe Tiboni and loyal volunteer, Mark Medos at the Summer Festival

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Education
6:03 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Two Finalists Identified For Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent Position

Brian Osborne and Jeanice Kerr Swift are finalists for the AAPS Superintendent position.
Credit a2schools.org

New Jersey's South Orange and Maplewood Schools Superintendent Brian Osborne and Colorado Springs District 11 Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jeanice Swift are the finalists to be Ann Arbor's next superintendent.

The Ann Arbor School Board narrowed the field of candidates Tuesday afternoon after wrapping up interviews with the six semi-finalists.

The board plans on checking references and visiting the districts later this week.

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Education
7:15 am
Mon July 8, 2013

EMU Educates Students on Keeping Student Loan Debt to a Minimum

Credit : Nastassia Davis [www.nastassiadavis.com] / Foter / CC BY-NC

EMU offering advice to students potentially impacted by higher loan rates, and increased debt.

  Due to inaction on the part of the US Congress, student loan interest rates have doubled. Unless congress takes action upon returning from summer recess, those rates will stick for any student taking out a loan after July 1st of this year. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, eastern Michigan University officials hope congress will return loan rates to lower levels but, either way, will be there to provide counsel to students.

Transportation
6:45 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Ann Arbor DDA Enacts Pilot Program for Parking Permits at Forest Avenue Structure

The manner in which monthly permits are granted for Ann Arbor Parking structures may soon change. The As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority is using the Forest Avenue Parking structure for a new, pilot program.

In the future, monthly parking permits in Ann Arbor may be granted based on the size of the building in town where a motorist lives or works.

Environment
7:58 am
Fri July 5, 2013

First Friday Focus on the Environment: Great Lakes

Great Lakes in Sunglint
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On the first Friday of every month, WEMU Morning Edition host David Fair is joined in-studio by Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak. together they bring in the experts that can speak to issues of environmental importance. In this month's installment, the guest is Jon Allen. Jon heads up the Michigan Department of environmental Quality's Office of the Great Lakes.

July's installment of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment.

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Business
6:27 am
Fri July 5, 2013

South University Area Association in Ann Arbor Look to Main Street for Improvements

South University Area Association looking to implement the Business Improvement Zone plan that worked well in the Main Street are of Ann Arbor.

  Officials with Ann Arbor's South University Area Association hope a successful program in the Main Street area can be replicated in their part of town. WEMU's Andrew Cluley provides the details.

Education
6:22 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools to Adopt Code of Conduct for Athletes

Code of Conduct for student athletes in the Ypsilanti Community Schools is in the works. WEMU's Bob Eccles reports on what the code is likely to include.

  The Athletic Director for Ypsilanti Community Schools is putting together a Code of Conduct for student athletes. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Washtenaw County Commissioners
7:18 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Washtenaw County Bond Proposal Put On Hold

Unanswered questions force the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners to shelve a plan to sell 300-million dollars in bonds to cover future retiree health care and pension costs.

  Washtenaw County officials are, for now, shelving a plan to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in bonds. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the money generated from the sale would have covered future retiree health care and pension costs.

Politics
7:12 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Ann Arbor DDA Commits to Streetlights but wavers on Funding Beat Cops

A2 DDA approves expenditure for streetlight replacement project along main street, but expresses concerns over the city's request to fund three beat patrol police officers.

  The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority has formally responded to one the funding requests that comes from the City of Ann Arbor.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, it also put off a decision on another request for money.

Community Events
6:18 am
Thu July 4, 2013

4th of July Events

Have fun and stay safe!

  It is Independence Day and, as usual, the occasion will be marked with family and friends get-togethers, barbecues and some local parades!

At 10 a.m. this morning, the 23rd Annual Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July parade gets underway. The parade begins at the corner of South State Street and East William Street. Included in the procession will be a contingent from WEMU, so make sure to look for us, and wave!  The Ann Arbor event also has a bike decorating contest for children. That gets underway at 9:30  this morning. Once decorated, the kids may ride their bikes in the parade.

In Ypsilanti, the 84th Annual Independence day parade gets underway at 11 a.m.. It will begin at the corner of Oakwood and Cross Streets, and the procession will make its way through Depot town before ending at Rice Street. The Ypsilanti event is Michigan's longest running Independence Day parade.

In Whitmore Lake, the parade begins at 10 this morning. The route begins on the corner of Barker Road and Main Street.

And, if you are looking for a good BBQ, but don't want to host it yourself, the Sons of American Legion Post 31 will take care of you! the public is invited to to stop by Post 31 at 1700 Ridge Road beginning at 11 a.m. this morning. The group will put on a feast of grilled chicken, coleslaw and baked beans. Also included in the nine-dollar price tag is a bag of chips and a roll. 

The Capitol Steps, Live at Hill Auditorium , tonight at  5  p.m. and 8 p.m. in Ann Arbor at The Ann Arbor Summer Festival - tickets here

Looking for something else to do today? Check out the WEMU datebook for more information!

Local News
5:21 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

North Star Reach Building Camp For Sick Kids And Their Families

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North Star Reach is building a camp for kids with chronic or life-threatening illnesses and their families.  WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with North Star Reach board President Sheri Mark.

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Arts
8:48 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Cinema Chat: Hollywood News, The Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2

Credit The Michigan Theater

Hollywood news and movie talk.

   In this holiday edition of Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Director Russ Collins discuss movies available over the Independence  Day holiday weekend.  Find out what kind of reviews "The Lone Ranger" is getting, and whether or not the animated "Despicable Me 2" holds up to the original. First, Russ offers up some news out of Hollywood on pending films based on two literary classics!

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Environment
8:28 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is an illness caused by a spirochete bacterium (Borrelia burgdorferi). This disease is transmitted to people and animals primarily by the bite of the tick, Ixodes scapularis.

Two Washtenaw County residents have contracted Lyme disease so far this year. Issues of the Environment explores how to avoid contracting the affliction.

 It is peak season for the ticks that carry Lyme Disease. In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment, WEMU's David Fair talks with Erik Foster. Erick is Medical Entomologist with the Michigan Department of Community Health's communicable Disease Division. They discuss how to protect yourself from contracting Lyme Disease, what to look for if you suspect you've come in contact with an infected Tick, and how climate change may increase the areas where the ticks are found.

Education
8:21 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent Search Update

The Ann Arbor Board of Education is set to interview six semi-finalists for the districts Superintendent position. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the board last night finalized most of the remaining plans for the selection process.

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Government
7:27 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Ypsilanti Moves Closer To Creation of Special Assessment for Street Lights

Ypsilanti City Council last night took another step toward creation of a special assessment district to help pay for street light replacement. WEMU's Bob Eccles was there.

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A2 Council
7:44 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Delays Decision on Shortening Meetings

Ann Arbor City Council tables rule changes that would further limit public comment time in regular meetings, but add public comment to council work sessions.

  Ann Arbor City Council has put off a decision on proposed rule changes aimed at shortening the length of its meetings.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, a couple of vacationing council members forced the delay.

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