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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.

Ann Arbor
7:31 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council and DDA Form a New Look Committee

Ann Arbor City Council re-establieshes the "Mutually Beneficial Committee" with the DDA under the new name, "Joint DDA-Council Committee".

Ann Arbor city Council and the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority will have reformed an old committee, with a new name and different method of operation. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the move last night comes as changes are considered to the ordinance that created the DDA.

Ypsilanti
7:18 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Ypsi Council Considers Replacing Streetlights Through Special Assesment District, Parking for AATA

Credit Bob Eccles

Preview of Ypsilanti City Council meeting for 7/2/13

  The City of Ypsilanti is moving towards establishing a city-wide special assessment district to help pay for modernizing its older streetlights.

As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, city council tonight is expected to take the next step in the process.

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Local News
12:06 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

State Reps Rutledge And Rogers Address YCS Board Of Education

State Representatives David Rutledge (l) and Bill Rogers address the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education.
Credit Bob Eccles

Democratic State Representative David Rutledge and his Republican colleague Bill Rogers addressed the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education at its organizational meeting Monday morning.  Click below to hear their comments.

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Local News
11:33 am
Mon July 1, 2013

YCS Born As Board Members Sworn In

State Representative David Rutledge administers the Oath of Office to trustees of the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education.
Credit Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Community Schools district was officially born this morning, as the Board of Education held its organizational meeting.

The Oath of Office was administered to trustees by State Representative David Rutledge.

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Education
7:16 am
Mon July 1, 2013

A Look Back At The Process Of Forming The New Ypsilanti Community Schools

Credit Patrik Holubik / WEMU

It's been three years in the making: The unification of the Ypsilanti and Willow Run School Districts becomes official today. WEMU's Bob Eccles has been covering the merger since the conversation first began, and takes a look back at the process that brought us to today.

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Transportation
6:55 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Increased Ridership Forces Changes to AATA's Night Ride Service

Credit aata.org

  The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is making changes to its Night Ride Service. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, it's a response to a sharp increase in ridership over the last 18-months.

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Government
6:45 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Measures To Shorten Meetings

  Ann Arbor City Council meetings famously run long. Sometimes, meetings don't end until well after midnight. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council tonight will consider some measures that may help shorten up the sessions.

Preview of the July 1st Ann Arbor City Council meeting.

Education
6:27 am
Mon July 1, 2013

The New Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Holds First Organizational Meeting

  An organizational meeting this morning wraps up eight months of intense work and preparation for the creation of the Ypsilanti and Willow Run School Districts. Bob Eccles has a preview of today's first-ever session for the new Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education.

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Local News
6:20 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Ann Arbor Superintendent Semi-Finalists Identified

  The Ann Arbor school district has identified the six semi-finalists to be the district's next superintendent, and a couple of them are local. 

Dr. Henry Hastings is a full-time instructor at Eastern Michigan University, and Dr. Benjamin Edmondson is principal of Ann Arbor's Roberto Clemente High School. 

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Environment
9:44 am
Fri June 28, 2013

The Green Room: The Future of Cycling in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti

Credit Barbara Lucas

"The Green Room" is WEMU's monthly exploration of our environment, and efforts to live more sustainably in Washtenaw County.

 

Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti are increasingly becoming bicycle-friendly.  As residents throughout Washtenaw County look long and hard at how to better live sustainably in the future, this form of alternative transportation will only continue to grow. In this month's installment of WEMU's "The Green Room", Barbara Lucas explores where we are locally, and how we stack up against a city like Copenhagen, Denmark where 55-percent of the population commutes by bike.

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Arts
9:14 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Cinema Chat: Magic Mike, Cinderella, Much Ado About Nothing and White House Down

Credit The Michigan Theater

Movie news and previews with WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins.

In this week's installment of Cinema chat, WEMU's Daiv Fair and Russ Collins discuss some Hollywood news, including Channing Tatum possibly directing his first film. it would be the sequel to "Magic Mike."  An update of Cinderella is in the works. Dave and Russ also cover a number of movies opening this weekend including Joss Whedon's adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"  and the action-thriller "White House Down."

Environment
8:58 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Pall Life Sciences Remediation

Remediation continues on Dioxane Plume that spread from the former Gelman Sciences property in Scio Township. Now, current property owners Pall Life Sciences is leaving, but there is still a great deal of remediation work to be done.

Pall Life Sciences is  leaving the Ann Arbor area this summer, prompting many to become concerned about the company's commitment to ongoing remediation of 1-4, Dioxane contamination. 

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Education
8:25 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools Consider Name Changes for Buildings

Unified School District brings several new changes preparing for the start of the year.
Credit Patrik Holubik / WEMU

 The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run School Board Thursday night discussed changing the names of several district buildings. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the potential changes aim to better reflect the mission of each facility within the new Ypsilanti Community Schools.

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Education
8:18 am
Fri June 28, 2013

EMU Early College Alliance Wins Recognition

Credit Flickr/Chelsea Foster Design / Eastern Michigan University Early College Alliance

The Engineering Society of Detroit on Thursday evening, recognized  the Director of the Eastern Michigan University's Early college Alliance for his program leadership. 

For more details, listen to the podcast above.

 

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Local News
4:10 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

EMU ECA Director Receives Award

The director of Eastern Michigan University's Early College Alliance has been named a recipient of the Engineering Society of Detroit's David A. Skiven Leadership Award. 

David Dugger says he's honored to receive the recongition.

He says the Engineering Society of Detroit likes the kind of work EMU's Early College Alliance is doing. 

Dugger says area high school students have taken 25-thousand college credit hours through E-C-A since 2008, attaining a grade of C or better 86 percent of the time. 

Local News
4:12 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

More Advising Options For EMU Students

Eastern Michigan University students have a new place to turn for a wide variety of advising issues.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more in the new advising center, funded thanks to a donation from a member of the Board of Regents.

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Local News
5:58 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

I-94 Construction to Require Complete Closures

Road work on I-94 through Ann Arbor starting next month will result in the complete shutdown of the highway in one direction several weekends in the coming months.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has details.

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Housing
5:55 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Reserves To Help Ann Arbor Housing Commission Absorb Sequestration Hit

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The city of Ann Arbor will be dipping into funding reserves to help the Housing Commission deal with federal sequester budget cuts.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the story.

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Local News
4:53 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

U of M Health System Reports Record Number Of Patients Served

Credit www2.med.umich.edu

A record number of patients were served by the University of Michigan Health System in the last year, and their satifaction with their care was at a record high, as well. 

The U-of-M Health System briefed the university's Board of Regents today, saying it should break even financially when the fiscal year ends June 30th, with revenue of $2.37 billion. 

Hospitals and Health Centers C-E-O Doug Strong told the regents that patient care activity was up 4.1 percent, revenue climbed nine percent, and and surveys indicated record-high patient satisfaction. 

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Local News
3:02 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Public Weighs In On Ann Arbor Superintendent Search

The Ann Arbor school board has received a lot of input on what the community is looking for in the district's next superintendent.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, input has come in online, and through a series of small group meetings Wednesday.

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Local News
4:15 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Future Of Historic Bomber Plant Discussed

Later this week, bids to demolish most of the former Willow Run factory originally built to produce bombers during World War II will be opened.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, future environmental actions and redevelopment of the factory were the subject of a public meeting Tuesday night.

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Local News
4:11 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Ypsilanti On Verge Of Joining AATA

The city of Ypsilanti is on the verge of becoming a member of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authortiy.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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