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Transportation
6:27 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Ypsilanti Makes Request To Join AATA

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The City of Ypsilanti has made a formal request to join the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the details in his report. 

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Environment
9:57 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Prescribed Ecological Burns

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In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment, WEMU's David Fair explores the importance of prescribed ecological burns in our area parks. The guest this week is David Borneman. David is Natural Areas Preservation Manager for the City of Ann Arbor. 

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Business
7:22 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Proposed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Moratorium in Ypsilanti Delayed

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As of today, there are six medical marijuana dispensaries in Ypsilanti and one grow facility. Some on city council believe that's enough. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, a proposed moratorium on new dispensaries went before city council last night, but no decision was reached. 

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Community Support
4:37 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Washtenaw Red Cross Ready To Help In Oklahoma

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The Washtenaw-Lenawee Chapter of the American Red Cross is preparing for possible deployments to Oklahoma, following Monday's tornado that devastated the city of Moore, just outside Oklahoma City.

Executive Director Donna Duvin says the local chapter hasn't yet received any direct requests for assistance, but stands ready to help.

Duvin says in the event local volunteers are called upon to travel to the tornado-ravaged area, the Washtenaw-Lenawee Chapter will still be ready to offer any help necessary to residents in this area.

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Economy
9:08 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Ann Arbor Aims to Streamline Economic Development Efforts

Ann Arbor officials are looking to improve economic development efforts in the city. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, City Council is creating a new task force to better coordinate development strategies.

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Housing
9:00 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Affordable Housing Wins in 2014 City of Ann Arbor Budget

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Ann Arbor City Council will dip into fund balance a bit further next fiscal year to give a boost to affordable housing and human services. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports,  early this morning the City Council,  passed an 83.1 million dollar general fund budget for the 2014 fiscal year. 

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Local News
6:13 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

WCC Hosts House Subcommittee Hearing

Democratic State Representative Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor listens to testimony
Credit Bob Eccles

Washtenaw Community College hosted a hearing of the Michigan House Community College Subcommittee on Appropriations Monday afternoon.


WCC President Rose Bellanca told the subcommittee that it would be helpful if the state would help community colleges pay for developmental programs for students who aren't quite ready for college. 

She also thanked the panel for a proposed two-and-a-half percent increase in funding for community colleges.

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New Music
3:08 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

David Arnay Goes from Concept to Accomplishment

Pianist David Arnay
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I admit it – I’m often skeptical regarding a concept CD from a new artist.  I think to myself - oh they need a gimmick to get to me to listen.  

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Community
9:47 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Ypsilanti Pride Day Marks 18th Anniversary on Saturday

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Spring clean-up and community beautification projects will be found throughout Ypsilanti on Saturday.

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Transportation
9:06 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Roundabout Construction Near Costco Will Soon Be Underway

Motorists in the Ann Arbor/Pittsfield Township should prepare for some new traffic delays as a new road construction project gets underway. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, work on a new roundabout at the intersection of State Street and Ellsworth Road will get underway in June.  

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Local News
6:25 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Ann Arbor In Concert To Hold Inaugural Performance

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The new performing arts group Ann Arbor in Concert holds its inaugural performance Saturday night at 8 at the Michigan Theater.  WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with a couple of the folks involved.

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Arts and Entertainment
8:33 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Cinema Chat: Into the Woods, Star Trek Into Darkness and More

There are new films opening in the are this week, and it is the season for film festivals. In this week's installment of "Cinema Chat"  WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins cover all of it for you, beginning with discussion of a new, lavish movie musical that's in the works.

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Government
7:21 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Washtenaw County Committee Delays Action on Potential 345-Million Dollar Bond Sale

A proposal for a 345-million dollar bond sale to pay for Washtenaw County's unfunded liabilities will move forward more deliberately than originally intended. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, The Board of Commissioners Ways and Means Committee last night pulled the item from it's agenda to allow more time for public input. 

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Government
7:00 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Washtenaw County Exceeds 1st Quarter Budget Expectations

Washtenaw County officials report better than expected financial results in the first quarter of the year, but still need to make millions of dollars worth of structural changes next year. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, County Administrator Verna McDaniel last night gave the Board of Commissioners  an update on the fiscal state of the county. 

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Environment
8:47 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Using Technology to Protect Birds at Wind Farms

In this week's installment, WEMU's David Fair looks at how technology will help spare the lives of birds around windmill farms, and better map delicate ecosystems. The guest this week is Russell Conard. Russell is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for the Washtenaw County start-up company Ornicept.

For more info on Ornicept's work:  ornicept.com

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Community
8:26 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Local cyclists organize 'Ride of Silence' in Ann Arbor, Ypsilani

The "Ride of Silence" takes place tonight, locally and around the country. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, cyclists from Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor will take part in the event honoring riders who have been hurt and killed.

For more info: RideofSilence.org

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Government
8:16 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Washtenaw County Explores Potential Bond Sale

In an effort to fully fund pension and retiree health care costs, Washtenaw County will explore the possibility of a significant bond sale.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the first step in the process will be tonight's meeting of the Ways and Means Committee of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.

On Thursday, listen to Morning Edition with David Fair for a full wrap-up of the meeting.

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Government
7:48 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Ypsilanti City Council Continues Budget Discussion

Ypsilanti City Council held a budget session Tuesday night. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the talk centered on Water Street and the Police and Fire budgets.

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Transportation
7:26 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Ann Arbor Stadium Bridges Dedication

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Representative John Dingell, and Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje at Tuesday's bridge dedication
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A formal dedication ceremony was held Tuesday for the Stadium Bridges in Ann Arbor. WEMU's Andrew Cluley was there and provides all the details.

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New Music
3:56 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Emilio Teubal is a 'Constant Reinventor'

One of the songs on Musica Para Un Dragon Dormido by pianist and composer Emilio Teubal is The Constant Reinventor. 

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Arts & Culture
9:04 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Plans to Change Funding for Public Art in Ann Arbor Move Forward

Ann Arbor City Council is moving forward with plans to eliminate the "Percent for Art" program. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council is also encouraging more public funding for art projects. 

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Politics
8:43 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Controversial 413 East Huron Development Project wins Ann Arbor City Council Approval

A proposed 14-story development at Huron and Division in Ann Arbor is moving forward, despite the fact no one on Ann Arbor City Council truly likes the plan. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Council voted 6-5 to five in favor of approving the site plan and development agreement.

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Transportation
5:46 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Next Week Is 'Bike-Bus-Walk Week' In Ypsilanti

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May 12th through the 18th is "Bike-Bus-Walk Week" in Ypsilanti.  WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Bob Krzewinski, a member of the Ypsilanti Non-Motorized Committee and Bike Ypsi, about the week's events.

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Unfied School Board
6:56 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Unified School Board Discusses Naming Rights for District Facilities

The Unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board last night talked about setting guidelines for naming Ypsilanti Community Schools facilities.  WEMU's Bob Eccles reports on the details

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Local News
6:26 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Unification Of Ypsilanti And Willow Run School Districts Fast Approaching

WISD Superintendent Scott Menzel
Credit Bob Eccles

The process of  unifying the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts into Ypsilanti Community Schools is rolling along.  The new district is officially "born" on July 1.  WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel about the unification process, and what's left to do before the end of June.

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