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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
Patrick Holubik

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

Credit bike.ypsi.org

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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Movies and More
9:06 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Great Gatsby, From Up on Poppy Hill, Mud, and more!

The Great Gatsby  opens in theaters this weekend!  In this week's installment of  Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and  Russ Collins discuss several film options for the weekend and preview the upcoming Cinetopia Film Festival. The conversation began, however, with some sad news out of Hollywood.

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Education
8:28 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Prepare to Borrow Money to Cover Payroll Costs

There will be three occasions next fiscal year for which the Ann Arbor Public schools will have to borrow money to cover payroll costs. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Board of Education last night passed as resolution authorizing establishment of a line of credit of up to 10-million dollars.

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Transportation
7:28 am
Thu May 9, 2013

SEMCOG Public Hearing on Transit

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) are collecting public feedback on short and long term transportation plans. The proposals are billed as the "2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Plan" and the "2040 Regional Transportation Plan." The first public hearing on the comprehensive measures took place Wednesday at Washtenaw Community College. WEMU's Andrew Cluley was there.

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New Music
8:00 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Latin Jazz has a 'New Beginning' with Michelle Pollace on the keys

New Beginning by Michelle Pollace is now available

As we search for the best new music on  WEMU, we will often feature someone you’ve never heard before but think is worth your time. 

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Local News
4:57 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Area Small And Home-Based Businesses Surveyed

Credit theshedbec.com

The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development is funding a survey of small and home-based businesses in our area to find out what they need to be successful. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Jessica Meissner about the survey.  Jessica is an economic anthropologist and an advocate for sustainable, community-based economies with The Shed, a business and employment collaborative.

Here's a link to the survey:
http://theshedbec.com

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Environment
9:15 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Restoring Native Rattlesnake Habitat

An eastern massasauga rattlesnake at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

Rattlesnakes in Washtenaw County! They're here, and they serve a purpose. Unfortunately their habitat has been threatened, but a project is underway to help. Joining WEMU's David Fair on Issues of the Environment is Steven Parrish, Steven is the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Habitat Restoration Project Manager and Natural Areas Specialist at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.  Together, David and Steven discuss  work in Washtenaw County on the Eastern Massasauga Habitat Restoration and Education Project.

To see a  massasauga video and find other information. 

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Government
8:56 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Ypsilanti approves a Water Street Development Project

Ypsilanti City Council has approved a purchase agreement for a portion of the Water Street Property. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the action will result in a new, Family Dollar Store.

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Education
8:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Budget Forum

There has been no shortage of input from the community at public forums on the Ann Arbor School District's budget proposal. The latest hearing was held Tuesday night at Pioneer High school. The budget proposal calls for eight-point-seven million dollars in cuts for the upcoming academic year. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, attendees are also suggesting ways to enhance district revenue.

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Government
8:33 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Dexter Moves Closer to Becoming a City

Residents in the Village of Dexter have voted to continue on the path to becoming a city. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on the vote in Tuesday's election.

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Local News
12:46 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Ypsi City Council Approves Family Dollar Purchase Agreement

Ypsilanti City Council has approved a purchase agreement for a Family Dollar store to be built on the northeast corner of the Water Street re-development area.

The approval came after the developer agreed to some changes to make the store fit better with the city’s vision for the property, including moving the store to the northwest corner of the point-eight-five acre parcel.

The city is selling the parcel for $210,000. 

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Elections
10:35 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Washtenaw County Election Results 5/7/13

A light ballot in Washtenaw County on Tuesday day means relatively quick results. The results, keep in mind, are unofficial until certified by the Board of Canvassers.

Voters in Dexter Village have opted to continue moving forward with the process of becoming a city. The measure passed on a vote of 460-to-408. The next step will be the election of a nine-member charter commission. Once a draft charter is adopted and passed by the state, incorporation into city-hood will go before a vote of the people.

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Education
3:50 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

WCC Goes Textbook-Free In Pilot Program

Credit wccnet.edu

Washtenaw Community College is the first community college in Michigan to put a textbook-free learning program in place. 

The Kaleidoscope Project uses open educational resources - basically online textbooks - to help make higher education more affordable. 

Linda Blakey is WCC's Vice-President of Student and Academic Services.  She says the fall semester will be WCC's first time participating in the program, but the Kaleidoscope Project is in its second year.

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politics
10:37 am
Tue May 7, 2013

A2 City Council Halts Meeting Before Vote

Lengthy public hearings on a proposed apartment complex development at 413 East Huron have prevented Ann Arbor City Council from taking action on the matter. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, for a second meeting in a row, council last night halted its session prior to finishing up the nights agenda.

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A2 City Council
10:24 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Ann Arbor DDA Ordinances Postponed

A decision on ordinances effecting the way the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority operates has been postponed until September. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council last night voted unanimously to delay consideration of the issues.

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