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Washtenaw Community College
9:09 am
Mon April 1, 2013

WCC Students Get Chance at Tuition Break

Washtenaw Community College students who act quickly enough won't have to pay more for classes next fall.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Environment
9:22 am
Fri March 29, 2013

The Green Room: Green Burials

In-depth report on 'green burials'.

Being environmentally responsible, even in death.  A fascinating look at 'green burials' on The Green Room from WEMU.

Local Business
9:19 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Last Day for Herb David Guitar Studio

Ann Arbor area music lovers are saying goodbye to the Herb David Guitar Studio, which closes its doors for the last time on Saturday.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor School Board
9:16 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Board Sets Standards and Principles

The Ann Arbor school board has approved a statement of standards and principles it expects board members to meet.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Movies and more
10:15 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Cinema Chat: Love and Honor, the Oscars, Bond, Star Wars and more

Oscars moving for the Olympics; New Star Wars news; new openings downtown, and much more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Amanda Bynum is Director of Programming and Education at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. 

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Environment
11:12 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Fair Food Systems

Find out more about fair food systems on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.  Our guest is Oran Hesterman, who discusses fair food systems in Washtenaw County, and some of the ways in which the county is working to provide equitable access to sustainable foods for all residents.

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Education
8:23 am
Wed March 27, 2013

WCC Faculty Protests VP Firing

The President of Washtenaw Community College and school's faculty agree that better communication is needed at the school, but how to achieve that remains a question.  Faculty members spoke out at Tuesday's Board of Trustees meeting in the wake of the dismissal of Vice-President for Instruction, Stuart Blacklaw.  

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Local News
5:43 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Movie with Local Connections Opens Friday at Michigan Theater

Credit Deep Blue Pictures, LLC

"Love and Honor", a movie with many connections to the Ann Arbor community, opens Friday at the Michigan Theater.

The movie marks the directorial debut of Danny Mooney, an Ann Arbor actor and filmmaker who graduated from Pioneer High School and the University of Michigan.

Much of the film was shot in Ann Arbor.  It tells the story of a soldier who gets a "Dear John" letter while serving in Vietnam.  He and his buddy decide to travel halfway around the world to return to Ann Arbor in the hopes of changing the girl's mind.

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Ann Arbor City Council
9:23 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Approves AFSCME Contract

Ann Arbor's city council has approved a new four-year deal with American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees local 369 just before the state's new right-to-work law takes effect.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley. 

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Ann Arbor City Council
9:07 am
Tue March 26, 2013

City Wants to Limit DDA Tax Revenue

Ann Arbor's city council is considering ordinance amendments that would impact the Downtown Development Authority's ability to collect tax increment financing revenue.  With that in mind, DDA officials discussed the agency's budget at a council work session Monday night.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ypsilanti
2:22 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Moratorium Proposed in Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson
Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson thinks it's time for a moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. 

Talks are underway which could lead to a new dispensary on the east side of South Huron street, just north of I-94.  Richardson says the city doesn't need another dispensary.

Richardson says Ypsilanti Township limits medical marijuana dispensaries, and the city should, too.  She has not made an official proposal to limit the number of dispensaries in the city, but she appears to have support from at least two of her colleagues on city council. 

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Government
9:28 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Washtenaw County Posts 2012 Budget Surplus

Washtenaw County finished 2012 in a bit better budget position than expected, giving the county some additional money to use the current fiscal year if needed.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Local News
3:19 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Meeting Saturday on Building Use and Small Learing Communities

Unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board
Credit Bob Eccles

This weekend you have the chance to learn more about the Small Learning Communities educational model chosen for middle and high school students in the Ypsilanti Community Schools. 

A public meeting Saturday will also help to determine which school buildings are best suited for Small Learning Communities, and which might not be used next year.

Saturday's meeting runs from ten to noon at Ypsilanti New Tech at Ardis, 2100 Ellsworth Road. 

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Environment
9:11 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Lights Out for Earth Hour in Ann Arbor

Credit Creative Commons

Part of Ann Arbor's Main Street won't be quite as bright as normal for an hour tomorrow night.   The city is celebrating the sixth annual Earth Hour by turning off street lights from 8:30 to 9:30 on Saturday (3/23) night.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Developing
4:42 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Witnesses to Fatal Crash Sought

Credit eWashtenaw.org

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office hopes someone who witnessed a deadly crash in Ypsilanti Township Wednesday will come forward to help investigators piece together what happened. 

The crash happened around 6:10 Wednesday evening on Hewitt near Valley when one vehicle crossed the center line and hit an oncoming vehicle head-on.  The driver of the car that crossed the line was killed. 

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Parks and Recreaction
2:16 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Pieces Of Border-To-Border Trail Falling Into Place

Credit eWashtenaw.org

The Washtenaw County Border-to-Border Trail is a step closer to completion, thanks to an easement obtained by the City of Ypsilanti from Fischer Honda on Michigan Avenue. 

Ypsilanti City Planner Teresa Gillotti says the easement will clear the way for a pedestrian bridge to be built from Riverside Park to a corner of the Fischer Honda property, with an improved Michigan Avenue crossing then linking the trail to the Water Street re-development area. 

Gillotti says the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission is covering the $38,000 cost of the easement.

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Washtenaw County Commissioners
8:44 am
Thu March 21, 2013

County Approves Long-Term Contracts Ahead of RTW

Before Michigan's right-to-work law takes effect later this month, the Washtenaw County  Board  of Commissioners has approved new long-term contracts with nearly all of the unions representing county workers.  Similar policy for non-union employees has been set as well.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Movies & More
8:41 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Ann Arbor Film Festival

The 51st annual Ann Arbor Film Festival is underway.   Everything you need to know about it is on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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Local News
10:15 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Generational Differences Evident At Mascot/School Colors Forum

Some of the animal-related mascot suggestions for Ypsilanti Community Schools
Credit Bob Eccles

A group of about 35 people, most of them students, got together last night in the Ypsilanti High School media center to talk about mascot and school colors suggestions for Ypsilanti Community Schools. 

The generational divide between the students and the adults was obvious, as most of the adults favored a mascot with historical significance, such as Bombers or Liberators, and the kids preferred something new, like Royals or Grizzlies. 

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89.1 Jazz
8:23 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

89.1 Jazz honors Marian McPartland, turns 95

Today we honored a woman who helped shape the history of jazz as a musician, band leader, composer, 

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Ypsilanti City Council
2:37 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Urban Gardening Measure Approved

Credit Creative Commons- Sown Together

Ypsilanti residents can plan for nice vegetable gardens on their property this summer, now that city council has approved an ordinance text amendment to allow for urban gardens in residential yards and vacant lots.  

City Planner Teresa Gillotti says gardens can be grown in front, side and back yards, but must be set back three feet from the sidewalk and cannot obstruct the view for motorists. 

Gillotti says area churches have been among those anxious to put vacant city lots to good use by planting gardens.

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Ypsilanti City Council
12:56 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Council Delays Family Dollar Plan for Water Street

Ypsilanti's city council has put off a decision on a purchase agreement that would have a Family Dollar store built on the northeast corner of the Water Street redevelopment area.  The delay is due, in part,  to the city's master plan update.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Environment
9:45 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Energy Efficient Vehicle Infrastructure

Plug-In Ready Michigan is a statewide plan that provides the necessary information and tools to planners, local officials, consumers, and private enterprises to prepare for an increase in plug-in electric vehicle use.

This week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU examines infrastructure needs to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles and hybrids.  Our guest is the project manager for "Plug-in Ready Michigan", Mark Rabinsky. 

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Arts and Culture
9:41 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Ann Arbor Film Festival Underway

The 51st annual Ann Arbor Film Festival kicked off Tuesday night with the opening gala at the Michigan Theater.   WEMU's Andrew Cluley was there.

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