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New Music
4:13 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

'The Blue Room' by Madeleine Peyroux

Madeleine Peyroux's "Blue Room" is available now from Universal Music

Blue is more than a color – it is a basic musical form and blue is a mood. Madeleine Peyroux explores all aspects of blue with her new CD The Blue Room. However, this isn’t a blues CD.

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Ann Arbor City Council
8:38 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Council Rejects Site Plan Moratorium

Ann Arbor's city council has rejected a proposed moratorium on new site plan approvals in the downtown area, but has yet to approve the site plan and development agreement for a proposed project at 413 East Huron.   Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ypsilanti - Willow Run Schools
8:35 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Board Acts on Layoffs and Schools of Choice

Unified board President David Bates
Credit Bob Eccles

The joint Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board approved layoffs and schools of choice designation at its meeting Monday night.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Ann Arbor City Council
8:31 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Council Delays Action on DDA Tax Limits

Ann Arbor's city council has again delayed a decision on limiting the amount of tax increment financing the Downtown Development Authority can collect.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Local News
4:10 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Mascot, colors forum for unified district Saturday

The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district holds a public forum Saturday morning to give the public a chance to talk about suggestions that have been received for a district mascot and colors. 

Board member Maria Sheler-Edwards is co-chair of the committee looking into mascots and colors.  She says the process will be similar to the way the district's name was chosen, with a pair of public forums to narrow the options down.  She says a final recommendation is expected at the board's March 28th meeting. 

Local News
3:13 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Dexter Marks 1 Year Anniversary Of Tornado

It's been exactly one year since an F-3 tornado tore through the Village of Dexter, damaging some 400 homes, with 36 of those homes suffering major damage.

Dexter Village Assistant Manager Courtney Nichols says there 's still some repair work going on, specifically at the car wash and the laundromat.  She says most of the homes have been repaired or re-built. 

Nichols says it was very fortunate that the financial cost to the village was only $45,000, which mainly went to cover clean-up and tree removal service.

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Local News
11:01 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Year-Round School Recommendation Accepted

Unified school board members Dan Raglin (l) and Tony VanDerworp
Credit Bob Eccles

The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board last night accepted a recommendation that the consolidated district move toward a year-round educational model.  The board's High Quality Teachers and Teaching Advisory Committee believes year-round school will help keep students from losing much of what they've learned over an extended summer break.  The board will now establish a work team to look into the different types of balanced calendar models and figure out which is best for the district.  The public's input on the idea will also be sought.  Year-round school wouldn't begin until the 20

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Ann Arbor School Board
9:39 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Board Again Recommends Moving Roberto Clemente Program to Pioneer High

Roberto Clemente Student Development Program

Ann Arbor's public school administration is again recommending that the Roberto Clemete alternative program can be successfully relocated to Pioneer High School.   The school board rejected the move last year, but it's being considered again as the district deals with a projected budget deficit.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Roberto Clemente Student Development Center

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Dexter Tornado Run/Walk
9:35 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Dexter Tornado Recovery Fundraiser: A Year Later

Dexter Tornado Aftermath
Credit Daveb - Creative Commons

A Dexter couple whose home was destroyed by last year's tornado is helping to host a run to raise money for those who helped in the recovery effort.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

JazzRunning.com:

On March 15, 2012 Dexter was hit by an F3 Tornado. Immediately after the tornado the community and surrounding communities came together to put the pieces back together. All proceeds from this run will began to pay back those organizations that supported our community.

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Ann Arbor Schools
9:26 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Prosecutor Asked to Re-Evaluate Charges in Football Brawl Case

The Ann Arbor school board has approved a resolution asking Washtenaw County's Prosecutor to re-evaluate the degree of criminalization of adolescent behaviors he's making in connection with the fight following last fall's Pioneer - Huron football game.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has the story.

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Race Card
9:19 am
Wed March 13, 2013

'Race Card' Project Comes to UofM

As part of the University of Michigan's understanding race theme this semester, National Public Radio's Michelle Norris is bringing the Race Card Project to campus.  Norris met with students and others on campus Tuesday for the official kickoff.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor City Council
8:45 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Council Readies Budget Plan and Priorities

Ann Arbor's city council discussed budget impacts from work plans created around council's five priority areas at a work session Monday night.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Washtenaw County Commissioners
9:05 am
Mon March 11, 2013

County Considers Landbank

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Washtenaw County officials are taking a second look at creating a landbank to help deal with foreclosed properties.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Sweet 16
3:28 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Kevin Eubanks Six Strings Top Sweet Sixteen

Kevin Eubanks at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival
Credit Detroit Jazz Festival

WEMU wrapped up February and kicked off March with sixteen excellent choices for “our most played” category.  “The Messenger” by guitarist Kevin Eubanks for Detroit’s Mack Avenue Records was at the top of the list where it deserves to be.  Kevin came from a great jazz family in Philadelphia.  From this essential foundation, Kevin Eubanks became one of Los Angeles’ in demand recording artists and the leader of The Tonight Show Band.  After cooking in the cauldron of these experiences, Kevin Eubanks emerged with a strong individualistic sound on jazz guitar, borrowing liberally from the blues

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Local News
3:16 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Boil Water Advisory Lifted

Credit Bob Eccles

The boil water advisory that had been in effect for Ann Arbor's northeast side has been lifted.  The city says tests have confirmed the water is safe to use.  The advisory was put in place after the system lost pressure during routine valve maintenance.

Transportation
8:41 am
Thu March 7, 2013

DDA Approves More Money for Go-Pass Service

Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority has approved spending up to an additional 57-thousand dollars on the Go-Pass and other Ann Arbor Transportation Authority services next fiscal year.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor Development
8:38 am
Thu March 7, 2013

DDA Opposes Changes Proposed by City Council

Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority board members are speaking against a proposed city council ordinance amendment that would change the authority in several ways.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor
9:28 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Briarwood Mall to Undergo Complete Renovation

Ann Arbor's Briarwood Mall
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Briarwood Mall is undergoing a complete renovation as the facility nears its 40th anniversary.  The renovation kicked off with a tile-breaking ceremony.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor City Council
9:24 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Site Plan Moratorium Delayed Again

Ann Arbor's city council has held off on making decision on both a moratorium on site plan approvals in the downtown area, and changed to the Downtown Development Authority.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor City Council
9:21 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Process Begins for Selling Former YMCA Site

Ann Arbor's city council has taken the first step that could lead to the sale of the fomer YMCA site across from the downtown library.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor City Council
8:52 am
Mon March 4, 2013

City Selling Bonds to Fund 'PACE' Program

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) allows property owners to save energy using a special property assessment.
Credit a2energy.org

Ann Arbor businesses can tap into a new city fund to cover upfront costs for energy efficiency upgrades.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Ann Arbor Pace Program

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Environment
9:56 am
Fri March 1, 2013

First Friday Focus on the Environment

A study on food insecurity by the University of Michigan is underway.  The study is directed by  Dr. Dorceta Taylor, professor of environmental sociology at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources, and she's our guest on this month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU. 

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Movies and More
8:48 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Cinema Chat: Oscars in Review

Reviewing the Oscars and the Razzies;  a special screening of Hitchock's 'Marnie';  plus new openings downtown, and at the cineplexes on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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Ypsilanti City Council
10:54 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Council Considers Street Lighting Assessment

Ypsilanti's city council held a work session Tuesday night to discuss a possible special assessment for street lights.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Washtenaw County Commissioners
10:51 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Commissioners Consider County ID Card

A new task force is starting to investigate creating a Washtenaw County identification card for people who can't or don't want to get a driver's license.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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