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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.
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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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Environment
10:48 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Issues of the Environment: 'Fracking' part 1

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On this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU, the first of two discussions on 'fracking', or hydraulic fracturing, in Washtenaw County.  Our guest this week is John Callewaert, the Director of the Integrated Assessment Program for the University of Michigan's Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute.

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Ypsilanti - Willow Run Schools
9:28 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Crowd Boos Superintendent Plan

Former Ypsilanti school board member Floyd Brumfield urges the joint Ypsi-Willow Run board to hire Ypsi Superintendent Dedrick Martin to lead unified district.
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The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board voted Monday night to have the Washtenaw Intermediate School District provide superintendent services during the transition period.   Not many in the audience were happy with that decision.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Ann Arbor City Council
9:25 am
Tue February 26, 2013

A2 City Budget Preview

Ann Arbor city staff gave an overview of of the impacts of "status quo" budgets for the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years to city council Monday night.   Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ypsilanti - Willow Run Schools
1:34 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Group Hopes to Expand Camp Scholarship Program

An organization that helps send low-income kids to summer camp hopes to reach out to more children through the unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Health & Safety
1:30 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

New Book Examines Conditions for Restaurant Workers

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A new book examines the conditions for restaurant workers and how they can make eating out less healthy.  The author of "Behind the Kitchen Door" spoke at the Homegrown Local Food Summit.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Washtenaw County Commissioners
9:41 am
Thu February 21, 2013

County Officially Opposes State's Right-to-Work Law

Right to Work Demonstrationers in the Lansing Capitol Building
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Washtenaw County's Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution opposing the state's right-to-work law.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ypsilanti City Council
9:38 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Council Members Appointed to Collaboration Committee

New committee formed between local government's and Eastern Michigan University should provide a pathway for more efficient collaborations.
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The city of Ypsilanti will be represented on a committee created to make collaboration between the city, Ypsilanti Township, and Eastern Michigan University more efficient.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Ann Arbor City Council
9:52 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Council Delays Site Approval Moratorium

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Ann Arbor's city council has postponed a decision on placing a six-month moratorium on site plan approvals in the downtown area.  Council voted unanimously to wait two weeks before making a decision on the proposed moratorium, plus a review of D-1 and D-2 zoning, and reconvening the design guidelines task force.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley. 

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Ann Arbor City Council
9:48 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Council Postpones Action on Living Wage Ordinance

Ann Arbor's city council has tabled proposed amendments to the city's living wage ordinance and will look for proposals from one of two commissions.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ypsilanti City Council
9:41 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Council Backs More Urban Gardening in Ypsilanti

Disagreement Tuesday night over the issue of hoop houses and greenhouses nearly scuttled legislation before Ypsilanti's city council designed to expand urban gardening opportunities.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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Environment
9:39 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Winter Seed Sowing

Get a head start on your summer garden with winter seed sowing.  Master gardener Monica Milla is our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.

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Eastern Michigan University
9:32 am
Wed February 20, 2013

EMU Room and Board Rates to Increase this Fall

This year, Eastern Michigan University has the largest number of students living on campus in nearly a decade, and EMU's Board of Regents has approved room and board rate increases for next fall.  Details from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Eastern Michigan University
9:29 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Regents Approve Lecturer Contracts

Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents has approved four-year contracts with full and part-time lecturers.   Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Local News
1:17 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Unified Board Discusses Superintendent Options

A large crowd gathered for Monday night's unified Ypsi-Willow Run school board meeting at the Ypsilanti district administration building.
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The board representing the unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district last night discussed the superintendent selection process.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Washtenaw County
9:59 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Property Tax Delinquencies Falling

Washtenaw County officials expect another drop in delinquent property taxes this year.  Later this week, county commissioners are expected to approve an annual resolution to establish the delinquent tax revolving fund. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Eastern Michigan University
9:57 am
Mon February 18, 2013

'Live Ypsi' Gets Second Year of Funding

A pilot program designed to encourage more Eastern Michigan University employees to live in the city of Ypsilanti has been so successful, it's getting a second year of funding.  Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

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