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9:34 am
Fri August 10, 2012

A2 City Council Approves County-wide Transit Agreement

Ann Arbor City Council has once again signed off on a four-party agreement and revised Articles of Incorporation that will form the framework to create a new county-wide transit authority. WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports.

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9:30 am
Fri August 10, 2012

A2 City Council Shoots Down Potential Ballot Issue

Ann Arbor residents in November will vote on a renewal of the Parks Maintenance and Capitol Improvement millage. But, a measure supporters contend would have strengthened protections for city-owned parkland failed to win enough support to make the fall ballot. WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports.

News
10:36 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Cinema Chat 8/9/12

After a week up north at the Traverse City Film Festival, Russ Collins returned to the WEMU studios and joined David Fair with plenty of Cinema Chat news!

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10:24 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Ypsi-Willow Run Consolidation Will Go To Voters

State schools superintendent Mike Flanagan addresses the joint Willow Run-Ypsilanti school board.
Bob Eccles

The Willow Run and Ypsilanti Boards of Education have agreed to put a consolidation question before district voters in the November general election.  WEMU's Bob Eccles provides a long-form report.

News
10:20 am
Thu August 9, 2012

A2 City Council Preview

Ann Arbor City Council tonight will hold a rare Thursday meeting. The primary elections on Tuesday forced council to shift its meeting this week.  It's a full agenda tonight and WEMU's Andrew Cluley has a preview.

News
9:10 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Issues of the Environment 8/7/12

This week's focus is local, sustainable and healthy food options, and the growing interest in expanding these options in Washtenaw County.

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9:06 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Ann Arbor City Council Primary Races

Ann Arbor City Council will have three new faces, after Tuesday's Democratic primary elections. WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports.

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9:04 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Primary Election Results: County Commissioner

Andy Labarre last night defeated former Washtenaw County Commissioner Christina Montague in the race for the Commission's new, 7th District seat. WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports.

News
3:52 am
Wed August 8, 2012

More Primary Election Results

In Dexter Township, James Drolett has won the republican primary for Supervisor, defeating Kathryn Bowring.  Drolett will face incumbent Democrat Pat Kelly in November.
    In the Dexter Township Republican primary for the Treasurer's post, Libby Brushaber has defeated Mark Wojno.  Brushaber faces no opposition in November.

    In the Republican primary for Bridgwater Township's Board of Trustees, incumbent trustee David Faust and newcomer Wes Cowden won yesterday's vote.  Both will be unopposed in November.

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3:47 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Primary Election Results: Augusta Township

It'll be incumbent Democrat Pete Hafler facing Republican Brian Shelby in November for Augusta Township Supervisor.  Both won their respective primaries yesterday.
    In the Augusta Township Clerk's race, incumbent Democrat Kathy Giszczak and Republican Kathleen McDonald won yesterday's primary and will square off in November.
    Challenger Linda Dew appears to have won the Democratic primary for Augusta Township Treasurer yesterday, defeating incumbent Susan Burek by less than one percent.

News
3:45 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Primary Election Results: Ballot Proposals

Overall, ballot propositions fared well in yesterday's voting in Washtenaw County.    
    Superior Township voters said 'yes' to three money issues for police and fire services, and for a fund to defend the township's master plan and zoning ordinances.
    Manchester voters approve a millage increase for fir protection services, and York Township voters said 'yes' to a millage renewal for public safety services.
    In Sylvan Township, voters approved by a scant seven vote margin a tax increase to pay off a debt obligation to Washtenaw County.

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3:43 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Primary Election Results: Ypsilanti Township

In Ypsilanti Township, the Residents First team slate of incumbents soundly defeated the challengers from the Y-Town Future team except in the Parks Commission race.
    Brenda Stumbo is back in for another term as township supervisor;  Karen Lovejoy-Roe remains township clerk, and Larry Doe remains Township Treasurer.  

News
3:40 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Primary Election Results: County Races

Evan Pratt has won the democratic primary to be Washtenaw County's next Water Resources Commissioner.
Pratt will face Republican Eric Sheie  in the November general election.  

In the non-incumbent 22nd circuit court race, James Fink and Carol Kuhnke were the top two vote-getters and will advance to the November ballot.

And,  in the new 7th district county commissioner democratic primary, Andy LaBarre defeated Christina Montague by a nearly two to one margin.  LaBarre will face Republican David Parker in November.

News
3:37 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Primary Election Results: STATE HOUSE RACES

Incumbent Democrat Jeff Irwin has won nomination for another term in yesterday's primary voting in the 53rd state house district.  Irwin will face republican John Spisak in November.
    
    In the 55th district democratic primary, Adam Zemke defeated Andrea Brown Harrison and will face republican Owen Diaz in November.

News
3:30 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Ypsilanti Primary Election Results

INCUMBENT LOIS RICHARDSON HELD OFF CHALLENGERS STEVE PIERCE AND TYRONE BRIDGES TO KEEP HER FIRST WARD SEAT ON YPSILANTI CITY COUNCIL.  RICHARDSON GATHERED JUST OVER FIFTY PERCENT OF FIRST WARD VOTES. 

INCUMBENT PETE MURDOCK EASILY FENDED OFF CHALLENGERS TED WINDISH AND MIKE ELLER TO RETAIN HIS THIRD WARD SEAT ON CITY COUNCIL.

News
3:28 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Ann Arbor Primary Results

ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL WILL BE GETTING THREE NEW FACES AS A RESULT OF YESTERDAY'S PRIMARY ELECTIONS. 

IN ANN ARBOR'S FIRST WARD SUMI KAILASAPATHY  DEFEATED ERIC STURGIS WITH 58 PERCENT OF THE VOTE.

SECOND WARD INCUMBENT TONY DEREZINSKI FELL TO SALLY HART PETERSEN, 55 PERCENT TO 45 PERCENT.

THE FIFTH WARD SAW CHUCK WARPEHOSKI CLAIM 56 PERCENT OF THE VOTE OVER VIVIENNE ARMENTROUT.  WARPEHOSKI WILL FACE  REPUBLICAN STUART BERRY IN THE NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION.

Business
5:19 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Summer in Pictures

News
10:51 am
Tue August 7, 2012

A2 Primary Election Day Preview

Voters are at the polls today, and in Ann Arbor there are primary races in four of the city's five wards. WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports.

News
10:48 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Ypsi/Willow Run Merger Plan Meeting

WISD Superintendent Scott Menzel listens to comments on the draft unification plan.
Bob Eccles

Some 50-people showed for Monday night's meeting on the draft unification plan for the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts.  WEMU's Bob Eccles was among them.

Detroit Jazz Festival Bus
12:01 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Get on the Detroit Jazz Festival Bus!

Green Lot

Get on the Bus!  WEMU and Golden Limo in Ann Arbor have teamed up once more to provide convenient, safe, and inexpensive transportation to the Detroit Jazz Festival Labor Day weekend:  Saturday, September 1, through Monday, September 3.  You can park free in the Green Lot on the EMU campus, off Huron River Drive, and choose one of three pickup times Saturday and Sunday, and two on Monday.  Click here for more information and registration forms

News
8:54 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Ypsi-Willow Run Unification

The Collaboration and Communication Task Force that's been working out the particulars of consolidating the Ypsilanti and Willow Run School Districts rolled out its draft unification plan last week. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the public has  two chances this week to learn more about the plan, and offer up suggestions of their own.

News
8:46 am
Mon August 6, 2012

A2 5th Ward Primary Race

In Ann Arbor's 5th  ward, Current councilman Carston Hohnke is not seeking re-election. Voters will choose from a pair of familiar faces seeking to fill that seat. WEMU's Andrew Cluley provides a preview.

News
8:43 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Veterans I-D Cards in Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County officials are creating a new photo identification card to help area veterans get discounts from local businesses. WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports.

Tuskegee Airman visit
1:20 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Tuskegee Airman visits Willow Run airport

LTC Alexander Jefferson of the Tuskegee Airmen in front of a Red Tail P-51 Mustang fighter.
Bob Eccles

One of the last surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen visited Willow Run airport this afternoon in advance of this weekend's Thunder over Michigan air show.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

News
8:54 am
Fri August 3, 2012

EMU Hall of Famer set to compete in London

High Jumper Jamie Nieto called WEMU from London this morning and spoke to "Morning Edition" host David Fair about the Olympics and what life will bring after his athletic career comes to an end. 

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