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4:30 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Oil Drilling Critics Cheer Scio Township Moratorium

Credit oilfreebackyards.org

The Scio Township Board of Trustees unanimously passed a six month moratorium on all oil and gas operations.  A lead critic of the drilling says this is already making a difference.


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Community
4:18 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Mixed Reaction To Ann Arbor City Council Failing To Amend Taxicab Ordinance

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For now, you can still catch a ride in Ann Arbor from alternative providers Uber and Lyft.  Proposed regulatory changes to the city's taxicab ordinance to include those services stalled out before City Council this week and the reaction has been mixed.


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Community
4:08 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

West Bay Begins Oil Drilling Before Scio Township Board Votes On Moratorium

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Efforts to block West Bay Exploration from drilling for oil in Scio Township have failed. The township board will still consider a temporary moratorium even though drilling has begun.


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Community
8:01 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

What Makes A Business Bicycle Friendly?

Credit City of Ypsilanti Non Motorized Advisory Committee

Ypsilanti's Non-Motorized Advisory Committee wants to know how residents would define a "bicycle-friendly" business.

 

It's part of the process of developing a bike friendly business program, where businesses that cater to bike riders and employees who ride bikes to work would get a sticker to put on their store window and be listed on several related websites. 

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Education
7:54 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Holmes Elementary Making Progress Toward Removing 'Priority' Tag

Credit ycschools.us

The principal at Ypsilanti's Holmes Elementary School says they're making progress toward climbing out of the bottom 5 percent in the state's top-to-bottom rankings of schools.

 

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education got an update from Charles Raski and other school staffers at Monday night's meeting. 

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Community
5:37 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Ann Arbor Senior Center Programs At Alternative Sites While Building Closed For Repairs

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Bridge isn't a game typically played at Burns Park Elementary School, but it will for the next few weeks.  Burns Park is among the sites hosting Ann Arbor Senior Center events while repair work is finished at the senior's damaged facility. 


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Community
6:07 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Washtenaw Area Transportation Study Wants A Better Huron Street Bridge Over I-94

Credit miwats.org

Whether walking or biking, if you've ever tried to  cross the Huron Street Bridge over I-94, you know how dangerous it can be.  Those dangers have been recognized and now the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study is looking for solutions.  WATS is seeking public input for a better bridge design. 


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Community
4:35 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Fish Sculptures Installed In Ann Arbor's Kingsley Rain Garden

Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

A new school of fish is Ann Arbor's latest public art project, and one of the last works to be funded by the city's now defunct percent for art program.  The sculptures were installed Monday at the rain garden on Kingsley and First.


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WEMU News
3:27 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

U-M Water Center Gets $20 Million Contract To Study Sensitive Coastal Areas

Donald Scavia, Director of the University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute.
Credit graham.unich.edu

The University of Michigan Water Center will be working with NOAA to help protect our coastlines.

The center has been awarded a five-year, $20 million contract for the job.  

In addition to being director of U-of-M's Graham Sustainability Institute, Donald Scavia is principal investigator for the project, which will find researchers doing work in a number of areas.

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WEMU News
3:41 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Ypsilanti District Library Seeking Input On Technology Services

The Ypsilanti District Library's Michigan Ave. branch.
Credit ypsilibrary.org

The Ypsilanti District Library wants to know what sort of technology services patrons expect from the library, but if you want to offer your thoughts on the subject, you've only got today to do it.

The library system is wrapping up an online survey, which Communication and Development Director Gillian Ream Gainsley says it's part of the library's strategic planning process.

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WEMU News
3:40 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Ypsilanti Community Schools Busses To Be Outfitted With Surveillance Cameras

Credit Bob Eccles

Cameras are everywhere these days.  On building corners, utility poles, cell phones, you name it.  And starting this fall, you'll also be able to find cameras in Ypsilanti Community Schools district busses.

Superintendent Laura Lisiscki says putting cameras on busses is being done for the safety of everyone on that bus.

 "It's just about making sure that we understand that it's just one more tool in the toolbox for keeping kids safe in this day and age," Lisiscki says. "That's it."

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Community
5:03 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Ann Arbor Looking To Develop Deer Management Plan

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor City Council is considering a $20,000 public engagement plan that will begin an effort to manage the local deer population. 


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Community
4:41 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Group Calling On Ann Arbor Boycott Of Israel Expected At Monday City Council Meeting

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Protesters calling for Ann Arbor to boycott Israel will be back at the City Council meeting after dozens were escorted out of the last meeting by police for causing a disruption.


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Community
4:24 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Elevator Work Has Downtown Ann Arbor Library Closed

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The Downtown Library is temporarily closed in Ann Arbor.  Work will keep the doors shut through at least early next week.


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WEMU News
3:02 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival Underway

Last-minute preparations in Riverside Park for the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival
Bob Eccles

After some last-minute setting up of tents and displays, the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival is underway. 

The path to this year's festival was a bit bumpy, with some long-time participants striking out on their own and the city failing to consider a financial contribution in the form of a sponsorship to help offset the higher fees that all events held on city property are dealing with this year. 

Still, festival director Andrew Clock says they're ready to go.

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Community
8:52 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Ypsilanti Officials Celebrate Ground Breaking For First Water Street Project

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ypsilanti  leaders hope "Family Dollar" Groundbreaking is first of many to come, but there is community concern over what kinds of developments may locate in the Water Street re-development area.  


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WEMU News
8:37 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Pesticide Protest Targets Ann Arbor Farmers Market

Credit Facebook.com/BeeAgainstMonsanto

If you see a bunch of people dressed as bees buzzing around the Ann Arbor Farmers Market Saturday, it's not your imagination.

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Education
1:47 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Professors Concerned With School's Ties To Charters

Simmering faculty concerns about Eastern Michigan University's involvement with the Education Achievement Authority may bring additional focus to state concerns over the charter schools it authorizes. EMU is among 11 across the state at risk of losing its ability to authorize more charter school operations.


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WEMU News
6:15 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

New Digs For Youth And Family Services

Credit eWashteaw.org

Starting Thursday, Washtenaw County Community Support and Treatment Services, Youth and Family Services division will operate out of the same location where adult services are offered.

Program administrator Elizabeth Spring says Youth and Family Services has been working out of temporary offices at the detention center since black mold cropped up at the former location.

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Health
5:39 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

EMU Nursing Grad Leader In Holistic Medicine

Credit Eastern Michigan University

Some medical service providers are turning to a new method of patient treatment amid growing concerns over healthcare.  


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WEMU News
4:53 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

U-M Studies Alternative Depression Treatment

Credit med.umich.edu

Following the unexpected passing of Robin Williams in an apparent suicide, the national conversation has turned to depression and how to treat the debilitating affliction. 

The University of Michigan has started studying an alternative treatment that has had some promising results. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS, therapy uses powerful electro-magnets to treat patients when anti-depressants and other forms of medication don't work.

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WEMU News
4:23 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

I-94 Ramp Closure May Cost Weber's Inn Business

Credit webersinn.com

The ramp from eastbound I-94 to Jackson Avenue is now closed for about three weeks of repairs, and one of the more prominent businesses in the area expects the closure will have a negative financial impact.

Weber's Inn is located just off the freeway ramp, and Vice President Mark Weber says while their dinner crowd may be willing to go a little out of its way, lunch customers are different.

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Community
4:00 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Red Cross Asking Washtenaw County Residents To Help Flood Victims

Credit RedCross.org

While most of the flood waters in metro Detroit have receded, assistance is still needed in a variety of ways.  


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Community
2:15 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Performance Network Theatre Hosting Kickoff Weekend

Credit Performance Network Theatre

Less than three months after Ann Arbor's Performance Network Theatre closed its doors in the middle of a show, the re-launched company is set to hold a kick-off weekend.  


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Community
12:19 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Plumbers And PipefittersTo Extend Contract For Training At Washtenaw Community College

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After a quarter century, the new deal being signed Wednesday will keep the United Association at WCC for 15-more years 


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