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7:40 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Ypsilanti Seeking Comment On Zoning Ordinance Revision

Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti's recent re-working of its Master Plan was only half of the process of developing a blueprint for future development.  The city's zoning ordinance puts those changes into law, and that document is now up for public review.

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Community
5:39 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

New Trains, Track Upgrades Expected To Increase Ann Arbor's Amtrak Ridership

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Passengers waiting for the train at Ann Arbor's Amtrak station are often crowded close together, particularly on weekends.  As the station with the most riders in Michigan, city officials are considering options for a new station.  There are reasons to think the station will be getting even more crowded as ridership may be rising in the future.


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Education
5:18 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Proposed Ann Arbor-Whitmore Lake Schools Annexation Focus Of Public Forums

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Seven weeks from now voters in Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake will decide the future of Whitmore Lake Public Schools.  That's when the vote on an annexation plan takes place.  Voters will have several chances to find out more about the proposal.


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Community
5:16 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

More Than Century Old State Law Could Fund Washtenaw County Road Work

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

An act passed by the Michigan Legislature in 1909 to keep roads safe for Model T's could lead to a smoother ride for motorists in Washtenaw County next year.  It's back to the future for the latest effort to improve the quality of local roads.


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Community
4:06 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Ann Arbor Officials Still Working To Increase Percentage Of Dogs That Are Licensed

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor residents love their dogs, an estimated 30,000 live in the city.  Yet only about seven percent are properly tagged a despite state law and city ordinance requiring all dogs be licensed.  There's an ongoing effort to boost this percentage in the city.


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Community
10:47 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Tougher Stormwater Management Rules

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

New construction projects in Ann Arbor may soon need to do more about capturing rainfall on-site. The Ann Arbor City Council Monday will consider the first reading of changes to the stormwater management ordinance.  The changes are required to remain in line with the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's rules.


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Education
7:25 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Professor Receives National Award

An Eastern Michigan University professor has received national recognition for her teaching efforts. 


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Education
6:45 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Ann Arbor Education Association President Says Teacher Certification Process Is Fair And Reasonable

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

This week Ann Arbor Public Schools fired two teachers and one assistant principal because they failed to renew their certifications.  The head of Ann Arbor's teachers union says the certification requirements are fair and reasonable.


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Community
8:33 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

New Corridors And Alleys Designed For Ann Arbor Pedestrians

The proposed pedestrian corridor would be just north of the new Blake Transit Center.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority has committed up to 250-thousand dollars for the construction of a pedestrian walkway.  The project will connect Fourth and Fifth Avenues. Alleys and mid-block passages play a role in making downtown pedestrian friendly.


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Ypsilanti
8:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Ypsilanti Preparing For Trash Collection Switch

Credit republicservices.com

The city of Ypsilanti is gearing up for the switch to a new waste hauling contractor, but residents may not even notice the difference.

 

The city switches from Waste Management to Republic Services on September 22nd.  Republic's Municipal Services Manager Scott Cabauatan says there won't be any major changes.

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Community
3:28 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Ann Arbor To Share Plans To Mitigate Problems Caused By Footing Drain Disconnection Program

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's footing drain disconnection program was designed to avoid sewer back-ups, like those that caused millions of dollars of damages across metro Detroit last month. The program is currently suspended and three residents sued over the requirement to install sump pumps. Upcoming meetings will outline efforts to resolve issues in homes that have already been disconnected and recommendations for the future of the program will be shared.


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WEMU News
7:59 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Domestic Violence Victims Have Options

Credit safehousecenter.org

When leaving an abusive partner doesn't seem like an option, victims of domestic violence should know that there is help available.  The video of football player Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee  in an elevator has shined a spotlight on the problem.

 

SafeHouse Center Executive Director Barbara Neiss-May says the reasons victims give for staying with an abusive partner are many, and can include the hope that the abuser will change. 

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Community
5:12 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department Seeking Help On Jury Duty Phone Scam Investigation

Credit courtesy photo / ewashtenaw.org

At least two Washtenaw County residents recently received phone calls claiming to be from the county's Warrants Division.  In reality, they were phone scams seeking a $500 money card. Washtenaw County Sheriff's officials say some simple guidelines should be followed when people receive suspicious calls.


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Education
3:34 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Ann Arbor Public Schools Looking For State Action Before Whitmore Lake Annexation Vote

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

In November residents in the Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake school districts will decide if annexation plans move forward. Ann Arbor Public Schools officials think decisions made in the coming weeks in Lansing will be important to voters.


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Education
3:23 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

University of Michigan Police Reviewing Protocols In Light Of Gunman Scare

Credit Andrew Cluley

A University of Michigan emergency alert Wednesdat morning about a gunman on campus turned out to be a pair of Reserve Officer Training Corps members.  UM police are taking several steps in light of the incident.


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Politics
12:47 am
Wed September 10, 2014

President Obama To Address Nation Wednesday On ISIS Strategy

President Obama will address the nation tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 9:00 PM ET from the White House.

He will outline his administration's strategy for fighting the militant group, ISIS. WEMU will provide live anchored special coverage hosted by NPR's Robert Siegel that will include the President's speech and analysis.

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Community
5:30 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Washtenaw County Rain Garden Program To Be Shared Across Michigan

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Rain gardens are a valuable tool in Washtenaw County's efforts to keep pollution out of the Huron River. Over two million gallons of storm water will be filtered this year by the 160 rain gardens installed by individuals that have taken a class though the county.  The program is expanding so communities across Michigan can benefit.


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Education
3:55 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Whitmore Lake Residents Have Questions Around Possible School Annexation

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What could be the final year for cash strapped Whitmore Lake Public Schools is underway.  In November voters in Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake will decide if annexation plans move forward. Whitmore Lake residents still have lots of questions.


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WEMU News
7:38 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

EMU Screening Students, Faculty, Staff Who've Been To Affected Areas For Ebola Exposure

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Eastern Michigan University has been in contact with students, faculty and staff known to have recently traveled to areas affected by the Ebola outbreak.  No-one's been identified as being at high risk of coming down with the disease, but the university hopes anyone they may have missed will call for a phone screening.       Dr. Kimberly Keller is Chief of Medical Staff for EMU's University Health Services.

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Education
5:39 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Ann Arbor's STEAM At Northside Sees Jump In Enrollment

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools have rolled out a variety of new initiatives this year. Many of the changes are a result of last year's Listen and Learn tour by Superintendent Jeanice Swift. The new STEAM at Northside program's different approach to education has resulted in an enrollment spike.


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Community
5:20 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Parking Rates May Increase In Ann Arbor In January

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Starting in January you may need to dig a little deeper in your pocket to pay for parking in Ann Arbor. The Downtown Development Authority is proposing hikes to some parking rates.  


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Community
2:44 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Rally Against Oil Drilling In Neighborhoods Tuesday In Lansing

Credit oilfreebackyards.org

It's ball one in Scio Township.  A Traverse City-based oil and gas company was looking for a strike as it dug its first exploratory well in search of fossil fuel deposits, but missed the plate.  Some local lawmakers and drilling opponents now hope to get on base in Lansing.


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WEMU News
8:22 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Ypsilanti Seeks 'Walk-Friendly' Designation

Credit Bob Eccles

When you think of Ypsilanti, do you think "walk-friendly"?  The city hopes so, and is aiming to draw more pedestrian and bike traffic to the downtown.

 

One way to do that would be to have the city designated a "walk-friendly" community. 

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WEMU News
8:07 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

U-M To Manage All Wayne County Medical Examiner Operations

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The University of Michigan is expanding its partnership with the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office. Starting October 1, the university will start managing all of the office's operations.

The new partnership will last three years, and is worth $16.7 million.

The two organizations have been working together since 2011.

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Politics
3:20 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Michigan Calling: Republican Governor Rick Snyder Answers Listener Questions

Credit Michigan Municipal League

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