Ypsilanti

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The line began forming early today, and the rally is still hours away.  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is bringing his presidential campaign to Ypsilanti today.  His "Future To Believe In Rally at Eastern Michigan University" gets underway at 2:30 this afternoon.  Doors to the EMU Convocation Center will open at 12:30. The event is free and open to the public, on a first come, first serve basis.  Sanders is making the Michigan appearance in advance of the March 8th presidential primary election.  The Independent is running for the Democratic nomination against former U.S. Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton

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Beginning next Fall, Eastern Michigan University will begin offering a four-year program in "fermentation science"  as either a major or minor.


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Ypsilanti has a rich history when it comes to the Underground Railroad.  A history you can learn more about during Black History Month.  Here is a quick glimpse of it. 


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Ypsilanti Community Schools is in the early planning stages to open an international elementary school in the district.


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Best wishes one and all for a Happy New Year!  Make sure you are setting aside the time needed to see all the award nominated films from 2015 as well as all the top films chosen by national movie critics. WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins cover it for you as part of "Cinema Chat." 


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Ypsilanti City Council members moved ahead in a plan to build new low-income housing units at the Parkridge Homes development.


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 Don’t bother bringing the skies or snow shovel out of the garage yet. Unseasonably warm weather will continue for at least the next few weeks in Southeast Michigan.


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Ypsilanti will now have help from the state in developing vacant properties. It's now the sixth city in Michigan to be designated as a Redevelopment Ready Community.


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Art and Soul is a conversation between 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry and Omari Rush, the curator of public programs at the Ann Arbor Art Center about the visual arts in our community.

First Fridays Ypsilanti

 First Fridays Ypsilanti will take a winter hiatus after this month.

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If you want to pay your parking tickets in person in the city of Ypsilanti you will have to go to a new location. 


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Should you walk or drive through Ypsilanti, you may come across some new artwork. The murals were created by some of the area's young people to send messages about immigration and African-American History.  We spent time with the artists and has their story in this special feature.


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Funding for a Depot Town stop on a new Amtrak rail line could be closer to reality.


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Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange says a report by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority showing a potential health threat to future residents of the Water Street redevelopment project isn't accurate.

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Varsity football at Ypsilanti Community Schools will now be lead by former University of Michigan running back coach Fred Jackson.

The announcement was made Wednesday by YCS  superintendent Ben Edmondson.

Jackson spent 24 years as an assistant coach at the U of M. He says he wants to raise Ypsilanti’s football program to the level of recognition the district’s basketball program has.

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For now, the Regional Transit Authority has completed its public meetings in Washtenaw County regarding the creation of a mass transit system in our area.  The last one took place in Ann Arbor.


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Ann Arbor is now the 8th economically segregated city in the country, and there is growing concern about lack of affordable housing for the middle class in all of Washtenaw county. The reality is more and more people have fewer and fewer choices to live in affordable housing in Washtenaw county.

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There will be a little bit of everything  in the new community center opening soon in downtown Ypsilanti on Main Street.  Ricky Herbert, the creator of "Lampshade" says they plan to hold entertainment events as well as house a  coffee shop, book store and a revolving art display featuring the works of local artists.  It's a performance space -music venue with classes,events, talks, and panels expected to be held there.

 


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Every year, thousands of residents in Washtenaw county (and nearby Wayne county) go to Hope Medical Clinic on the south side of Ypsilanti for free food and medical care.  The executive director, Matt Hudson says they err on the side of compassion and will assist anyone who comes to them for help.

  Just recently they re-purposed an old building on Harriett Street as a farm stand to hand out free produce to those in need several times a week.  They are partners with Food Gatherers which grows and donates some of the free produce.

Lost Voices, Black Lives Matter
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Football fans around the country been cheering on and celebrating the student athletes, each cheering on their own team. 

But, the thing that we all have in common is a heavy heart  from yet another deadly school shooting, the latest of which took place in Oregon. Today we'd like to introduce you to two Eastern Michigan University students who have brought positive national attention to the school by sending out an impassioned, important, and highly emotional message.

 

A crowd gathered at the Riverside Arts Center in downtown Ypsilanti last night to voice concerns about the proposed merger of local convention and Visitors Bureaus into one county-wide entity.

 


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The conversation on funding for the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority will soon come to conclusion. Ypsilanti City Council next week, is expected to make a decision on how to spend an expected surplus in property taxes from businesses in Depot Town. 

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The Ypsilanti Housing Commission has received $90,000 from the Kresge Foundation and other groups like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, KeyBank and Goldman Sachs. The funds will allow help provide a social worker to work one-on-one with low income families in need. 


The Ann Arbor Summer Festival
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The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded $9.65 million in grants to various cultural groups in the State. 

Groups in Washtenaw County received a total of $891,055, the third highest amount in the state of Michigan. This was approximately a 19% increase from previous year's total of $749,984 to fund arts and cultural programs in the area.

City Manager Ralph Lange says to maintain Ypsilanti’s roads, not including reconstructing or building new, it would cost the city roughly $2.5 million per year. He says that amount of money is simply not available.

"We just don’t have enough money to put two and a half million dollars in the roads every year.”

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