Ypsilanti

Nick Azzaro, Ypsilanti Community Schools

More than 800 Ypsilanti Community Schools students will receive brand new tablets to use this school year, for free. 

Every student at Washtenaw International Middle School and 600 at Ypsi Community Middle School will have a new Samsung tablet and 24/7 internet access through the academic year.

Yen Azzaro is with the district:

“They’re really going to be on the cutting edge of using classroom software that hasn’t been used in a widespread fashion in the past. So we will be models for other schools that are looking to do similar programs.” 

Ypsilanti has dropped charges against a community activist.

Prosecutors had charged Ypsilanti resident Anthony Morgan with interfering with police and disturbing the peace after he was arrested during a vigil for the victims of the Charleston church shooting in June. Morgan, who is black, was the only person arrested by police out of the dozens who attended.

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Around 100 volunteers showed up this morning at eight Ypsilanti Community Schools to cheer students on as the new school year began. 


Classrooom
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Programs aiming to help low-income students and military veterans are growing at Eastern Michigan University. 

Eastern Michigan University President
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The new school year begins for a lot of students - including those attending Eastern Michigan University in nearly two weeks. EMU is expecting a record class this year with close to 6,000 new students.  We sat down to talk about the upcoming year with Dr. Kim Schatzel, Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at EMU. She now serves as Eastern's president on an interim basis after President Susan Martin stepped down in July. 


Ypsilanti residents will see an increase to their water bills beginning in October. 

Eastern Michigan University

  After nearly two months of formal negotiations, Eastern Michigan University and the American Association of University Professors have reached a tentative contract agreement.  

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Two Ypsilanti children decided to start a lemonade stand to raise money, but the funds won't go to buy toys or anything like that.

Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton
Courtesy Washtenaw County Sheriff Department

Straight talk from the Washtenaw county sheriff.  In a letter to concerned citizens in light of recent gun violence, Washstenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton says “there is a gang problem” in part of the county. 

EMU Students
Courtesy Eastern Michigan University

Nurses looking to upgrade their education now have a new online option at Eastern Michigan University.  

For a gift of just $250 you and a friend can take the bus to Comerica Park, enjoy a picnic party in the stadium, receive a free TRUEMU Tigers baseball hat, get your photo taken in the outfield - and see a great game as the Detroit Tigers take on the the Seattle Mariners.  

Phone Scams
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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department is warning residents to be on the lookout for a new phone scam. In this latest one, a person calls claiming they're a lawyer trying to collect on a defaulted loan.

Former Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin has found a new job. San Jose State University has named her its Interim President, effective August 18. 

Eastern Michigan Unversity

400 students from a dozen schools came to Eastern Michigan University's campus last Thursday for the second annual "Math facts challenge"  sponsored by the EMU Charter schools office.  

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 Thanks to the generosity of WEMU's community champions and everyone who has given so far, WEMU reached the first $100,000 of our $200,000 pledge drive goal yesterday afternoon.  As promised, today is pledge drive free -- no interruptions, just the wonderful Sunday programs you look forward to every week.  Every program you hear on the weekend is supported 100% by donor contributions.

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You probably know that we are in the middle of the Spring Pledge Drive as you've been listening to WEMU this week. This morning, there's approximately $25,000 to raise by 7 pm today keep our weekend pledge free and uninterrupted.  Your gift will help us reach the halfway point of our $100,000 goal. 

 

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It's fundraising time at WEMU and we are asking you to rise to the challenge and help shrink WEMU's pledge drive.  Our goal this spring is $200,000 and here's the deal.  As soon as we reach the midpoint of $100,000 we will stop fundraising until Monday morning.   Just stop entirely.

Courtesy Huron River Watershed Council

The Huron River Watershed Council is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. David Fair talks with Executive Director Laura Rubin about the past, present and future of the organization in this week's 'Issues of the Environment.' 


Ford Lake in Ypsilanti Township is likely much better than its reputation. Measures have been taken to combat algae blooms, clean-up pollution and make it a destination site for water recreation. This week, we  talk to Ypsilanti Township’s Director of Residential Services Jeff Allen.

David Yapp has opened a new store in downtown Ypsilanti. It's aim is get the community more involved in cycling at an affordable price, and to benefit the environment. How? find out in this week's installment of 'Issues of the Environment.'  


Ypsilanti Freighthouse
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With four days left, The Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse have $2,000 left to raise.


Bob Eccles

A new brownfield plan could help Ypsilanti attract developers to the Water Street project.


Digital Inclusion
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A new pop up store in Ypsilanti is offering refurbished computers and opportunities for young people. 


EMU

  They train together for victories, and for athletes at Eastern Michigan University they'll also soon be training to fight sexual violence. 


EMU Board of Regents Protest
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Despite objections from many in the Eastern Michigan University community, a partnership with the controversial statewide school district designed to turn-around the worst schools in Michigan will continue.  


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