3:59 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Ypsilanti's Terry's Bakery Sign To Be Renovated

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The classic Terry's Bakery sign in downtown Ypsilanti will be going away for short time.  

The sign is getting renovated thanks in part to a state grant.  When the sign returns the neon light will be back on, shining down on motorists along Michigan Avenue.

Andrew Cluley presents Bob Eccles story on the Terry's Bakery sign renovations.

Arts and Culture
7:57 am
Fri July 19, 2013

The Shadow Art Fair Set To Make Its Last Stand

Saturday is likely to be a bitter-sweet day at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti. That is the site of what will be the last-ever Shadow Art Fair. WEMU's Bob Eccles has this report.

Founders of the Shadow Art fair in Ypsilanti calling it quits after one more run.

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7:27 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Ypsilanti Moves Forward With Plan to Limit Medical Marijuana Facilities

Credit “Caveman Chuck” Coker / Foter.com / CC BY-ND

In the City of Ypsilanti, there are currently six medical marijuana dispensaries and one grow-operation. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, City Council is moving forward with a plan to officially limit the number of these kinds of facilities.

Ypsilanti City Council takes the next step in putting a cap on medical marijuana facilities in town.

9:54 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

YCS Board Approves Requesting Extended Debt Repayment

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education in session Monday night.
Credit Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved sending a letter to state Treasurer Andy Dillon asking for an extended period of time to re-pay its debt. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story. 

Hear Bob's story here.

Arts and Culture
6:10 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Last Shadow Art Fair This Weekend

"The next & last Shadow Art Fair is on July 20, 2013, noon to midnight, at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, MI"

The last  Shadow Art Fair will be held this weekend. WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Mark Maynard, one of five founders of the Shadow Art Fair, about the fair and why they're calling it quits.

Hear the interview here.

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8:12 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools to Seek Debt Payment Extension

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education will meet tonight in what, technically, is it's first-ever regular session. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more on the agenda before the board tonight.

WEMU's Bob Eccles previews the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education meeting for Monday, July 15th.

6:22 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools to Adopt Code of Conduct for Athletes

Code of Conduct for student athletes in the Ypsilanti Community Schools is in the works. WEMU's Bob Eccles reports on what the code is likely to include.

  The Athletic Director for Ypsilanti Community Schools is putting together a Code of Conduct for student athletes. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Washtenaw County Commissioners
7:18 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Washtenaw County Bond Proposal Put On Hold

Unanswered questions force the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners to shelve a plan to sell 300-million dollars in bonds to cover future retiree health care and pension costs.

  Washtenaw County officials are, for now, shelving a plan to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in bonds. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the money generated from the sale would have covered future retiree health care and pension costs.

10:29 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

The Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday!

Fourth of July 2013 Edition: Politics Takes A Holiday! Recorded live in Washington.

  Statistics show that many people who have not listened to past specials have been audited by the IRS. Coincidence? Probably! So relax and celebrate your country by helping the Capitol Steps make fun of it. It's not like there isn't a lot of material to work with...

Not for the faint of heart or for those considering running for office. 

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Local News
12:06 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

State Reps Rutledge And Rogers Address YCS Board Of Education

State Representatives David Rutledge (l) and Bill Rogers address the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education.
Credit Bob Eccles

Democratic State Representative David Rutledge and his Republican colleague Bill Rogers addressed the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education at its organizational meeting Monday morning.  Click below to hear their comments.

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Local News
11:33 am
Mon July 1, 2013

YCS Born As Board Members Sworn In

State Representative David Rutledge administers the Oath of Office to trustees of the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education.
Credit Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Community Schools district was officially born this morning, as the Board of Education held its organizational meeting.

The Oath of Office was administered to trustees by State Representative David Rutledge.

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7:16 am
Mon July 1, 2013

A Look Back At The Process Of Forming The New Ypsilanti Community Schools

Credit Patrik Holubik / WEMU

It's been three years in the making: The unification of the Ypsilanti and Willow Run School Districts becomes official today. WEMU's Bob Eccles has been covering the merger since the conversation first began, and takes a look back at the process that brought us to today.

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6:27 am
Mon July 1, 2013

The New Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Holds First Organizational Meeting

  An organizational meeting this morning wraps up eight months of intense work and preparation for the creation of the Ypsilanti and Willow Run School Districts. Bob Eccles has a preview of today's first-ever session for the new Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education.

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9:44 am
Fri June 28, 2013

The Green Room: The Future of Cycling in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti

Credit Barbara Lucas

"The Green Room" is WEMU's monthly exploration of our environment, and efforts to live more sustainably in Washtenaw County.


Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti are increasingly becoming bicycle-friendly.  As residents throughout Washtenaw County look long and hard at how to better live sustainably in the future, this form of alternative transportation will only continue to grow. In this month's installment of WEMU's "The Green Room", Barbara Lucas explores where we are locally, and how we stack up against a city like Copenhagen, Denmark where 55-percent of the population commutes by bike.

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Local News
4:12 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

More Advising Options For EMU Students

Eastern Michigan University students have a new place to turn for a wide variety of advising issues.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more in the new advising center, funded thanks to a donation from a member of the Board of Regents.

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Local News
4:11 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Ypsilanti On Verge Of Joining AATA

The city of Ypsilanti is on the verge of becoming a member of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authortiy.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Higher Education
3:06 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

EMU Regents Approve Budget, Set Tuition & Fee Rates

  Full time undergraduate students at Eastern Michigan University will spend about $340 more in tuition and fees next school year. 

The board of regents today approved a 3.75 percent increase in tuition and fees.

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3:33 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Ypsilanti New Tech High School Hires New Principal

  A principal has been named for Ypsilanti New Tech High School beginning with the creation of Ypsilanti Community Schools on July 1st. 

Kelly Mickel most recently served as Health and Wellness Facilitator with Willow Run New Tech High School.  She has a bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Health from Eastern Michigan University, along with a masters degree in Educational Leadership.

Mickel fills a position left open when Cory McElmeel accepted the position of principal at Ann Arbor's Skyline High School.

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Local News
2:13 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Local Motorists Talk About High Gas Prices

With gas prices soaring, local motorists are as baffled as anyone else as to why we're paying so much to fill up our tanks.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Public Safety
3:07 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Ypsi City Council Hears Fire Fighters' Presentation

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Despite warnings from the City Manager that it amounted to negotiating Ypsilanti fire fighters' contract in public, city council Tuesday night heard a presentation on why fire fighters don't like the idea of a hybrid police and fire department.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Health & Business
12:21 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Moratorium Fails in Ypsilanti

Credit “Caveman Chuck” Coker / Foter.com / CC BY-ND

It was a split vote, but Ypsilanti City Council has turned away a proposal to put a hold on any new medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the 1st Ward Representatives on council failed to get passed their requested emergency moratorium on new licenses for such facilities.

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3:25 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Ypsilanti Community School Teachers Given Assignments

Teachers who'll be making the jump from the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts to Ypsilanti Community Schools have been given their building and grade assignments. 

Willow Run Superintendent Laura Lisiscki says trying to place teachers where they wanted to teach was a daunting task. 

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10:49 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Ann Arbor Transportation Authority Moves Closer To Expansion

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  The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority may soon have a new name to reflect the inclusion of the city of Ypsilanti as an official member. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council Monday night took a necessary step in that direction.

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10:21 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Calendar and Schedules Set for New Ypsilanti Community Schools

   Bell times, bus scheduling and an academic year calendar are now in place for the Ypsilanti Community School District that  begins its official existence on July 1st. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the decisions were finalized Monday night.


7:19 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Water Street Trail in Ypsilanti Featured in National Trails Day


The American Hiking Society on Saturday will  host an event as part of National Trails Day.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports it will be an opportunity for the community to acquaint itself with the Water Street Trail and progress being made on the Border to Border Trail in Washtenaw County.


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