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7:21 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Ann Arbor 4th Ward Democratic Primary Preview

A long-time Ann Arbor City Council member is facing a challenge from a candidate running for a seat for a third time in Ann Arbor's 4th ward. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on tomorrow's democratic primary election between incumbent Marcia Higgins and challenger Jack Eaton.

Preview of Tuesday's 4th Ward Democratic Primary Election in Ann Arbor's 4th ward.

Elections
7:15 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council 3rd Ward Primary Election Preview

Tuesday is primary election day, and while the ballot is rather light, Voters in Ann Arbor's 3rd ward  will be among those going to the polls. 

Residents there will choose between incumbent City Councilman Stephen Kunselman and challenger Julie Grand. WEMU's Andrew Cluley

Preview of Tuesday's Democratic Primary election in Ann Arbor's 3rd Ward.

Parks & Rec.
6:56 am
Mon August 5, 2013

On-line Survey Regarding Parks in Downtown Ann Arbor Ends Today

Today's the last day to share your feelings on parks in Ann Arbor's downtown through an online survey.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more. 

On-line survey regarding parkland in downtown Ann Arbor ends today

A pair of online survey's are giving people a chance to share their thoughts on parks in Downtown Ann Arbor and possible sites for dog parks in the city. 

                                                                     Take the survey here.

Over 1,000  people have responded to both surveys.  Ingrid Ault is the Chair of the Downtown Park Subcommittee of the Park Advisory Commission. Ault says the downtown park survey has three primary questions: If the community thinks there is a need for more downtown park space, what the space should look like, and how to fund it. Ault says in September community meetings will be held to further flesh out possibilities about downtown park space. 

Local News
2:34 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Livability.com Ranks Ann Arbor 2nd Among College Towns

For the third time in as many years, Ann Arbor has been rated as one of the ten best college towns in America by Livability.com - this year placing second, its best rating to date. 

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Education
8:23 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Effort to Recall Six Ann Arbor School Board Members is Rejected

Credit AAPS

The Washtenaw County Election Commission on Thursday rejected ballot language that sought to recall six members of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education. 

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the commission voted unanimously to reject submission for lack of clarity.

The Washtenaw County Election Commission rejects the recall attempt of six members of the Ann Arbor School Board, citing a lack of clarity in the ballot language.

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Education
7:00 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board Chooses District Superintendent

Perhaps the second time is the charm. After being rejected by its first choice for district Superintendent, the Ann Arbor Board of Education has offered the job to the other finalist. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Jeanice Swift was offered the position yesterday and has agreed to enter contract negotiations.

Jeanice Swift agrees to become Ann Arbor's next Superintendent of schools, after the school board's original choice declined.

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Local News
6:13 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board Will Offer Swift Superintendent Job

The Ann Arbor school board has voted four-to-three to offer a contract to Jeanice Swift to be the district's next superintendent. 

The board held a special afternoon meeting Wedneday to decide how to proceed after South Orange Maplewood, New Jersey Superintendent Brian Osborne turned down an offer for the job. 

Swift is currently Assistant Superintendent for Instruction with Colorado Springs District 11. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports that board President Deb Mexicotte will negotiate a contract with Swift.

Environment
12:02 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Stormwater and Sewer Infrastructure in Ann Arbor

The Barton Dam on the Huron River
Credit James Marvin Phelps / Foter / CC BY-NC

In this week's installment of WEMU's Issues of the Environment,  we explore the June 27th incident in which 10-thousand gallons of untreated waste water were discharged into the Huron River. 

WEMU's David Fair talks with Earl Kenzie and Jennifer Lawson. Earl is Plant Manager for the Ann Arbor Waste Water Treatment Services Unit and Jennifer is  the city's Water Quality Manager.

Issues of the Environment Report: Stormwater and Sewer Infrastructure in Ann Arbor

Education
10:52 am
Wed July 31, 2013

The Newly-formed Ypsilanti Community Schools Launch Marketing Campaign

Credit Patrik Holubik / WEMU

If you haven't seen an ad for the new Ypsilanti Community school on an 

AATA bus or billboard yet, chances are it won't be long before you do.  

As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the district is assertively marketing itself in the community.


Development
10:45 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Ann Arbor's A2D2 Zoning Guidelines Under Community Review

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In 2009, the Ann Arbor Discover Downtown adopted new guidelines for zoning. Now, a public evaluation of those rules is underway. 

From the City's website: 

The goal of the A2D2 Evaluation Project is to have a constructive discussion about what works in the A2D2 zoning, what does not, and possible changes. Through Friday, Aug. 16, constituents will be asked what issues should be addressed in the evaluation. After that time, options for changes to the A2D2 zoning will be evaluated and revised for final presentation to the City Council in October 2013.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, there were many concerns expressed at Tuesday night's community forum on the program.

Report on Ann Arbor Downtown Zoning Concerns

Respond to the A2 Open City Hall survey here:

 What was your interaction/experience with the A2D2 ordinance or planning process (as a developer? Property owner? Neighbor? Other interested party?)?

Education
10:29 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board To Consider Next Step In Superintendent Search

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education will meet Wednesday afternoon to determine how to proceed in the search for a new district Superintendent.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the school board could go in a couple of different directions.

Ann Arbor Superintendent search to continue.

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Education
11:07 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Osborne Turns Down Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent Job

Credit A2schools.org

New Jersey's South Orange Maplewood Superintendent Brian Osborne has turned down Ann Arbor Public Schools offer to become superintendent. 

In a letter to the board, Osborne cited concerns over moving his family, interest in continuing work in New Jersey, and a medical condition for a family member.

The Ann Arbor School Board is expected to meet soon to discuss next steps on the process of selecting a superintendent.

Andrew Cluley's report on Ann Arbor Public Schools top choice to become superintendent turning the job offer down.

Arts and Culture
2:25 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

NSF International Shares Science Skills at Maker Faire Detroit

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The Fourth annual Makers Faire Detroit takes place this weekend at The Henry Ford.  

Over 400 exhibitors will be on hand sharing their ideas and inventions.  This includes representatives from Ann Arbor based NSF International, a public health and safety organization.  

NSF International scientists will lead kids through hands on experiments focused on subjects like micro-biology, polymers, and recycling.  The goal is to get kids interested in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. 

Andrew Cluley's report on NSF International at this weekends Makers Faire Detroit.

Environment
7:57 am
Fri July 26, 2013

The Green Room: Wind Energy

Ralph Lundgren in front of one of the five turbines on his land in Lake Winds Wind Park
Barbara Lucas

Washtenaw County continues to be a leader in environmental stewardship. Among the ideas and initiatives underway is an increased commitment to wind energy.

In this month's installment of WEMU's The Green Room, reporter Barbara Lucas explores the myriad of issues surrounding wind energy. Barbara travels to communities where wind energy is more prevalent, and then returns to Ann Arbor to see where we are, and where we are going.

The July installment of WEMU's monthly feature, "The Green Room"

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Arts and Culture
10:07 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Cinema Chat: Low Winter Sun, The Wolverine, Renoir, The To do List and More

Credit The Michigan Theater

As is the case every Thursday morning, WEMU's David Fair was joined today by Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins for a little movie talk.

In this week's installment of "Cinema Chat", Dave and Russ chatted about some news out of Hollywood,  and a long list of movies that are available for your viewing pleasure in the days ahead!

Cinema Chat for 7/25/2013

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Entertainment
9:29 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Actor Jeff Daniels Hits Hole-In-One In Ann Arbor

Chelsea native Jeff Daniels hits a hole-in-one in Ann Arbor!
Credit Jeff Daniels

Chelsea Native Jeff Daniels can scratch another item off the "bucket list."  The star of HBO's "Newsroom"  hit a hole-in-one while golfing at the Polo Fields Golf Country Club in Ann Arbor Wednesday. This is the picture the founder of the Purple Rose Theater posted on Twitter yesterday.  Congratulations, Mr. Daniels!

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Education
10:23 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Contract Negotiations With Ann Arbor School Board's Choice For District Superintendent

Officials in the Ann Arbor Public Schools are hoping to quickly work out a contract with the Board of Education's choice for district Superintendent. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the School Board last Friday, voted unanimously to offer the job to Brian Osborne. Osborne is currently Superintendent of New Jersey's South Orange and Maplewood School District. 

A2 School officials hoping to work out a contract with Board of Education's choice for Superintendent.

Brian Osborne's current contract in New Jersey mandates a 90-day notification prior to departure. If a contract is agreed upon, it could mean three months before he can start in Ann Arbor.

Arts and Culture
9:49 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Another Scorcher for Day Three of the Ann Arbor Art Fairs

The third day of the annual Ann Arbor Art Fairs is underway. More than 100-thousand people are expected to descend on downtown Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan campus before the day is out.

As WEMU's David Fair reports, visitors today will have to brave the same conditions as the first two days of the fairs.

Another audio snap-shot of the Art fairs, as day three gets underway.

Education
7:16 am
Fri July 19, 2013

U of M to Launch Search For New President

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan Board of Regents has appointed an advisory committee to help search for the school's next president.      The board on Thursday announced the appointment of seven faculty members to work with the board and a search firm. Russell Reynolds Associates will be paid a $300,000 flat fee with expenses not to exceed $50,000.

In April, President Mary Sue Coleman announced she would step down when her contract expires in the summer of 2014. She will leave as the university's fourth longest-serving leader.

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Education
7:14 am
Fri July 19, 2013

U of M To Provide Tuition Help To Michigan's Immigrant Community

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan Board of Regents will offer in-state tuition to immigrants who've been living in Michigan without legal permission. The university currently charges those students out-of-state tuition, which is much higher.

During their meeting Thursday in Ann Arbor, U-M regents also passed the proposal that allows members of the military to receive in-state tuition, regardless of where they live. The policy revisions go into effect in January.

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Arts and Culture
7:16 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Ann Arbor Art Fair Day Two Audio Snapshot

Credit artfair.org

Day two of the 2013 Ann Arbor Art Fairs is almost in the books.  Here's WEMU's audio snapshot of some of today's happenings. 


Arts
11:46 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Another Audio Snap-shot of the Ann Arbor Art Fairs

Credit artfair.org

Day two of the Ann Arbor Art Fairs is well underway, with tens, if not hundreds of thousands braving an Excessive Heat Warning to experience all the event has to offer. As WEMU's David Fair reports, despite the weather conditions, you'll find the artists and vendors in good spirits!

A short trip through portions of the Art Fairs to meet with artists and vendors.

Education
10:30 am
Thu July 18, 2013

New Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent to Be Named Friday

Members of the Ann Arbor Board of Education have just over 24-hours to consider whom they prefer to serve as the districts next Superintendent of Schools. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the second and last finalist last night met with the community at a public forum.

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