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10:34 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Local Election Results (Un-official)

Un-official election results have Saline Township voters saying "yes" to a road maintenance millage renewal.  The one-mil issue generates revenue to take care of the township's gravel non-primary roads. 

School district voters appeared generous with their support Tuesday, approving an operational millage renewal for Saline Area Schools.  Ann Arbor schools voters also approved a sinking fund millage renewal.

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Safety
2:51 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Local Pedestrian Safety Advocate Pushing for State Crosswalk Law

A local pedestrian safety advocate has launched an online petition drive to prompt state lawmakers to pass a Michigan crosswalk law. 

Former Ann Arbor school board member Kathy Griswold says crosswalks in her city lack the proper infrastructure, such as good lighting, to be safe to use.  She points to a new mid-block crossing on Huron east of State as an example where lighting has been an issue.

Griswold says a state crosswalk law would mean standardized, safe pedestrian crossings across Michigan. 

You can find her petition at www.Change.org.

Community
12:36 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Ann Arbor Seeks Resilient City Designation

Credit Rockafeller Foundation

Ann Arbor officials believe the city is pretty well prepared to handle a wide variety of disasters, but hope to win a one-million dollar grant to become even more resilient.  Ann Arbor applied to the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities program.  

Environmental Coordinator Matt Naud says many of the communities that applied are coastal communities facing rising water levels, hurricanes and other issues.  He says Ann Arbor has a different story to tell and could serve as a good model community for across much of the US and the globe.  Naud adds that with climate change the types of storms Ann Arbor does face are more extreme now than in the past. 

He maintains that the resilient cities program can help strengthen neighborhoods to respond to disasters with less need for outside help.

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Public Transportation
9:34 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

The Ride Seeking Public Input on its Performance

Credit Facebook/TheRide

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority wants your opinion on its overall performance in a series of public meetings. 

Marketing Coordinator Don Kline says The Ride is seeking public feedback for it's five-year transit improvement program.  The program aims to increase transit access in under-served areas with more destinations, and more frequent and direct service.

There are several public meetings planned.  Find the meeting schedule at MovingYouForward.org.

Elections
11:25 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 5th Ward City Council Race

Voters in Ann Arbor's 5th ward tomorrow will have a choice of three candidates, although only one name will appear on the ballot. Incumbent Democrat Mike Anglin is seeking re-election. His name will be the only name voters see. 

But, as WEMU's David Fair reports, there are two Democratic write-in candidates seeking to pull off an upset:

Ann Arbor's 5th Ward Election preview 2013

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Elections
11:18 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Election Preview: AAPS Sinking Fund

For nearly a decade, Ann Arbor Public Schools have been able to fund a variety of facility upgrades through a sinking fund millage that brings in about $7.4 million a year. District voters tomorrow will be aske to continue the sinking fund from 2015 through 2019. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

AAPS Sinking fund millage election preview

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Elections
11:13 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 1st Ward City Council Race

Ann Arbor's first ward council member, Sabra Briers is being challenged by independent Jeff Hayner in tomorrow's election.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

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Elections
11:07 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 4th Ward City Council Race

Election Day is tomorrow, and in Ann Arbor's 4th ward, the outcome is just about certain. Democrat John Eaton, or Jack, as he prefers to be called, defeated current councilwoman Marcia Higgins in the August Primary, and appeared to be unopposed for the general election. 

But, as WEMU's David Fair reports, voters do have the option of a registered write-in candidate:

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Community
1:36 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Progress Expected This Week on Sale of YMCA Lot in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor will look to sell the former YMCA lot to Dennis Dahlmann who made a $5.25 million offer for the property. 

City Council will consider a resolution Thursday to have the city administrator negotiate with the owner of the Campus Inn and Bell Tower Hotel.  Dahlmann's proposal for the site includes a development that wouldn't maximize what's possible for D-1 zoning. 

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Elections
3:35 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 2nd Ward City Council Race

Ann Arbor's 2nd Ward City Council race may be the most hotly contested. Two of the three candidates have raised more money than all other council candidates in the city, combined. 

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Health
3:37 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Participants Sought for Long-Term Cancer Prevention Study

Ann Arbor's St. Joseph Mercy and University of Michigan hospitals are partnering in a nationwide cancer prevention study, and they'd like to enroll at least 500 Ann Arbor residents to participate. 

John Stout is Oncology Services director at St. Joseph Mercy.  He says this is a great opportunity to take part in an important long-term study.

Stout says to take part in the study you must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and never have been diagnosed with cancer.

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Safety
7:05 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Police offer Halloween Safety Tips

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports on Halloween safety tips

Local police want you and your kids to be safe if you'll be out trick-or-treating Thursday night.

With low visibility, awareness of your surroundings is key.  Choosing a costume that doesn't inhibit your vision, and using a flashlight are two tips from Ann Arbor police.

Officer Candace Dorsey of the Eastern Michigan University police department says being visible to drivers is important.

And officer Dorsey says monitoring your intake of alcohol is critical to having a safe Halloween.

Education
2:01 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Budget Update: Ann Arbor Public Schools

Ann Arbor Public Schools have gotten some good news about cash flow issues that likely means the district won't need to borrow money to pay salaries next month. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:
 

Andrew Cluley reports on the AAPS Budget

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Music
8:19 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

A Preview of the 37th Ann Arbor Folk Festival

The 37th Ann Arbor Folk Festival
Credit The Ark

One of the biggest music weekends in Ann Arbor is just around the corners. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the 37th annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival is just three months away. 

Click here to hear Bob's report.

See below for a selection of musicians from the festival lineup:

Community
2:02 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Ann Arbor Officials Seek Conflict Of Interest Policy For City Council Members

Credit Matt Peoples / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

An Ann Arbor City Council member plans to introduce a resolution to create a conflict of interest policy for council members at their next meeting.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:
 

Andrew Cluley reports

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Transportation
1:49 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Washtenaw County Starts Anti-Idling Campaign; Asks Drivers To Shut Down Engines When Not In Use

Credit Wasthenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

Washtenaw County has launched a new website to educate motorists on the environmental and financial costs of unnecessary idling. The website is part of a larger educational campaign being run by Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County officials. 

Jeff Kruchmerrick is the Environmental Program Supervisor for Washtenaw County. He explains that there is some simple advice people can follow if they want to help cut down on unnecessary idling.

Kruchmerrick adds that unnecessary idling costs Americans millions of dollars each year and is responsible for about 5 percent of the gas used in the US each year.

More information is available at www.motor-smart.com

Public Transportation
6:41 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Ride ready for Transit Center Demolition with Temporary Location

Credit Facebook/TheRide

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's Blake Transit Center is being torn down soon, so riders will be directed to a new temporary location. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

Click here to hear Bob's report.

Local News
8:17 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Ann Arbor Justice Center Hosts Drug Take-Back Program Saturday

Credit Virginia Guard Public Affairs / Foter / CC BY-NC

Ann Arbor police and several other law enforcement agencies are partnering with the DEA for Saturday's National Prescription Take-Back Program.  

WEMU's Bob Eccles has details.

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Education
3:35 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools To Roll Out Enhanced Security Measures

Credit Sirius Rust / photo on flickr

About 1/3 of Ann Arbor Public Schools buildings will likely have front doors with security cameras connected to buzzers by the start of school next year.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.

Andrew Cluley reports

The Ann Arbor School board considered several options on how to roll-out enhanced security at the front doors of schools presented by district administrators. While it was just an informational item so no formal vote was taken, board members appeared to agree on a plan to have the buzzer doors added at 12 schools by next fall, and then go district ride the following year.

Superintendent Jeanice Swift says the board has been balancing several competing issues, adding that the 12 schools chosen to go first all have offices that don't have direct line of site with the front door.

She remarked that rolling out the enhanced security measures will include communication and education with families as well as the front office staff. Additionally, the district will also work on signs to help visitors know where to go and how to use the cameras and buzzers.

This two phase approach will cost about $85,000 in the first year, and $105,000 the following year.

   
 

Education
3:17 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Likely To Renew Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium Agreement

Credit AAPS

The Ann Arbor School Board will likely eventually renew their contract to participate in a consortium of three county-wide high school options, but have frustrations on the agreement.  The board discussion last night took place after a large number of Washtenaw International High School and the Early College Alliance spoke in favor of their programs. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

Andrew Cluley Reports

Public Health
8:36 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Member Proposes Public Smoking Law

One Ann Arbor city council member says it's time to change the law so that the city can crack down on smoking in public areas legally designated as no-smoking zones. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story:

Bob Eccles Reports

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