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Education
3:35 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools To Roll Out Enhanced Security Measures

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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

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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

Government
10:12 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Issues With Ann Arbor Streetlights Remain Unresolved

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The future of streetlights in downtown Ann Arbor is up in the air after City Council this week voted down a proposal to replace half of them.  

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the streetlights issue is part of ongoing funding issues between city council and the Downtown Development Authority. 

Ongoing dispute between Ann Arbor City Council and the Downtown Development Authority is now impacting the ability to replace old streetlights in need of replacement.

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Taxes
12:36 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Still No Agreement Between Ann Arbor and Downtown Development Authority

Ann Arbor City Council has, once again, delayed an ordinance amendment that would limit the tax increment financing revenue the Downtown Development Authority may collect.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley Reports, the  council also took another vote on a controversial appointment to the DDA board.

Andrew Cluley Reports

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Live Music
12:16 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz - Rush Street with Dave Sharp’s Secret Seven

David Sharp
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Dave Sharp’s Secret Seven plays @ Rush Street, Friday, November 1st - 5:01 pm to 7 pm.

89.1 WEMU-FM and Sesi Motors present the 5:01 First Friday Series dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Jan Winkelman.
 Join us for a  5:01 celebration of Dave’s new cd, Worlds

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Transportation
12:02 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Delays Vote on Accepting Ypsilanti Township into the AAATA

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Ann Arbor City Council on Monday night postponed a vote on amending the articles of incorporation of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to include Ypsilanti Township.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council voted eight to three last night to delay a decision until the second meeting in November.

Ypsilanti Township seeks to join the AAATA. Ann Arbor City Council says....not so fast.

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Community
5:02 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Ann Arbor Could Soon Be Certified As 'Redevelopment Ready' Community

Washtenaw County could soon have two communities certified as Redevelopment Ready.  The Michigan Economic Development Corporation took over the program two years ago and is in the middle of re-certifying Ypsilanti, while Ann Arbor joins the list of  eight new communities to be evaluated.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.
 

Andrew Cluley reports

 

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Local News
8:21 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Ann Arbor Attorney Sues State over Prison Abuse of Teens

An Ann Arbor attorney is suing the state on behalf of seven teenage boys who said they were sexually and physically abused in prison. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

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Environment
8:18 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Recycling Drop-off Station now accepting Textiles

Recycle Ann Arbor's Ellsworth Road drop-off station now accepts textiles, including clothing, curtains, bedding, towels, belts, shoes and soft toys.  

WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

Hear Bob's report here.

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Local News
8:16 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Another Big Gift for U-of-M's 'Victors for Michigan' Campaign

The University of Michigan has received another generous donation toward its "Victors for Michigan" fundraising campaign. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Local News
8:14 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Is Recent Auto Sales Slump Due to Government Shutdown?

Auto sales fell in the second week of October despite expectations to the contrary. WEMU's Bob Eccles has a look at one local dealership's take on the sales slump.

Hear Bob's report here.

Local News
8:12 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Argo Cascades Public Art Project down to Two Finalists

The Argo Cascades Public Art Project is down to two finalists, and each artist presented their design concepts to the public Thursday afternoon at Ann Arbor City Hall. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Click here to hear Bob's report.

Transportation
10:27 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Ann Arbor Transit Update

Ann Arbor City Council got an update on a variety of public transportation projects at last night's work session.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, current progress could result in less traffic along the I-94 corridor and increased options in all five of Ann Arbor's wards.
 

Ann Arbor City Council gets update on variety of transit plans.

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Business
8:30 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Deadline for Ann Arbor 'Y' Lot Offers is Friday

The city of Ann Arbor hopes to sell the "Y" lot and avoid a big payment that would come due in December if it doesn't. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Community
8:28 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

City of Ann Arbor Hiring Consultant to perform Assessment

The city of Ann Arbor is hiring a consultant to assess the way it provides services to residents. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

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issues of the environment
2:45 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Issues of the Environment: March Against Monsanto

This Saturday, Ann Arbor will again be host to a "March Against Monsanto."  The local march is part of a global effort to bring awareness to the potential environmental and health problems genetically modified organisms create, and to some of the suspect practices of the company.

 

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Arts & Culture
7:51 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

New Public Art Dedication In Ann Arbor

A new piece of public art that hangs in the second floor of the Justice Center lobby in Ann Arbor is being dedicated Thursday evening. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Hear Bob's report here.

Local News
6:31 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Ann Arbor-Saline Road to get Face-lift

Ann Arbor-Saline Road between Oak Valley Drive and Eisenhower Parkway is getting some much needed attention. WEMU's Bob Eccles has a look at the upcoming construction project.

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