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3:56 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Carbon Roundtable at University of Michigan

This summer President Barack Obama gave a speech on his climate action plan, and last month his administration shared proposed rules for carbon emissions from new power plants.   The Sierra Club and local experts talked about the president's plan and other climate change issues at a roundtable discussion at the University of Michigan September 23rd. 

Andrew Cluley's report.

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Community
2:45 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

AAATA's Blake Transit Center Construction Update

Credit TheRide/Facebook.com / Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority continues construction of the new Blake Transit Center, with much of the brick and stonework up on the south-side of the building.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley toured the facility and has this report:

    

Andrew Cluley reports

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Fri October 4, 2013

The Arts Alliance Brings 'PowerArt' Project To Ann Arbor

Example of a vinyl-wrapped traffic box in Boise with artwork by David Spear.

Downtown Ann Arbor is expected to get some more artwork, this time on the outside of the grey metal traffic signal boxes that are often covered in graffiti.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

Andrew Cluley reports

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Politics
9:47 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council 1st Ward Candidate Forum

In the November Elections, there are three city council candidates on the in Ann Arbor's 1st ward. One has  already dropped out of the race.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the remaining two candidates shared their thoughts Wednesday night at a League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area forum.

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Transportation
8:32 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Regional Transit Authority Hires Hertel As CEO

John Hertel

The new Regional Transit Authority that aims to link Washtenaw County with Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb  counties, now has a CEO.  The RTA board met Wednesday in Ann Arbor. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports,  the board approved a contract with the current CEO of SMART, John Hertel.

Regional Transit Authority approves contract with John Hertel to serve as the RTA's new Chief Executive Officer.

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Politics
10:41 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council 5th Ward Candidate Forum

In November, voters in Ann Arbor's fifth ward will be choosing between Incumbent councilman Mike Anglin and write-in candidate Tom Partridge.   The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area had both participate in a candidate forum last night.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley was there.

5th Ward candidates for Ann Arbor City Council meet in a pre-election forum.

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Politics
10:33 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Ann Arbor 3rd Ward City Council Candidates Forum

The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area hosted candidate forums for those running in contested races for Ann Arbor City Council. In the 3rd Ward,  Stephen Kunselman is facing a challenge from someone who helped get him elected four years ago.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Sam Devarti is challenging the Incumbent for the seat, but the forum revealed that the candidates are in agreement on many of the issues.

3rd Ward Candidate Forum for Ann Arbor City Council

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Local News
5:16 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Ann Arbor-based Organization Counts Stray Dogs in Detroit

Credit wa2s.org

The Ann Arbor-based World Animal Awareness Society recently completed a census of the stray dog population in the city of Detroit. WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with WA2S Executive Director Tom McPhee about the effort.

Click here for the interview.

2:34 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Upcoming Citizen Participation Meeting - Ann Arbor

Lead in text: 
J. Bradley Moore & Associates Architects have scheduled a citizen participation meeting to discuss a revision to the apartment project called 624 Church Street, which is proposed to be located next to and partially above the existing Pizza House restaurant. The meeting will be held Wednesday, October 9th, 6:30pm at the Pizza House restaurant at 618 Church Street. This meeting is held as part of the process of submitting the project to the City for formal site plan approval.
  • Source: A2gov
  • | Via: The City of Ann Arbor
The Ann Arbor City Planning Division provides expertise and information to advise and guide public and private community decision makers in achieving the best possible development, redevelopment, improvements and preservation for the benefit of the people who live in, work in and visit the city. Upcoming Citizen Participation Meeting J.
Government, Transportation
8:12 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Ypsilanti Township Moves Closer To Joining the AAATA

Credit TheRide / Ann Arbor Transportation Authority

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is a step closer to adding another member community.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the AAATA Board last night voted unanimously to approve Ypsilanti Township's request to join the authority.

AAATA accepts Ypsilanti Township's request to join "The Ride."

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Transportation
7:47 am
Fri September 27, 2013

AAATA Unanimously Approves 2014 Fiscal Year Budget

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority has approved a nearly 34 million dollar operating budget for fiscal year 2014.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the A-A-A-T-A board on Thursday evening, voted six to nothing in favor of the new spending plan.

AAATA Passes 34-million dollar spending plan for fiscal 2014.

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Education
3:56 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Prelimary Enrollment Figures Shows Enrollment decrease

Credit AAPS

Ann Arbor Public Schools are facing both an overall decline in enrollment and some overcrowded classrooms.  The school board last night got an update on preliminary information about the start of the school year.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more. 

  

Andrew Cluley Reports

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Community
4:57 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Ann Arbor Creates Task Force for Huron River Corridor on N. Main

Ann Arbor City Council has unanimously approved a task force report with recommendations on what to do with the city's North Main Huron River Corridor.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.
 

Andrew Cluley Reports

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Community
8:15 am
Wed September 11, 2013

More Public Input Sought For Downtown Ann Arbor Developments

A consulting firm is looking for feedback on options for possible zoning changes for three downtown Ann Arbor properties.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports,  focus group sessions will take place tonight at 5pm at Bill's Beer Garden and tomorrow at 8am at the Downtown Development Authority. 

Two meetings scheduled to gather public input on three, separate downtown Ann Arbor development projects.

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Government
7:25 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Ann Arbor Parking Rates Will Not Go Up this Year

Some good news for those who regularly park in downtown Ann Arbor. Parking rates are going to hold steady, for the time being. WEMU's Andrew Cluley attended last night's Ann Arbor City Council working session. At that meeting, the Downtown Development Authority  gave its annual update on the city's parking system. 

Parking revenues in Ann Arbor are up, and parking rates will remain the same.

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Environment
6:25 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Ann Arbor Considers Community Solar Projects

There may come a time when Ann Arbor residents team together and invest in communal solar energy projects. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor officials are calling on the state to remove the barriers that prevent such projects from being developed.

Ann Arbor residents could one day invest together to create communal solar projects

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Local News
9:56 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Ypsilanti Township Votes to Join AAATA

The Ride CEO Michael Ford addresses the Ypsilanti Township board.
Credit Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustees Monday night voted to seek membership in the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Hear Bob's report here.

Community
1:43 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Investigate Security Upgrades

Officials from the Ann Arbor Public Schools are looking into security upgrades at district buildings in response to tragedies at schools across the country. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports:

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Environment
10:03 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Calls for Dioxane Cleanup

A map from the Environmental Health Division of the Washtenaw County Department of Public Health displays an estimated pathway of the Pall-Gelman 1,4-dioxane plume. The The contamination is said to be spreading through a system of underground streams, contaminating the groundwater in those areas.
Credit Washtenaw County Department of Public Health

Ann Arbor City Council has unanimously passed a resolution asking the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to update clean-up standards for 1,4 Dioxane Plumes.  

The issue is important to the city because of the dioxane plume that started at the Pall Gelman facility west of town.  City Council member Sabra Briere says the resolution is important just because it gets people thinking about the issue again.
 

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2:37 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

SANITARY SEWER OVERFLOW NOTIFICATION

Lead in text: 
The city has applied a surface application of lime to kill any remaining bacteria. This lime product appears as a white, powdery substance. Because the sewage reached the Huron River, the City of Arbor took the immediate precaution of closing canoe livery trips in the vicinity, from Argo to Gallup, on Thursday and through Friday. Any body contact is not recommended for at least 24 hours after a known release of raw sewage to waterways. The City of Ann Arbor has completed testing and will evaluate water quality samples over the next 24 hours for presence of harmful bacteria in the Huron River. The determination whether to resume canoe livery operations between Argo and Geddes Dam will be made at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, based upon water sampling results.
Education
7:23 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Work Begins for Ann Arbor Schools New Superintendent

Jeanice Swift is on the job. Swift is the newly hired Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the districts teachers and staff began the new academic year on Tuesday with an opening day ceremony.

The Ann Arbor Public School District's new Superintendent begins work.

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Education
7:47 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board Revises November Ballot Proposal

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education has revised language in the ballot proposal that will appear before voters in November. The school board met briefly on Monday to address concerns about the original language for renewal of  the districts voter-approved sinking fund millage.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the question voters will decide is no longer a matter of renewal, but instead, one of continuation.

Ann Arbor School Board changes ballot language for November tax issue.

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Health & Wellness
1:09 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

U-M Study Shows School Lunches and TV Time Linked with Childhood Obesity

A new study by the University of Michigan's Frankel Cardiovascular Center finds the two most common factors linked to obesity in middle school children are school lunch consumption and watching two or more hours of television a day.

Jean DuRussel-Weston is the Program Manager of Project Healthy Schools.  She says they found some gender-specific habits that influence body weight.
 

Boys on sports teams had reduced risks by up to 23%; girls that drank milk had a 19% reduced risk of being obese.

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