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4:21 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Tony Hawk Adding To Excitement Around Ann Arbor Skatepark Grand Opening Plans

Construction on the Ann Arbor Skatepark earlier this spring.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The grand-opening of Ann Arbor's new skatepark is a month away, but news that skating legend Tony Hawk will be at the opening has the skating community freaking out.  President of the Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark Trevor Staples says Hawk and several other professional skateboarders will give demonstrations as part of the opening event.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on skating legend Tony Hawk spiking interest in the June 21st Grand Opening of the Ann Arbor Skatepark.

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Community
5:39 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Ann Arbor Looking To Increase Dog Licensing Rates

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Since January the city of Ann Arbor has been receiving invoices from the Humane Society of Huron Valley for animal control services.  City Council member Jane Lumm says the city doesn't have a dedicated funding source to cover the full cost, but made a step in the right direction with an amendment in next year's budget.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor increasing efforts for dog licensing enforcement and compliance

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Community
3:11 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Ann Arbor's 2015 Budget Includes Funds For Energy Efficiency Programs

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's efforts to reduce carbon emissions through the climate action plan received a boost in next year's budget.  Council amended the $98 million general fund budget to include $125,000 for advocacy and education programs around reducing energy use.    

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on efforts to move forward with Ann Arbor's Climate Action Plan included in the 2015 fiscal year budget.

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Community
5:39 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Hotel Plans Include Saving Portion Of Ann Arbor's Greyhound Bus Station

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The art moderne facade on Ann Arbor's Greyhound Bus Station will be preserved as the building is torn down for a new six story building.  The plannning commission Tuesday night will consider the site plan for a nearly 90,000 square foot building at Huron and Ashley.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor Planning Commission set to consider the site plan for a Hotel that would preserve the facade of the city's Greyhound Bus Station.

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Community
5:32 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Former Department Of Environmental Quality Official To Talk About Risks Of Oil Drilling

West Bay Exploration Vice President Patrick Gibson discusses his company and what they are looking for in Scio Township at a public meeting in April.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The environmental risks of oil and gas developments and local solutions will be discussed Tuesday night at a meeting at the Scio Township Hall.  Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards are hosting the meeting which will include consultant and former Department of Environmental Quality official Chris Grobbel. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards hosting a meeting Tuesday about the environmental risks of oil drilling.

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Community
5:26 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Week Of Service To Help MISSION House In Ann Arbor

Credit MISSION

The Ann Arbor area's homeless community is getting some help next week from local Presbyterian churches. About 300 volunteers will spend time working on MISSION's home on Stone School Road.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on work to take place next week at MISSION's house in Ann Arbor.

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Community
6:03 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council To Set 2015 Budget Monday

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor City Council Monday night will approve city administrator Steve Powers proposed $98 million general fund budget for next fiscal year.    

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Monday night's Ann Arbor City Council meeting when the 2015 fiscal year budget should be approved.

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Community
5:07 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Commuter Challenge Passes Mid-Point

Credit Commuter Challenge

Over 75-thousand miles of alternative commuting have already been logged by more than 200 teams participating in the Commuter Challenge.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on this year's Commuter Challenge.

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Community
4:40 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's Michael Ford Finalist For New Job

Credit Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority

Crain's Detroit Business is reporting the head of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is one of three finalists to become CEO of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan.  

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Community
9:20 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Ann Arbor Adopt-A-Park Kickoff Events Planned For Saturday

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's Adopt-A-Park program helps make the city look a little nicer, and that's the objective of Saturday's 26th Annual Downtown Blooms Day.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Adopt-A-Park kickoff events scheduled as part of Saturday's Downtown Blooms Day in Ann Arbor.

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Education
2:48 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Ann Arbor Schools Considering Tuition Program

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Families could soon have the option of paying tuition to have their children attend Ann Arbor Public Schools.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports Ann Arbor Public Schools are considering a tuition program for students that aren't otherwise eligible to attend the district.

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Community
4:26 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Storm Knocks Out Power In Washtenaw County

A tree uprooted in the 16-hundred block of Dexter Avenue in Ann Arbor in Tuesday afternoon's storm.
Credit Donna Iadipaolo / www.facebook.com/donna.iadipaolo

Trees have been uprooted and power lines downed in today's thunderstorms.  Several trees were knocked down in portions of Ann Arbor as winds gusted to near 60-miles per hour.  

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Community
3:57 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Oil Drilling Critics Expected At Tonight's Scio Township Trustees Meeting

West Bay Exploration Vice President Patrick Gibson discusses his company and what they are looking for in Scio Township at a public meeting in April.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Opponents of oil and natural gas drilling want to fill the Scio Township Hall for tonight's  Board of Trustees meeting.  The Township isn't expected to take any formal action, but Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards hope to have plenty of public comment.   

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Community
1:24 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Learn More About Ann Arbor School's International Baccalaureate Program Tonight

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Questions about what the coming International Baccalaureate program will mean for Ann Arbor students? Tonight's the first chance to get some answers from the district.   

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the first informational meeting on Ann Arbor Public Schools new International Baccalaureate program taking place Tuesday evening.

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Community
8:14 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Awesome Grants Promoting Bike Program, Restoration Agriculture

Credit Abundant Michigan Permaculture Ypsilanti

The Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation is helping fund free bike valet service at some Ann Arbor events and efforts to plant edible landscapes and perennials .

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the latest grants from the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation.

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Health
8:13 am
Tue May 13, 2014

University Of Michigan Doctor Urging More Attention For Peripeheral Artery Disease

Credit University of Michigan Health System

Doctor Elizabeth Jackson wants your physician to focus on artery issues beyond hearth disease. She is University of Michigan Women's Heart Program Director and an advocate for early detection of Peripheral Artery Disease. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a new study about Peripheral Artery Disease.

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Community
8:11 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Improving Economy Spiking Interest For Developments In Ann Arbor

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

A proposed apartment building for active adults highlights a growing number of developments planned for Ann Arbor.

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on an increase in development proposals for Ann Arbor, including an apartment building for Ann Arbor Saline Road near Main Street.

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Community
8:20 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Next Generation Autos To Be Tested In Ann Arbor

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

A five mile test track on University of Michigan's North Campus may be the birthplace of the next generation of vehicles.  The Michigan Mobility Transformation Center hopes to be testing automated and connected vehicles by September.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center's test facility and what it may mean for southeast Michigan.

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Community
8:08 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Ann Arbor Parking Structure To Get Upgrades And Temporary Bus Station

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

One of Ann Arbor's oldest parking structures is getting a $5 million update.  The Downtown Development Authority has approved an improvement plan for the building at Fourth and William.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on changes coming to Ann Arbor's 4th and William parking structure.

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Community
2:01 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Final ReImagine Washtenaw Report Released

Credit washtenawavenue.org

The final ReImagine Washtenaw Report outlines changes designed to make the five-mile stretch of Washtenaw Avenue between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti more transit-centered and bike and pedestrian friendly.

The plan calls for improvements such as large center medians and buffered bike lanes. 

Communities along the corridor are expected to soon begin making some of the smaller changes outlined in the plan, like connecting sections of sidewalk that currently have gaps between them.

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