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7:24 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Ann Arbor To Consider Killing Some Deer In City

Deer management plan to be developed in Ann Arbor.
Credit David Herrera / Flickr.com

Ann Arbor plans to consider efforts to control the city's deer population that could include killing some of the animals or sterilization.  The Ann Arbor News reports City Council voted Monday night to direct the city administrator to evaluate Ann Arbor's options and report back by the end of July.

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Community
4:54 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Election Day: AAATA Millage Question Before Voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

It’s Election Day for three Washtenaw County communities and the issue of enhanced transit service is at stake.  

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Community
4:54 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Ann Arbor May Remove Felony Question From Job Applications

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Convicted felons applying for a job with the City of Ann Arbor will have a little less to worry about. Ann Arbor City Council Monday night considers a resolution eliminating the Felony check-off box from municipal job applications. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor City Council considering a plan to eliminate the felony question from job applications.

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Community
4:50 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Ann Arbor Looking At Deer Population Concerns

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Northeast Ann Arbor residents have raised concerns about the deer population for some time, but council member Jane Lumm says the issue seems to have really spiked in the last couple of years.  City Council Monday night will consider a resolution to have the city partner with a variety of other organizations to develop a deer management plan.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor officials considering the first step towards managing the area's deer population.

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Community
4:43 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Over A Million Dollars Target For Tuesday's Give Local Ann Arbor Area

Credit Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Tuesday could be one of the biggest days in local fundraising history. 50 non-profits across Washtenaw County and Plymouth look to raise over $1 million.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Tuesday's Give Local Ann Arbor Area, which wraps up the 50th anniversary celebration for the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.

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Environment
12:57 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Ann Arbor Food Waste Program Shows Early Success

the City of Ann Arbor is improving the environment and saving money with its expanded composting program
Credit Wikipedia

Ann Arbor's expanded compost program is proving popular with the community.

Since April, city residents have been allowed to add all plate scrapings to residential composting bins for pick-up.

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Michigan News
6:23 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Has Highest Gas Prices

Ann Arbor area has highest gas prices in the state.
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A case of good news/bad news.  

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WEMU News
3:30 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Block Party in Ann Arbor Tonight

Tio's sponsors Cinco De Mayo block party in Ann Arbor tonight
Credit Tio's Mexican Cafe / twitter.com

Ann Arbor sure likes it's parties and another big one is on tap tonight. As 89-One WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, a local restaurant is sponsoring a Cinco De Mayo Block Party downtown.  

It is Cinco De Mayo today, and a local restaurant has big plans to mark the ocassion.

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Education
2:30 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Faculty Vote No Confidence In President, Washtenaw Community College Trustees Still Support Bellanca

Washtenaw Community College faculty has overwhelmingly approved a no confidence vote for the school's president, but she still has the support of trustees.    

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the no confidence vote taken by Washtenaw Community College faculty on President Rose Bellanca.

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Community
12:15 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Mixed Impacts Due To Record Ice Remaining On Great Lakes

Lake Michigan south of Holland this March.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ice still covers over 20 percent of the Great Lakes surface, following a winter that nearly saw records set for the total amount of ice coverage.  As one would expect Lake Superior leads the way with about 41 percent ice coverage, but even Lake Huron was still one-quarter ice covered this week.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on ice remaining on the Great Lakes, and what some of the impacts from the ice this winter may be.
  
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Entertainment
8:35 am
Thu May 1, 2014

2014 Ann Arbor Summer Festival: Top of the Park Season Announced

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival has announced the line up for the admission-free Top of the Park series!

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Health
7:06 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Procedure To Reduce Use Of Drugs In Treating Dementia Patients Developed In Michigan

Credit Courtesy Photo / University of Michigan Health System

A new treatment procedure developed in Michigan can handle the most disturbing symptoms of dementia with the use of fewer drugs.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the new 4 step procedure to treat dementia that reduces the use of drugs.

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Community
5:37 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Alternative Cab Options Come To Ann Arbor, And So Does Public Safety Concern From Some

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Ann Arbor area residents have a couple of new options to get around town, but the city’s taxi cab board has concerns.  The conflict between traditional cab drivers and new services like Uber and Lyft has come to Washtenaw County.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the concerns by some in Ann Arbor over the arrival of alternative cab options.

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WEMU News
2:32 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Web Hosting Firm Opening Office In Ann Arbor

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A Lansing-based Web hosting company hopes to open shop in Ann Arbor later this year.

Liquid Web would like to hire 75 people to work in Ann Arbor over the next three to five years.

"We do have some property that we have just purchased in Ann Arbor that we are looking to hire some new people to work with us over there," says Liquid Web spokesperson Cale Sauter.

Liquid Web will move into property at 315 West Huron Street in Ann Arbor. 

Sauter says they'll start with about 20 people who'll mainly handle 24/7 web and technical support. 

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Community
1:56 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Healthcare Leaders Back Transit Millage

University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Ora Pescovitz.
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The campaign to win approval of a 0.7 mil transit issue in Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township and Ann Arbor has picked up a couple of key endorsements.

University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Ora Pescovitz has endorsed the ballot issue, as has Saint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston Hospitals President and CEO Rob Casalou.

Pescovitz says she believes many University of Michigan medical center staff, visitors and patients would benefit from the expanded service the millage is designed to pay for.

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Community
6:28 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Ann Arbor Ready For Trash Created By University Of Michigan Students Moving

Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

As University of Michigan students prepare to leave town for the summer one common place to stop is the intersection of Oakland, East University, and Tappan.  The city of Ann Arbor has once more set up dumpsters for bulk recycling and trash in the area.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the trash and recycling drop-off point set up by Ann Arbor to handle University of Michigan students leaving town for the summer or moving to new housing.

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Community
5:54 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Personal Property Tax Reform Discussed At Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Lunch

Michigan Chamber of Commerce Senior Director of Tax & Regulatory Reform Tricia Kinley, Michigan Manufacturers Association Vice President of Government Affairs Mike Johnston, and State Senator Rebekah Warren spoke at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Headline Lunch.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

For years Republicans and Democrats across Michigan have raised concerns about the state’s personal property tax.  Voters in August will decide if a solution to phase-out the tax and reimburse local governments can go forward.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's Headline Lunch on the issue of Personal Property Tax reform in Michigan.

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Community
11:28 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Scio Township Residents Learning More About Possible Oil Exploration In Their Community

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

Several hundred people learned more about oil exploration and mineral rights leases at Scio Township Thursday night.  Township officials held an informational meeting at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District facility on Wagner with a variety of experts because West Bay Exploration has leases to explore about one-thousand acres in the township. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Thursday's meeting on oil and gas exploration in Scio Township.

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WEMU News
12:15 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Ann Arbor Eyeing Backlog Of Tree Maintenance

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Ann Arbor City Administrator Steve Powers is suggesting city council approve $1 million to attack a backlog of tree pruning and maintenance in his 2014-15 fiscal year budget.

Powers says high-priority tree pruning would be done with the funding, along with dead tree and stump removal.

Powers says the funding will help "to maintain Ann Arbor Tree City's urban forest, and to reduce risks to public safety."

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WEMU News
4:27 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Uber Now Operating In Ann Arbor

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The Uber on-demand motor transportation company is now operating in Ann Arbor.

Michael White is General Manager for Uber in Michigan.  He says Uber is partnering with licensed limousine companies in Ann Arbor.

"And they're going to provide kind of a luxurious service," White says. "So imagine a luxury sedan or black car, something like a Lincoln Town Car or Cadillac DTS, with professional chauffeur."

White says the lower-cost Uber-X service pairs passengers with drivers of standard sedans in a ride-share model.

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WEMU News
4:14 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Ann Arbor Council Member Surveying Community On Park Options

Ann Arbor City Council member Sabra Briere.
Credit SabraBriere.org

The city of Ann Arbor is moving ahead with plans for a 12-thousand square foot park on the Library Lot, and one city council member wants to know what the community's envisions there.

Sabra Briere is conducting an online survey.  She says those who get her regular email updates will find the link in her message going out the first weekend in May.

"I'll also post the survey results, and the raw data, on my website," Briere says, "which is www.SabraBriere.org."

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WEMU News
4:46 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Three Candidates Seeking To Be Ypsilanti's Next Mayor

Credit City of Ypsilanti

The Ypsilanti Mayoral race has become a little more crowded.  

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