Ypsilanti, MI – Click on the audio icon to hear this morning's WEMU call-in with America's first woman in space, Dr. Sally Ride.

Ann Arbor, MI – The Ann Arbor Board of Education is embarking on an ambitious schedule to decide how best to improve the use of district facilities. The deadline to complete the study is February 11th.
Superintendent George Fornero says over the next five months or so, the board, with input from the public, staff, and students, will conduct a district-wide examination of needs.
The process of determining what facilities improvements are needed, and how to finance them will include a series of three public forums.

Ypsilanti, MI – Click on the audio icon to hear this week's "Issues of the Environment", featuring League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Jeff Irwin, who's also a Washtenaw County Commissioner.

Ypsilanti, MI – As the new school year gets underway in most Michigan districts this week, school officials find the usual excitement of the new year is tempered by the state's uncertain economy, and decisions by state lawmakers that are adding obstacles to providing top quality education. Click on the audio icon to hear WEMU's Andrew Cluley report on the challenges facing three Washtenaw County districts as they open the new school year.

Ypsilanti, MI – Just in time for the new school year, Ypsilanti teachers have a new contract.
Click on the audio icon to hear Andrew Cluley's report on the contract, and yesterday's ratifications by the Ypsilanti school board and the district's teachers.

Ypsilanti, MI – It's not something we think about every day when we consider environmental issues, but click on the audio icon to hear this week's "Issues of the Environment" as we examine soil erosion.

Ypsilanti, MI – Democratic Presidential hopeful Howard Dean says Democrats have to stop acting like Republicans, if they hope to win the presidential election. Dean attended a fundraiser and a rally in Ypsilanti Saturday. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more in this report.

Ypsilanti, MI – The Michigan Land Use Leadership Council is to formally present its recommendations to Governor Granholm tomorrow. Michigan Environment Council President Lana Pollack is a member of the land use council. Click the audio icon to hear details of the land-use plan in her interview with WEMU's Dave Fair:

Ann Arbor, MI – The Washtenaw County Public Health department says an outbreak of whooping cough continues to spread.
In the last six weeks, 19 confirmed and probable cases have been seen in the county. Oakland and Livingston counties have also reported cases of the infection.
Whooping cough can cause severe illness, especially in infants.
The Medical Director for Washtenaw County's Public Health department, Dr. Stan Reedy, says one of the keys to stopping the outbreak is to make sure kids are up to date on their vaccinations.

Ypsilanti, MI – Keeping history alive -- and in the air --
is the mission of the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run Airport near Ypsilanti.
Click on the audio icon as WEMU's Bob Eccles takes us on a tour of the museum, and on a flight in one of the few remaining World War Two era B-17 bombers

Ypsilanti, MI – An Eastern Michigan University military history professor is on his way to New York to tape a pilot program for the History Channel.
Rob Citino will be among a group of experts discussing controversial decisions made during World War Two, and mistakes made leading up to the "Battle of the Bulge."
The new History Channel series is called "Hard Targets". Citino is a nationally-recognized expert on both world wars and has written several books on the subject.

Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti public schools have exceeded original projections in the first 30 months of an energy reduction program.
Energy Education presented the school district with an Energy Excellence award last night. The district used 30 percent less electricity and reduced natural gas usage by 20 percent.
Energy Education vice-president Rod Bunker
says the results show that district staff and administrators are working together and are committed to reducing energy use which, in turn, helps the environment.

Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti Public Schools and the union representing the district's teachers have reached tentative agreement on a new two-year contract. Details are not being released until the teachers' union and the district's school board are formally notified.
District Superintendent David Zuhlke says he expects teachers and the school board to ratify the new agreement on August 25th, just two days before the start of the new school year.

Ypsilanti, MI – Despite the elimination of Ypsilanti's recreation department, city officials say activities will continue at the city's senior center, Parkridge center, and freighthouse beyond the first of next month.
City recreation director Shannon Stumbo-Bellers says work continues with local organizations and businesses to provide recreation opportunities, and to create an Ypsilanti recreation fund to give residents and businesses a better tax break for donating funds to keep recreation programs operating in the city.

Ann Arbor, MI – The Ann Arbor school district will mount a marketing campaing aimed at kindergarten and first graders, and middle school students who live in the district, but do not attend the public schools.
Click the audio icon for the full story from WEMU's Bob Eccles

Ann Arbor, MI – From 1997 through 2001, the number of fatal and serious injury accidents dropped significantly in Michigan. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more on this latest study by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute:

Ann Arbor – Demolition crews today will knock down what's left of the old, Ann Arbor Technology Center. Investigators will wade through the rubble in an effort to determine the cause of the blaze.

Ann Arbor – Ann Arbor City Council has o-k'd plans to mandate the placement of garbage "curbcarts" at locations where there is no room for dumpsters, and an excessive number of garbage cans create an eyesore. The City's Solid Waste Educational Services Coordinator says the move is part of Ann Arbor's "Clean Communities Initiative." Nancy Stone says the 95-gallon "curbcarts" will be sold at cost to those in need of trash consolidation. The cost runs about 60-dollars.

Ann Arbor – The City of Ann Arbor this fall will begin charging local businesses that contract with the city to empty their garbage dumpsters. City Council approved the plan at last night's meeting. Solid Waste Educational Services Coordinator Nancy Stone says about 200-locations throughout the city will be affected. She says the dumpster "tip" fees will generate about 200-thousand dollars a year for the city and promote business recycling.

Ypsilanti, MI – WEMU (891.FM), Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, in cooperation with the South University Area Association, Pfizer, and the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs will present four days of live music at the South University Art Fair, July 16 through 19. The stage is located on Church Street at Willard and all performances will be broadcast live on WEMU and webcast at

Ann Arbor – The Ann Arbor Board of Education has approved the re-financing of just over 32-and-a-half million dollars in bonds. It's a move expected to save the district between two-point-nine and three-point-three million dollars over the next ten years. The savings will also result in a lower tax bill for district residents.

Ann Arbor – Karen Cross is the new President of the Ann Arbor Board of Education. Cross was elected on a nearly unanimous vote at Wednesday night's school board meeting. She lists among her priorities, student achievement and addressing the problem of high school overcrowding. Cross was the lone nominee for the Presidency, and was elected on a paper ballot vote of 8-1. The ballot was requested by out-going President Theresa Han-Markey. She left her ballot blank.

Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor, Michigan has become the 137th city in the country to officially oppose the U-S Patriot Act. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has details on last night's vote.