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Voter turnout was just over 18% in several local elections that took place in Washtenaw County on Tuesday. WEMU's Lisa Barry has the full story:


Voters in the Ann Arbor School district approved a one-billion-dollar capitol bond issue. The 30-year levy allows the district to renew and replace existing school infrastructure, make other upgrades at every school, build new classroom space to accommodate growing student enrollment and purchase buses and technology. The bond passed with 53.26% of the votes, and it would amount to a tax increase of 1.65 mills in addition to the existing school tax being levied as the result of a 20-year, sinking fund millage approved by voters in 2017. 

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It's a story no one wants to tell and a story no one wants to hear.  Another teenager lost to suicide.  But, talk we must.  It is essential to healing and serves as the impetus for dealing with the societal issue of rising suicide rates.  On October 19, 2016, a single gunshot rang out.  Days later, Gwendolyn LaCroix had to bury her 17-year old son, Jonah Payne.  The reverberations from that personal earthquake continue to resonate on the emotional Richter scale. 


Easily the most controversial proposal anywhere on a Washtenaw County Ballot, Proposal A was succesful with 52.61 percentage of city voters decided to preserve the so-called “Library Lot” to house an urban park and civic center. The area will now become known as the “Center of the City.” Had it failed, city officials would have continued to work with Chicago-based developer, Core Spaces, to being to life a mixed-use, 17-story high rise with a 12,000 square-foot public plaza.  

On Tuesday, there were three contested races for Ann Arbor City Council,  city council and a mayoral race in Milan and in Dexter, voters ousted an incumbent. 

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival

This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts in our area.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by local journalist and arts blogger Jenn McKee to talk about many of the events taking place right now in our area.  They are joined by a special guest, Janice Blixt, the producing artistic director of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, who speaks about their current and upcoming performances.


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Because natural burial has environmental benefits over conventional burial, it is often favored by those who like to “go green.”  But it also can appeal for other, more conservative reasons.  It’s the choice of some independently-minded rural folks, and to many religious traditionalists.  Additionally, it can help out the local businesses that serve the growing demand.  In this installment episode of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas looks at natural burial benefits that go “beyond green.” 


4th of July Parade
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This 4th of July holiday will be celebrated locally with traditional events, including parades and fireworks.


Ann Arbor Green Burial Network
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It's "Earth Day" today, and a local organization is using the day to bring attention to "green burials."   


Milan Votes In Favor Of Raising Taxes for Road Repair

Nov 4, 2015
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Milan residents voted in favor of amending the city’s charter to dedicate funding for road repair.

Nearly 78% of voters agreed to the amendment.

Mayor Michael Armitage told WEMU that residents have been asking the city to address the issue for years. He says, “Ever since taking office I’ve heard from residents that they would be supportive of a millage if it was dedicated for roads.”

 

Communities around the WEMU listening area went to the polls Tuesday to vote on city council members and local leaders, millages for road repairs, and expanding public transit in Washtenaw County. Here you'll find the results as they become available:

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Milan city council members say badly maintained roads are one of voters biggest complaints. But are residents willing to pay more taxes to fix the problem?