Earlene McMichael / WMUK

What's New at the KIA? Lots, Says Director Belinda Tate

If you've noticed increased community collaborations, youth programming and involvement of local artists at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, it's been intentional. Belinda Tate marks her second-year anniversary as the organization's executive director next month. She says she's sought to make the KIA a "community resource" and a center of creativity. The KIA also has extended hours, and now is open at every Art Hop.
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Kalamazoo Symphonic Musicians To Perform In Bronson Park Friday

Kalamazoo Symphonic Musicians are enthusiastic about presenting a summer park concert on Friday night to benefit Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes and the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. Organized independently by the musicians, who recently came to an agreement after an extended dispute with KSO management, it's the first outdoor symphonic concert since 2010. Conductor Andrew Koehler says it's a "trip around the world" program featuring audience favorites by Strauss, Bizet, Copland, Puccini, and Brahms.
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Rick Pluta, The Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) The focus is on the November elections with the Republican and Democratic summer nominating conventions wrapped up. 

Cheyna Roth, Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Grand Rapids) Michigan Republicans were in Grand Rapids this past weekend to finalize their slate on the November ballot and fire up for the final weeks of the election season.

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- Western Michigan football has dismissed linebacker Ron George and wide receiver Bryson White. The two freshmen were involved in an incident Friday night that led to both players being officially charged with armed robbery, first-degree home invasion and larceny in a building." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Earlene McMichael / WMUK

If you've noticed increased community collaborations, youth programming and involvement of local artists at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, it's been intentional. Belinda Tate marks her second-year anniversary as the organization's executive director next month. She says she's sought to make the KIA a "community resource" and a center of creativity. The KIA also has extended hours, and now is open at every Art Hop


"KALAMAZOO, MI – An officer from the Western Michigan University Department of Public Safety has been assigned to two neighborhoods near campus, collaborating with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"LANSING, MI -- Rep. Brian Banks was arraigned Thursday on felony charges related to allegedly falsifying financial documents in Wayne County, according to information released by Attorney General Bill Schuette's office." (MLive)

Cheyna Roth, Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) Lawmakers and regular folks strolled past more than 70 venders at the Farmers Market at the Capitol Thursday. But while goers ogled the plethora of fruits and vegetables, 

  Kalamazoo Symphonic Musicians are enthusiastic about presenting a summer park concert on Friday night to benefit Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes and the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. Organized independently by the musicians, who recently came to an agreement after an extended dispute with KSO management, it's the first outdoor symphonic concert since 2010. Conductor Andrew Koehler says it's a "trip around the world" program featuring audience favorites by Strauss, Bizet, Copland, Puccini, and Brahms. 


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(MPRN-Lansing) A federal appeals court took aim Thursday at Michigan’s sex offender registry law. The court ruled on a narrow legal issue, but suggested the law may be unconstitutional. 

"Lansing — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday took legal action against a court order that Gov. Rick Snyder says is preventing the state from fully investigating Legionella cases in Flint and Genesee County." (Detroit News)

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