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Loy Norrix Students Rally for Gun Control

Students at Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo are joining their peers at other schools around the country in calling for stricter laws on guns. Hundreds of students rallied in front of the school over lunch on Wednesday, then walked to Kilgore Road where some briefly stood in the roadway before heading back inside.

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The Shanghai Quartet: Crossing Borders For 35 Years

Weigang Li , the founding first violinist of the Shanghai Quartet , previews their concert with famous pipa virtuoso Wu Man , in an interview with Cara Lieurance. He says although they've received notice for their East-West crossover programs, he considers himself a specialist in Germanic music - the core classical repertory of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. Li says that even though it's a cliché, music really does allow people from different countries to share a language together. The concert is Saturday at 7:30 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, presented by Fontana .

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Courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring

The CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring says every successful adult can think of someone who influenced them. Amy Kuchta says that’s why the organization is looking to add more mentors in Southwest Michigan.


Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra violinist Christopher Martin talks with Jack Perlstein about his 30 years with the GRSO.  He is also a member of Ensemble Montage, the Perugino String Quartet and the Super Nova String Quintet. 

Click on the link below to listen to the interview online.

A threat closes Otsego Public Schools Thursday. A Battle Creek police officer is charged with drunk driving for an off duty crash. WMU women's basketball loses its third straight. The K-Wings rally for an overtime win. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) Lawmakers in Lansing want to put 175 million dollars toward the state’s roads. The state House passed the spending bill Wednesday. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) Governor Rick Snyder will consider changing the rules that allow courts to permanently remove children from their parents. The bills are on their way to the governor’s desk. 

Attorney General Bill Schuette - file photo
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(MPRN-Lansing) State Attorney General Bill Schuette says the special prosecutor looking into MSU’s handling of abuse allegations is independent of his office. But, that’s not what the contract says. 

vincemendoza.net

Vince Mendoza is one of the most versatile and prolific composer–arranger–conductors of the last two decades. A multi-Grammy Award winner, he has written arrangements for a wide variety of pop and jazz artists, and tonight the Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra and WMU Symphony Orchestra will play a concert of his works. Mendoza and Andrew Rathbun, professor of jazz at WMU, preview the concert and the high points of his career with Cara Lieurance.


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Students at Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo are joining their peers at other schools around the country in calling for stricter laws on guns. Hundreds of students rallied in front of the school over lunch on Wednesday, then walked to Kilgore Road where some briefly stood in the roadway before heading back inside.

A new CEO for Kalamazoo's Lakeside Home for Children. Battle Creek's fire chief is stepping down, at least for now. Some schools in Southwest Michigan respond to concerns about violence. WMU men's basketball wins in overtime over rival Central Michigan.

Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) A high school freshman came to the state Capitol Tuesday to advocate on behalf of sexual assault legislation. 

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