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Future of Albion Schools Depends on May 3 Vote

Few towns face a bigger decision next week than Albion. That’s when voters will decide whether neighboring Marshall should permanently absorb Albion’s school district. Faced with dwindling enrollment, Albion sent its high school kids to Marshall in 2013 - and its middle school kids earlier this year. But annexation would still be a big step beyond that. Those in favor see it as relief for a struggling district, while those against say it would be the undoing of local control over education.
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Late To Love Debussy, Lori Sims To Perform Preludes At Gilmore Fest

Lori Sims says she didn't fall in love with Debussy's piano preludes until she began teaching her students at Western Michigan University. In the past, she had been vocal about never wanting to perform Debussy, but now, she'll perform both sets of preludes in concert at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in two sold-out concerts.
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"Lansing — The State Board of Education’s Democratic president accused a Republican member of trying to “sabotage” proposed guidelines for schools to let transgender students use the bathroom of their gender identity, according to internal board emails released Thursday." (Detroit News)

"GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Michigan's wolf population shows no significant change from a survey conducted two years ago, the state Department of Natural Resources said Thursday, April 28." (MLive)

"WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee proposed a bill Thursday that would set new, tougher federal standards for lead in drinking water." (Detroit Free Press)

"LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder has used his nonprofit fund to raise $270,000 for relief efforts related to the Flint water crisis so far this year. But Snyder is not disclosing the names of the individuals and corporations who donated most of the money, despite promises of greater transparency when he shut down his controversial NERD Fund." (Detroit Free Press)

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- A water main break has lead the city of Kalamazoo to issue a boiled water advisory for residents and businesses just north and east of the downtown." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Nardos Osterhart has a rather unique origin story. For one thing, she was born in Ethiopia, and political turmoil took her family to Germany and Oklahoma as a child. But it’s here in Michigan that she found her real calling: stand-up comedy. In 2013, she was named the “Funniest Person in Grand Rapids.” Now, she's created a one-woman show, Halfricana kind of half-memoir, half-comedy show detailing her life and childhood. Osterhart will perform Halfrican at Louie’s Back Room in Kalamazoo on April 29th.


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A pianist who finds surprising connections between diverse composers, Dejan Lazic is an experienced concert artist known for his brilliant playing and idiosyncratic interpretations. Born in Croatia, Lazic grew up in Salzburg, Austria, where he studied at the Mozarteum, spending his summers in Hungary at a music festival founded by his teachers, Zoltan Kocsis and Imre Rohrmann.  


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Lori Sims says she didn't fall in love with Debussy's piano preludes until she began teaching her students at Western Michigan University. In the past, she had been vocal about never wanting to perform Debussy, but now, she'll perform both sets of preludes in concert at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in two sold-out concerts. 


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On WestSouthwest, a vote next week in Richland could be the first to dissolve a village in Michigan. And a new report shows one in ten children in Michigan have had a parent behind bars. 

  

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The Kids Count Project Director for the Michigan League for Public Policy describes the latest numbers on children with an incarcerated parent as “grim.” 

Michigan has one of the highest rates of children with a parent behind bars. Numbers from the Annie E. Casey Foundation show one in ten children in the state have been separated from a parent due to incarceration.

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