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Between the Lines: A Lynching in Georgia

Most of us shy away from looking into that dark closet that contains our family skeletons. Journalist Karen Branan did, too. Until she could no longer look away. Branan is the author of The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth (Simon & Schuster, 2016).
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Kalamazoo Children's Chorus Dreams Of Holidays, Touring To China

Following a visit to New Orleans last summer, director Fred Sang says the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus is excited to tour to China in the summer of 2018. Here in Kalamazoo, the chorus presents its annual holiday concert on Sunday.
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"Washington — Congress sent President Barack Obama bipartisan legislation Wednesday to bolster research on cancer and other diseases, expedite government reviews of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, as well as fight opioid abuse." (Detroit News)

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo County Clerk's Office finished recounting votes cast in the Nov. 8 presidential election Tuesday night. With the help of 140 volunteers and clerks from around the county, ballots from 108 precincts and 98 absentee ballot counting sites were counted within 12 hours of starting. Kalamazoo County Clerk Tim Snow said the effort finished around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7. " (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"After a lawyer urged him not to stick taxpayers with a $5 million recount tab, a federal judge on Wednesday dissolved his earlier decision and halted the hand-recount of 4.8 million ballots that were cast for president in Michigan." (Detroit Free Press)


Music director Rick Phelps says that the Kalamazoo Singers holiday concert, called "Candlelight Reflections," is not subdued or serious. Instead, it is a trip down memory lane for the choir, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this season.

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(MPRN-Lansing) More courtroom drama is expected Wednesday as Michigan Republicans and the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump continue try to shut down the statewide ballot recount. 

"KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's basketball team had its lowest defensive output since the 1980-81 season as the Broncos defeated Fort Wayne 61-35 in nonconference action Tuesday night at University Arena. WMU defeated McMaster University in the Hurricane Classic 90-33 in the team's seventh game of the 1980-81 season. " (Kalamazoo Gazette/WMU Athletics)

"KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, MI -- Drinking water might be contaminated in Kalamazoo residences after a water main break." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

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The future home of the health department, the county's high mortality rate among African-American infants and Administrator Moored's contract were also on the commission's agenda Tuesday.

Kalamazoo County voters must decide whether unified 911 dispatch is worth a few extra dollars on their phone bills.

On Tuesday commissioners voted 8-3 to put the question on the ballot in May. If it passes, residents would pay as much as $2.30 per month per phone toward consolidated dispatch.

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(MPRN-Lansing) Teachers, firefighters and police are celebrating. That’s after lawmakers dropped legislation that would make drastic changes to their retirement benefits. 

"The high school graduation rate in Michigan and the nation is headed for a reversal and is expected to decline in coming years, according to a national report released Tuesday." (Detroit News)