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So Far, So Good For Many Local Fruit Crops

This year’s cold, wet, late spring might yet pay off in fruit. Michigan State University Extension educator Mark Longstroth says by the time Southwest Michigan’s various fruit plants started growing in May, they’d avoided the danger of spring frost. The season looks promising for many crops.

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LHI Live: Musical Nomad Kjartan Code & Trio

Kjartan Code was raised in Kalamazoo, but for most of his twenties he has circled the globe, playing gypsy-style violin in street and festival settings. In a live performance at WMUK, with guitarist Bert Ebrite and percussionist Carolyn Koebel , Code talks to Craig Freeman about the demands of busking and the influence of the many cultures he's been immersed in on his music.

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On WestSouthwest, we examine ballot issues, both the political implications and the process for getting initiatives before voters in Michigan. 


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Your next house might be “net-zero.” So says the keynote speaker at a conference in Kalamazoo. Matt Grocoff of Ann Arbor promotes the practice of building or converting homes so that they generate as much energy as they use, something he says does more than lower utility bills.


Wisconsin Public Radio

Citizens Research Council of Michigan president Eric Lupher says Michigan’s “lassiez-faire” approach to ballot issues presents a number of problems – a lack of trust in the process, less information for voters signing petitions, and more time in court settling legal challenges.


Andy Robins / WMUK

A Western Michigan University Political Science Professor says a ballot issue can influence other races on the ballot, but John Clark says it requires the right circumstances. 


The ACLU seeks a motion in a Detroit courtroom to protect Iraqi detainees. Parts of the Upper Peninsula are devestated by weekend flooding. Kalamazoo's winning streak continues on the baseball field, while Battle Creek's ends on Sunday. 

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This year’s cold, wet, late spring might yet pay off in fruit. Michigan State University Extension educator Mark Longstroth says by the time Southwest Michigan’s various fruit plants started growing in May, they’d avoided the danger of spring frost. The season looks promising for many crops.

Craig Freeman

Kjartan Code was raised in Kalamazoo, but for most of his twenties he has circled the globe, playing gypsy-style violin in street and festival settings. In a live performance at WMUK, with guitarist Bert Ebrite and percussionist Carolyn Koebel, Code talks to Craig Freeman about the demands of busking and the influence of the many cultures he's been immersed in on his music. 


matthewfries.com

In two sessions, at 6 and 8 pm on Friday, jazz pianist Matthew Fries and bassist Phil Palombi will record a concert in an intimate live setting in front of an audience at Overneath studios in downtown Kalamazoo.  It's part of a series hosted by Overneath called the KBR Sessions.

Fries is the newest member of Western Michigan University’s jazz faculty, having joined the WMU School of Music last September. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, he discusses his decision to leave New York City after 23 years, his influential teacher, Donald Brown, and his recent project with his sister, artist Loryn Spangler-Jones

Reservations for the KBR Sessions are available at this website.  


Berrien County's Register of Deeds has died in a single car accident. New state rules are unveiled for eliminating lead in water. WMU assistant men's basketball coach Larry Farmer is retiring. 

MPRN

(MPRN-Detroit) The ACLU of Michigan wants a Detroit judge to order immigration authorities to stop coercive tactics against Iraqi immigrants in its custody. 

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