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Upton Won't Run For US Senate

Fred Upton says he's not running for U.S. Senate next year. The Saint Joseph Republican announced Friday, November 17, that he'll seek another two-year term in the House instead.

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Katherine Mumma

The Little Mermaid Brings Undersea Fantasy To Kalamazoo Civic

Director Steven Carver, marketing director Janet Gover, Este'fan Kizer (Sebastian), and Lizzy Stone (Ariel) join Cara Lieurance to preview the Kalamazoo Civic's production of The Little Mermaid , which opens on Friday. The familiar Hans Christian Anderson story, made famous in the 1989 Disney movie, was adapted to stage in 2007, but took a few years to reach its current version, says Carver. Lizzy Stone, who starred as Eliza in the Civic's My Fair Lady, says that as a redhead, she loved Ariel as a girl, going on to say that the part requires some unusual acting challenges, including wordless acting and a flying harness. Este'Fan Kizer, who was last seen in Sister Act , plays the crab Sebastian, and sings the most recognizable song in the musical, "Under The Sea."

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If it seems like hate is increasing, it is. So says the Southern Poverty Law Center that has been monitoring domestic hate for nearly half a century.

Within 10 days of November's presidential election, about 850 incidences of hate and racial intimidation were reported to the center, says outreach director Lecia Brooks.

It rose to over 1,800 by March of this year. Brooks headlines the Kalamazoo Summit on Racism on Nov. 17 in Kalamazoo.


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"Son, don't you ever forget the bridge that brought you across." Moses L. Walker recalls his mother often telling him that.

So Walker, a retired Borgess Medical Center executive who served multiple terms on the Kalamazoo City Commission and on many boards, says he always found ways to give back.

Now the Family Health Center in Kalamazoo has named its headquarters after Walker. (Click icon to hear interview.)


Dr. Scott Boerma, director of bands at Western Michigan University, joins Cara Lieurance to share the highlights of this Sunday's joint concert by the University Concert Band and University Symphonic Band. Acclaimed composer David Maslanka, who died in August, will be remembered in a performance of his last work, a concerto for piano and winds, featuring Dr. Yu-Lien The. It was commissioned by a consortium of schools in the MAC conference, and has only been performed a handful of times. The University Symphonic Band's program is filled out with classic works by Bernstein, Holst, and Grainger.


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Two companies have asked about installing solar panels on an old paper mill landfill near the Kalamazoo River, according to Cooper Township supervisor Jeff Sorensen. The township owns the land, where the presence of the landfill, though capped, limits future development.

Cliff Owen / AP Photo

Fred Upton says he's not running for U.S. Senate next year. The Saint Joseph Republican announced Friday, November 17, that he'll seek another two-year term in the House instead.

Ashley Slater Photography

In under three years, the members of The Founding have earned a reputation as a progressive Celtic-influenced band with a powerful stage presence, all while finishing their music degrees at Western Michigan University. Chief songwriters Joel Myers and Lukas Stanley spoke to Cara Lieurance about the band's fast rise and the surprising directions their first album took. They also tell the stories behind four of the songs from The Founding's first album, Form.


Viki Redding

Although Travis Mulhauser now lives in North Carolina, his years growing up in Petoskey, Michigan, are never far from the surface. Michigan is often the vivid background in his stories, as it is in his debut novel, Sweetgirl (Ecco/Harper Collins, 2017), a 2017 Michigan Notable Book.


Loy Norrix High School's principal resigns amid a federal sexual harassment lawsuit. WMU advances to the quarterfinals of the MAC volleyball tournament. The Broncos' men's basketball team loses to Tulsa in the first game of the Puerto Rico tip-off.

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Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) There are once again 110 members of the state House. A state elections board Thursday certified the results of special elections held last week to fill two vacancies. 

Romney Office Building in Lansing
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing)  A downturn in the economy would quickly drain the state’s “rainy day” savings. That’s the determination of an independent analysis. 

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