Courtesy of Synod Community Services

WSW: The Case for a Local ID Card

What do your bank, the library and your employer have in common? At some point they have probably all asked you for some ID. You might have also shown an ID card to fill a prescription, or to pick up your kids from school. That’s no problem if you have a state ID such as a driver’s license. But for millions of Americans, state identification is out of reach.

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Chris McGuire

Keysfest Helps Young Pianists With Masterclasses, Workshops

Education director Adam Schumaker and education coordinator Leslie Boughton join Cara Lieurance to preview KeysFest, an annual day-long festival for piano students in the greater Kalamazoo and Battle Creek areas. Children grades 1-12 sign up to perform in a masterclass, hear their peers perform, and receive feedback from a clinician.

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Courtesy of Synod Community Services

What do your bank, the library and your employer have in common? At some point they have probably all asked you for some ID.

You might have also shown an ID card to fill a prescription, or to pick up your kids from school.

That’s no problem if you have a state ID such as a driver’s license. But for millions of Americans, state identification is out of reach. 


Melissa Benmark / WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) A Michigan department needs to do more to follow its own regulations on bottled water inspection. That was the message of an audit released Wednesday by the Office of the Auditor General. 

"The Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield was evacuated after an anonymous caller made a bomb threat Wednesday." (WDET)

"PAW PAW, MI - Should "Redskins" continue to be the nickname of Paw Paw High School's athletic teams, as used on signs, logos, marquees,T-shirts and other imagery?" (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Western Michigan women's basketball team suffered its first home loss since Nov. 18 as Kent State downed the Broncos 71-67 at University Arena Wednesday night. " (WMU Athletics)

"PARCHMENT, MI -- An independent accounting firm was hired to investigate alleged embezzlement in the city of Parchment after a citizen tipped off Mayor Robert Heasley." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Democrats on the Kalamazoo County Board have yet to close the rift that opened when one member helped elect a Republican as chair.

Democrat Stephanie Moore’s vote for Republican Dale Shugars cost her party the top seat on a commission where they hold a narrow majority. After her vote for Shugars, Moore was elected as the board’s vice-chair with no support from the other Democrats.

"Kellogg Co. plans to cut 250 jobs from its North American operations as a part of Project K, a cost-cutting program by the company, Battle Creek Unlimited President and CEO Joe Sobieralski told the Enquirer on Wednesday." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"Gardening on vacant property will be allowed in Battle Creek after city commissioners unanimously approved ordinance changes on Tuesday." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

Kevin Lavery, WKAR

Governor Rick Snyder focused much of the annual State of the State address on his achievements as governor, while also, insisting there is more work to be done.


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