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Singer/Songwriter With Bipolar Disorder Makes Album With Help From Kalamazoo Musicians

Imagine living with a disease for years without knowing that you have it. That’s what happened to Kalamazoo singer/songwriter Brian Koenigsknecht .

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Jesse Smith And Sean Gavin To Play A 'Pure Drop' Irish Concert

Just a fiddle, and a flute. And rhythm, ornaments, breath accents, and stories. In the tradition of Irish folk music, two players is enough for an evening's entertainment, harkening back to the days when resources were scarce but social music-making was prized. On Thursday at First Congregational Church, fiddler Jesse Smith (Danu, The Tap Room Trio) and flutist Sean Gavin (Bua, Teada) will perform, highlighting their new album, Music From The Lost Continent , which was called "straight-up trad at its best" in a Tradconnect review . Cara Lieurance spoke with Jesse Smith about his love of the music and his admiration for players of the past, including Michael Coleman, who was famous in the 1920 for his cylinder recordings.

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Fran Dwight

Imagine living with a disease for years without knowing that you have it. That’s what happened to Kalamazoo singer/songwriter Brian Koenigsknecht

Governor Rick Snyder has signed bills to create new business incentives in hopes of getting a few very large employers to locate in Michigan. The new incentives are controversial. 

The new law would benefit a handful of companies that create hundreds or thousands of average or above-average wage jobs. The deal would allow the companies to keep some or all of the state income taxes collected from their employees. 

"Pure Michigan" Might Get an Audit

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The multi-million dollar Pure Michigan campaign is getting an evaluation. The state Auditor General started a review this week.

Representatives Steven Johnson (R-Wayland) and Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) asked for the audit. Johnson said he wants to make sure the campaign is a good deal for taxpayers.

More than a hundred faculty and administrators at Western Michigan University have signed a letter asking President Donald Trump to intervene on behalf of a Saudi Arabian student who planned to attend the university.


How effective are the incentives that states use to lure businesses? We present a rebroadcast of an interview with the Upjohn Institute Economist trying to answer that question.

LGBTQ Activists Ask State to Clarify Civil Rights Law

Jul 26, 2017

LGBT activists say the state’s civil rights law is too vague when it comes to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Now they’re calling on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission to clarify the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act lists attributes people can’t discriminate for – like race, religion and sex.

More candidates have jumped into the race for three Portage City Council seats this fall. They include newcomers Chris Burns, Wayne Stoffer and Tim Earl. 

Eleven former employees of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans have been charged with felonies for falsifying reports to reflect they made required patient visits when, instead, they were ignoring them. 

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Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline continues to face public scrutiny. Several state officials heard public comment on Tuesday. It was the first of three such sessions planned around the state. 

The Trump administration doesn't want a study on Asian carp in the Great Lakes released until the new head of the Army Corps of Engineers takes office. Local activist Chris Wahmhoff to run for Kalamazoo City Mayor. Stryker breaks ground on a new research and development facility in Portage.