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Local Papers Oppose Newsprint Import Fees

Tariffs and duties recently imposed on Canadian newsprint manufacturers could cause trouble for Southwest Michigan newspapers.

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Craig Freeman

LHI Live: Violinist Ahmed Tofiq, Bridging Worlds

Violinist Ahmed Tofiq has become, by neccessity, a bridge between Eastern and Western musical traditions, and a bridge between cultures as well. The co-founder of a youth orchestra for children of Syrian refugees, Orchestra Rouh , he speaks Arabic and excels in playing traditional melodies in the styles he learned growing up in Kurdistan. But Tofiq has embraced life in Kalamazoo since moving here to earn his master's degree in music at Western Michigan University in 2014. He knows that music is one way to form connections, and a feeling of home, quickly. In the Takeda studio, with his violin, Ahmed Tofiq tells his story and plays a few of his favorite maqamat as he speaks with Craig Freeman.

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Hans vander Woerd

In the new Fontana season, jazz, art song, and classical music will fill a season spanning October 28, 2018 - May 11, 2019. Executive director David Baldwin joins Cara Lieurance to discuss each of the 8 concerts in detail. 


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Julian Kuerti says he developed his feeling of "what's right" in music as a child listening to his musician parents - concert pianist Anton Kuerti and cellist Kristine Bogyo - rehearse at home in Toronto. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Kuerti talks about some of the reasons he became a conductor over becoming a mathemetician, and how his studies in Berlin helped focus his talent and energy.

Kuerti describes the two big works on the program - Beethoven's "Triple" Concerto and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 - in terms of their history, construction, and special features.


Calhoun County's plan to make most jail visits by videoconference draws criticism. Bills to Respond to MSU sports doctor Larry Nasser still working their way through the Legislature. A proposal to boost Michigan's minimum wage could be headed to the ballot. 

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Tariffs and duties recently imposed on Canadian newsprint manufacturers could cause trouble for Southwest Michigan newspapers.

Environmental groups urge a veto of legilsation to change some oversight requirements for mining. House Speaker Paul Ryan's Super Pac opens a Southwest Michigan office to help Congressman Fred Upton's re-election campaign. A Vicksburg elementary teacher is names Michigan's "Teacher of the Year." 

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Upjohn Institute Researchers Tim Bartik and Brad Hershbein say high quality pre-kindergarten programs can have positive results that last into adulthood. But identifying what quality means is difficult.


Peter Halstead

The Stulberg International String Competition will be turned into a"play-by-play" radio documentary by NPR's From The Top this year. According to host Christopher O'Riley, events like this one are best experienced immersively - and they are a great learning experience for the finalists, whether they win a prize or not. He talks to Cara Lieurance about covering the competition, which culminates today in a finals concert at the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University at 7:30 pm. More information on tickets and other events are at the Stulberg Competition website. The From The Top episode on the competition is expected to air this fall.


Craig Freeman

Violinist Ahmed Tofiq has become, by neccessity, a bridge between Eastern and Western musical traditions, and a bridge between cultures as well. The co-founder of a youth orchestra for children of Syrian refugees, Orchestra Rouh, he speaks Arabic and excels in playing traditional melodies in the styles he learned growing up in Kurdistan. But Tofiq has embraced life in Kalamazoo since moving here to earn his master's degree in music at Western Michigan University in 2014. He knows that music is one way to form connections, and a feeling of home, quickly.

In the Takeda studio, with his violin, Ahmed Tofiq tells his story and plays a few of his favorite maqamat as he speaks with Craig Freeman. 


Utilities strike a deal with activists to avoid a ballot measure. Applications will be accepted beginning June 7th to operate medical marijuana related businesses in Kalamazoo. A fund to rewards tips about crimes against bicyclists continues to grow. A judge dimisses a challenge to Abdul El-Sayed's eligibility to run for governor. WMU moves a step closer to clinching a spot in the MAC baseball tournament. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) Lawmakers in Lansing say a settlement between Michigan State University and survivors of Larry Nassar doesn’t mean their quest for justice is over. 

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