Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Flooding Affects Much of SW Michigan

Updated Saturday noon The National Weather Service says the Kalamazoo River crested at 11.5 feet Saturday in Kalamazoo and is expected to drop below ten feet on Monday. But Kalamazoo city officials say flood conditions are likely to continue into the coming week. They say no additional problems have been reported and that streets will be reopened when conditions permit. Kalamazoo's wastewater treatment plant continues to operate normally even though volume has increased to 78-million gallons a day compared to its normal 26-million gallons. Updated Friday 3:49 p.m. Some areas in Kalamazoo could face floods this weekend that will be worse than those it experienced in 2008. City and county officials discussed plans to deal with the problem Thursday afternoon.

Read More
Kalamazoo Symphony

Andrew Grams, Pablo Ferrandez-Castro Preview KSO's 'Haydn & Beethoven'

Andrew Grams , who is music director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and one of the finalists for the music director position with the Kalamazoo Symphony, talks about the many facets of the job in a pre-concert interview with Cara Lieurance. Joining them is cellist and finalist of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, Pablo Ferrandez-Castro . He will perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major. During the concerto, Ferrandez-Castro will improvise his cadenzas, a skill common in Haydn's time, but less so today. Mozart's Overture to the Magic Flute and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 are also on the program. The concert begins at 8 pm Saturday, in Chenery Auditorium.

Read More

A threat closes Otsego Public Schools Thursday. A Battle Creek police officer is charged with drunk driving for an off duty crash. WMU women's basketball loses its third straight. The K-Wings rally for an overtime win. 

WMUK

(MPRN-Lansing) Lawmakers in Lansing want to put 175 million dollars toward the state’s roads. The state House passed the spending bill Wednesday. 

State Capitol - file photo
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) Governor Rick Snyder will consider changing the rules that allow courts to permanently remove children from their parents. The bills are on their way to the governor’s desk. 

Attorney General Bill Schuette - file photo
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) State Attorney General Bill Schuette says the special prosecutor looking into MSU’s handling of abuse allegations is independent of his office. But, that’s not what the contract says. 

vincemendoza.net

Vince Mendoza is one of the most versatile and prolific composer–arranger–conductors of the last two decades. A multi-Grammy Award winner, he has written arrangements for a wide variety of pop and jazz artists, and tonight the Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra and WMU Symphony Orchestra will play a concert of his works. Mendoza and Andrew Rathbun, professor of jazz at WMU, preview the concert and the high points of his career with Cara Lieurance.


Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Students at Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo are joining their peers at other schools around the country in calling for stricter laws on guns. Hundreds of students rallied in front of the school over lunch on Wednesday, then walked to Kilgore Road where some briefly stood in the roadway before heading back inside.

A new CEO for Kalamazoo's Lakeside Home for Children. Battle Creek's fire chief is stepping down, at least for now. Some schools in Southwest Michigan respond to concerns about violence. WMU men's basketball wins in overtime over rival Central Michigan.

Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) A high school freshman came to the state Capitol Tuesday to advocate on behalf of sexual assault legislation. 

Patrick Semansky / AP Photo

Should Kalamazoo County levy a tax to help fund services for seniors? Voters will have a chance to decide in August. The County Commission voted 6 to 5 along party lines on Tuesday to put the question on the ballot during the primary.

The proposed rate is 0.35 mills, expiring after six years. A homeowner with a taxable property value of $100,000 would pay about $35 annually.

WMUK

Organizers of a planned memorial to the victims of the 2016 mass shooting in Kalamazoo are ramping up their fundraising efforts.

Pages