Sisters and musicians Sage Moser (left) and Zoie Moser (right)
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Sisters Come Together In Michigan To Make Music, Theatre

Zoie and Sage Moser will perform Saturday, January 20th at Potter's Lounge at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Kalamazoo. Their music is a mixture jazz, pop, and alternative.

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Baritone Nathan Gunn Describes His Ideal Song Recital

Baritone Nathan Gunn and his musician wife, pianist Julie Jordan Gunn will perform an eclectic mix of classic and modern cabaret songs for a Fontana audience Saturday night in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at 7:30 pm. Gunn talked to Cara Lieurance about what to expect.

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(MPRN-Lansing) A new report says it costs at least $9,600 to properly educate a student in Michigan’s public schools. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) The state Legislature went over the governor’s head Wednesday. It approved a veto override – something that hasn’t happened in Michigan since 2002. 

Upton says President Trump's comments hurt chances for a deal on immigration. An at-large seat is filled on the board for Kalamazoo's Foundation for Excellence. Victims speak out at a sentencing hearing for former Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar. WMU men's basketball loses in the final second. 


(MPRN-Lansing) Some DTE Energy customers say the utility is bullying them for refusing smart meters, and they want the state Legislature to do something about it. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) Republicans in Lansing say they want to make quick work of fixing a glitch in the new federal tax law. The issue is making sure Michiganders don’t pay more on their state income taxes. But there’s plenty of interest in going further. 

Legal bills are adding up for the state prosecuting and defending public officials related to the Flint water crisis. The state's largest teachers union endorses former state lawmaker Gretchen Whitmer for governor. A WMU defenseman picks up a weekly honor from the NCHC. 

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(MPRN-Lansing)  The legislature is once again at odds with the governor. This time it’s over what to do about the new federal tax law. 

Forester Ben Savoie looks closely at a dying cherry tree. The field he's standing in used to be farmland and very few species of plants are growing there.
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Extreme temperatures are hard on plants. They’re not used to having frost one day and 60-degree temperatures the next. But just like people will huddle together for warmth, plant species have strength in numbers. New research suggests that biodiversity — or a good variety of plants and animals — is about as important as climate for a healthy ecosystem. 

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Climbing a 30-foot flagpole is not easy. But Bree Newsome did (listen now, below).  She ascended the flagpole outside South Carolina's statehouse and lowered the Confederate flag in 2015, making headlines. Why did she do it?

"There was a moment that we were in as a nation," the film-maker-activist says today on WMUK's WestSouthwest news and public affairs show.

She says a white supremacist had just days before fatally shot nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston, S.C., including its pastor who was a state senator. 

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Kalamazoo is among communities participating in the second annual National Day of Racial Day of Healing on Tuesday, Jan. 16th. The city has recognized the day with a proclamation, says Lanna Lewis of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, who is a guest today on WMUK's WestSouthwest (listen now, below). 

The day has local roots. Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation started it last year to focus the country's attention on combating structural racism, as it launched its new Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation long-term initiative in 14 cities, including Kalamazoo.