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Kalamazoo: Famous for its Paper, Mall...and Fish?

This month, “Why’s That?” brings you a fish story. Not a tall tale, but a question from listener and WMUK volunteer Maria Maki. She’s heard that Kalamazoo was once a globally renowned destination for fishing, especially for trout.

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Trey Jones

"Reed-ing" The Classics At The Chamber Music Fest of Saugatuck

Works for groups of four, five, and six players promise an escalating evening of music on Thursday and Friday at the Saugatuck Woman's Club. Cara Lieurance talked with the one musician who will be a part of all three groups: oboist Sarah Southard of Hope College, who is looking forward to appearing on the 31st season of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck .

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Music on Sunday

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Gordon Evans / WMUK

Mike Callton says the state made a lot improvements during his six years in the state House, but he says there is still a lot of work to do. Callton is running for the Republican nomination in the 19th state Senate District, which includes Barry, Calhoun and Ionia Counties. The seat is currently held by Republican Mike Nofs. He cannot run again due to term limits. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo Public Safety says all of the cars from yesterday’s train derailment were cleared Tuesday night. All streets in downtown Kalamazoo that were closed have reopened.

Benjamin Famiano

You may not know it but you're left-handed. We're not talking about the hand you use the most but rather the amino acids in the molecules in your body. All life in earth uses "left-handed" molecules as building blocks. And a research team led by associate Western Michigan University physics professor Michael Famiano is trying to find out why that's true, and whether the "stuff of life" was forged in the depths of space.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Morning commuters faced extra long waits Tuesday, July 3, in Kalamazoo. A derailed train snarled traffic and affected businesses and local government offices.

Dario Acosta

The Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck returns for its 31st season with concerts by the renowned Tesla Quartet on Thursday and Friday. Violinist Ross Snyder spoke with Cara Lieurance about the quartet's debut album (which will be released in September), and about the special works planned for the festival. They include Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 18/3, the String Quartet No. 1 in C major by Karol Szymanowski, Arvo Pärt's Fratres, and the String Quartet No. 5 by Philip Glass.

Music begins at 7:30 pm July 5 and 6 at the Saugatuck Woman's Club.

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

(MPRN-Lansing)  A liberal advocacy group wants to take Attorney General Bill Schuette to the Michigan Supreme Court. Progress Michigan’s lawsuit alleges that Schuette and his staff are using their private emails for state business. 


The idea for a downtown Kalamazoo arena gets another look.  A new study estimates the cost of a new lock for Sault Ste Marie. Some construction projects will be put on hold for the July 4th holiday. 

KALAMAZOO, MI: On July 3, 2018, at about 06:50 AM, Kalamazoo Public Safety responded to the report of box cars tipped over in the downtown area. Approximately 15 cars have overturned blocking several major intersections in the downtown including Michigan Avenue and Kalamazoo Avenue. Motorists are strongly encouraged to avoid this area as significant delays are expected. The cause of the derailment is unknown at this time and is under investigation. (Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety news release)

Bundles of fishing line and lures hang on a power line across Allegan Dam. You can tell it's a popular spot to fish.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The last laws in the state's opioid package take effect. An advisory to not eat fish out of some ponds in Kent County. Battle Creek teachers have a new one year contract with the district. 

This story has been updated to reflect that Jen Strebs is a member of Kalamazoo progressive organization ProKzoo and that Kalamazoo County has cancelled its Commission meeting for July 3.

With temperatures in the 90s and the sun blazing, hundreds of people gathered in Kalamazoo's Bronson Park on Saturday to call for changes to U.S. immigration laws and policy.