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Senior Millage Headed to August Ballot in Kalamazoo County

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.

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The Shanghai Quartet: Crossing Borders For 35 Years

Weigang Li , the founding first violinist of the Shanghai Quartet , previews their concert with famous pipa virtuoso Wu Man , in an interview with Cara Lieurance. He says although they've received notice for their East-West crossover programs, he considers himself a specialist in Germanic music - the core classical repertory of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. Li says that even though it's a cliché, music really does allow people from different countries to share a language together. The concert is Saturday at 7:30 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, presented by Fontana .

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(MPRN-East Lansing) The Michigan State University Faculty Senate passed a vote of no confidence in the schools’ Board of Trustees Tuesday.

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(MPRN-Lansing) A ballot campaign will begin gathering signatures to add a voting rights amendment to the state constitution. If the effort gathers enough signatures, the question will go on the November ballot for voters to decide. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) People convicted of crimes would have to listen to victim statements at their sentencing hearings – if a bill making its way through the state Legislature becomes law. 

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Western Michigan University's School of Music will host a 10-state division conference of the College Band Directors National Association February 22-24. Organizer Scott Boerma, WMU director of bands, will conduct a free preview concert by the University Symphonic Band on Sunday, Feb 18 at 3 pm in Miller Auditorium. Boerma shared the details with Cara Lieurance in a preview.


A report recommends Saugatuck end its police services agreement with the city of Douglas. Michigan lawmakers from both parties criticize President Trump's proposed budget for cutting Great Lakes Restoration funding. A Berrien County Representative will run for state Senate this year. 

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(MPRN-East Lansing) Michigan State University’s Faculty Senate will hold a no confidence vote in the school’s Board of Trustees Tuesday. 

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Dr. Aaron Humble, professor of voice at Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN, presented a solo recital of sacred art songs on Friday evening in the Cathedral Church of St. Augustine. He was joined by Karen Kness, Gunta Laukmane and Thomas Fielding.  Before the concert, Humble and Fielding joined Cara Lieurance for a conversation about the program.


Meghan Stagl and Matthew Epperson started their duo while studying jazz at Western Michigan University, where, they say, jazz students are thrown into a churning musical mix from the get-go. They like their collaboration for the same reasons: their roles combine to suggest all the elements of a song, but there's a lot of freedom to play around with the tunes. With a new album in the works, they joined Cara Lieurance in the Takeda Studio for a selection of old and new standards.


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On WestSouthwest, we discuss the impact of trade on the loss of manufacturing jobs with Upjohn Institute Economist Susan Houseman. And the co-investigator for Western Michigan University's Autism Center For Excellence Stephanie Peterson tells us about what they offer students and others, and the challenges remaining. 


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The co-investigator for Western Michigan University’s Autism Center for Excellence says treatment for people with autism is getting better. But Stephanie Peterson says more discoveries are being made, and more challenges remain.


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