A wasp hovers over a tulip on a warm spring day in Washington Park on Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Albany, N.Y.
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That's Not A Bee: How To Tell And Why It Matters

This time of year, it’s not unusual for bees to ruin your picnic. Except the bugs landing on your potato salad likely aren’t bees at all. Many people have trouble telling the difference between bees and other stinging, flying insects.

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Farmers Alley Theatre: 10th Season Preview

Two founders of Farmers Alley Theatre , deputy director Rob Weiner and artistic director Jeremy Koch, join Cara Lieurance to give listeners the high points on the large scale musicals, old favorites, and intriguing new shows that make up the tenth season of this award-winning, professional theater based in Kalamazoo. Bookended by the classic musical Gypsy and the modern smash The Producers, the season also offers dramas like The Diary Of Anne Frank and The Christians, an adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County , and a one-man show, Liberace!, which takes place during the Gilmore Keyboard Festival.

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The former of director of an organization to support non-profit groups in Kalamazoo has died. A WMU volleyball player is honored by the Mid-American Conference for the second consecutive week. The Broncos will kick off their first MAC football game at 7:00 Saturday night September 30th. 

An EPA employee holds one of the types of booms used to clean up the Kalamazoo River oil spill in 2010. Patrick Miles of the U.S. Attorney's Office (middle) and acting EPA regional administrator Robert Kaplan (right) made the announcement about the Enbrid
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(MPRN-Lansing) The state pipeline safety board met for the first time Monday since it was revealed that Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline had lost some of its coating. The controversial pipeline sends oil and liquid natural gas under the Straits of Mackinac. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is asking state Attorney General Bill Schuette for a formal ruling on whether it has the authority to extend housing and employment protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender people. That’s after an attorney from his office torpedoed a proposal the commission was on the cusp of adopting. 

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Supporters of consolidated dispatch in Kalamazoo appear to have solved their funding problem, making it possible to launch a unified service after years of discussion and a false start or two.

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On Saturday, September 23 at 8 pm, Joel Mabus will release his latest album in Kalamazoo, at the First Baptist Church. He joined Cara Lieurance to showcase some cuts from the new collection, which combines instrumental hymn settings as well as songs adapted from old sources, sometimes updated with newly composed verses by Mabus. According to Mabus, he didn't set out to proselytize to anyone by recording an album of devotional music. It did, however, let him continue his exploration of "parlor guitar" style music, some favorite gospel hymns, and the first slide guitar tracks he's recorded in decades.


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On WestSouthwest, how political boundaries are drawn and how money is raised for campaigns. 


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Former Congressman and state lawmaker Joe Schwarz says gerrymandering, term limits and money in politics are the biggest problems with state government. He’s backing a ballot drive designed to address gerrymandering. 

  

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(MPRN-Lansing) A state board will hear Monday from members of the public on alternatives to Enbridge Energy’s Line Five. The pipeline carries oil and gas on a route that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac. 

A Kalamazoo area lawmaker proposes allowing casinos to apply for online gambling licenses. University of Michigan campus police investigate racial slurs on the doors of some black students. WMU men's soccer remains undefeated this season after a victory on Sunday. 

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Michigan Campaign Finance Network Director Craig Mauger says if legislation that would allow candidates to solicit unlimited amounts of money for Super PACs becomes law it will likely mean more negative campaign advertising.


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