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Singer/Songwriter Kaitlin Rose Talks Motherhood, Goes Solo In New EP

What’s that saying - “You can’t rush art.” A few months ago, Kalamazoo singer-songwriter Kaitlin Rose was getting antsy. It had been two years since she released an album and the pressure was on. But instead of putting out an incomplete album, Rose decided to make a short, four-song EP. She'll have a release show for the work Sunday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m. at Rootead dance studio in Kalamazoo.

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WSW: Vaccination And Waiver Debate Continues In Michigan

Opera's Stars Preview Don Giovanni Performance By Kalamazoo Symphony

Baritone Mark Walters (Don Giovanni) and soprano Nicole Heaston (Donna Elvira) bring a wealth of experience to the Kalamazoo Symphony's production of Don Giovanni, which began rehearsals May 18 for the May 26 performance. In an energetic conversation with Cara Lieurance, they talk about the dark and light aspects of Mozart's famous work, and how their characters interact within the drama.

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Vietnamese United Methodist Church is one of several in Grand Rapids that offers services in Vietnamese. According to Western Michigan University, there are about 6,000 people of Vietnamese descent living in Grand Rapids alone.
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Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College recently got an international studies grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create programs that center around South Asia - countries like India, Pakistan, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam.

Melanie Cook

Dr. Karen Woodworth, director of the Kalamazoo Recorder Players, says her program "Images of Place And Time" takes inspiration from music of many ages and showcases pieces published in the American Recorder Society's quarterly magazine. With David Fischer, they discuss a variety of music in an interview with Cara Lieurance. The Kalamazoo Recorder Players will perform at The Fountains at Bronson Place on Sunday at 3 pm. 

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Melissa Benmark / WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) Big plans in Lansing for tax cuts or paying down debt could be complicated by new budget forecasts. The new numbers show there’s less money than expected for balancing the budget. 

Michigan lawmakers react to the latest developments in investigations of the Trump administration. Michigan's unemployment rate drops slightly in April. WMU football to play at Michigan State in 2019. 

Female Genital Mutilation Bills Pass State Senate

May 17, 2017
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Kevin Lavery, WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) State lawmakers are quickly pushing through female genital mutilation legislation. 


Before he was contacted by a search firm, Edward Montgomery already had some connections to Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo and the state of Michigan. Montgomery will become Western’s ninth president on August first.

Battle Creek City Commissioners approve a change in when city elections are held. An Allegan County doctor's license suspended for liposuction in a pole barn, WMU baseball loses its final non-conference game of the season.
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(MPRN-St. Ignace) The Mackinac Bridge will be largely closed to vehicle traffic the morning of Labor Day. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A resolution against a controversial oil pipeline that drew crowds to Kalamazoo County board meetings has passed. The commission voted 7 to 3 on Tuesday to call for the shutdown of Enbridge Energy Line 5, which runs through the Straits of Mackinac.

Supporters of the resolution packed several recent county board meetings. Many of them said an oil spill in the Straits would devastate the Great Lakes and Michigan’s economy.

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Melissa Benmark / WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) Gun rights are up for debate in the state legislature again.