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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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"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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On WestSouthwest, we have a rebroadcast of our interview with Western Michigan University Professor Mitch Kachun on his book about the "First Martyr of Liberty."


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With all of southwest Michigan Under an "excessive heat" warning, Kalamazoo County officials say they will opening a cooling station to help people cope. The station at the Douglass Community Association, 1000 W. Paterson Street, in Kalamazoo will be open Saturday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. People can get free rides to the cooling station on Metro Transit busses.

County health officials say they are keeping an eye on heat indexes in the area and may re-open the cooling station on Sunday, July 1.

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Business interests will have new influence over environmental regulations in Michigan, Governor Snyder says no to looser ballast-water restrictions, a Beaver Island statue is back in its rightful place and more. 

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On an important anniversary - the fiftieth year since the ratification of the 13th Amendment - Michigan saw the publication of the "Manual of Freedmen's Progress," a detailed account of African-American residents' achievements in the state.


Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Protests of Kent County's contract with immigration authorities shut down a board meeting, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra has a new music director and more. 

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Western Michigan University set tuition and fees for the next academic year on Wednesday, at a meeting where the Board of Trustees also approved a new contract with the school's Teaching Assistants Union. 

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Western Michigan University cultural anthropologist is a member of the Sault Saint Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Living among the tribe, also known as the Ojibwa, while pursuing a master's degree at WMU, Allard came to the troubling realization of just how big a problem youth suicide is among Native Americans. He wrote a book about it: Guided by the Spirits: The Meanings of Life, Death, and Youth Suicide in an Ojibwa Community (Routledge, 2018).


Kalamazoo County health officials will participate in National HIV Testing Day on Wednesday, June 27. The county health department's clinical services supervisor, Penny Born RN, says the tests are for more than just people considered at high-risk for AIDS. She says all sexually active adults should be tested. There are an estimated 368 people in Kalamazoo County who are positive for HIV. The free, confidential tests are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the county's Health and Community Services Department, 3299 Gull Road.

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Kalamazoo County will participate in National HIV Testing Day on Wednesday, June 27. The county health department's clinical services supervisor, Penny Born RN, says the tests are for more than just people considered at high-risk for AIDS.

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WMUK's news department has been recognized by Public Radio News Director's Inc. At PRNDI's annual meeting in Philadelphia on June 22-23, 2018, WMUK received four national awards in Division B for stations with four-to-seven full-time news personnel for programs produced in 2017.

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