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WMUK News
3:00 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

WMU Launches Transportation Research Center

Transportation Research Center director Jun-Seok Oh speaks at the organization's inaugural meeting.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Officials at Western Michigan University say the work of an institute for studying transportation will be to improve people’s quality of life by giving them more options for how to get around.

The new Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities or TRCLC is one of 33 centers around the country created with grant money from the US Department of Transportation. The TRCLC will have about a $3 million budget to work with annually.

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Music and Politics
7:36 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Professor Discusses "Hate Music" and Politics at WMU

A swastika drawn on the sign outside of a Georgia Congressman's office in 2009 - file photo
Credit The Associated Press

Interview with Nancy Love-web version

Nancy Love is a Professor of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University. Her current research centers on music and politics of the radical right. 

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WMUK News
9:05 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Portage Council Sets Meeting on Appointment of Acting City Manager

Deputy City Manager Brian Bowling at the March 11 Portage City Council Meeting.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Portage City Council will hold a special meeting next week to consider the appointment of an acting city manager. Current Portage manager Maurice Evans will retire on April first, and by law the city must appoint a successor within 30 days.

Mayor Pete Strazdas has recommended the appointment of current deputy city manager Brian Bowling. Several council members said they need more time to consider the proposal.

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WMUK News
2:13 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

WMU Names New Medical School for Homer Stryker

WMU president John Dunn announces the university's decision to name its new medical school for Homer Stryker.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Western Michigan University has announced it will name its new medical school for Stryker Corporation founder Dr. Homer Stryker.

At a press conference today, WMU president John Dunn said Stryker’s granddaughter Ronda Stryker and her husband were the source of a previously anonymous $100 million donation to the school several years ago. Dunn added that Stryker has given an additional gift to the school but asked the amount not be disclosed. 

The medical school is set to open in September.

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WMUK News
9:16 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Kalamazoo Police Chief Describes Department's Work on Racial Bias

Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley speaks to the Kalamazoo City Commission March 10.
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The head of Kalamazoo Public Safety says the department is taking multiple steps to address racial bias in its policing. That’s in response to a study from last year, which showed that on average, Kalamazoo police were stopping African-American drivers twice as often as other motorists.

Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley reported to the city commission last night. He says the department’s efforts include training officers to recognize unconscious prejudices. It’s also led to a department-wide reevaluation of which traffic stops call for a search.

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