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On WestSouthwest, NPR Ted Radio Hour host Guy Raz tells us about taking over a "blank room." And State Representative Jon Hoadley on tax credits, the budget, roads and other issues. 

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NPR Host Guy Raz says "there's no real rhyme or reason" for how every TED Radio Hour is produced. He says sometimes he'll hear a TED Talk that he loves and he'll look for others that might make a full show. Raz says other times he and the show's producers will develop a theme and look for TED Talks that fit.

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State Representative Jon Hoadley says legacy tax credits to businesses have busted a hole in the state budget. He says the state can't operate with such uncertainty decades into the future. The Kalamazoo Democrat says the state should get concessions from businesses with unclaimed tax credits. 

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(Lansing-MPRN) A state lawmaker says it’s time to subject the governor’s office and the Legislature to Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). State Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) says he’ll introduced the bill soon. 

Citizens gathered around the warm glow of television screens to watch the debut of "Battle Creek" Sunday night. Watch parties brought people downtown to the McCamly Plaza Hotel Ballroom and Arcadia Brewing Company. Party-goers made merry and helped a couple of local charities: The party at McCamly was sponsored by the Calhoun County Visitors Bureau and raised money for the Charitable Union.