12:23 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Debating a New Kalamazoo "Design District"

Portage Street near Washington Square.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Downtown Kalamazoo business owners have to follow special rules when they build a new building or make big changes in an old one.

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Local History
4:47 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Merze Tate: The WMU, Oxford Alum Who Broke Barriers

Merze Tate receiving her doctorate from Western Michigan University
Credit courtesy of Sonya Bernard Hollins

While many African Americans in the 1920s and 30s were fighting for basic rights, Western Michigan University alum Merze Tate was traveling the world and attending colleges like Oxford University.

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3:45 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Union Votes "No Confidence" in WMU Provost

Supporters of Alex Enyedi at the WMU trustees' meeting in January.
Credit Sehvilla Man / WMUK

No confidence: that’s the result of a preliminary voice vote the Western Michigan University faculty union held today on university provost Tim Greene. The vote will continue until Monday afternoon while the union gathers electronic ballots from members.

The union has vigorously protested the provost’s recent decision not to reappoint Alex Enyedi as dean of the college of arts and sciences. But Greene sent a letter to faculty this week saying that he would not change his mind.

Among other reasons he cited what he said was Enyedi's "opposition to a leadership directive."

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Local Music
2:00 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

L'Italiana In Kalamazoo: Beatrice Rana To Play Gilmore Series

Beatrice Rana
Credit Neda Navaee

A 2013 Cliburn Competition silver medalist is the next soloist to appear on The Gilmore Rising Stars Series. Beatrice Rana hails from Lecce, Italy, a small southern town where her parents, and teacher Benedetto Lupo, guided her musical development.

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Jobless Rates
7:20 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Unemployment Rates Down From Year Ago in Local Labor Markets

Credit WMUK

Unemployment rates have dropped in all of Michigan's labor markets over the last year. 

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