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SW Michigan
2:22 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Michigan's migrant population growing

Credit WMUK

Michigan’s population of migrant farm workers is growing. State officials say the number of seasonal farm workers has risen by more than seven percent since 2006.

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights says that means the state ranks fifth in the nation in the number of registered migrant workers. It says migrants and their families add about 94,000 people to Michigan’s population. Van Buren and Ottawa counties each have more than 12,000 during the peak harvest season.

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Legislative districts
6:40 am
Tue August 6, 2013

McCann: Still plenty of time for redistricting proposal

Sean McCann
Credit WMUK

State Representative Sean McCann on redistricting

    

State Representative Sean McCann says the fairness of having an independent commission draw legislative districts should have bipartisan appeal. 

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Kalamazoo River oil spill
8:52 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Battle Creek Enquirer reports on Enbridge's buying homes near 2010 oil spill

Kalamazoo River - file photo
Credit WMUK

Interview with Jennifer Bowman

    

After an oil spill on the Kalamazoo River in 2010, Enbridge Energy offered to buy homes in the area within 200 feet of the river. 

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Poetry
3:28 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Feeding Wild Birds: Poetry that puts humans back in nature

Kalamazoo poet Rob Haight reading from his book 'Feeding Wild Birds' in the WMUK studio.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Kalamazoo poet Rob Haight will read from his new book of poetry Feeding Wild Birds at Michigan News Agency on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Haight mostly writes about the animals, plants, and seasons of Southwest Michigan. He’s known for his ability to relate nature to the human experience.

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WMUK News
10:58 am
Sun August 4, 2013

Reading ‘ambassador’ brings national tour to Kalamazoo

Walter Dean Myers mingles at a Read Across America Day event
Credit Foundation for Newark's Future

The Kalamazoo area’s renewed push for literacy will get a boost from a national champion. For two days, New York Times best-selling young-adult author Walter Dean Myers will speak and sign books at the Kalamazoo Public Library. It is part of his cross-country tour as the 2012 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

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