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Portage Superintendent
10:48 am
Tue January 15, 2013

MLive Kalamazoo reporter Julie Mack on Portage Superintendent resignation

Julie Mack - file photo

The Portage School Board has accepted the resignation of Superintendent Ric Perry a month after he was suspended for an “inappropriate relationship” with a district employee and ten days before a due process hearing had been scheduled over possibly terminating Perry’s contract. MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette reporter Julie Mack says the two sides will now move to arbitration.

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Local Music
10:12 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Jazz couple combines raw lyrics with a storytelling quality

Credit Nich Mueller

Hear the on-air cut of Benje and Ashley Daneman

Kalamazoo Jazz musicians Ashley and Benje Daneman are not afraid to tell a true story. Ashley’s no-nonsense style songwriting combines well with Benje’s interpretive compositions, like in the song Floating On that Benje wrote about an experience he had walking the streets of New York City. 

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Local History
6:14 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Art and Memories of World War II exhibit in Battle Creek

Soldiers in southern France on D-Day, June 6, 1944 during World War II.
Credit AP Images

Hear about the exhibit

One of the first things you’ll see as you enter the exhibit is a fallen soldier’s battle cross. It includes a helmet and boots, but no rifle. Exhibit curator and Art Center of Battle Creek executive director Linda Holderbaum says she wanted the display to be about art and personal memories of World War II, not about the violence and weapons of war.

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Legislature returns
9:52 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Rep. McCann says Democrats will push priorities as minority party

Sean McCann
Credit Michigan House website

State Representative Sean McCann (D-Kalamazoo) recently sat down with WMUK’s Gordon Evans to discuss recent action in the Legislature and to look ahead to a new session. 

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Education
4:39 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Portage School Superintendent Ric Perry faces hearing

Portage Central High School (file photo)
Credit WMUK

Portage School Superintendent Ric Perry faces a “due process” hearing January 25th that could cost him his job. Portage School Board trustees set the date for the hearing Friday. Perry was suspended with pay December 14th while board members considered allegations that he violated his contract by having an “inappropriate” relationship with another employee. Assistant Superintendent Ron Olsen has been filling in since Perry was suspended.

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