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Fashion & Design
6:09 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Ballet dancer makes dresses out of recyclables

Zoe Valette modeling her tutu
courtesy of Zoe Valette

Artist Zoe Valette of Kalamazoo designs unique clothing out of recycled materials. Her work will be on display at People's Church in Kalamazoo this weekend. Her latest design was a tutu made out of 120 plastic bags. 

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Film
6:06 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Small movie theaters struggle to switch to digital

Film engineer Johanna Kelly preps some trailer film at WMU's Little Theatre
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Starting January first, the film industry will stop making movies on the old 35 millimeter reels—which means movie theaters all over the country have until that date to switch to digital projectors. But it hasn’t been easy for small theaters—the new technology starts at about $50,000. Despite the cost, theaters in Southwest Michigan are trying to make it work.

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Power outage
1:08 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Red Cross closing remaining Southwest Michigan shelters

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Credit WMUK

The American Red Cross says it is closing the remaining shelters and warming centers that have been open in Southwest Michigan since Sunday's severe storms. 

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Severe weather
1:06 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Red Cross closing shelter in Calhoun County

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Credit WMUK

A news release says that shelters in Kent and Ionia Counties opened after Sunday's storms will also close. Other shelters including in Kalamazoo, Cass and Van Buren Counties will remain open. 

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State issues
9:07 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

WestSouthwest: State Representative Kate Segal

State Representative Kate Segal
Credit WMUK

WestSouthwest with State Representative Kate Segal

Democrat Kate Segal represents Battle Creek and other parts of Calhoun County in Michigan's 62nd state House district. She is in her third term. 

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