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12:04 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

WMU Gets $4 Million for Autism Research

Keith and Kelli Gibson of Battle Creek with their sons who all have forms of autism
Credit Scott Erskine / AP Photo

Western Michigan University has won $4 million from the state to help families with autistic kids. State Representative Margaret O’Brien of Portage says the money is needed because there aren’t enough professionals to meet demand.

The money goes to the Behavior Analysis Program in Western’s Department of Psychology. University officials say it will be used for research to make autism treatments more effective. Other uses include hiring more professors to increase the number of certified autism professionals.

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Local Music
11:53 am
Fri June 20, 2014

LHI Live: Rohan and Sujatha Krishnamurthy perform in Indian Carnatic tradition

Rohan and Sujatha Krishnamurthy
Credit C. Lieurance

Percussionist Rohan Krishnamurthy and his mother, singer and teacher Sujatha Krishnamurthy perform Carnatic music of southern India, an artform which is over 2000 years old. 

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SW Michigan
7:31 am
Fri June 20, 2014

KSO Maestro Harvey Lands Texas Job

KSO Music Director Raymond Harvey
Credit Kalamazoo Symphony

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra maestro Raymond Harvey will be spending part of his year in Texas. The Symphony says Harvey has accepted a position as music director of the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston. He'll also be an associate professor of music at the university.

Harvey will conduct up to four operas each year and will also work with students.

He'll begin his 16th season as the Kalamazoo Symphony's music director in September.

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SW Michigan
7:23 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Consumers Energy Drops Renewables Fee

Credit WMUK

Consumers Energy customers will see slightly lower electricity bills starting next month. That's because on Thursday the state Public Service Commission approved the utility's plan to drop a renewable energy surcharge. The Gongwer News Service reports that the PSC approved the change because of the falling cost of wind power. Elimination of the surcharge was included in Consumers new renewable energy plan.

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Arts & More
5:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Poet and Author Kevin Coval Makes Youth Poetry "Louder Than A Bomb"

Kevin Coval
Credit Courtesy of Louder Than A Bomb

Growing up during the era of 80's hip-hop, Kevin Coval had his eyes opened to a world of poetry he never knew existed by dissecting the lyrics of his favorite artists.

"I started writing because I wanted to rap, but I  realized very quickly that was not the best idea," he says. "Hip hop really opened me to a nontraditional canon of verse that was contemporary and working class and explored the spectrum of human experience as opposed to just talking about birchwood and roses."

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