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2:11 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

New interim police chief in BC

Interim Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Blocker
Credit City of Battle Creek

The City of Battle Creek has a new interim police chief. The city announced Tuesday that Detective Jim Blocker will take over the department following former chief Jackie Hampton's retirement last month. Deputy Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Saylor has initially been picked to replace Hampton while the search for a permanent chief was underway way. But Saylor and city officials later agreed that he should step aside because he was considering jobs in other cities.

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Architecture
6:52 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Curvy and Green: K-College's Arcus Center Will Be One of a Kind

Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Construction on Kalamazoo College’s new Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership reminds us why it’s important to measure twice and cut once. Masons on the site say it's one of the most complicated jobs they've ever done.

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Storytelling
6:50 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Von and Fran Washington's Stories Go Beyond Entertainment And Into History

Von (left) and Fran Washington are accomplished performers who share stories on history, race, and culture with schoolkids across the region.
Credit Courtesy of Washington Productions, Incorporated

The art of storytelling in the African American community is one that has dated back centuries. Because this kind of storytelling is so steeped in history, it has become even more important to make sure that stories of civil rights, racial equality, and breaking barriers are made relevant to youngsters - and adults - in the 21st century.

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WMUK News
4:58 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

For Michigan Birds, Cold's OK, Snow's Sometimes Not

Trumpeter swans walk on the snow at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary near Augusta.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Lisa Duke stands by a lake at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary near Augusta. A variety of birds stand near the shore: mallard ducks, Canada geese and, much taller than everyone else, trumpeter swans. With mating season on the way, Duke says they’ve got moves to practice.

"The newer pairs, they do this head bob in unison. So they keep practicing their head bobs and calls together and it kind of reinforces that pair bond," she says while swans trumpet nearby.

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Monarch Butterflies
7:03 am
Mon February 24, 2014

WMU Professor Warns of Declining Monarch Butterfly Population

Monarch Butterfly
Credit Ekabhishek, Wikimedia Commons

Interview with Stephen Malcolm

Western Michigan University Professor of Biological Sciences Stephen Malcolm is among the scientists warning that monarchs are becoming rare east of the Rocky Mountains in North America. 

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