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WMUK News
2:33 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Schauer: Gov. Snyder's leadership a failure

Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer
Credit WMUK

Former congressman and state lawmaker Mark Schauer says he decided to launch his campaign for governor because Republican Rick Snyder has not been the moderate governor that Michigan voters had hoped for. Schauer was interviewed Monday for the WMUK program WestSouthwest. The Battle Creek Democrat says on a number of issues, including taxing pension income and “right to work”, Snyder has catered to the right wing of the Republican Party.

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Green Living
1:12 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Will your death be green? Environmentalists choose natural burial

Ronald Zartman beside the first natural burial at Ridgeview Memorial Gardens.
Credit Nancy Camden

There are three certified green burial sites in Michigan. Bobbi Parmer and her husband have chosen to be buried at Ridgeview Memorial Gardens, a non-profit site near Grand Rapids.

“My husband and I, we make very conscious choices about our food purchases, our clothing purchases,” Parmer says. “So with end of life planning, we took as much consideration for environmental, social aspects.” 

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Local Music
4:35 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

What it's like to be a young opera singer

Giles Simmer stands between two other characters from the production 'The Red Mill' with the Comic Opera Guild in 2012.
Credit Comic Opera Guild

Giles Simmer has been singing opera professionally for almost a decade. Simmer describes opera as a great, but bizarre experience:

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Film
3:11 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Pacific Rim puts the fun back in thrillers

I’ve got to make a confession. When I was 10, 11, 12, my friends and I spent many a Saturday afternoon sitting through matinee shows of such classics like Yongary, Monster from the Deep or Godzilla versus the Smog Monster We could never get enough, even though the special effects were often laughably tacky, the plots were painfully predictable and the dialogue was unspeakably awful. 

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SW Michigan
2:26 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Historic Kalamazoo fountain gets grant

The "Fountain of the Pioneers" in Kalamazoo's Bronson Park
Credit WMUK

A plan to restore an historic fountain in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park will get an $83,000 kick start. City officials say they’ve won a grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation in Wisconsin to help pay for work on the “Fountain of the Pioneers”. The City has three years to raise another $166,000 in matching money for the restoration project that's expected to cost up to $2.5 million.

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