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SW Michigan
2:02 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

State fairground redevelopment plan questioned

Former NBA star Magic Johnson
Credit Chris McCarus / Michigan Now

Former NBA superstar Magic Johnson and a family friend from Lansing have the only plan being considered by state authorities for the former state fairgrounds in Detroit. They’re confident their plan will help the community. But, as Michigan Now’s Chris McCarus reports, some people in that community disagree. They say close to half of the land would be turned into parking lots. A group called Growtown wants the area used for energy and urban agriculture projects instead.

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Cara Lieurance
3:39 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Members of Groov'tet reunite in their prime

Drummer Keith Hall
Credit Keith Hall

An interview with jazz drummer Keith Hall.

In 1993 Groov’tet, a self-propelled student jazz quartet, was formed at Western Michigan University. It launched the careers of four distinguished alumni: pianist Xavier Davis, saxophonist John Wojciechowski, bassist Matt Hughes, and drummer Keith Hall.

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Arts & More
4:32 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

New Play Festival helps local playwrights examine their work

Credit Theatre Kalamazoo

Hear about the Third Annual New Play Festival

The New Play Festival January 25 and 26 features ten plays written by Kalamazoo playwrights.

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Culture
4:27 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Jewish holiday Tu B'shvat, 'New Year for the Trees'

Isreali children plant trees in the Gaza Strip before Tu B’shvat in 2005.
Credit AP Images

Hear more about Tu B'shvat from Rabbi Harvey Spivak

Holidays change. Halloween wasn’t always about getting candy and the first Thanksgiving probably didn’t involve watching football.  Saturday is Tu B’shvat, or ‘New Year for the Trees,’a minor Jewish holiday that’s changed at least three times.

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Kenyan elections
10:22 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Paw Paw couple arrives in Kenya, prepares to help monitor elections

Lumakanda, Kenya
Credit Joe and Kathy Ossman's blog

A Paw Paw couple has arrived in Kenya where they will be helping to monitor elections. Joe and Kathy Ossman arrived safely in Lumakanda, according to their blog

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