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SW Michigan Today
12:54 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

New WMU trustees hold first meeting

Trustee Michelle Crumm being sworn in.

 Newly appointed Western Michigan University trustees had their first meeting with the board today. Trustees Michelle Crumm of Ann Arbor and Ronald Hall of Detroit were appointed by Governor Rick Snyder last November. 

Their 8-year terms began on January 1st. Crumm and Hall have replaced Larry Tolbert and Dennis Archer. Jeanne Carlson was elected the new chairwoman of Western Michigan University’s board of trustees and Jim Hettiger is now vice chairman.

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SW Michigan Today
6:14 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Indiana bill would prohibit photographing rural, industrial property

A bill that makes photographing rural or industrial property illegal passed in the Indiana state senate yesterday. The South Bend Tribune reports the issue now moves to the house. Activists have criticized the bill, arguing the legislation makes it easier for big companies to hide workplace injustices and animal cruelty. Proponents of the bill say it protects farmers’ privacy.

SW Michigan Today
6:06 am
Wed February 27, 2013

State democrats push for boost in low-income tax credit

Michigan governor Rick Snyder says a tax credit for low income residents is redundant. According to Interlochen Public Radio, state democrats want to revitalize the Earned Income Tax Credit, which has faced significant budget cuts in the past few years. But Snyder says residents with low wages already receive the credit.

WMUK News
12:38 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Frog survey volunteers needed in Michigan

Hunting frogs in a Barry County fen
Credit Jim Harding / MSU

It may not look like it now but frogs will soon be calling in southwest Michigan. In only a few weeks, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will begin its 18th annual survey of the state’s frog and toad population. The project depends heavily on volunteer “citizen scientists” to gather the data.
 

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Culture
11:53 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Spring Festival celebrates Indian culture with food, Bollywood music

Dolly dancing in the WMUK studio
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Imagine a giant snowball fight, only instead of snow, everyone has a handful of a different colored powder. That’s what the Hindu holiday of Holi is like in India. Here in Michigan, the India Association of Kalamazoo will hold its Spring Festival on Saturday to celebrate Holi and other Indian festivals that mark the coming of spring.

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