Capone's Playground
10:53 am
Thu July 24, 2014

WSW: Gangsters on Vacation in Southwest Michigan

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A traffic stop in Saint Joseph in 1929 started a chain of events that led police to a home in Stevensville, and a stash of weapons used in the infamous "Saint Valentine Day's Massacre."   

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The Michigan Dream
12:01 am
Thu July 24, 2014

WSW: Does the Michigan Dream Require a Tax Increase?

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WestSouthwest with John Austin

A new interactive report calls for a greater investment in Michigan's infrastructure, education arts and environment. 

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SW Michigan
5:51 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

WMU Extends Cole-Gilmore Property Agreement

Western Michigan University will have an extra year to decide what to do with its portion of the land once owned by the Cole-Gilmore car dealership in downtown Kalamazoo.

On Wednesday, WMU’s trustees approved an extension to an agreement with Downtown Tomorrow Incorporated. The university bought a share of the property 13 years ago. It says it has no plan for how to develop the land. It would like to reserve the parcels for  "future development or for University purposes, as may be decided at a later date," according to the trustees' agenda packet for the meeting.

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1:39 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Kalamazoo's 3-Way Democratic State House Primary

Open seats often mean crowded primary elections, and that’s the situation in the 60th State House District that includes the City of Kalamazoo. Representative Sean McCann will leave the House after two terms because he’s running for State Senate. For years the 60th has been considered a “safe” House district for Democrats and that's attracted three candidates seeking their party’s nomination to replace McCann.

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Local Music
10:47 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Calidore Quartet to play sold-out Fontana concert

The Calidore String Quartet

The Calidore Quartet, an award-winning string quartet formed at the Colburn School in California, will perform Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Fontana summer festival.

Cara Lieurance spoke with Jeremy Berry about the quartet's rapid rise following its gold medal performance at the 2011 Fischoff competition.   

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