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Upton on Syria
3:26 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Upton says he's leaning against voting to authorize strikes against Syria

Protestors outside of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy's (D-VT) office opposing possible military action against Syria
Credit The Associated Press

Congressman Fred Upton on possible military action against Syria

    

West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton says he owes it to his constituents and the nation to get as many facts as he can. 

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Nature
10:34 am
Thu September 5, 2013

For the love of trees: Growing hundred year old giants

Blaine Mosher stands in front of an old red oak on his farm
Credit Nancy Camden

When a seed falls from a tree, what are the odds that it will take root and then grow for 300 years or more? Norm Bober in Van Buren County increases the possibility. As a teenager, when his family went to hunt for a Christmas tree, he brought pine cones home and planted the seeds. The next spring, they sprouted into pine trees.

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WestSouthwest
12:26 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

WestSouthwest: Walking the Great Lakes

Loreen Niewenhuis has a close encounter with a wave
Credit Loreen Niewenhuis

What’s an author to do after writing about a thousand-mile walk around Lake Michigan? If you’re Loreen Niewenhuis of Battle Creek the answer is simple: hike another thousand miles around parts of the other lakes. Niewenhuis recently published a new book about that experience called A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk and it has received some national media attention.

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WestSouthwest
12:18 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

WestSouthwest: Helping Haiti's kids

ICC US National Director Keith Mumma with kids in Haiti
Credit International Child Care

The Caribbean nation of Haiti was once a port-of-call for cruise ships. These days it’s better known for poverty and disasters, both man-made and natural. But the country’s problems have roots that reach far back in its history.

In the mid-1960s a farm couple from Indiana visited Haiti during a holiday cruise and returned with a determination to help kids there. The faith-based Christian organization they founded, International Child Care, is now based in Kalamazoo.

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History
6:41 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

50th Marshall Home Tour celebrates with 'This Old House' star, other events

The Honolulu House in Marshall, Michigan
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The Honolulu House in Marshall was built in 1860 for Supreme Court Justice Abner Pratt who became the former the U.S. Consul to the Sandwich Islands, now called Hawaii. It’s just one of more than 20 sites in the city that will be part of the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Home Tours.

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