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9:48 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

WMU President John Dunn says he hopes decision on Kellogg Airport will be reconsidered

John Dunn - file photo
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Western Michigan University President John Dunn says he still hopes federal regulators can be convinced to keep the tower at W.K. Kellogg Airport open. Western’s College of Aviation is located at the airport in Battle Creek. The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Friday that the tower is one being defunded because of automatic federal spending cuts known as “sequestration.” 

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SW Michigan
2:23 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Comstock Schools add STEM academy

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The Comstock Public Schools will have a “STEM” academy this fall. The program approved by school board members Monday night will focus on science, technology, engineering, and math. School officials say employment in those areas is increasing much faster than those in other fields.

The academy will accept elementary students this fall. The district says it will expand into the middle school grades by 2015.

Get more information here or by calling (269) 250-8907.

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Arts & More
11:08 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Looking for fresh food? Winter farmer's markets grow in Kalamazoo

Plants in the greenhouse at Summer Sun Nursery.
Credit Maggie Kane

Winter weather means slower growing for Michigan farmers, but it doesn’t stop them from selling their produce at outlets like indoor farmers markets. Winter’s market business doesn’t rival summer’s, but it has been growing in recent years.

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Theatre
11:05 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Local theatre wants child sexual abuse survivors to tell their stories

Denise Miller reading one of her poems at FIRE Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Laura Sprague's occupation. 

Though it’s thought to be one of the most underreported crimes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimate about 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls will face sexual assault before the age of 18. On Friday night, FIRE Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative will show a taping of the New York theatre troupe Ping Chong & Company’s production Secret Survivors, where survivors of child sexual abuse use theatre to talk about their experiences.

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WMUK News
2:43 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Kalamazoo TOAD rides on two wheels

TOAD's Macallister Armstrong fixes a wheel
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If you live in Kalamazoo there’s a TOAD in your backyard but it’s no amphibian. It's the TOAD Bicycle Cooperative in the Vine neighborhood where rusty chains and broken frames are dragged in and functional bikes glide out.

Sean Cleary helped start TOAD three years ago. He says, “It’s fifty percent working on bikes and helping people get on the road, and fifty percent doing big rides and having fun, and just having a party on wheels.”

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