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Mark Schauer
8:29 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

WestSouthwest: Mark Schauer running for governor

Mark Schauer
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WestSouthwest with Mark Schauer

Battle Creek Democrat Mark Schauer sits down for this week's version of WestSouthwest. 

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Immigration reform
7:31 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Congressman Fred Upton discusses immigration, student loans and more

File photo of cherry farmer Patrick McGuire of Atwood. He says the immigration controversy has caused a labor shortage
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Full interview with Fred Upton

West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton says he expects the House to take up immigration reform in separate bills as opposed to comprehensive legislation. 

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Local Music
10:33 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Musicians of The Soil and The Sun rise to new heights

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The Grand Rapids band The Soil and The Sun will finish out their tour Friday night at 9:30 p.m. at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo. The band was one of NPR’s top picks at South by Southwest music festival last year in Austin, Texas, and recently played Common Ground Music Fest in Grand Rapids.

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WMUK News
2:33 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Schauer: Gov. Snyder's leadership a failure

Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer
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Former congressman and state lawmaker Mark Schauer says he decided to launch his campaign for governor because Republican Rick Snyder has not been the moderate governor that Michigan voters had hoped for. Schauer was interviewed Monday for the WMUK program WestSouthwest. The Battle Creek Democrat says on a number of issues, including taxing pension income and “right to work”, Snyder has catered to the right wing of the Republican Party.

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Green Living
1:12 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Will your death be green? Environmentalists choose natural burial

Ronald Zartman beside the first natural burial at Ridgeview Memorial Gardens.
Credit Nancy Camden

There are three certified green burial sites in Michigan. Bobbi Parmer and her husband have chosen to be buried at Ridgeview Memorial Gardens, a non-profit site near Grand Rapids.

“My husband and I, we make very conscious choices about our food purchases, our clothing purchases,” Parmer says. “So with end of life planning, we took as much consideration for environmental, social aspects.” 

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