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8:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

WSW: Ray Suarez Says if You Like Real News, You'll Like Al Jazeera America

Al Jazeera America newsroom
Credit The Associated Press

WestSouthwest with Ray Suarez

Ray Suarez left the PBS News Hour last year to join Al Jazeera America. He had been with PBS for 14 years. 

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Arts & More
5:00 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Folk Duo Red Tail Ring Brings 'Old-Time Minded' Sound To Modern Music

Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo are a folk music duo that make up the group Red Tail Ring.
Credit Eana Agopian

As a musician, using your talent for someone else's benefit can be both rewarding and frustrating. You can get paid to perfect your craft, but you can't control how often you perform - or who will be listening. Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo had both hit those walls back in 2009.

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WMUK News
12:04 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

WMU Gets $4 Million for Autism Research

Keith and Kelli Gibson of Battle Creek with their sons who all have forms of autism
Credit Scott Erskine / AP Photo

Western Michigan University has won $4 million from the state to help families with autistic kids. State Representative Margaret O’Brien of Portage says the money is needed because there aren’t enough professionals to meet demand.

The money goes to the Behavior Analysis Program in Western’s Department of Psychology. University officials say it will be used for research to make autism treatments more effective. Other uses include hiring more professors to increase the number of certified autism professionals.

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Local Music
11:53 am
Fri June 20, 2014

LHI Live: Rohan and Sujatha Krishnamurthy perform in Indian Carnatic tradition

Rohan and Sujatha Krishnamurthy
Credit C. Lieurance

Percussionist Rohan Krishnamurthy and his mother, singer and teacher Sujatha Krishnamurthy perform Carnatic music of southern India, an artform which is over 2000 years old. 

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SW Michigan
7:31 am
Fri June 20, 2014

KSO Maestro Harvey Lands Texas Job

KSO Music Director Raymond Harvey
Credit Kalamazoo Symphony

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra maestro Raymond Harvey will be spending part of his year in Texas. The Symphony says Harvey has accepted a position as music director of the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston. He'll also be an associate professor of music at the university.

Harvey will conduct up to four operas each year and will also work with students.

He'll begin his 16th season as the Kalamazoo Symphony's music director in September.

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