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Federal budget sequester
9:29 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Congressman Fred Upton discusses sequester and federal deficit reduction

File photo of Air National Guard Base in Battle Creek. The White House says military facilities will be hurt by sequester
Credit The Associated Press

Across the board budget cuts known as "sequestration" are taking effect on Friday. West Michigan Congressman says no one wanted the sequestration to take effect. But he says lawmakers have to work on long-term deficit reduction. 

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Fine Art
6:25 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Allegan artist's masks show serenity and humor

Jen Lawson-Steeves works on one of her moon-like masks at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts studio.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Allegan ceramic artist Jen Lawson-Steeves is obsessed with noses. Lawson-Steeves’ masks will be on display at Fancy Pants Theater during the Kalamazoo Art Hop on Friday.

“Honestly I love looking at people’s faces, and noses are my inspiration. It’s so funny to say that, but I love noses. And that’s how I start every single mask is with a nose. And that really is what actually draws out what the mask becomes.”  

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WMUK News
2:30 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Kalamazoo dinner helps Iraqis rebuild

Food distribution in Basra
Credit Haider Alsaedy / Iraqi Health Now

Middle Eastern restaurants in Kalamazoo are catering a dinner Friday, March 1st, to help send aid to people in Iraq. It starts at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 321 South Street, in downtown Kalamazoo. The money raised will support the group Iraqi Health Now that has been sending money and supplies needed in Basra in southern Iraq since 2006. The project was the idea of Haider Alsaedy, who came to Kalamazoo from Iraq in 1991. He wanted to help people in his hometown recover from the U.S.

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Local Music
11:31 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Kalamazoo Singers present sacred Schubert, Vivaldi

Rick Phelps
Credit Michael Lanka

Rick Phelps, who became conductor of the Kalamazoo Singers two seasons ago, will lead the 37 year-old choir in a program of two sacred masterworks Sunday at Holy Family Chapel at Nazareth. 

He talks about the privilege of conducting an experienced adult choir and highlights a number of special features in Vivaldi’s “Gloria” RV 589 and Schubert’s “Mass in G” D. 187.

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WMUK News
4:50 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

WMU union protests "political bullying"

WMU PIO member at WMU Board meeting
Credit WMUK

The union that represents part-time Western Michigan University instructors says university trustees should stand up to what it calls political "bullying" in Lansing. Union members packed Wednesday's meeting of Western's Board of Trustees to drive the point home.  

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