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9:00 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Bissell Sweepers company claims first female CEO in America

A 1909 ad for Bissell Sweepers

Years ago, the only way to clean carpets was to sweep them off with a broom and to hang them on a line and use a wire carpet beater, to beat the dust out. The next development was a carpet sweeper.

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Local Music
8:52 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

New Eastside children's choir brings music to an underserved neighborhood

The Eastside choir performing at St. Mary's Catholic Church during the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus Christmas concert.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus will be performing at Chenery Auditorium Saturday at 3 p.m. Some of the money from the concert will go to support the Eastside choir.

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Abortion insurance
8:51 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Michigan Legislature approves bill requiring separate insurance for abortion

File photo
Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Interview with Gongwer News Service Publisher John Lindstrom

    

A voter-initiated law that requires women to purchase a separate rider to have insurance coverage for abortion has been approved by both the Michigan House and Senate.

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Allied Paper landfill
8:10 am
Wed December 11, 2013

WestSouthwest: Cleaning up a Superfund site

Allied Paper Landfill - file photo
Credit WMUK

WestSouthwest with Gary Wager and Bruce Merchant

As 2013 comes to an end, the future of the Allied Paper remains unclear. Many citizens are urging the  Environmental Protection Agency to approve a complete clean of PCB contamination. 

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Remembering Nelson Mandela
7:54 am
Wed December 11, 2013

WestSouthwest: Don Cooney on apartheid and meeting Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela's memorial service Tuesday in Soweto, South Africa
Credit The Associated Press

WestSouthwest with Don Cooney on Nelson Mandela and apartheid

The world is remembering Nelson Mandela for his work to end apartheid in his native South Africa, and to unify the country after he became president in 1994. 

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