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5:56 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Fruit Growers Continue to Battle Invasive Fly

Isaacs holds a tube of spotted wing drosophila at the extension's Fennville research center.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

WMUK's Sehvilla Mann reports on efforts to minimize SWD damage.

Most people have seen an overripe peach or banana succumb to fruit flies. It's annoying to find the little winged bugs buzzing around your fruit bowl.

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SW Michigan
5:05 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Obama Visits Ann Arbor, Calls for Higher Wage

President Obama’s campaign to raise the federal minimum wage brought him to Ann Arbor today. Gongwer News Service reports the president spoke to an audience at the University of Michigan this afternoon.

Obama told the group of mostly young people that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would raise millions of people across the country out of poverty “right away.”

The president also said that “nobody who works full time” should have to live in poverty.

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More School Days
1:35 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Portage Adds Days to End of School Year

Portage Central High School - file photo
Credit WMUK

The Portage Public School District says is is adding days to the end of the year to comply with state requirements. 

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Farm City
9:09 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

WSW: City Life on the Farm

Urban garden in Chicago
Credit Linda from Chicago/Wikicommons

WestSouthwest with Novella Carpenter

Author Novella Carpenter says she grew up in the environment of "grow your own food." 

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WMUK News
11:57 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Oil-for-Carbon Bills Signed

State Rep. Aric Nesbitt speaks during the bill signing ceremony at WMU's Geological Repository.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

State Representative Aric Nesbitt says new laws on oil drilling will benefit Michigan’s economy and its environment. That’s because they promote carbon sequestration as a way to squeeze oil from underused wells.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed House Bills 4885, 5254, 5255 and 5274 at the Western Michigan University Geological Repository Tuesday morning.

Operators pump carbon dioixde gas down a well to force oil to rise to the surface. The gas is meant to stay underground indefinitely, out of the atmosphere where it would contribute to the greenhouse effect.

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