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10:14 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

What Are You Going To Do With That Jazz? Workshop Gives Students Options

Benje Daneman teaching at a jazz clinic in Nebraska
Credit courtesy of Benje Daneman

The Summer JazzStart program is a three-day workshop put on by the new Kalamazoo Jazz and Creative Institute. The institute will host a free show Wednesday night at The Union Cabaret & Grille.

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Arts & More
6:13 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Author Sean Madigan Hoen plays to a familiar beat in 'Songs Only You Know'

  The idea of sex, drugs, and rock and roll is a lot more glamorous than the actual circumstances themselves. 

  Just ask Dearborn native Sean Madigan Hoen, writer of the new post-music memoir Songs Only You Know. Hoen came of age in the punk rock scene of Detroit in the 90's, where he struggled to craft his own identity as a musician while dealing with the realities of having a drug-addicted father. Hoen kept his music life secret and also struggled with his own substance addictions, eventually moving past music and into writing. Hoen is now based in Brooklyn and graduated in 2011 from the MFA program at Columbia University. 

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Campaign Finance
8:49 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Report: Fundraising up 44% for Top PACs in Michigan

Michigan capitol - file photo
Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

A new report from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network finds that the state's top Political Action Committees have raised nearly $10-million more than they did at this point two years ago. 

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SW Michigan
7:41 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Wenke Goes Libertarian in State Senate Race

Credit WMUK

The Republican primary in the state Senate district that includes Kalamazoo County this August is suddenly a lot smaller. Former state representative and Kalamazoo County commissioner Lorence Wenke says he's dropping his primary bid. But he's not out of the race. The Gongwer News Service reported late Friday that Wenke plans to run as the Libertarian Party's candidate instead.

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WMUK News
4:13 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Paw Paw Kids Learn By Raising Salmon

Paw Paw Middle School students and their salmon
Credit Brian Petersen

Young Chinook salmon are making their annual journey to Lake Michigan. For some of them, growing and gaining strength for the trip began, not in a river, but in a sixth-grade classroom in Van Buren County.

Jane Larson began teaching at Paw Paw Middle School 16 years ago. Last year, she joined a program created by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources called “Salmon in the Classroom”. Larson says her new principal, Jerry McDaniel, gave her the idea; "I signed up and there was a workshop at the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery and they got us going with it.”

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