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WMUK News
7:54 am
Wed August 28, 2013

WMU a "Best Bang for the Buck" school

"Reading Professor" statue near WMU's Chemistry Building
Credit WMUK

Washington Monthly magazine says Western Michigan University is among U-S universities that give students the "Best Bang for the Buck". The magazine put WMU in 46th place this year. The rankings are made based on the monthly's estimate of a school's contribution to the "public good" and the value students get compared to the money they pay.

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WMUK News
7:27 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Michigan Senate passes Medicaid expansion

Gov. Rick Snyder, center, joins Detroit hospital officials on July 1, 2013, to discuss the Healthy Michigan plan.
Credit Carlos Osorio / AP Photo

The State Senate narrowly approved expansion of Medicaid coverage Tuesday. The Gongwer News Service says the final vote of 20-to-18 followed a one-vote rejection of the plan earlier in the day.

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WestSouthwest
9:58 am
Tue August 27, 2013

WestSouthwest: Where you live affects your health

Dr. Adewale Troutman explains the health impacts of class, race and neighborhood for the first episode of the PBS series "Unnatural Causes"
Credit Unnatural Causes

Did you know that your zip code says a lot about your health? In fact, it is “the most important risk factor” in determining our wellness, according to Dr. Adewale Troutman, president of the American Public Health Association in Washington. He is one of the nation’s leading experts on health inequities.

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Art Fundraisers
9:53 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Two girls sell art to buy defibrillators, Christmas gifts for needy

Maggie Hartman (left) and Hannah Gooding (right) hold the gifts they made for eachother.
Credit Elizabeth Geese

Hannah Gooding and Maggie Hartman are two little girls who have made a big difference through their art. 

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Sports & Hobbies
9:51 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Family invents sport to help kids stay active

Cheryl and Donald Benson playing a net-less version of Eclipse Ball at their home in Newaygo County
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

“We think everybody should be able to be active, whether they’re athletically inclined or not. Cause when you’re having fun, you jump at it,” says Donald Benson, co-creator of Eclipse Ball.

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