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3:16 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Auto insurance overhaul plan unveiled

Michigan State Capitol
Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

A new auto insurance reform plan could mean lower rates for Michigan drivers. The Gongwer News Service says Governor Rick Snyder and other officials gave details of the plan during a news conference Thursday.

Snyder says it would cut $125 from premiums for each vehicle in the first year. Rates after that would be set by the market.

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WMUK Board of Trustees
2:48 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

WMU moving forward on partnership with Cooley Law School

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Credit WMUK

Western Michigan University is moving closer to an agreement with Thomas M. Cooley Law School. During their regular board meeting on Thursday, trustees authorized Western President John Dunn to move forward to try and reach an agreement for an affiliation plan with the law school. The resolution approved by the board says that Cooley will remain an independent, non-profit school. But will be called the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. 

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SW Michigan
2:43 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Kalamazoo YWCA announces 2013 "Women of Achievement"

Kalamazoo YWCA building
Credit WMUK

Four women will receive “Women of Achievement” awards from the Kalamazoo YWCA next month. The winners announced Thursday include Margaret Merrion,  the dean of Western Michigan University’s College of Fine Arts. The others are Jeanne Baraka-Love, the director of Ujima Enterprises which works with African-American youth in Kalamazoo; Willie Mae Pierson, the first black female real estate agent in Kalamazoo; and veterinarian Heidi Stucki.

The awards will be presented on May 21st. That day, Ronda Stryker will receive the Kalamazoo YWCA’s “Lifetime Woman of Achievement” award.

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Local Music
1:14 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Popular organ crawl part of Bach Festival Week

Bach statue, Leipzig

  Bach Festival Week begins this Sunday with area churches participating in "The City Sings Bach" during morning services, followed by the "Young Vocalists Concert," an afternoon showcase of top performers in last month's Kalamazoo Bach Festival Young Vocalists Competition.

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Local Music
6:09 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Fortune, love, springtime: Kimberly Dunn Adams on Carmina Burana

Credit Kalamazoo Symphony

Last September Dr. Kimberly Dunn Adams, director of choral activities at Western Michigan University, began, step by step, to lead a chorus of over 100 singers through the intricacies of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. A mid-20th century classic, it's a setting of of Latin and medieval German poetry on life, fate, food, and love with an unforgettable opening, 'O Fortuna,' adopted by movies and television soundtracks to evoke awe and power. 

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