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SW Michigan
4:01 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Michigan tribe allows same-sex couple to marry

The marriage of Odawa tribesman Tim LaCroix to his spouse Gene Barfield on Friday marked the first legal same-sex marriage in Michigan. As Interlochen Public Radio reports the Odawa tribe is one of only three tribes to legalize gay marriage in the country.

Michigan economy
12:17 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

How much and how quickly is Michigan's economy improving?

Southwest Michigan First Innovation Center- file photo
Credit WMUK

Michigan's economy is adding jobs. But the pace and strength of that recovery is a source of debate. 

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Nurse Family Partnership
10:21 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Kalamazoo woman benefits from Nurse Family Partnership

Credit WMUK

A Kalamazoo woman credits the area's Nurse-Family Partnership with helping her adjust to being a young, single mother. Bridge Magazine, the online news service of the Center for Michigan looks at how the program helped 20 year old Shauntiana Bronson. 

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Farm bankruptcies
10:03 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Decatur farm bankruptcy serves as warning about rising prices

Blueberry farm in Saugatuck Township - file photo
Credit The Associated Press

A new report calls the bankruptcy of Stamp Farms in Decatur (Mlive Kalamazoo story) a warning about rising prices for farmland and rising debt. 

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Local Music
8:31 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Composer Derek Bermel honors Bartok, NY

Derek Bermel
Credit Azzurra

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra's concert Friday will feature new music by American composer Derek Bermel

A native New Yorker, in 2009 he wrote A Shout, a Whisper, and a Trace to honor his hometown as well as the great expatriate Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, whose sometimes sorrowful letters from New York to his friends and students were an inspiration.

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