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12:53 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Judge says "Right to Work" lawsuit can continue

Protesters demonstrate against "Right to Work" (file photo)
Credit The Associated Press

A judge in Lansing says a lawsuit challenging Michigan’s “right to work” law can go ahead. The Gongwer News Service says Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette issued the ruling Wednesday.

The suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and other “right to work” opponents says lawmakers broke the state’s Open Meetings Act when the legislature passed the law in December. That’s because the Republican majority temporarily closed the Capitol Building to people protesting the bill.

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WMUK News
8:54 am
Wed April 3, 2013

K College gets first female board chairperson

Charlotte Hall and Don Parfet
Credit Kalamazoo College

Newspaper editor Charlotte Hall will become the first woman to head Kalamazoo College's Board of Trustees. Hall will take over from current board chairman Don Parfet in June.

Hall was an editor at several newspapers, including the Orlando Sentinel. She's also the chairwoman of the American Society of News Editors and is a visiting professor of journalism and Washington and Lee University.

Hall graduated from K College in 1966. She says her top priorities include enlarging the college's financial base and attracting more students.

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WMUK News
2:28 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

WMU, Cooley Law School discuss alliance

WMU seal on the Chemistry Building
Credit WMUK

Officials at Western Michigan University say they’re considering a formal alliance the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. They say the boards of both schools are now involved in talks that started three years.

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WMUK News
1:42 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

EPA Allied Paper landfill plan faces opposition

Warning signs outside the Allied Paper landfill
Credit WMUK

City officials, environmentalists, and many residents aren’t happy about a federal proposal for Kalamazoo’s Allied Paper landfill. In March, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency briefed city commissioners on a proposal to leave highly toxic PCB contamination at the Superfund site. The city and the Kalamazoo River Cleanup Coalition want all of the material removed.

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Culture & Music
11:33 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Indian improvised music still fresh at more than 2,000 years old

Prapancham Sitaram
Credit The Hindu

Kalamazoo College student Kiran Vangipuram started drumming on the mridangam after he saw an Indian Carnatic concert when he was little. What drew that 8-year-old to a roughly 2,000 year old art form? The crazy fast beats of course.

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