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2:25 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

'Neither snow nor rain': Museum shows what it took to get your mail

Marshall Post Master Beth Martin in the post office museum
Credit Nancy Camden

Wanted: Young skinny wiry fellows. Not over eighteen. Must be expert riders. Willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred. Wages were $25 per week.

This is an example of what you might find at the U.S. Post Office Museum in Marshall. It's an ad to hire men for the pony express...and the job sounds less than appealing.

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Nature
2:23 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

See Michigan's native plants and animals at Asylum Lake Preserve

Asylum Lake Preserve
Credit Western Michigan University

A gathering at the Asylum Lake Preserve in Kalamazoo on Saturday, May 18, invites residents to tour the green space, learn about its history and help protect its future. The event is from 1-5 p.m. and begins at the Parkview entrance.

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WMUK News
11:19 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Kalamazoo PCB protest urges action by EPA

Kalamazoo City Commissioner Don Cooney marches with a banner Wednesday evening
Credit WMUK

Officials from the City of Kalamazoo head to Chicago Thursday, May 16th, to meet with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. They’re looking for answers about the future of PCB contamination in the Allied Paper Landfill.

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Local Music
3:38 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Stulberg Competition highlights new generation in music

Margaret Hamilton, Renata Knific, and Chris Shook
Credit Cara Lieurance

Kalamazoo has been home to one of the country's most prestigious competitions for young people for the past 38 years. Saturday, the Stulberg International String Competition returns with performances by twelve semi-finalists during the day and a final concert by six finalists in the evening. 

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SW Michigan
2:33 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Consumers Energy customers get a rate hike and refunds

High-voltage transmission lines in POrtage
Credit WMUK

Consumers Energy customers will soon see slightly bigger electric bills. The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved an $89 million rate increase, 40 percent less than originally sought by the utility.

The commission says that means a typical residential customer will see an increase of about a $1.67 per month. Consumers Energy had initially asked for a rate increase of $148 million.

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