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WMUK News
2:30 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Kalamazoo dinner helps Iraqis rebuild

Food distribution in Basra
Credit Haider Alsaedy / Iraqi Health Now

Middle Eastern restaurants in Kalamazoo are catering a dinner Friday, March 1st, to help send aid to people in Iraq. It starts at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 321 South Street, in downtown Kalamazoo. The money raised will support the group Iraqi Health Now that has been sending money and supplies needed in Basra in southern Iraq since 2006. The project was the idea of Haider Alsaedy, who came to Kalamazoo from Iraq in 1991. He wanted to help people in his hometown recover from the U.S.

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Local Music
11:31 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Kalamazoo Singers present sacred Schubert, Vivaldi

Rick Phelps
Credit Michael Lanka

Rick Phelps, who became conductor of the Kalamazoo Singers two seasons ago, will lead the 37 year-old choir in a program of two sacred masterworks Sunday at Holy Family Chapel at Nazareth. 

He talks about the privilege of conducting an experienced adult choir and highlights a number of special features in Vivaldi’s “Gloria” RV 589 and Schubert’s “Mass in G” D. 187.

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WMUK News
4:50 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

WMU union protests "political bullying"

WMU PIO member at WMU Board meeting
Credit WMUK

The union that represents part-time Western Michigan University instructors says university trustees should stand up to what it calls political "bullying" in Lansing. Union members packed Wednesday's meeting of Western's Board of Trustees to drive the point home.  

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SW Michigan Today
12:54 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

New WMU trustees hold first meeting

Trustee Michelle Crumm being sworn in.

 Newly appointed Western Michigan University trustees had their first meeting with the board today. Trustees Michelle Crumm of Ann Arbor and Ronald Hall of Detroit were appointed by Governor Rick Snyder last November. 

Their 8-year terms began on January 1st. Crumm and Hall have replaced Larry Tolbert and Dennis Archer. Jeanne Carlson was elected the new chairwoman of Western Michigan University’s board of trustees and Jim Hettiger is now vice chairman.

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SW Michigan Today
6:14 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Indiana bill would prohibit photographing rural, industrial property

A bill that makes photographing rural or industrial property illegal passed in the Indiana state senate yesterday. The South Bend Tribune reports the issue now moves to the house. Activists have criticized the bill, arguing the legislation makes it easier for big companies to hide workplace injustices and animal cruelty. Proponents of the bill say it protects farmers’ privacy.

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