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SW Michigan
3:25 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Battle Creek seeks new interim police chief

Battle Creek Police Headquarters
Credit Andy Robins / WMUK

Battle Creek is looking for a new interim police chief. City officials said Friday that the current interim chief, Jim Saylor, is considering jobs in other cities.

Saylor is the department’s deputy chief and had been expected to fill in after long-time Battle Creek Police Chief Jackie Hampton retires. Battle Creek City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama says a new interim chief will be selected and that candidates for the post from inside and outside city government will be considered.

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Local Music
1:53 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Midori, Raymond Harvey on Kalamazoo residency, performances

Midori
Credit Kalamazoo Symphony

Renowned violinist Midori discusses the orchestral residency program she created that brings her to Kalamazoo this week to work with hundreds of young musicians around west Michigan.

She and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra conductor Raymond Harvey also talk about the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, which Midori will play Saturday night with the KSO. 

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Arts & More
1:31 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Ladysmith Black Mambazo talks memories of Nelson Mandela

2006 performance photos of Ladysmith Black Mambazo in concert at Ravinia.
Stephen Neilson/Wikimedia Commons

World music would not carry the same tempo if not for the infectious, melodic, uplifting tones of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The all-male African singing ensemble founded by Joseph Shabalala has been performing their trademark a-capella style for over 40 years. The ensemble has produced over 50 recordings and won four Grammys, most recently for their album Live: Singing For Peace Around The World

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WMUK News
12:27 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Fighting human trafficking in Kalamazoo

A car drives through a neighborhood near Chicago during a human trafficking and prostitution sting operation.
Credit Scott Eisen / AP Photo

The state is setting in motion its plan to combat human trafficking, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette told an audience in Kalamazoo yesterday evening.

Earlier Thursday state lawmakers announced that they would seek changes in the way state law treats victims of sex trafficking so they’re not prosecuted for prostitution. Advocates also say they’re working hard to raise public awareness of an issue they say hides in plain sight.

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Film
8:35 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Horror film special effects artist praised in documentary

Credit courtesy of Ryan Meade

The makeup and special effects artists that create our nightmares are often Hollywood’s unsung heroes. But one local artist is getting some time in the spotlight for special effects in the 1980s horror franchise The Evil Dead.

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