Doug Dykehouse next to a print of his painting "Adore to Access"
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

 Doug Dykehouse will be one of about 12 artists at Friday's Kalamazoo Art Hop satellite in the Oakwood neighborhood. His paintings will be on display at Water Street Coffee Joint on Oakland until the end of January.

For Kalamazoo painter Doug Dykehouse there always seems to be something in the way. In his earlier works, many of his paintings have windows, doors, or objects blocking picturesque views.

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

The State House has approved a "Religious Freedom Restoration Act". It now goes to the state Senate. Despite criticism from opponents,  House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) says the bill is not, in his words, "a license to discriminate."


Western Michigan University President John Dunn says an invitation to a White House summit is an honor for the university. 


Seasonally unadjusted jobless rates dropped in October over the last year  in all of the state's labor markets. 

Mike Lanka / WMU University Relations

President Obama has invited university officials to come to Washington this week to talk about ways to help students who are poor or otherwise disadvantaged. Western Michigan University President John Dunn will be among those attending the conference Thursday.