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SW Michigan
4:00 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Michigan ordered to end life sentences for young offenders

Credit WMUK

A federal judge says Michigan must give a "fair, meaningful and realistic" chance for parole to state prison inmates who were convicted as children.

Judge John Corbett O'Meara gave state officials until the end of the year to make changes in the parole process. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that Michigan's policy of mandatory life sentences for some young offenders was unconstitutional.

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SW Michigan
3:51 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

New judges in Kalamazoo and Paw Paw

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Governor Rick Snyder has announced two judicial appointments for Southwest Michigan.

The governor’s office says he has appointed former Kalamazoo County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Pierangeli to the Kalamazoo County Probate Court. He will replace Donald Halstead who resigned this past summer.

The governor also announced that attorney Jeffrey Dufon of Kalamazoo will serve as a judge on the 36th District Circuit Court in Van Buren County. He replaces Judge Paul Hamre, who retired this summer.

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WMU Football
2:14 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

WMU football looks to start new traditions

Waldo Stadium - file photo
Credit WMUK

Story by WMUK's Josh Hirsch

    

"Row the Boat" and an in-house Dee Jay were among the new features at Western Michigan University's home football games this season. 

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Photography
11:22 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Calling Michigan Home: Different views of Michigan's landscapes

By David Jones

Photos from the exhibit Calling Michigan Home will be at the upcoming Kalamazoo Institute of Arts holiday sale. The exhibit shows ten photographers’ different perspectives on Michigan’s many landscapes.

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Theatre
10:43 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Orphan Train: Play uncovers hidden part of American history

Credit courtesy of What A Do Theatre

From the late 1800s to the 1920s, about two hundred and fifty thousand orphans were taken off the streets of New York City and shipped out west to be adopted. This Friday, What A Do Theatre in Springfield will shed light on this hidden piece of American history. Brittany Slater is the co-director for the play “Orphan Train.”

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