Campaign Finance
8:49 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Report: Fundraising up 44% for Top PACs in Michigan

Michigan capitol - file photo
Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

A new report from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network finds that the state's top Political Action Committees have raised nearly $10-million more than they did at this point two years ago. 

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SW Michigan
7:41 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Wenke Goes Libertarian in State Senate Race

Credit WMUK

The Republican primary in the state Senate district that includes Kalamazoo County this August is suddenly a lot smaller. Former state representative and Kalamazoo County commissioner Lorence Wenke says he's dropping his primary bid. But he's not out of the race. The Gongwer News Service reported late Friday that Wenke plans to run as the Libertarian Party's candidate instead.

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4:13 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Paw Paw Kids Learn By Raising Salmon

Paw Paw Middle School students and their salmon
Credit Brian Petersen

Young Chinook salmon are making their annual journey to Lake Michigan. For some of them, growing and gaining strength for the trip began, not in a river, but in a sixth-grade classroom in Van Buren County.

Jane Larson began teaching at Paw Paw Middle School 16 years ago. Last year, she joined a program created by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources called “Salmon in the Classroom”. Larson says her new principal, Jerry McDaniel, gave her the idea; "I signed up and there was a workshop at the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery and they got us going with it.”

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Arts & More
3:41 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Legacy of WMU Alumni Gwen Frostic Transcends Art, Culture

Students Leah Rutt and Nick Errard screen printing at the Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University.
Credit Nancy Camden

Artist and entrepreneur Gwen Frostic was born April 26th in 1906 and died one day before her 95th birthday in 2001. She was a Western Michigan University (WMU) alumnus who gifted the university thirteen million dollars.

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Arts & More
3:35 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Military-Style Workouts, Sled Pushing, and the Trend of Extreme Workouts

A training session at Crossfit 269 in Kalamazoo.
Credit Courtesy of Crossfit 269

At Crossfit 2-6-9 in Kalamazoo, owner Jack Kelly says the technique has “a little bit of everything” – from gymnastics and rowing to cycling and running.

“One day you will be doing some weight lifting, and climbing ropes another day. But the beauty of Crossfit, the coolest thing about it is that it is infinitely scalable," says Kelly. "So no matter where your ability level is, injuries you might have, we can scale down the workout to fit your abilities and fit where you are fitness-wise.”

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