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WMUK contributor Jonathan Boyd, a violist and music student at Western Michigan University, talks about the extraordinary life of an itinerant virtuoso from New Orleans.  Louis Moreau Gottschalk broke new ground in the Romantic era by incorporating Afro-Cuban rhythms and dances into his Chopin-influenced works.

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Western Michigan University’s Board of Trustees has approved a three-year contract with the university’s faculty union at its meeting Tuesday.

The trustees also approved an agreement with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which represents about 10 WMU stage workers, and an agreement on a consolidated dispatch proposal.

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Western Michigan University has won a big federal grant to help students stick with their classes and get degrees.

The "First in the World" award announced by the U.S. Department of Education is the only one of its kind in Michigan. Western will get $3.2 million to help first-year students from disadvantaged backgrounds complete their degrees.

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Legislation to allow Medical Marijuana dispensaries and edible marijuana products were approved by the House in December. 

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Governor Rick Snyder spent about an hour in front of an audience at WMU's Bernhard Center in Kalamazoo last night. It was the first of 10 “town hall”-style meetings he plans to hold this fall as part of his campaign for reelection.

Snyder, a Republican, answered questions about funding for education, roads, Right to Work and other issues.

Anyone could apply to attend. But the Snyder campaign reserved the right to reject applicants, and critics said that would lead to a “handpicked” audience that wouldn’t ask tough questions.

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