Southwest Michigan economy
7:15 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Latest economic numbers strong for Southwest Michigan, not as good nationally

File photo of auto supplier American Axle and Manufacturing in Three Rivers
Credit WMUK

Interview with Brian Long


A new report on Southwest Michigan's economy shows strong numbers, largely driven by higher auto sales. 

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Arts & More
3:46 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Orff music method easy-going for kids

Portage Public Schools teacher Marcia Working

“There are some students who may be struggling academically. They come in here and because it’s very hands on and tactile and kinesthetic. They’re able to excel at it. The smiles on their faces going, ‘Oh, yeah. I can do this. I fit,’” says music teacher Marcia Working.

Tuesday is Working’s last day in public schools, but for 30 years she’s been using the Orff Approach at 12th Street Elementary School in Portage.

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3:18 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Eco-friendly safe ride service planned in Kalamazoo

A Nissan Leaf, one of the vehicles being considered for "Project Green Drive" in Kalamazoo
Credit Green Earth Michigan

A small fleet of environment-friendly cars could be getting people in Kalamazoo who’ve had too much to drink home safely beginning in the spring of 2014. At least that’s the hope of a local organization called Green Earth Michigan. CEO Dan Doehrman says the new effort is called “Project Green Drive".

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WMU East Campus
5:33 am
Fri June 7, 2013

WMU hires architect for East Hall renovation

East Hall - file photo
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Western Michigan University says architectural firm Tower Pinkster has been hired to remake East Hall into an alumni center

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3:42 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

The Internship: A breezy unemployment comedy destined for HBO reruns

It’s easy to see how The Internship could have turned into a bitter, unsettling slice-of-life drama about two forty-something men who lose their jobs, tumble down the socio-economic ladder and find themselves desperately trying to reinvent and rejuvenate themselves in order to compete against legions of tech-savvy recent college graduates in the kill-or-be-killed job market jungle.

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