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WMUK News
6:46 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Kalamazoo Retirement Task Force Holds First Meeting

Members of the city's task force on retiree legacy costs listen to a public comment.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A Kalamazoo city task force plans to take on the question of how to handle the city’s unfunded retiree benefits.

The group includes more than a dozen people – retirees and current employees as well as city officials. They held their first meeting at Mount Zion Baptist Church last night, where they agreed on a structure for ten scheduled meetings to come.

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Environmental Justice
8:13 am
Wed February 19, 2014

WSW: Seeking Environmental Justice

Building that was once home to Renaissance Ballroom in Harlem
Credit Wikicommons

WestSouthwest with Peggy Shepard

Peggy Shepard helped start West Harlem Environmental Action, or WE ACT, for Environmental Justice in 1988. 

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Iraq Oil Report
7:21 am
Wed February 19, 2014

WSW: Covering Oil, Politics and More in Iraq

Ben Lando outside the Baghdad Zoo
Credit Courtesy of Ben Lando

WestSouthwest with Ben Lando

Ben Lando's career in journalism has taken him from Kalamazoo to Baghdad. 

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WMUK News
12:00 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

My Closet Has a Window

The 2012 gay pride parade in San Francisco (file photo)
Credit Noah Berger / AP Photo

This is the first of a three-part series about identity, acceptance and forgiveness in West Michigan’s LGBT community. In our first story, we meet Rachel Gleason. She spent much of youth at her church; worshipping, studying, singing, and babysitting. The church was her life. But that began to change when Rachel started to understand who she really was…

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Local Music
9:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

LHI: Jon Boyd on Florence Price, African-American symphonist

Jon Boyd
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Let's Hear It host Cara Lieurance and Jon Boyd, a senior majoring in music at Western Michigan University, discuss the life of Florence Price, whose groundbreaking career included the 1933 premiere by the Chicago Symphony of her award-winning Symphony No. 1 in E minor. 

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