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WMUK News
5:57 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Augusta Guard unit home from Afghanistan

US Army patrol in Kunar Province in 2009
Credit David Guttenfelder / AP Photo

A Kalamazoo-area Michigan National Guard unit is returning home after ten months in Afghanistan. More than 90 soldiers in the 1433rd Engineer Company are based in Augusta. They and members of two other units from Iron Mountain and Kingsford were in Afghanistan for what Guard officials call “route clearance missions”.

One of the unit’s soldiers died and four others were injured when a roadside bomb exploded last August.

A welcome home ceremony for the Augusta unit will be held Thursday, March 28th, at 4 p.m. in Western Michigan University’s Read Fieldhouse.

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Local Music
4:47 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Composer Nathan Davis talks ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble)

Nathan Davis
Credit Adam Szczepaniak

Nathan Davis is a composer, percussionist and member of ICE, a groundbreaking ensemble at the forefront of creating and performing new music. Western Michigan University presents ICE in concert tonight in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. 

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WMUK News
2:52 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

WMU East Campus future debated

Preservationist Roger Parzyck on WMU's East Campus
Credit WMUK

For more than a decade, Western Michigan University’s East Campus has been a virtual ghost town. However, the University announced last December that it would turn its original home into a new alumni center. To do that, the university plans to tear down two historic buildings and part of a third, and that isn’t sitting well with some in the community.

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WMUK News
2:39 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Rubbermaid jobs heading to Kalamazoo

WMU's Business Technology Research Park
Credit WMUK

The company that makes Rubbermaid kitchen utensils and Sharpie marker pens is coming to Kalamazoo. Newell-Rubbermaid says its new design and test center at Western Michigan University’s Business Technology Research Park will employ 100 people.

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WMU President
9:48 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

WMU President John Dunn says he hopes decision on Kellogg Airport will be reconsidered

John Dunn - file photo
Credit WMUK

Western Michigan University President John Dunn says he still hopes federal regulators can be convinced to keep the tower at W.K. Kellogg Airport open. Western’s College of Aviation is located at the airport in Battle Creek. The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Friday that the tower is one being defunded because of automatic federal spending cuts known as “sequestration.” 

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