9:16 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Kalamazoo Police Chief Describes Department's Work on Racial Bias

Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley speaks to the Kalamazoo City Commission March 10.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The head of Kalamazoo Public Safety says the department is taking multiple steps to address racial bias in its policing. That’s in response to a study from last year, which showed that on average, Kalamazoo police were stopping African-American drivers twice as often as other motorists.

Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley reported to the city commission last night. He says the department’s efforts include training officers to recognize unconscious prejudices. It’s also led to a department-wide reevaluation of which traffic stops call for a search.

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Battle Creek investigation
3:18 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Two in Battle Creek Police On Leave Pending Investigation

Battle Creek Interim City Manager Susan Bedsole at the Friday press conference where officials announced the investigation
Credit Sehvilla Mann/WMUK

The City of Battle Creek has placed its police Deputy Chief and Police Inspector on “paid administrative leave” while it investigates their conduct, officials announced Friday.

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Arts & More
2:44 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Percussionist Pedrito Martinez Makes His Own Beat To Present Day Success

Martinez (center) is the name behind the Pedrito Martinez Group. The group will perform March 13 at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
Credit Petra Richterova

Musician Pedrito Martinez was born and raised in Cuba, but it wasn't until he left home 16 years ago was he able to cultivate what would become his musical foundation.

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Arts & More
2:38 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Wait Wait Host Peter Sagal Strives To Be "Funny...But Profound"

Get out your newspapers, read your favorite blogs, and turn up those news breaks a little higher – Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!, NPR’s popular news quiz show, is coming to Kalamazoo’s Miller Auditorium on March 20.

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Local Music
6:58 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Andrew Koehler on Kalamazoo Philharmonia's 'Revolutionary Fates'

Andrew Koehler

As heard on WMUK's Let's Hear It, conductor Andrew Koehler tells Cara Lieurance about Saturday's Kalamazoo Philharmonia program, 'Revolutionary Fates.'

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