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WMU East Campus
3:54 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

WestSouthwest: The future of WMU's East Campus

West Hall on WMU's East Campus - file photo
Credit WMUK

Interview with David Brose

    

The chairman of Friends of the Historic East Campus David Brose weighs in on plans for the university's original campus. 

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Innovation Center
3:50 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

WestSouthwest: Innovation Center marks 10 years in Kalamazoo

File photo
Credit WMUK

Interview with Ron Kitchens and David Zimmerman

    

It's been ten years since the Southwest Michigan First Innovation Center was launched in Kalamazoo. 

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Festivals
6:26 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

20 years of the Kalamazoo Blues Festival

This is the 20th year for the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association event. The festival began because some local blues musicians wanted to make both music and money. The Kalamazoo Blues Festival starts on July 11 and runs through July 13 in downtown Kalamazoo.

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Museums
5:38 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Jail turned into museum, used in Andy Warhol movie

Cells at the Allegan County Jail Museum
Credit Nancy Camden

The old Allegan County jail was built in 1906. It’s now a museum that houses the Historical Society’s collection from several periods of life in Michigan. The museum also uniquely tells the story of life in a county jail.

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Environment
3:31 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Toxic PCBs behind aging Kalamazoo River dams pose new risks

On the other side of the Kalamazoo River sits the last remnants of the Plainwell Dam. It was removed in 2007.
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

A long time ago,  paper mills dumped toxic PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, into the Kalamazoo River. Though the Environmental Protection Agency has been working to remove them, there are still PCBs lurking behind the river’s dams...and those dams are getting too old to hold them.

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