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SW Michigan
2:10 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

State Senate fails to vote on Medicaid expansion

Michigan Capitol Building
Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

The State Senate adjourned Wednesday without voting on an expansion of Medicaid. Minority Democrats tried to force a vote on the issue but failed.

The Gongwer News Service says only one Republican sided with Democrats in their attempt to get the bill out of committee. The proposal would add 470,000 Michigan residents to the list of those eligible for health coverage under Medicaid.

The State House has approved the idea but it remains stalled in the upper chamber despite strong pressure by Governor Rick Snyder.

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SW Michigan
2:50 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Portage Schools sign contract with new superintendent

Credit WMUK

The new superintendent of the Portage Public Schools has a three-year contract. School Board trustees signed the agreement with Mark Bielang on Tuesday. Bielang, who is now superintendent of the Paw Paw Public Schools, will take over in Portage August 5th. He'll be paid just under $214,000 a year.

Portage School Board trustees picked Bielang as the district's new superintendent June 21st after a protracted search process that saw an earlier finalist drop out and charges that the board had violated Michigan's Open Meetings Act. PPS officials say that was not the case.

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WestSouthwest
1:36 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

WestSouthwest: WMU President John Dunn

WMU President John Dunn in studio for WMUK's "WestSouthwest"
Credit WMUK

Western Michigan University President John Dunn is the guest for the first edition of WestSouthwest, WMUK's new weekly public affairs program.

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WMUK News
12:44 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

WestSouthwest: WMU President John Dunn

WMU President John Dunn in studio for WMUK's "WestSouthwest"
Credit WMUK

Western Michigan University President John Dunn is the guest for the first edition of WestSouthwest, WMUK's new weekly public affairs program.

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Local Music & History
11:32 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Barbershop chorus seeks young talent

The Mall City Harmonizers in 1961
Credit Mall City Harmonizers

The Mall City Harmonizers, Kalamazoo’s barbershop chorus, recently celebrated the 75th birthday of the international Barbershop Harmony society.

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