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Right to Work and Economy
10:38 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Upjohn Institute economist on right to work laws

Tim Bartik
Credit Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Interview with Tim Bartik

So-called “right to work” legislation is now on the fast track in the Michigan legislature. Governor Snyder says the state needs what is being called the “Workplace Fairness and Equality Act” to boost Michigan’s economic recovery. But Upjohn Employment Institute Senior Economist Tim Bartik says the research on “right to work” laws is inconclusive. He recently spoke with WMUK’s Gordon Evans.

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Right to Work
10:24 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Gongwer editor on Right to Work bills

Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Legislation moved in both the Michigan House and Senate Thursday to make Michigan a “right to work” state after Governor Snyder stated his support for the bills. Gongwer News Service Editor John Lindstrom told WMUK’s Gordon Evans that Snyder, who is a lawyer, laid out a legal case for supporting “right to work” legislation after saying such a law wasn’t on his agenda.Lindstrom says Snyder cited Indiana becoming a “right to work” state, and the competition between the states for jobs.

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Education and Government
3:02 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Right to Works bills move ahead quickly in Lansing

Gov. Rick Snyder and GOP officials at Thursday's

Andy Robins reports on Thursday's "right to work" announcement

Work on so-called “Right to Work” legislation is moving ahead quickly in Lansing. Thursday morning, Governor Rick Snyder endorsed the plan that would prevent unions from requiring that all workers in an organized workplace join that union. But that ban would not apply to unionized police and fire departments.

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Fine Art
12:18 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Photography artists Fran Dwight and Brian Powers tag-team in Kalamazoo Photo Works

Kalamazoo Photo Works

A story about the artists of Kalamazoo Photo Works

December's Kalamazoo Art Hop is a little larger than usual, with a total of 63 stops. Two of those stops feature works by photographers Brian Powers and Fran Dwight. Powers and Dwight work as independent artists, but also work together as part of Kalamazoo Photo Works.

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Local Music
12:18 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Mandolin orchestra hearkens back to Kalamazoo's history of stringed instruments

The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra performing at the Kalamazoo Public Library downtown in 2008.
Credit The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra

Full interview with Jackie Zito and Miles Kusik of the Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra

The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra will play Friday during the Art Hop at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. I talked with the group’s founding members Jackie Zito and Miles Kusik to find out a little bit more about the mandolin and its ties to Kalamazoo.

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