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Redistricting
7:19 am
Wed July 9, 2014

WSW: Do Legislative Boundaries Skew Democracy?

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WestSouthwest with Rich Robinson

Michigan Campaign Finance Network Executive Director Rich Robinson says Michigan's system of drawing legislative boundaries doesn't serve voters. 

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Arts & More
7:57 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

St. Joseph: Beach Town and 1920's Gangster's Paradise

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Gangsters in Southwest Michigan? It's not as shocking as you think. Back in the 1920's, members of the Chicago crime scene treated the area as an oasis where they dined, played golf - and did their best to keep their business affairs to a minimum.

That all changed in 1929, when gangster Frank 'Killer' Burke murdered a St. Joseph police officer, leading authorities to discover that he had weapons used in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, where seven men from an opposing crime gang were killed in Chicago.

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Visual Art
7:45 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Could Art Help Us Understand Autism?

From the All For One exhibit at the Park Trades Center in Kalamazoo
Credit courtesy of Bill Davis

Last year, Western Michigan University art students took a class that examined art made by kids with autism to better understand how they communicate.

Now the Autism & Visual Art Project has blossomed to a global program that includes workshop materials for educators, an exhibit, and even a documentary film.

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July 7, 2014
9:28 am
Mon July 7, 2014

WestSouthwest July 7, 2014

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On WestSouthwest, the case for taxing carbon to address climate change, and a look at the finances and transparency of charter schools. 

WestSouthwest July 7, 2014

      

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Charter Schools
8:48 am
Mon July 7, 2014

WSW: Charter Schools' Financing and Accountability

Canton Charter Academy
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WestSouthwest with Gary Miron

    

Western Michigan University Professor Gary Miron says small, independent, locally run charter schools are hard to find in Michigan. 

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