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Environment
4:04 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

State senator behind legislation to ban nature reserves

Hearings to ban “biodiversity areas” in the state capitol will continue this week. Interlochen Public Radio reports that supporters of the legislation want to allow businesses to access public lands that serve as reserves for native plants and animals. Republican state Senator Tom Casperson says this would help create jobs and business opportunities.

WMUK News
1:39 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

WMU speaker considers "health equity"

Professor Brian Gibbs
Credit Brian Gibbs / Johns Hopkins University

The federal government says black babies are up to three times more likely to die than white infants. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say more African-Americans suffer from high blood pressure than whites do. Those and other disparities in health and health care are the subject of the annual Burian Lecture on Wednesday, February 20th, at Western Michigan University.

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Local Music
11:39 am
Tue February 19, 2013

An operetta of scandal and waltzes

Western Michigan University majors in vocal performance have been working under the direction of Susan Anthony for weeks to prepare performances of Act Two of Die Fledermaus this Thursday and Friday at the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Ms. Anthony returned to Kalamazoo after a successful career as an opera singer, mainly in European opera houses. The work she's preparing with the WMU Opera Workshop, a Strauss operetta, is one in which she’s played a role many times. 

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Saugatuck-Douglas Merger
10:49 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Opponent of Saugatuck-Douglas consolidation says savings can be found without a merger

File photo of path in the Saugatuck-Douglas area
Credit The Associated Press

Petition signatures will be turned in Tuesday that will likely place a proposed merger of Saugatuck and Douglas on the ballot this year. 

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Saugatuck-Douglas Merger
10:39 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Supporter of Saugatuck-Douglas consolidation says it could save money, improve service

File photo of path in Saugatuck-Douglas area
Credit The Associated Press

Voters in Saugatuck and Douglas could decide this year if the two cities will consolidate. Petition signatures to put the issue on the ballot are to be submitted Tuesday.

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