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10:06 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Small town poets, Kalamazoo natives hold a reading

Amy Newday at the Kalamazoo College Writing Center

 Red-winged and loud my field this morning suddenly full of them. Clinging to mullen stalks and singing from the snow-battered stems of field grass, the gray skeletons of poke. Everyway I look there’s no escape from blackbirds, shaking the air with their sirens, flashing their wing-bars like warnings. Get ready your heart, here comes Spring - "I Asked For A Poem, But Got Blackbirds" by Amy Newday

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WMUK News
12:50 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Saving her son, finding grace

Anne Marie Hamming and her kids
Credit Mark Bugnaski

Can you have it all? Anne Marie Hamming of Middleville thought she did: she had a fulfilling career in journalism as well as a husband and two kids. But then it all fell apart.

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SW Michigan
11:18 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Ronda Stryker YWCA's "Woman of Achievement"

Ronda Stryker
Credit Kalamazoo YWCA

Ronda Stryker is the latest winner of the "Lifetime Woman of Achievement Award" by the the Kalamazoo YWCA. She'll receive the award at the Y's annual celebration on May 21st at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo.

The YWCA says the award is given each year "to a woman in the community who has demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the well-being of the community, state, or nation, and has record of accomplishment, leadership, and positive role modeling as a volunteer or in their career".

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WMUK News
6:56 am
Thu April 4, 2013

WMU student media fee approved

Sidewalk sign supports WMU student media fee
Credit WMUK

Western Michigan University’s student-run newspaper and radio station have received a big vote of support, and money. That's because students at the university approved a new $5-per-semester fee to help maintain the Western Herald and WIDR.

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WMUK News
1:39 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Blue-ribboned trees fight child abuse

"Blue Ribbon Tree" in downtown Kalamazoo
Credit Stella Chivikas / KCAN

The annual “Blue Ribbon Tree” campaign to fight child abuse and neglect in Kalamazoo County gets underway this week. It’s sponsored by the Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council.

The Council’s Executive Director Karen Hayter says child abuse and neglect is a growing problem in the Kalamazoo area. She says the number of confirmed cases in the county has more than doubled since 2005. Hayter says more than 4,000 cases of abuse and neglect were reported to Child Protective Services in 2011 alone.

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