Dunuya Drum & Dance
courtesy of Carolyn Kobel

 You know that feeling you get at an outdoor festival? The sun is warm. You hear music and maybe smell something cooking in the air. People are moving, laughing. It’s a feeling that’s hard to duplicate indoors, but this weekend the Michigan Global Roots Festival will attempt to do just that. 

Congress has yet to appropriate any money for the project. Communities in Ohio, New York, and Maine are also hoping to land the facility supporters say could create about 2,100 jobs.

Western Michigan University

The man who helped establish the current home of Western Michigan University’s Lee Honors College has died. A news release from the university says Carl Lee died on Sunday, he was 96. Lee and his wife Winifred pledged $500,000 in 1988 to build the home of what is now the Lee Honors College. A $1.1-million contribution from the family in 2012 allowed for the expansion and renovation of the building. 

Correction: An earlier version of this story said Carl Lee and his wife helped establish WMU's Lee Honors College. The college was actually launched in the 1960's before Lee and his wife donated the money for the new building. 

Michigan United

On this edition of WestSouthwest, State Representative Aaron Miller on the budget, taxes, road funding and more. And Michigan Immigrant Rights Center Attorney Susan Reed discusses immigration reform. 


Michigan United

President Obama issued an executive order last year to shield some undocumented immigrants from deportation. But a federal judge has issued an injunction holding up that order, and Congress is at a standoff over the President's action. Some Republicans want to hold up funding to the Department of Homeland Security. Susan Reed, Lead Attorney for the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center in Kalamazoo, says it helps to create more confusion around the issue of immigration.