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SW Michigan
4:55 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Recount Certifies O'Brien Senate Win

Candidates for the 20th State Senate District at a pre-election forum
Credit WMUK

Portage Republican Margaret O’Brien will represent Kalamazoo County in the state Senate. That’s the result of a three-day hand recount of votes in the 20th District that ended Wednesday. It found that O’Brien defeated Kalamazoo Democrat Sean McCann by 61 votes. That’s two more votes for O’Brien than in the official results certified by state and local officials after the election in November. The recount found 36,645 votes for O'Brien; 36,584 for McCann; and 7,171 for Libertarian Lorence Wenke.

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SW Michigan
4:11 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

State Senate OKs Cyber-bullying Bill

Credit WMUK

A proposal to crackdown on “cyber-bullying” has been approved by the state Senate. The Gongwer News Service says the measure would require that schools have policies on the issue. It follows incidents around the country in which students were harassed by other students on Facebook and other social media.

But some critics say the bill goes too far because it would require districts to control the behavior of students outside of school.

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SW Michigan
4:44 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Schuette Joins Lawsuit Against Obama's Immigration Order

Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is challenging President Obama’s executive order on immigration.

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Arts & More
10:27 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

7 Facts About Reindeer From Kalamazoo's Reindeer Ranch

Carol Borton and one of her reindeer
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Carol Borton and her family own Reindeer Ranch LLC, a business that raises reindeer and does public reindeer displays. You can see her reindeer Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Oshtemo Branch Library.

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Local History
9:58 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Black Travel During Jim Crow Illustrated In Green Book

The Green Book exhibit at the Gilmore Car Museum
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Imagine you’re on a long family trip. Only you can’t stop for the bathroom. You can’t stop to eat or stay at a hotel. There are only a handful of places you can go and they could be several hours apart. That’s what family trips were like for African Americans in the Jim Crow era, from the 1930s to the 1960s.

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