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WestSouthwest
10:25 am
Mon January 19, 2015

WSW: Why King Spoke in 1963 at Western Michigan University

Martin Luther King Jr. talks at a WMUK microphone during his Dec. 18, 1963 visit to Western Michigan University's Read Fieldhouse.
Credit Western Michigan University

Did you know Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in Kalamazoo? And just four months after his historic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C.?

WMUK's Earlene McMichael tells the inside story of what led to King's Dec. 18, 1963 visit to Western Michigan University today on the WestSouthwest show. It is in honor of MLK Jr. Day.

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Between The Lines
9:54 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Between the Lines: Exploring Michigan History

Larry Massie in his library
Credit Zinta Aistars

Larry Massie has earned himself the title of Michigan’s historian, earning the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Historical Society of Michigan. His 21 collections of stories about the ship captains, lumberjacks, poets, politicians, cereal makers, outlaws, and anyone who has had an impact on the state’s history culminate with his newest book, published in August 2014.

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College Scholarships
9:28 am
Mon January 19, 2015

WSW: The Kalamazoo Promise and Community College

File photo
Credit WMUK

Upjohn Institute Researcher Michelle Miller-Adams spends a lot of her time examining how the Kalamazoo Promise is working and how other communities are trying to develop their own programs. 

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E-cigarettes
8:41 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Next Step Not Clear for "E-Cigarette" Legislation

Credit WMUK

It’s unclear if lawmakers will develop new legislation to regulate e-cigarettes in Michigan. Governor Snyder voted a bill on Friday that would have banned the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. 

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Michigan Budget
8:38 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Lawmakers Prepare to Address Budget Shortfall

State Capitol - file photo
Credit Kevin Lavery, WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) - Economists are predicting a revenue shortfall of about $330 million in the current state budget. They say the main reason is business tax credits that were claimed late last year. 

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