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WMUK News
5:43 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

House Considers Budget With New Funds for HICA

The Michigan House is set to consider a budget bill that would direct more than a hundred million dollars of extra funding to the Department of Community Health.

Gongwer News Service reports that the bill aims to remedy a gap in funding for the Health Insurance Claims Assessment. It’s been approved 19 to 0 by the House Appropriations Committee, with all Republicans voting in favor and all Democrats abstaining.

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WMUK News
5:40 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Battle Creek Reinvestigates Police Incident

Credit WMUK

The City of Battle Creek says it’s investigating whether a police officer used excessive force when arresting an assault suspect more than a year ago.

A previous inquiry into the October 2012 incident had cleared patrol officer Christopher Hug of wrongdoing. But city officials say they recently discovered that some key information from the case never made it to the county prosecutor’s office. That includes surveillance tape that shows Hug apparently beating suspect Kenneth Moye.

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Local Music
3:57 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Gay, Lesbian Center Celebrates Female Musicians in Kalamazoo

Singer/songwriter Dana Scott at a previous Pre-Pride Women's Music Festival

Six women will be featured in a concert to celebrate local female artists. The event, put on by the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center, will take place Saturday at 8 p.m. at Bell’s Eccentric Café

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Arts & More
3:33 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

"Balance" Uses Performing Arts To Bring Awareness To Child Sexual Assault

Denise Miller reading her poem "Speak Easy" at Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative.
Credit Rebecca Thiele / WMUK

At Fire Historical & Cultural Arts Collaborative, three women are taking the negativity of sexual abuse and speaking their truth to power. 

Denise Miller, co-founder of Fire Historical & Cultural Arts Collaborative, along with Melissa Dey Hasbrook and Laura Sprague will be presenting "Balance," two nights of performing arts focused on moving forward after surviving child sexual assault.

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WestSouthwest
12:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

WSW: How Passenger Pigeons Went from "Billions to None"

Male (left) and female passenger pigeons, in illustration.
Credit Joel Greenberg / Project Passenger Pigeon

Passenger pigeons once outnumbered all other birds in North America. When migrated they moved in huge flocks, sometimes comprising more than a billion birds. The largest nesting ever recorded covered 850 square miles.

That was in 1871. Just a few decades later, passenger pigeons were all but gone from the wild.

By the end of 1914 they were extinct.

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