On WestSouthwest, the state of the Presidential race in Michigan and elsewhere. And the Natural Resources Defense Council questions the fine levied against Enbridge for the Kalamazoo River oil spill and other violations.

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Elected countywide officials in Kalamazoo County don’t usually have primary opponents. But that isn’t the case for Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting. He faces Kalamazoo attorney E. Dorphine Payne in the Democratic primary August 2. The Kalamazoo League of Women Voters has a voter guide for this race.

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Two Western Michigan University Political Science Professors say Hillary Clinton’s very conventional campaign against Donald Trump’s unorthodox bid for the White House offers an interesting contrast for the fall. 


The National Media Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council says even after all the cleanup efforts, oil remains in the Kalamazoo River from a massive spill six year years ago. 

Abby Nobel says she wants to roll back state regulations on health care and schools. The Republican is running for state House in the 80th district, which includes the most of Allegan County. 

"KALAMAZOO, MI — The youngest survivor of the Kalamazoo mass shooting in February is back in the hospital. The family of Abigail Kopf announced the news Sunday, July 24, on the GoFundMe page they keep updated with her medical journey." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

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(MPRN-Philadelphia) Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, Mayor Mike Duggan of Detroit, and former Governor Jennifer Granholm are on the speakers list for the Democratic National Convention. 

"The Battle Creek Bombers topped the Madison Mallards, 4-2, behind a dominant outing on the hill from Scott Sency to sweep the two-game set." (Battle Creek Bombers' website)

"Mequon, WIS – The plan was for the Kalamazoo Growlers to head to Warner Park and play against the Madison Mallards on Thursday and Friday night respectively to begin their four-game road trip. The team would then head to Kapco Park and do battle with the Chinooks on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Of course, baseball never goes as planned and the weather can be even more unpredictable then baseball." (Kalamazoo Growlers' website)

"Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Sunday she has not pursued the Democratic National Committee chairmanship in the wake of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s abrupt resignation and she called reports that she’s in the mix “news to me.” (Detroit News)

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The City of Kalamazoo wants to see more people at Kik Pool – possibly enjoying the water other ways than swimming. It’s holding a meeting Monday night to ask the public for input on what the pool should offer.

Patrick McVerry is with the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation. He says while Kik has plenty to offer swimmers, some people might prefer a water slide or a splash pad.

“Incorporation of some different water features may actually bring more people in to use the facility,” he says.

"KALAMAZOO, MI-- Four demands were announced via bullhorn to a crowd of a few hundred people who had marched, chanting, from Bronson Park to the Kalamazoo Mall following a Black Lives Matter gathering here Friday evening July 22. Discipline the police officers who were transporting a man from the hospital to jail when he died along the way." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

"KALAMAZOO, MI - A local Black Lives Matter chapter is planning a Friday rally and an undisclosed 'shutdown action' on city streets, a move that has police preparing to allow the demonstration but react to any problems that develop. The rally is planned for 6 p.m." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

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As they accumulate notable awards and grants, and perform in some of the finest concert halls around the world, the members of the Escher Quartet also accumulate their fair share of travel horror stories. The music is the easy part, says cellist Brook Speltz, who is the son of two classical musicians.

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Librarians are magic. Any bookworm or someone with a well-worn and tattered library card knows that. And Michigan author Jim C. Hines knows it better than most, having created Isaac Vainio, a character who is a librarian and a magician. He's a "libriomancer" who can literally pull magical beings into the world from the written word.

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(MPRN-Lansing) Voters in Michigan will be allowed to use the straight-ticket voting option on the November ballot. A federal judge has ruled a ban adopted by the Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Snyder violates the voting rights of African-Americans in large cities. 

(MPRN-Lansing) The Genesee County prosecutor is asking judges to make sure two dozen felons sentenced as juveniles to life without parole don’t have a chance at freedom. 

"The Battle Creek Bombers fell to the Kenosha Kingfish, 7-6, as their late rally fell just short, with the game-tying run left on third base." (Battle Creek Bombers' website)


(MPRN-Lansing) If you have kids and are planning a Labor Day trip, you might want to check your child’s school calendar. 50 school districts have received a waiver to start classes before the holiday. 

"KALAMAZOO, MI — A local Black Lives Matter chapter is planning a Friday rally and an undisclosed "shutdown action" on city streets, a move that has police preparing to allow the demonstration but react to any problems that develop." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"CLEVELAND — Four years ago at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, it was oysters and champagne for Gov. Rick Snyder. This year in Cleveland, it was “build your own paella.” (Detroit Free Press)

"Michigan will see significant stage time next week at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where four speakers with deep ties to the Great Lakes state will join a lineup that includes past, current and potential presidents." (Detroit News)

"Stryker Corp. posted sales growth of 16.6 percent for the second quarter, although net income dipped. The Kalamazoo-based Stryker (NYSE: SYK) this afternoon reported quarterly sales of $2.84 billion, versus $2.43 billion for the second quarter in 2015. Organic sales growth accounted for 6.6 percent of the increase." (MiBiz)

Brandon Stacy (Spock), Brian Gross (Kirk) and Jeff Bond (McCoy) on the bridge of the Enterprise.
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Star Trek Beyond opens in movie theaters nationwide July 22. It's the latest entry in a franchise that started on NBC-TV way back in 1966. No other TV show has energized fans and powered spin-offs and "reboots" over the last half-century like it has. Two Kalamazoo Star Trek fans think they know why.


On WestSouthwest, a conversation with the long-time leader of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo who retires at the end of the year. And a look at the primary races for Kalamazoo County Commission on next month's ballot.

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Robert Ezelle, one of Kalamazoo County’s longest-serving nonprofit executives, is retiring from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo after 30 years as executive director. His last day is Dec. 31. Ezelle, 68, tells WMUK's Earlene McMichael on Thursday's WestSouthwest public-affairs show that he spent his formative years in foster homes. He says it wasn't until around age 12, when he was moved to a boy's residence and met a mentor, that he experienced genuine caring. That's why, Ezelle says, he strives to make every child coming through his doors feel "that they do belong" and insists his staff welcome them by name. (Click on icons to hear the interview, plus longer version.)

"KALAMAZOO, MI — An emergency cooling center will open in Kalamazoo in the case of a heat advisory. " (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Waste Management Task Force Holds Public Meeting

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(MPRN-Lansing) Members of the public told a state panel that they have concerns about landfills in their backyards. The hearing on Wednesday was part of the Department of Environmental Quality’s waste management task force. 


(MPRN-Lansing) Michigan’s monthly job rate has dropped slightly to 4.6 percent. But it’s not because more people are working. The one-tenth of a percentage point is because of a shrinking number of people competing for jobs. 


There will be at least three new members on the Kalamazoo County Commission after the November election. Two years ago six incumbents decided not to run for another term.