10:46 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Kalamazoo County Democratic Party Chairman resigns

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New leader will be selected November 21st
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - David Pawloski has resigned his chairmanship of the Kalamazoo County Democratic Party. Pawloski, who resigned earlier this month, is leaving to pursue new career opportunities, according to a press release. He was first elected chair in Nov. 2006 and was re-elected three times.
Local Music
10:32 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Joel Mabus conjures up 'Pepper's Ghost and Other Banjo Visitations'

Joel Mabus
Credit joelmabus.com

As heard on WMUK's Let's Hear It, Joel Mabus joins Cara Lieurance in WMUK's Takeda Studio to play tunes and songs and chat about his most recent recording project, Pepper's Ghost and Other Banjo Visitations.

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10:30 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Pertussis cases confirmed in Kalamazoo County, flu in Michigan

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Three of the four cases have no linking connection according to health department officials
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- While folks are out getting flu shots, they may want to get a pertussis booster as well. Pertussis-- whooping cough-- is not a disease of the past, health officials remind. There have been five lab confirmed pertussis cases in Kalamazoo County residents in October, said Lynne Norman, RN, Clinical Services Division manager for Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services.
10:19 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Food stamp cuts to hit Michigan on Friday

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Number of Michigan residents on food assistance skyrocketed between 2003 and 2013
More than 1.7 million Michigan residents, including 70,000 veterans, will see cuts in their monthly food stamp benefits Friday as a provision of the 2009 federal stimulus package comes to an end.
10:17 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Clyde Union to shut down after more than century in Battle Creek

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175 layoffs scheduled
ClydeUnion Pumps, a company launched in Battle Creek more than a century ago, will lay off more than three-fourths of its employees as it prepares to shut down its plant on Dickman Road.
Portage City election
8:10 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Election 2013: Portage City Council

Portage City Hall - file photo
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Report by WMUK's Andy Robins

Portage voters will elect at least one new member to the City Council next week. Six candidates are running for the three City Council seats in Portage this year. 

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7:09 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Upton says website "was supposed to be the easy part" of Affordable Care Act

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Upton led questioning during hearing before Energy and Commerce Committee
The west Michigan congressman who leads a committee investigating problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act blasted Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, saying she and other Obama administration officials either 'did not know how bad the situation was or they did not disclose it.'
6:57 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Senate Republicans move to send lawsuits against state out of Ingham County

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Ingham County Circuit Court has had jurisdiction over major lawsuits against state since 1970's
LANSING, MI -- Michigan's Republican-led Senate on Wednesday approved a significant shakeup to the state's legal system that Democrats decried as a partisan ploy to protect problematic laws. Senate Bill 652, fast-tracked after introduction last week and approved in a party-line vote, would move major litigation against the state government out of the Ingham County Circuit Court, which has had jurisdiction over such cases since the 1970s.
6:53 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Ceresco Dam begins coming down

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Enbridge bought dam last year as part of clean up from 2010 oil spill
CERESCO - Workers cracked the top of the Ceresco Dam Wednesday, signaling the beginning of the end for the crossroads community's landmark. As half-dozen onlookers stood on the 12-Mile Road bridge just downriver of the dam about 9 a.m., large machinery pierced and dug out sections of concrete.
Digital Life
6:23 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Steve Jobs' House In Los Altos Designated A Historic Site

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 7:22 am

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Strange News
5:31 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Graffiti Artist May Have Been Done In By Pumpkin

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 7:22 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

We hear of criminals who leave wallets or phones at the crime scene. That is exactly what a graffiti artist does every time - leaves behind some identifying mark. The trick is to escape any way. And there, a Colorado man fell short. Steamboat Springs police say the suspect tagged downtown properties. Might have been hard to find him except its Halloween, the local paper says police found a similar design on a pumpkin at the graffiti artist's home.

Stephanie joined WUWM in September 2008 as the Coordinating Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.

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Author Interviews
4:03 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Recurring Dream: Morpheus Returns In Gaiman's 'Sandman' Prequel

The Sandman: Overture explores the back story of the central character, Orpheus, to explain how he wound up in captivity at the start of The Sandman.
Courtesy of DC Entertainment

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 10:54 am

Neil Gaiman started writing the Sandman comic books 25 years ago. Since then, he's written acclaimed fantasy novels, children's books and screenplays — but the pale, star-eyed Lord of Dreams remains one of his most beloved characters. Over the course of 75 issues, the series captivated fans and critics alike.

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Music Interviews
4:03 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Luscious Jackson Is Ready For Its 'Magic Hour'

Luscious Jackson has reconvened after more than a decade for its new album, Magic Hour, which comes out Nov. 5.
Doug Seymour Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 7:22 am

"3 Seconds to Cross," a new song by Luscious Jackson, begins somewhere in New York City. The narrator lies awake longing to be in California, though it becomes apparent a New Yorker like her really wouldn't fit in: "It only takes just a little to get yourself lost."

California, we're told, is a land unfriendly to pedestrians, where an L.A. traffic light might give you three seconds to cross the street.

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Around the Nation
4:02 am
Thu October 31, 2013

A New Way To Do Halloween: Chocolate Chunks In The Trunk

Cars decorated for Halloween wait for kids to come by for "trunk-or-treating" in New Berlin, Wis. The event is seen as an alternative to sending kids door to door for candy.
Stephanie Lecci WUWM

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 9:36 am

The parking lot of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beloit, Wis., is filled with dozens of costumed kids hungry for candy at an early Halloween event.

But the princesses and Iron Men aren't yelling "trick or treat." Instead, it's "trunk or treat" — and that's because these kids, rather than going door to door, are going from car trunk to car trunk. Each car is decorated with a theme.

Pastor Jason Reed says his church likes to focus on the fun — rather than freaky — parts of Halloween.

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Kalamazoo city election
10:23 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Election 2013: Kalamazoo City Commission

Kalamazoo City Commission forum at WMU's Fetzer Center
Credit WMUK

Kalamazoo City Commission candidate forum recorded October 29th

Voters in Kalamazoo will elect at least one new member to the city commission this November. Six incumbents and nine challengers are on the ballot. 

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10:21 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Hopewell leads all Kalamazoo City Commission candidates in fund raising

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Records show incumbent commissioners have outspent challengers by 2-to-1 margin as of October 20th
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell is leading all Kalamazoo City Commission candidates in campaign fundraising for the Nov. 5 election, having raised $16,697 so far in his bid for re-election. Hopewell had $7,652.34 left as carryover from his last campaign, and has spent a total of $11,935.44 in this election cycle, according to pre-election campaign finance reports due at the Kalamazoo County Clerk's office Friday.
Battle Creek city election
10:17 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Election 2013: Battle Creek City Commission

Battle Creek City Hall - file photo
Credit WMUK

Interview with Battle Creek Enquirer reporter Jennifer Bowman

    

18 candidates are seeking nine seats on the Battle Creek City Commission this year. 

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NPR Story
6:04 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Read 'Matilda' With NPR's Backseat Book Club

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 2:59 pm

The hardest part about choosing a Roald Dahl book for NPR's Backseat Book Club is deciding which one to read! His imagination was so free-ranging — from a magical chocolate factory to a giant peach to quick witted fox — he gave us a lot to choose from.

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Shots - Health News
6:00 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Notices Canceling Health Insurance Leave Many On Edge

One person who got a letter canceling his health insurance was Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. He holds up the letter during a congressional hearing Wednesday on insurance problems. He says his family chose to buy private insurance rather than use the congressional plan.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

President Obama repeated this line or a variation of it many times during the campaign to pass his landmark health care bill: "If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period."

But while that might be true for people who get health insurance through their employer, it's not true for many people who buy their policies in the individual market — about 5 percent of the nation's policyholders.

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U.S.
5:33 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Police, Community Relations Strained After Teen's Death

Hundreds of protesters march toward the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office in response to the death of Andy Lopez in Santa Rosa.
Noah Berger Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 9:43 am

Sonoma County, Calif., is probably best known for its good wine, green sensibilities and otherwise healthy and peaceful living. But that peace was shattered last week when a county sheriff's deputy shot and killed a young teenager carrying a toy gun.

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Television
5:22 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Medicinal Laughs: Could 'Daily Show' Sour Millennials On ACA?

Jon Stewart, shown here interviewing President Obama on The Daily Show in October 2012, has been lampooning the problems with the Affordable Care Act website in recent episodes.
Brad Barket PictureGroup

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 6:00 pm

Problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act have been all over the news — and the not-quite news. Comedy Central's The Daily Show With Jon Stewart has been one news-ish outlet that hasn't been too kind in its coverage.

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans spoke with All Things Considered host Audie Cornish about why negative coverage on The Daily Show might be worse for the Obama administration than negative coverage on the nightly news.

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Around the Nation
5:12 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

On Capitol Hill, A Statue And A Rock God Bring Politicians Together

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 6:00 pm

Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, an unlikely scene unfolded as a bust of Winston Churchill was unveiled in Statuary Hall Wednesday. The entertainment: Roger Daltrey. Who? Yes, Roger Daltrey of the 1960s rock band The Who.

Parallels
4:28 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Ottoman Dream Come True: Train Links East And West In Istanbul

A Marmaray Project train awaits its inauguration ceremony in Istanbul on Tuesday.
Ozan Kose AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 9:04 pm

The Marmaray Project, Turkey's new underwater rail link between the European and Asian sides of Istanbul, is open for business. It's the first of its kind, a modern feat of engineering that realizes the 150-year-old dream of an Ottoman sultan.

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Superstorm Sandy: Before, During And Beyond
4:08 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

In Sandy's Wake, Flood Zones And Insurance Rates Re-Examined

An emergency responder helps evacuate two people with a boat after their neighborhood in Little Ferry, N.J., was flooded.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 6:00 pm

When Sandy blew into East Coast communities a year ago, it was flooding that did the most damage.

That's in part because the average sea level has risen over the past century — about a foot along the mid-Atlantic coast. That made it easier for the storm to push the ocean onto the land.

And scientists say there will be many more Sandy-style storms — that is, torrential rain and wind that create heavy coastal flooding — and they'll be more frequent than in the past. But preparing people for that means changing the way they live, and that's proving politically difficult.

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3:26 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

3rd Graders scoring low on reading could be held back

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If a state House bill passes, third graders who score low on the reading portion of the MEAP would have to repeat the third grade.
If the bill were in place this year, it would mean as many as 36,662 children would have to repeat the third-grade because they scored at the bottom two levels of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program exam in fall 2012. If it passes the Legislature, the mandate would take effect for the 2014-15 school year.
Author Interviews
2:43 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has spent a total of six months in space. In his new book, he writes that getting to space took only "8 minutes and 42 seconds. Give or take a few thousand days of training."
NASA Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 2:30 pm

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Politics
2:08 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Senator Cory Booker: Workhorse Or Show Horse?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later in the program, we'll speak with a roundtable of educators about school safety. That's a subject that's on our minds a year after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and weeks after two more teachers were killed in their schools. That conversation is coming up.

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NPR Story
11:41 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Teachers Share Their Top Safety Concerns

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 2:08 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later in the program, we'll head into the Beauty Shop, where our panel of women commentators and journalists take on some hot topics of the week, including adult Halloween costume dilemmas. And we'll ask if Jay-Z has another problem to add to his 99 - we promise we'll explain all that.

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