Local Music
9:16 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Singer Doug LaBrecque on what it takes to be a star

Doug LaBrecque
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As heard on WMUK's Let's Hear It, singer Doug LaBrecque tells host Cara Lieurance about his musical rise from roles in Lakeview High School productions in Battle Creek, MI, to chorus member in Les Miserables on Broadway, to starring as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera and Ravenol in the Hal Prince production of Showboat.

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School closings and delays
9:05 am
Thu October 24, 2013

School Closings and Delays Thursday

Power outages have caused delays this morning - file photo
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There are closings and delays today in Allegan County. 

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Power outage
7:14 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Power outages reported throughout Southwest Michigan Thursday

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Thousands of customers in Southwest Michigan are without power this morning. 

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6:55 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Covert Superintendent remains optimistic

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Bobbi Morehead says drop in enrollment was expected because of "instability"
COVERT - New Covert schools Superintendent Bobbi Morehead said she loves her new job despite major challenges facing the district.
Religion
6:32 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Vatican Challenges Church Of England ... To A Cricket Match

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 8:07 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The Vatican has announced it will be engaging in sporting diplomacy with a new team. St. Peter's Cricket Club will be made up of priests and seminarians in cricket-loving countries like India. Still, the Vatican couldn't resist throwing down this challenge to longtime rival the Church of England: Form a team and make it the Anglicans versus the Catholics at Lord's Cricket Ground in London - what you could call the Mecca of that sport. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:29 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Snyder praises Innovation Center at 10th anniversary celebration

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Snyder says entrepreneurship requires risk
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - "You can't be an entrepreneur and innovator and be fully rational," Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday in Kalamazoo. "If you follow the rational path, you cannot do something that people say can't be done," Snyder said, en route to praising the Southwest Michigan Innovation Cente r for providing an environment for entrepreneurs and innovation in the Kalamazoo region.
Strange News
5:17 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Norwegian Town Uses Mirrors To Try To Come Into The Light

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 8:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

A town in Norway has spent all 100 of its winters in the shade. The town is in the mountains, and when the winter sun sinks low, its rays never reach the people in town. That may change. A local artist campaigned to have mirrors placed on a mountainside. When unveiled on October 31st, they should drop a patch of sunlight in the town square. The artist says it will be good for, quote, "the pale little children in town."

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

NPR Story
5:10 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Teacher Killed By 12-Year-Old Student Remembered

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 8:07 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Two students are in the hospital after a shooting at a middle school in Nevada. A 12-year-old boy killed a popular teacher and then himself. Last night, people in Sparks, Nevada remembered teacher Michael Landsberry. Will Stone reports from KUNR.

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NPR Story
5:10 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Red Sox Take One-Game Lead In World Series

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 8:07 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The Boston Red Sox have taken a one game to none lead over St. Louis in the World Series, beating the Cardinals eight to one last night at Fenway Park. The evening started off badly for the visitors and didn't improve from there. NPR's Mike Pesca was there and has this report.

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Books News & Features
3:17 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Pen Pal Of Young 'Jerry' Salinger May Have Been First To Meet Holden

J.D. Salinger wrote nine letters and postcards to aspiring Canadian writer Marjorie Sheard.
Graham Haber The Morgan Library & Museum

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 9:47 am

Fans of the reclusive J.D. Salinger are in their element these days.

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Author Interviews
3:17 am
Thu October 24, 2013

'Blockbusters': Go Big Or Go Home, Says Harvard Professor

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Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 11:54 am

Movies like The Dark Knight or the Harry Potter series are touted as blockbusters — big-budget spectacles sure to make box office bank.

And though wannabe blockbusters can — and do — flop, like the $120 million disappointment Speed Racer, big budget is still the way to go, according to Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse.

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StoryCorps
3:16 am
Thu October 24, 2013

A 'Not Normal' Family That Knows How To Laugh At Itself

Rebecca Greenberg made her first visit to StoryCorps with her mother. This time her father, Carl, joined them for some laughter and reminiscing.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 11:27 am

When we first heard from Laura Greenberg and her daughter, Rebecca, in 2011, Laura recounted what it was like to grow up in a family that was, as she explained it, "not normal."

"We're yelling, and we're pinching, and we're hugging, and we're cursing, and we peed with the door open," she said about her childhood in Queens, N.Y., in the 1950s. "I didn't know this was not normal behavior. I didn't know people had secrets; you didn't tell your mother everything."

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8:10 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Wayne State to offer in-state tuition rate to Great Lakes states, Ontario

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Detroit school currently draws about 95% of its students from Michigan
Wayne State University will offer in-state tuition to potential students hailing from a number of states around the Great Lakes, including Ontario, Canada. The move is a chance for the university to reverse a slide in enrollment through offering a hefty price break for potential students.
8:03 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Former Portage City Councilwoman charged with embezzling from Rotary Club

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Elizabeth Campbell resigned from the Portage City Council in August
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - A former Portage City councilwoman has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars over a period of more than two years while she served as an officer for the Portage Rotary Club, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Environment
6:43 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Delegates To Debate Watered-Down Plan For Antarctic Marine Preserve

A lone emperor penguin makes his rounds, at the edge of an iceberg drift in the Antarctic's Ross Sea in 2006.
John Weller AP

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 7:57 pm

Less than 1 percent of the world's oceans are set aside as protected areas, but diplomats meeting now in Australia could substantially increase that figure.

Delegates from 24 nations and the European Union have convened to consider proposals to create vast new marine protected areas around Antarctica.

This same group met over the summer and didn't reach consensus, so it's now considering a scaled-back proposal.

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All Tech Considered
5:51 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

U.K. Official Urges U.S. Government To Adopt A Digital Core

Mike Bracken is executive director of digital for the U.K. government.
Lisbon Council Flickr

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 6:43 pm

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NPR Story
5:39 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

World War II Vet Awarded Medals 67 Years Later

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 6:43 pm

Phillip Coon, a 94-year-old World War II Army veteran, POW and Bataan Death March survivor, finally received medals for his service Monday. Coon was awarded the Prisoner of War Medal, a Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Melissa Block speaks with Coon and his son, Michael, who is also an Army veteran.

NPR Story
5:39 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Widespread Plague In Wildlife Threatens Western Ecosystems

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 10:26 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

Most Americans' experience with plague is limited to history books. In the 14th century, it famously wiped out half of Europe's population. But right now, the bacteria is quietly ravaging wildlife in parts of the American West.

NPR's Elizabeth Shogren has the story.

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Music Reviews
4:48 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Europe Swings The Body Electric

The members of Caravan Palace are practitioners of electro-swing.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 5:46 pm

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Politics
4:47 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

'Insurgent' Wing Grapples For Control Of The GOP

Tea Party and conservative leaders including Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Michele Bachmann and Sen. Mike Lee gather for a press conference on Capitol Hill in May.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:57 pm

There's a battle for control of the GOP between establishment Republicans and a new brand of conservatives.

"You can call them populist, you can call them insurgents, you can them Tea Party adherents. ... I think the general term I try to use is the 'insurgent' wing," says New York Times national political correspondent Jonathan Martin.

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WMUK News
4:40 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Making sustainability a habit

Solar panels near WMU's Miller Auditorium
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A Western Michigan University graduate student is working on a project she hopes will dramatize the costs of not saving energy. The project was one focus of National Campus Sustainability Day events at Western on Wednesday (Oct. 23).

Western Michigan University officials say it has been working on ways to cut energy use for nearly two decades even has the number of buildings on campus grew. And Western President John Dunn says those efforts have paid off:

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Theater
4:07 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Anthony Weiner (The Myth, Not The Man) Takes The Stage

New York Rep. Anthony Weiner announces his resignation from Congress in the wake of a sexting scandal on June 16, 2011. His speech that day was incorporated into the play The Weiner Monologues.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 6:43 pm

The sexting scandal surrounding former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner has been fodder for comedians, punsters and those who love double entendres. Now it's the source material for a play, The Weiner Monologues, coming to off-off-Broadway's Access Theatre Nov. 6 through Nov. 10.

'Found Texts' (You Finish The Joke)

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Shots - Health News
4:05 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Why Postponing Insurance Mandate Is No Easy Fix For Obamacare

Patrick Lamanske, of Champaign, Ill., works with Amanda Ziemnisky (right), of the Champaign Urbana Public Health District, to try to sign up his wife, Ping, for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 1.
David Mercer AP

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 7:57 pm

The Obama administration has entered full damage-control mode over the balky website intended to enroll people in new health plans under the Affordable Care Act.

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3:20 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Kalamazoo college ranked best value, worst return on investment

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Kalamazoo College ranked 51st out of the 200 top private schools on the list compiled by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo College was named a "best value" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. The college came in 51 st, sliding eight spots from last year. This year's list includes the top 200 private colleges -- 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges -- in the United States.
U.S.
11:49 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Belafonte And MLK Family Take Memorabilia Dispute To Court

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We'd like to turn now to a different subject, a painful one for those who follow the history of the civil rights movement. What we want to tell you about a lawsuit filed by the famed entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte. He filed suit last Tuesday against the three surviving children of Martin Luther King Jr. At issue is a document - well, actually, three documents - that were formally part of Belafonte's collection of photos, letters and memorabilia that chronicled his friendship with Dr. King.

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Sports
11:49 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Grambling Football Strike: Do College Athletes Have Rights?

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Music
11:49 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Actress Alfre Woodard On The Music That Moves Her

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for the occasional series we call In Your Ear. That's where some of the guests of our program tell us about the music that's on their personal playlists. Today, we hear some of the songs that actress Alfre Woodard likes to groove to. Alfre Woodard is certainly known for a long list of impactful appearances, most recently in the film "12 Years a Slave." Here's what's playing in her ear.

ALFRE WOODARD: Hi, I'm Alfre Woodard. And right now, playing in my ear is Trombone Shorty, "Something Beautiful."

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7:39 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Average tuition increase 3.45% at state universities in Michigan

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Western Michigan University tuition and fees up 3.6%.
Average sticker prices at the nation's 4-year public universities rose 2.9% this year, the smallest annual increase in more than three decades, suggesting that the steeper increases over the past few years didn't signal a new era of accelerating prices, says a report out today.
7:33 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Insurance study finds Holland "most secure mid-sized city" in United States

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Farmers Insurance complied list based on variety of factors
The Holland-Grand Haven area is the most secure mid-size city in America, according to a recent study by Farmers Insurance.
7:12 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Whirlpool earnings up in third quarter

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Company boosted full-year earnings forecast
BENTON HARBOR - Whirlpool Corp.'s third-quarter net earnings more than doubled over the same period last year, driven in part by increased consumer demand for its products. On Tuesday, the world's biggest home appliance maker reported net earnings of $196 million or $2.42 per share, compared to $74 million or 94 cents per share a year ago.

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