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Earlene McMichael / WMUK

On today's WestSouthwest public-affairs show, hear a heartwarming story about the power of mentoring and adoption in a re-broadcast of WMUK's interview with Tim Terrentine, who is one of Kalamazoo County's fastest-rising young leaders. The former nonprofit executive became vice president of development and alumni relations at Western Michigan University in August. It's a longer version of a conversation with Local Morning Edition Host Earlene McMichael that aired in November. (Click on the icon to listen now).


WMUK

On WestSouthwest, Congressman Fred Upton discusses 21st Century Cures, Palisades and more. And former State lawmaker Ken Sikkema tells us why he thinks the state legislature could pass criminal justice reform next year. 


Nancy Camden

Former Michigan lawmaker Ken Sikkema says he is disappointed that criminal justice reform did not pass before lawmakers adjourned for the year. But Sikkema says he believes the legislature will take the issue up again in the new session. 


Pablo Martinez Monsivais, The Associated Press / AP

West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton says the 21st Century Cures Act means “we will find cures for these diseases…years before we otherwise would have.”


Earlene McMichael | WMUK

A young minister and activist named Strick Strickland is the new president of the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch of the NAACP. It was the sudden death of veteran civil-rights leader Charles Warfield over the summer that put the 34-year-old Strickland in the top spot during a national presidential election year, and so Strickland says his tenure has begun handling voter suppression complaints on Election Day in November. On today's WestSouthwest public-affairs show, Strickland tells WMUK's Earlene McMichael that seven Kalamazoo County voters from the same polling site have come forward with allegations, which were forwarded to the Michigan NAACP State Conference for review. (Click the icon to hear about this and more.)


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