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.)


On WestSouthwest, a look at the economics and energy implications of closing the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant earlier than planned. And the Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network tells us why he's concerned about proposed changes to the state's campaign finance rules. 

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

The Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network says proposed legislation to amend the state’s Campaign Finance Act is about access and influence on lawmakers. 

Official Nuclear Regulatory Commission Photo

Plans to close the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant sooner than was previously announced caught many people by surprise. But Midwest Energy News reporter Andy Balaskovitz says there were some signs of an accelerated timeline. 

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On WestSouthwest, a Kalamazoo woman shares her story of protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. And Bridge looks at the initial signs of success in boosting reading scores in some West Michigan school districts.