WestSouthwest

Literacy
1:01 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

WestSouthwest: Reading Ambassador Walter Dean Myers

Button used to promote Myers's visit to the Kalamazoo Public Library
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WestSouthwest with Walter Dean Myers

Award-winning children's author Walter Dean Myers, 76, has met famous people in his lifetime, like Langston Hughes and James Baldwin. These days, the New York Times-best-selling writer is on a mission to meet children from low-income backgrounds. He's encouraging them to read as he travels across the country as the 2012 Ambassador for Young People's Literature. It's a role that brought Myers to Kalamazoo this summer. 

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Legacy costs
11:51 am
Tue December 3, 2013

WestSouthwest: Bridge Magazine looks at "Michigan's Broken Legacy"

Portage is one of the few cities in the state with no unfunded retiree pension or health care liabilities - file photo
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WestSouthwest with Bridge Magazine Contributor Ted Roelofs

Unfunded debt to pay for pensions and retiree health care costs is one of the major contributors to Detroit's bankruptcy filing. Other cities in Michigan could face similar problems. 

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Justin Amash
8:03 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

WestSouthwest: Mother Jones Magazine looks at Justin Amash and the Republican Party

Justin Amash-AP file photo
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WestSouthwest with Tim Murphy

    

Reporter Tim Murphy discusses his article Will GOP Rebel Justin Amash Bring Down the NSA - and His Own Party?

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Philippines Typhoon
7:46 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

WestSouthwest: WMU Georgraphy Professor on disaster relief in the Philippines

Clean up from the massive typhoon in the Philippines
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WestSouthwest with Lisa DeChano-Cook

Western Michigan University Geography Professor Lisa DeChano-Cook has done extensive research on disaster relief. 

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State issues
9:07 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

WestSouthwest: State Representative Kate Segal

State Representative Kate Segal
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WestSouthwest with State Representative Kate Segal

Democrat Kate Segal represents Battle Creek and other parts of Calhoun County in Michigan's 62nd state House district. She is in her third term. 

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