Writer Robert Weir at the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama
Courtesy of Robert Weir

A new hotline has been launched in an effort to reduce infant mortality in Kalamazoo County. And a Kalamazoo writer chronicles a civil rights pilgrimage. 

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The CEO of YWCA Kalamazoo says “In 30 years we don’t want to be talking about infant mortality in Kalamazoo.” Grace Lubwama says Cradle Kalamazoo will include a new hotline to help connect pregnant women to resources. 

Courtesy of Robert Weir

Robert Weir was “a little too young” to participate in the civil rights movement. Since he grew up in a rural, all-white area in Michigan, he didn’t know much about the movement until Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated. Weir has since written about civil rights, and recently joined a pilgrimage to key sites in three southern states. The Living Legacy Pilgrimage is a bus tour through Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.


On WestSouthwest, what is fake news? Is it new? What should you watch for? And the Michigan Campaign Finance Network examines the most expensive state House races in 2016. 

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More than $1-million was raised and spent in seven state House races last year. Three of those were in Southwest Michigan. Michigan Campaign Finance Network Director says it’s part of the growing amount of money in state elections.