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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. 


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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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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. 


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