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Work on so-called “Right to Work” legislation is moving ahead quickly in Lansing. Thursday morning, Governor Rick Snyder endorsed the plan that would prevent unions from requiring that all workers in an organized workplace join that union. But that ban would not apply to unionized police and fire departments.

WMUK General Manager Gordon Bolar was in Washington D.C. on Monday as StoryCorps launched a new oral history project. The Military Voices Initiative will help tell the stories of military personnel, veterans and their families.

Governor Snyder has appointed two new trustees to serve on Western Michigan University’s Board of Trustees. Michelle Crumm of Ann Arbor and Ron Hall of Detroit will begin their eight year terms on the board January first. Crumm is from Ann Arbor and is CEO of Present Value LLC. 

Hall is from Detroit and is CEO of two automotive supply companies. Hall earned his bachelor’s degree from WMU.

Crumm and Hall replace Dennis Archer and Larry Tolbert, whose terms on Western’s Board of Trustees expire at the end of the year.

Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Governor Snyder is calling for further discussion of renewable energy mandate. The governor delivered his special message on energy and the environment Wednesday at the Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners.   

Jim Dulzo with the Michigan Land Use Institute told WMUK’s Gordon Evans that he is pleased that he is glad that the governor wants to explore increasing the renewable energy standard. 

But Dulzo says Snyder needs to demonstrate bold leadership on the issue to make Michigan a leader in clean and renewable energy.

Bringing back ancient landscapes

Nov 25, 2012
Joseph MacIntosh clears brush at the Ft. Custer State Recreation area.
Brian Petersen, WMUK

Over the past several hundred years, southwest Michigan’s landscape has changed dramatically. But what did it look like before European colonization?

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