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WSW: Matt Longjohn Says He Wants To Be Part Of "New Generation" In Congress

Matt Longjohn says as a doctor who has worked on public health policy he became convinced that you can’t live your healthiest life with Representative Fred Upton in Congress.

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Dolly Says "Hello!" to Kalamazoo: The Civic Opens 90th Season With Classic Musical

"Oh, helloooo, Dolly, well hellooo, Dolly, It's so nice to have you back where you belong..." The song itself may never leave our mental playlist, but the show it originated from sometimes does, for years and even decades. The Kalamazoo Civic Theater will mount the Jerry Herman classic for the first time since the 1970s, in a fresh production that opens Friday, Sep 21. Three stars of the cast - Lori Moore as Dolly Gallagher Levi, Hal Hobson as Horace Vandergelder, and Ken Holda as Cornelius Hackl - plus director Tony Humrichouser and Civic marketing director Janet Gover join Cara Lieurance in the studio for a refresher on this classic.

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A labor dispute means a delay in completing a project on South Westnedge in Portage. A new law aims for clearer guidelines in granting parole. WMU graduate Marin Mazzie, who went on to Broadway stardom dies at 57. 

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“If we get all the way to Decatur I’ll know we’ve passed it, but I think this might be it right here. Yep, that’s it right here!” 

For the opening concert of the 98th season of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, new music director Julian Kuerti will conduct two perrenial French favorites: the Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz, and the Piano Concerto in G by Maurice Ravel, which will feature soloist Di Wu. Wu and concertmaster Jun-Ching Lin have an animated discussion about their experiences as musicians, their affinity for Ravel, and how performing on stage can give life meaning.

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Steve Berg says people experience homelessness for many different reasons. The vice president of Programs and Policy for the National Alliance to End Homelessness says the goal should be to get people into housing quickly.

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The most expensive state Senate primary in Michigan this year was in the district that includes Allegan and Van Buren County. The district that includes parts of Kalamazoo and Calhoun County was the most expensive state House primary. But other Southwest state House and Senate districts could be expensive battle grounds in November.

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A WMU trustee steps down from the board. State universities launch a marketing campaign to trying to encourage people to get four year degrees. Vice President Mike Pence was in Michigan Wednesday as was his predecessor Joe Biden. 

Last March, Western Michigan University's acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble Gold Company won its division at the prestigious Next Generation Jazz Festival. Later this month, they'll jet back to California be featured at the 61st annual Monterey Jazz Festival, a world-famous gathering of over 500 jazz artists. Closer to home, in Grand Rapids, MI on Thursday, Sep 20 at 7:30 pm, Gold Company will perform on the Great American Voices series presented by historic Park Church, one of the oldest churches in the city of Grand Rapids.

Greg Jasperse, director of Gold Company, and Patrick Colye, music director at Park Church, joined Cara Lieurance to preview the concert and sing the praises of the always-polished ensemble.

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Most of those who have heard of John Fetzer usually know him as the former owner of the Detroit Tigers. Some in Michigan, and especially in Kalamazoo, know a little about Fetzer’s other interests: broadcasting, and spiritual exploration. In his new book, John E. Fetzer and the Quest for the New Age (Wayne State University Press, 2018), Western Michigan University professor Brian Wilson digs much deeper to reveal what very few knew about the Michigan entrepreneur.


Protestors will be able to stay in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park this week. A campaign targets chronic absenteeism in Battle Creek Schools. A sculpture inspired by the 2016 bicycle crash near Kalamazoo will be part of ArtPrize. 

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Kalamazoo City Commissioners say they will address homelessness issues raised by Bronson Park protesters. The 2001 terrorist attacks will be remembered 17 years later in Kalamazoo. Tests show no PFAS'es in Battle Creek, but they have been found in part of the Kalamazoo River.