WestSouthwest

Interviews with news makers and discussion of topics important to Southwest Michigan. Heard Monday and Thursday mornings at 9:30. With an afternoon rebroadcast both days at 3:30

Adam Rayes / WMUK

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.

Andy Robins / WMUK

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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When former NFL defensive lineman Bubba Smith passed away in 2011, Maya Washington learned more about the integration of college football in the 1960’s. Part of the story involves her father Gene Washington. That inspired a new documentary film being screened in Grand Rapids on Wednesday.


Courtesy photo | SCORE

For 38 years, a group of retired and active business professionals have been providing free mentoring to Southwest Michigan's small-business owners and aspiring ones. In 2017, they served 367 businesses, up more than 100 from the previous year.

That helped SCORE Kalamazoo/SW Michigan, a local affiliate of a national organization serving entrepreneurs, to recently be named Chapter of the Year in Michigan.

The chapter continues to add new programs, including its Entrepreneurship Day of workshops begun three years ago and, just this year, the Kalamazoo Capital Consortium to link entrepreneurs with interested lenders.


Jennifer Leigh

Jennifer Leigh says she uses art as therapy. Grace Barrett says drawing helps get her feelings out and relax the symptoms of depression. Both of them will have art on display at Friday’s Art Hop in downtown Kalamazoo.


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