WestSouthwest Brief

A free public concert at Davis Street Park in the Vine Neighborhood. Photo Taylor Scamehorn
Taylor Scamehorn / Southwest Michigan's Second Wave

Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave On the Ground Kalamazoo Project Editor Theresa Coty O’Neil says the Vine neighborhood is different in many ways from the others featured so far. Over the next several weeks, O’Neil will report on the people, business, non-profit groups and more in the Vine Neighborhood.

State Capitol Rotunda - file photo by Cheyna Roth, Michigan Public Radio Network
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

A state Representative from northern Michigan faces charges of soliciting a bribe, and lying to the FBI. If convicted, Larry Inman could be sentenced to 20 years in prison. On Friday the Gongwer News Service reported that a judge granted a prosecution motion to delay the trial, which had been scheduled to start August 6th. 

Courtesy photo

Two major people's movements in American history, with 100 years between them, are examined in a new exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. The "Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963" traveling Smithsonian exhibition touches on such topics as slavery and the civil rights movement. It'll be on display until Oct. 13.

Nick Haddad catching St. Francis' Satyr photo by Melissa McGaw
Melissa McGaw

Professor Nick Haddad says some butterflies and insects are declining at an alarming rate. Haddad, who is also senior terrestrial ecologist at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners says “habitat is part of that, climate change is probably part of that, but we don’t know the one smoking gun to stop that decline.” Haddad is the author of a new book on rare butterflies.

Yvonne Nieves protests the treatment of children in Border Patrol custody in Clint, Texas, July 1, 2019. Photo by Cedar Attansio, The Associated Press
Cedar Attanasio / The Associated Press

Western Michigan University Economics Professor Susan Pozo says she admires immigrants. Her dedication in a new book on the economic impact of immigration says “in honor of your many achievements and in sympathy for the sacrifices that come from leaving your home to offer your talents in a new country.” Pozo is the editor of The Human and Economic Implications of 21st Century Immigration Policy. Note: A version of this interview was first heard in January of this year.