Kalamazoo http://michiganradio.org en House speaker's dad to join Western Michigan University board http://michiganradio.org/post/house-speakers-dad-join-western-michigan-university-board <p>KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed House Speaker Jase Bolger's father to serve on the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees.</p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 23:20:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18002 at http://michiganradio.org House speaker's dad to join Western Michigan University board Catholic Church advises parishioners in Kalamazoo to avoid ordination of female priest http://michiganradio.org/post/catholic-church-advises-parishioners-kalamazoo-avoid-ordination-female-priest <p>Leaders of the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo are warning parishioners not to take part in an ordination ceremony this weekend, because the person being ordained is a woman.</p><p>In a weekly newsletter, Bishop Paul Bradley reminded parishioners who take part that they will be kicked out of the church. Those who witness what he called the “simulation” ceremony must confess before receiving sacraments of the church. The Diocese did not return requests for comment on this story.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 22:13:03 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17787 at http://michiganradio.org Catholic Church advises parishioners in Kalamazoo to avoid ordination of female priest Artpod on writers, good stories, and blind luck http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-writers-good-stories-and-blind-luck <p></p><p>Today on Artpod, we're talking with writers: how they stop being terrible and start being good.</p><p>How they start with their own weirdness and turn it into talent.</p><p>And how Midwest writers can take anything - learning how to make fudge or&nbsp;throwing tomatoes at their sister's butt - and turn it into a great story. &nbsp;</p><p>First, we'll hear from Garrison Keillor, who's celebrating 40 years of "A Prairie Home Companion" and the release of his new book of essays, poetry and memoir.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 16:01:01 +0000 Kate Wells 17476 at http://michiganradio.org Artpod on writers, good stories, and blind luck Kalamazoo deemed a literary hot spot http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-deemed-literary-hot-spot <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What city would get your vote as one of Michigan's literary hot spots?&nbsp;</span></p><p>Writer Anna Clark would give her vote to Kalamazoo. Her recent story in the Detroit Free Press is titled <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140323/ENT05/303230042/kalamazoo-authors-poets">Kalamazoo quietly emerging as a literary hot spot</a>.</p><p>She joined us today to tell us why.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 20:19:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 17445 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo deemed a literary hot spot Gilmore International Keyboard Festival underway http://michiganradio.org/post/gilmore-international-keyboard-festival-underway <p></p><p>Even though life took him in a somewhat different direction, Irving S. Gilmore has turned Kalamazoo into a place that truly celebrates piano music.</p><p>The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival is in full swing and runs till May 10.</p><p>Dan Gustin, the director of the Gilmore, joined us today.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:46:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 17423 at http://michiganradio.org Gilmore International Keyboard Festival underway Kalamazoo may be indirectly affected by proposed merger of 2 giant drug companies http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-may-be-indirectly-affected-proposed-merger-2-giant-drug-companies <p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=307671517">A proposed $100 billion merger </a>of two giant drug companies may have an impact on thousands of people in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>Pfizer confirmed it’s talking with Britain's AstraZeneca about merging or combining their operations.</p><p></p><p>Pfizer employs about 2,300 people in Michigan, most of them in Kalamazoo County.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:50:51 +0000 Steve Carmody 17382 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo may be indirectly affected by proposed merger of 2 giant drug companies Number of Kalamazoo traffic stops cut by half after racial profiling study released http://michiganradio.org/post/number-kalamazoo-traffic-stops-cut-half-after-racial-profiling-study-released <p>Kalamazoo Public Safety officers are making dramatically fewer traffic stops. Chief Jeff Hadley says the data reflect a change in the department’s strategies.</p><p>Back in September, the Kalamazoo police department<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/study-shows-african-americans-more-likely-be-pulled-over-searched-kalamazoo"> released a study </a>that showed, among other things, that African-American drivers were almost twice as likely as Caucasian drivers to get pulled over in the city.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:38:32 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16687 at http://michiganradio.org Number of Kalamazoo traffic stops cut by half after racial profiling study released EPA says decision about Kalamazoo’s ‘Mount PCB’ will come this summer http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-says-decision-about-kalamazoo-s-mount-pcb-will-come-summer <p>The Environmental Protection Agency hopes to select a cleanup plan by this summer for an old landfill site in Kalamazoo that's full of toxic material.</p><p><a href="http://www.epa.gov/Region5/cleanup/alliedpaper/">The Allied site </a>served as a dumping ground for the paper mill industry for decades. There are 1.5 million cubic yards of material at the site laced with polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCBs. Some neighbors have <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-residents-struggle-epa-over-mount-pcb">dubbed it Mount PCB.</a></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:11:21 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16523 at http://michiganradio.org EPA says decision about Kalamazoo’s ‘Mount PCB’ will come this summer More than 300 in Kalamazoo high school to be tested for tuberculosis http://michiganradio.org/post/more-300-kalamazoo-high-school-be-tested-tuberculosis <p>Health officials in Kalamazoo are trying to ease parents’ concerns over a recent case of tuberculosis. A high school student tested positive for the bacterial infection last week.</p><p>“It sounds scary, but it’s not that scary,” said Linda Vail, director of the Kalamazoo County Health Department.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:22:08 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16444 at http://michiganradio.org More than 300 in Kalamazoo high school to be tested for tuberculosis One Michigan family's journey with autism http://michiganradio.org/post/one-michigan-familys-journey-autism <p>What can a parent do to reach an autistic child, to forge some path through the barrier of autism spectrum disorder – a path that might somehow lead to greater understanding of that child’s mind, heart and soul?</p><p>That challenge is facing more and more families in America.</p><p>In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control found that one in 150 school-age children had been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. By 2008, that figure was one in 88 – an increase of 78%.</p><p>Consider more recent figures from a different government agency: the National Center for Health Statistics estimates that today, one out of every 50 school-age kids has the condition.</p><p>The experts tell us these higher numbers may not be so much a matter of more kids having ASD, but rather that health officials are getting better at counting those who do.</p><p>But behind all the statistics are the day-to-day stories of families coping with the often crushing challenge of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:26:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 16136 at http://michiganradio.org One Michigan family's journey with autism Kalamazoo leaders vote on a new city budget Monday http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-leaders-vote-new-city-budget-monday <p>On Monday, the <a href="http://www.kalamazoocity.org/agendas-minutes-2">Kalamazoo City Commission</a> is scheduled to vote on its city budget.</p><p></p><p>The budget plan commissioners will vote on reflects Kalamazoo’s basic problem: rising legacy costs.</p><p></p><p>Much of the more than $2 million budget gap is due to the increasing costs of retiree health care.</p><p></p><p>The budget covers much of the gap with one-time funding. That means a longer term solution will have to be found.</p><p></p> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 17:47:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15880 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo leaders vote on a new city budget Monday Two men from Kalamazoo write and perform 'The Michigan Poem' http://michiganradio.org/post/two-men-kalamazoo-write-and-perform-michigan-poem <p><em>(Editor's note: This interview was first broadcast on October 28th, 2013)</em></p><p>Take poetry and the spoken word.</p><p>Mix in two stories of redemption.</p><p>Stir in a meeting at a Poetry Slam.</p><p>And top it with a poem about Michigan.</p><p>Do all of that, and you have <a href="http://www.kineticaffect.com/">Kinetic Affect</a>. They are a spoken-word performing duo from Kalamazoo. And maybe you've seen their performance of "The Michigan Poem" <a href="http://www.kineticaffect.com/news/156-the-michigan-poem">making its way around the web</a>: their straight from the heart poem about what it means to be from Michigan.</p><p>The Kinetic Affect duo Kirk Latimer and Gabriel Giron joined us today from Kalamazoo.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 21:57:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15021 at http://michiganradio.org Two men from Kalamazoo write and perform 'The Michigan Poem' American-US Airways merger could affect Michigan air travelers http://michiganradio.org/post/american-us-airways-merger-could-affect-michigan-air-travelers <p>Michigan air travelers could see some changes with the<a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-mo-american-airlines-us-airways-merger-20131209,0,4763424.story#axzz2n0iNQQxW"> merger of American Airlines and US Airways.</a></p><p>The merger creating the world's largest airline became official today. &nbsp;But the new American Airlines has relatively few flights flying into and out of six Michigan airports.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Michael Conway is a spokesman for Detroit Metro Airport. &nbsp;He says the newly merged airline carries only about 6.6% of passengers flying out of Detroit.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:13:45 +0000 Steve Carmody 15615 at http://michiganradio.org American-US Airways merger could affect Michigan air travelers Federal regulators say PCB cleanup in Kalamazoo River gaining momentum http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-regulators-say-pcb-cleanup-kalamazoo-river-gaining-momentum <p>People in Kalamazoo won’t have to wait much longer for a federal decision about what to do with an <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-residents-struggle-epa-over-mount-pcb">old landfill site that's full of toxic material.</a></p><p>The Allied site is where a paper mill dumped waste for decades. The pile is laced with p<span class="st">olychlorinated biphenyls (</span>PCBs). They can <a href="http://www.epa.gov/solidwaste/hazard/tsd/pcbs/pubs/effects.htm">cause cancer and other health effects</a>, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:46:19 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15549 at http://michiganradio.org Federal regulators say PCB cleanup in Kalamazoo River gaining momentum Kalamazoo's early retirement offers save city roughly $7 million http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoos-early-retirement-offers-save-city-roughly-7-million <p>The city government in Kalamazoo is working through the final stages of a major transition.</p><p>Kalamazoo is wrapping up an early retirement incentive it first <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/more-70-eligible-kalamazoo-city-workers-already-signed-early-retirement">offered city workers a couple years ago.</a></p><p>“I think we will be affected by this early retirement initiative for a long time to come,” Mayor Bobby Hopewell said.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:37:12 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15232 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo's early retirement offers save city roughly $7 million PCB cleanup in Portage Creek in Kalamazoo finishing under budget, ahead of schedule http://michiganradio.org/post/pcb-cleanup-portage-creek-kalamazoo-finishing-under-budget-ahead-schedule <p>For decades, paper mills dumped waste into the Kalamazoo River. Some of it had polychlorinated biphenyls; or PCBs. People can be exposed to PCBs by eating fish from the Kalamazoo River. PCBs can cause cancer, and other health problems.</p><p>Workers are <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/epa-delays-decision-mount-pcb-cleanup-continues-another-site">wrapping up a project </a>to remove toxic chemicals from Portage Creek near downtown Kalamazoo.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:55:44 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14791 at http://michiganradio.org PCB cleanup in Portage Creek in Kalamazoo finishing under budget, ahead of schedule Bell's Brewery coming to Grand Rapids airport http://michiganradio.org/post/bells-brewery-coming-grand-rapids-airport <p>A popular Kalamazoo craft beer brewer will open a location soon in the Grand Rapids area.</p> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 19:46:13 +0000 Associated Press 14431 at http://michiganradio.org Bell's Brewery coming to Grand Rapids airport In this morning’s news: Detroit primary recount, ACLU suit, and the Occupiers http://michiganradio.org/post/morning-s-news-detroit-primary-recount-aclu-suit-and-occupiers <p><strong>State of Michigan will re-count Detroit ballots</strong><br>A state election panel will be tasked with certifying the results from the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/controversy-surrounds-results-detroits-mayoral-primary">Detroit mayoral primary</a>.&nbsp; This comes after the Wayne County election board refused to certify the votes.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Rick Pluta reports that the county will have to pay the costs of having the state re-tabulate the ballots.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>FBI may continue to use demographic information</strong><br>A federal appeals court has sided with the FBI in a case about racial and ethnic mapping.&nbsp; The Detroit chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit against the FBI because it refuses to share information about its use of demographic data in investigations.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Rina Miller <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/aclu-loses-appeal-fbi-racial-ethnic-profiling-case">reports</a> that “a federal appeals court says the FBI is allowed to withhold some information so that criminals and terrorists don't know what the bureau is looking into.”</p><p><strong>Occupy comes to Kalamazoo</strong><br>The Occupy movement is back in Michigan this week.&nbsp; Activists from around the country will take over a park in downtown Kalamazoo to bring attention to issues ranging from the economy to racism.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/occupy-activists-take-over-kalamazoo-park-national-gathering">reports </a>that “unlike other Occupy events, the activists say no one will be sleeping overnight in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park.”<br> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:25:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14103 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning’s news: Detroit primary recount, ACLU suit, and the Occupiers The best Gibson guitars were made by the 'Kalamazoo Gals' http://michiganradio.org/post/best-gibson-guitars-were-made-kalamazoo-gals <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The “Banner” Gibson guitar is considered one of the finest acoustic guitars ever made.</span></p><p>Over 9,000 of these Banners were carefully built during World War II.</p><p>But Gibson company records show the company had shifted to producing goods for the war effort and not instruments, and most of the men who made those Gibsons at the headquarters in Kalamazoo were off fighting the war.</p><p>So who made these guitars that are still prized 70 years later?</p><p>That question and his love of guitars drove Connecticut law professor Dr. John Thomas to discover the remarkable answer, which he turned into a book called “Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of Extraordinary Women and Gibson’s Banner Guitars of World War Two.”</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:48:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 14092 at http://michiganradio.org The best Gibson guitars were made by the 'Kalamazoo Gals' Nearly century-old community agency in Kalamazoo fights to stay open http://michiganradio.org/post/nearly-century-old-community-agency-kalamazoo-fights-stay-open <p>A community agency that serves thousands of low-income residents in Kalamazoo is in danger of closing.</p><p>The <a href="http://douglasscommunity.org/">Douglass Community Association </a>formed almost a hundred years ago to serve African American soldiers returning from World War I.</p><p>Interim Director Sherry Thomas-Cloud says now they provide literacy programs, a recovery center, free summer meals for kids and much more. She worries what would happen if people no longer have a central location for so many services.</p><p>“At best the services would be piecemealed and at worse you’re looking at an underserved population that would go from being underserved to not having any services at all,” Thomas-Cloud said.</p><p>“Plus, the pride, the sustainability of this agency for 90-some years… it’s just been an icon in the community and it would leave a gap that I think would be felt for many years,” Thomas-Cloud said. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:20:30 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14058 at http://michiganradio.org