WMUK News

Environmental Justice
9:13 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Activist Seeks Environmental Justice for Minorities and Poor

Kalamazoo protesters calling for clean up of Allied Paper Landfill - file photo
Credit WMUK

Interview with Peggy Shepard

The founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice based in New York will speak this week at Western Michigan University. 

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WMUK News
4:36 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Kalamazoo Public Schools Announces Student TB Case

Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Michael Rice speaks at a press conference Thursday about a KPS student with active TB.

About 300 students and staff from Kalamazoo Central High School can expect to undergo a skin test for tuberculosis next week. That’s because they might have been exposed to the disease by a student from Central who, Kalamazoo Public Schools confirmed today, has a case of active TB.

KPS learned about the case last Friday from a hospital treating the student, says Kalamazoo County Public Health Department Director  Linda Vail.

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Nuclear Power
2:28 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

The Costs and Risks of Nuclear Power

Palisades Nuclear Power Plant
Credit Official Nuclear Regulatory Commission Photo

Extended interview with Alfred Meyer - web version

A social activist says nuclear power is expensive for the public, and a safety risk. 

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WMUK News
2:12 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

WMU Students Launch Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign

Kalamazoo College students speak at a WMU Divest rally on Western's campus, Feb. 13, 2014.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A group of Western Michigan University students and faculty say the university ought to drop its investments in oil and other fossil fuels. That’s because of the role they say those fuels play in furthering climate change.

Members of the group, WMU Divest, held a rally for the campaign today at noon. The setting: a parking ramp near a cluster of solar panels on Western's campus.

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WMUK News
11:16 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Portage Council Considers Next Steps in City Manager Search

Maurice Evans, left, listens to a citizen comment at the Portage City Council's Feb. 11, 2014 meeting.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Portage City Council members say they hope to decide soon how they’ll select the city’s next manager. Maurice Evans announced his retirement on Monday after eight years at the post.

At the city council’s meeting yesterday, Mayor Pete Strazdas suggested councilors weigh different approaches with the hope of approving one at their next meeting. He says the first step is for members to decide what “qualities” they’re looking for in Evans’ successor. Considerations include whether to hire a search firm to find candidates and a consultant to assist with decision-making.

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