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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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WMUK News
11:35 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Kalamazoo City Commission Hears Utilitiy, HUD Proposals

The Kalamazoo City Commission hears a proposal on utility rates at their Feb. 10, 2014 meeting.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo residents could see changes in the cost of water and sewer service this year. That’s if the city accepts a proposal a consulting group says would make its utility costs more sustainable over time.

The city commission heard the details of the plan, prepared by the Foster Group, Thursday evening. It would raise the city’s sewer utility revenue about two percent and water revenue by three percent.

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WMU Empowerment Center
6:44 am
Mon February 10, 2014

WMU Empowerment Center Works to Reduce Poverty and Inequality

Teresa Bingman says the Kalamazoo Promise can be one tool to help get people out of poverty
Credit WMUK

Interview with Teresa Bingman

    

Western Michigan University launched the Community Empowerment Center in 2013. 

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Battle Creek City Manager
9:22 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Battle Creek City Manager Resigns, Questions Remain

Battle Creek City Hall - file photo
Credit WMUK

Interview with Jennifer Bowman

    

Battle Creek Enquirer reporter Jennifer Bowman says City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama's resignation did not come as a surprise.

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