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Saugatuck-Douglas Merger
7:24 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Saugatuck-Douglas consolidation vote set for November

Blueberry farm in Saugatuck
Credit The Associated Press

Voters in Saugatuck and Douglas will decide in November if the two cities will merge. 

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SW Michigan
2:10 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Pensions erode Michigan school funding

School busses in Three Rivers
Credit WMUK

A new report says Michigan's public schools have less to spend educating students because of rising teacher retirement costs. The Citizens Research Council says retirement now eats up nearly 15 percent of the money districts get per-student. That's up from only about nine percent in 2004.

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WMUK News
10:48 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Restoring an ancient Great Lakes fish

DNR biologist Kregg Smith with a lake sturgeon caught on the Kalamazoo River
Credit Kregg Smith / Michigan DNR

Sturgeon have lived in the Great Lakes longer than humans have walked the earth. But the ancient fish now need our help to stay here. A joint project by the federal and state officials with a Native American tribe is trying to do that by rebuilding habitat for lake sturgeon in the Kalamazoo River. WMUK’s Brian Petersen went along to find out how it’s done.

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Kalamazoo City Manager Search
7:18 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Five finalists still in running for Kalamazoo City Manager

Kalamazoo City Hall - file photo
Credit WMUK

Interview with Emily Monacelli

The Kalamazoo City Commission has interviewed the five finalists for city manager, but have decided not to narrow the pool for now. 

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SW Michigan
3:12 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Governor, GOP reach budget "framework"

Michigan State Capitol
Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

 Governor Rick Snyder and Republican legislative leaders have agreed on a plan to complete the new state budget. But the Gongwer News Service says that does not include two contentious issues: more money for roads and expansion of Medicaid. House Speaker Jase Bolger of Marshall says a “broader discussion” of those areas will continue.

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