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3:50 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Kids learn bike independence through Open Roads

Two boys grab a tire at the Fixapalooza workshop
Credit Nancy Camden

The Open Roads Bike Program teaches kids how to work on their bikes. Through a Kalamazoo Community Foundation workshop, Ethan Alexander created the five-year-old program. 

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SW Michigan
3:20 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

West Nile virus strikes Saint Joseph County

Credit WMUK

State health officials say they've confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Michigan so far this year. The Department of Community Health in Lansing says the case involves a man in Saint Joseph County. It says eight birds from around the state have also tested positive for this virus that it is spread by mosquitoes.

West Nile infected more than 200 people in Michigan last year and 17 died of the disease that can lead to serious complications like meningitis and encephalitis.

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WMUK News
2:52 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Kalamazoo library to become a "Family Place"

KPL's current Children's Room
Credit Farrell Howe / Kalamazoo Public Library

The Kalamazoo Public Library’s main branch downtown is poised to become a “Family Place Library”. A renovation project that starts later this month will turn the library’s Children’s Room into a place where young children and their parents can learn together.

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Kalamazoo neighborhoods
6:42 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Two homes and four rain gardens to be dedicated Friday in Kalamazoo neighborhood

Rain Garden on Willard Street
Credit Courtesy of Kalamazoo County Land Bank

Interview with Kelly Clarke

   

Kalamazoo County Land Bank Executive Director Kelly Clarke says people who live near the former blighted properties helped decide what to do with the property. 

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SW Michigan
1:56 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Final Portage Creek cleanup starts

The Kalamazoo River near Portage Creek
Credit WMUK

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will start the last round of clean-up work on Portage Creek in Kalamazoo later this week. The EPA plans to remove about 4,000 cubic yards of sediment contaminated by toxic PCBs.

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