Some Consumers Energy customers in Calhoun County are without power Monday morning. 

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – The home side scored early and often as the Kalamazoo Growlers fell to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 9-2 in their series opener on Sunday afternoon at Witter Field. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

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Michigan Immigrant Rights Center Supervising Attorney Susan Reed says faith-based groups have established a network which helps refugees resettle in the state.


A plan to boost road funding by about $1 billion a year could clear the state House this week. 

She woke up and stumbled from the Michigan State University dorm room. Tottering home across the East Lansing campus, Ashley frequently stopped to get her balance, wondering if she would fall off a bridge into the Red Cedar River. (Detroit Free Press)

PLAINWELL, MI -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a roughly $4.4 million plan to remove contaminated soil from the former Plainwell paper mill site along the Kalamazoo River. The proposed plan would involve removing soil with high levels of arsenic and other contaminants at the 35-acre site and replacing it with clean soil, according to an EPA press release. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Green Bay, Wis. – The Battle Creek Bombers’ pitching staff struggled to find the strike zone as well as field their position against the Bullfrogs Sunday afternoon, losing 8-6. (Battle Creek Bombers' website)

"Elson Floyd will receive treatment for cancer. Washington State University President Elson Floyd is going on medical leave effective immediately for cancer treatment, WSU officials announced Friday. The Spokesman-Review of Spokane reported that he has colon cancer." (The Seattle Times)

Scrapbooks Chronicle LBGT History

Jun 5, 2015
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Jen Hsu was packing books at Western Michigan University’s Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Student Services office when she found a couple of paper pads. It turns out they served as part file, part scrapbook for the group’s predecessor. Together they cover more than 15 years of local and national LGBT history.

Don Shikoski (copyright, used with permission)

For a writer, few topics are more revealing, and make them more vulnerable, than writing a memoir. Love, Sex and 4H (Wayne State University Press, 2015) is the third in a trilogy of memoirs by Anne-Marie Oomen. She now lives in Traverse City but writes about her hometown of Hart, Michigan. 

MARSHALL -- The Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce will be dissolved after a vote by members Thursday. Members approved a plan to discontinue operations and transfer assets to the Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance. The move signals the end of the partnership between the two organizations. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

WAUSAU, WI – Plagued by Wisconsin power and their own defensive miscues, the Kalamazoo Growlers fell 7-1 to the Wisconsin Woodchucks on Thursday night at Athletic Park. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Charlie Madden (Mercer) had a big night in his debut for the Battle Creek Bombers, which was spoiled by a late-game rally by the Kinosha Kingfish. The Kingfish scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to come back and defeat Battle Creek 8-4 on Thursday night in front of 798 fans at C.O. Brown Stadium. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

LANSING – The Safe Roads Yes campaign spent $9.3 million on the unsuccessful Proposal 1 campaign to increase the state sales tax to pay for roads — or about $26 for each yes vote, according to a report filed Thursday and the committee's treasurer. (Detroit Free Press)

There’s potential market for some 400 new residential units in downtown Battle Creek in the near future — and about half of those who would fill them already live in the city, according to results of a study presented Thursday. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

KALAMAZOO, MI – The last thing Lenia Harris remembers before she was seriously hurt in a March 14 crash on West Michigan Avenue is sitting at a stoplight. Then, Harris said, she awoke in a hospital. (Kalamazoo Gazette)


Michigan would give police less freedom to seize and sell property under bills making their way through the state Legislature. 

Katharine Nofs

It's the night before a company of Marines are shipped out to Vietnam, and they're celebrating their freedom in a particularly cruel fashion. The men spread out into the city to find unattractive, unsuspecting dates, in order to with a pool of money in what they call a "dogfight." But one marine will discover someone who changes his life.

Cullen O'Neil

Over the last ten years, cellist Cullen O'Neil and pianist Rebecca Luppe have bonded over music, Girl Scouts, school, and games they made up themselves. Now eighteen and nineteen years old, they've established themselves as two of the finest in the current crop of classical musicians from west Michigan. 

Courtesy Ninth Wave Studio

Quilts probably remind you of the blankets in your grandmother’s house, but a group of ten quilters from Kalamazoo’s Log Cabin Quilters are shaking things up. The group has taken a big, panoramic photo of Bronson Park and divided it up into ten pieces. Over the past nine months, each member has quilted their own individual segment, all with totally unique styles. They’ll all be joined together for the first time tonight for the June Art Hop at Ninth Wave Studio.

"KALAMAZOO, MI - The Detroit-based company that owns the Park Street Market on Kalamazoo's Northside has acquired the former Harding's market on Howard Street and plans to convert it into a multi-use commercial development, most likely with a grocery store component." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)


On WestSouthwest, a study on the business case for racial equality. And state Senator Tonya Schuitmaker discusses preventing sexual assault on college campuses and road funding. 



State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker says too many sexual assaults are going unreported on college campuses in Michigan. The Republican from Lawton will be one of the co-hosts for a summit on preventing sexual assault called by Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder


Racial Equality is an issue of fairness and social justice. But a new report also finds that businesses in Michigan have an interest in the issue.

The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld the state’s ban on Russian boar and other breeds of exotic swine.

Battle Creek City Commissioner Jeff Domenico will face a hearing later this month on alleged ethics violations. The hearing is set for 5:30 p.m. June 23 in City Commission chambers and comes after Domenico over the past month has posted on his official Facebook page scathing criticism of the city's police department. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

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A group of state House Democrats hopes to prevent the state’s largest water utility from ending service to one of the cities it serves. 

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

The Legislature has approved budgets for the coming fiscal year. The K-through-12 schools budget was enthusiastically endorsed by Republicans and Democrats. 

Robbie Feinberg

Holland’s Westshore shopping mall has had a rough past decade or so: foreclosures, mismanagement, fleeing tenants. To top it off, consumers appear to be moving away from big, enclosed malls like Westshore. Now, one developer is trying to transform the property by flipping it inside out.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees has a approved a tuition increase of 3.2 percent for the next academic year. Had it raised tuition any higher, it would have risked losing state funding.