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Galls hang from blueberry bushes on WMUK correspondent Joan Donaldson's organic blueberry farm
Joan Donaldson

While fruit farmers continue to fight the invasive spotted wing drosophila fly, Southwest Michigan’s blueberry growers also face a homegrown pest. The blueberry gall wasp is native to Michigan but has experienced a population boom in the past few years - and researchers aren’t sure why. 


File photo: Kalamazoo City Commissioner Don Cooney and Kalamazoo residents march to protest capping the Allied Paper Landfill, May 2013.
WMUK

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will decide on the final cleanup plan for the Allied Paper Landfill site soon. But the City of Kalamazoo is still weighing its options. The city has been in talks with BioPath Solutions - a company that breaks down PCB waste with microbes. BioPath says the treatment would cost at least $15 million less than the EPA’s proposed plan. But the question remains - will it work?


"A Michigan State University student allegedly sexually assaulted one student, then another two years later, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday that alleges the school delayed investigating the cases." (Detroit News)

Robbie Feinberg

As the craft beer market gets larger, breweries in Michigan and across the country are growing and expanding their production lines. But that growth comes at a cost. More beer equals more wastewater, and wastewater costs a lot of money to get treated. However, in Michigan, one local brewery has found its own solution.  And one researcher is studying how algae could potentially transform this wastewater into fertilizer, medicine or even fuel.


Jei Yoo (right) watches as his wife Jenny Yoo (left) peels chestnuts at their home in Kalamazoo
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

You’ve probably heard of “chestnuts roasting on an open fire," but when was the last time you’ve eaten a chestnut? In the U.S. people usually eat them around the holidays, if at all. But ask Michigan farmers and they’ll say chestnuts are flying off the shelves. Local ethnic communities are helping Michigan’s chestnut industry to boom.


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