SW Michigan

Aggregated news from sources around the state


 Gas prices in Kalamazoo have fallen by more than 11 cents per gallon this week. That’s according to the national gas survey on GasBuddy.com. Comparatively, average gas prices around the country have only fallen by three cents a gallon. Yesterday’s prices in Kalamazoo were 95 cents lower than prices a year ago today.

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle hope to pass bills by the end of the year meant to crack down on animal cruelty. Michigan is in the minority of states that do not have laws on the books limiting so-called “puppy mills” – and it’s the only one in the Midwest.

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

A Wall Street bond agency has just upgraded Michigan’s credit rating. Moody’s Investors Services says Michigan now has a Aa1 rating. 

"The Kalamazoo County Prosecutor's Office has decided not to press criminal charges against Marc Throop, who was fired Feb. 25 as Gull Lake athletic director following the discovery of financial irregularities in the athletic department." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"Building projects and leisure activities helped offset a seasonal loss of jobs at schools to keep unemployment rates stable in Southwest Michigan during June." (Kalamazoo Gazette)