On WestSouthwest, a look at the federal government's maps that helped segregate neighborhoods in Kalamazoo and other cities. And the possible funding battles over Great Lakes projects. 

Asian Carp - file photo
U.S. Geological Survey

There’s a long wish list of Great Lakes projects and advocates want federal money to help pick up the tab. Gary Wilson who reports for greatlakesnow.org says that will mean political battles over who pays and how much.


A line can be drawn from discriminatory lending patterns in the 1930’s and current race relations and segregation. That’s according to the Director of Western Michigan University’ Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Earlier this year we asked you what you wanted to know about Islam. That’s led to a story about the theology of Islam and another about what it means for food to be halal. Now, we answer a question from Arthur Riley of Kalamazoo.

“I hear a lot about imams on the radio and throughout the world,” Riley says.

“Some of them seem to be in political situations and take political positions and I wondered what criteria establish one to be an imam and what sort of training one goes through to become an imam.”


On WestSouthwest, the Kalamazoo Public Safety Department says the Group Violence Initiative is helping to reduce gun crime in the city. And the Citizens Research Council of Michigan spells out the tough decisions that are looming to balance the state budget.