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Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Health and Environmental officials held a town hall meeting in Richland Township Tuesday night to update citizens on PFAS contamination found in local wells.  Following the recent discovery of PFAS levels over the federal recommended limit near the former Production Plated Plastics site, the Department of Environmental Quality is testing 25 more wells east of the site.

Patrick Sison / AP Photo

Opioids continue to play a major role in deaths from drug overdose in Kalamazoo County. Most fatal overdoses in Kalamazoo County last year involved at least one opioid, according to the Office of the Medical Examiner. In 66 deadly overdoses in 2017, not including suicides, opioids played a role about 75 percent of the time.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Years after the idea first came before the Board, Kalamazoo County commissioners have voted to build a $5 million new animal shelter. Supporters of the overhaul, including Kalamazoo County Animal Services and Enforcement Director Steve Lawrence have long criticized the existing building.

Department of Environmental Quality

Environmental officials say they’ve found toxic chemicals known as PFAS in some residential drinking water wells in the Richland area. 

Andy Robins / WMUK

The four candidates running for the Democratic nomination in Southwest Michigan’s 6th Congressional district discussed health care, education, guns, military spending, and whether those that don’t win will support the nominee in November.