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Kalamazoo College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran has announced that she’ll retire at the end of June 2016. She’s served as the college’s president for almost ten years.

Kalamazoo College officials Wilson-Oyelaren's accomplishments during that time include an updated curriculum, an emphasis on diversity at the liberal arts school, and the building of several new facilities. They include the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.

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State Rep. Jon Hoadley discussed the future of Michigan's energy policy during a town hall event Thursday in Kalamazoo hosted by the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. The event took place as Michigan is set to begin debate on a new energy plan.

Robbie Feinberg

Activists, residents and students rallied on the outskirts of Colony Farm Orchard Friday afternoon -- there to protest the planned development of 44 acres of the orchard by Western Michigan University as an expansion of its Business Technology and Research Park. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Plenty of home-use products pose a threat to the environment if they’re thrown in the garbage. But Kalamazoo County is one of the few places in Southwest Michigan that accepts a broad range of potentially polluting trash, from antifreeze to VCRs.

Robbie Feinberg

The recent closing of the Harding’s Market grocery store in Kalamazoo’s Vine neighborhood wasn’t just a routine case of a business shutting its doors. The market was the only grocery store in Vine, and its closing left residents scrambling. Some even formed online groups to protest and debate. And finding a new source of food for the neighborhood’s many low-income residents isn’t easy.