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Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo County plans to launch a nonprofit public defender’s office. Commissioners approved the plan a few days ahead of a deadline set by the state.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP Photo

A new shelter for victims of human trafficking will open in Kalamazoo early next year. The Kalamazoo YWCA says state and local funding will support the shelter, which is the first of its kind in Michigan.

Solar Panels at Western Michigan University - file photo

Cooper Township has approved new zoning rules for solar farms and regular farms. 

Shipt shopper Stacey Smith loads groceries into her car at a Meijer in Portage to deliver to a customer
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

Grocery delivery services are growing in the United States. The retail trade group the Food Marketing Institute estimates that in eight years, 20 percent of grocery shopping will be done online. Though it may be convenient, some grocery delivery services are more environmentally-friendly than others. 

The 32nd Division in the World War, 1917-1919 / Courtesy of Tom George

The Red Arrow Highway runs east from New Buffalo across Berrien and Van Buren Counties. Cross into Kalamazoo, and suddenly the road is called Stadium Drive. A listener asks: why? The road is named after a storied Division of the US Army. Wouldn’t the name “Red Arrow” pay better tribute to veterans?